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Nate Ruess, Beck 'What This World Is Coming To' Review: New Single Details Heartbreak [LISTEN]

by Carolyn Menyes   Jun 2, 2015 12:59 PM EDT

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When you throw together Nate Ruess' solo career and the music of 2010s Beck, what do you get? As it turns out, Beck's sound takes precedence and you get the heartbreaking, stunning acoustic jam "What This World Is Coming To."

Most of the songs that have been rolled out from Ruess' forthcoming solo debut have been filled with epic, '80s-fueled pop melodies, but not "What This World Is Coming To." Instead, this track takes on the personality of a Beck sound. The acoustic guitar, forlorn lyrics and even the tender and emotionally delivery all feels out of Beck's recent, Grammy-winning album Morning Phase.

Lyrically, the sentiments seem to detail falling hopelessly in love with a woman who was soon to be not long for this world. "Someone sucked the life out of the room / When that someone said goodbye much too soon / I'd hate for you to love me cause you saw me out with someone who / You read about in the news / But I guess that's what this world is coming to," Ruess contemplatively sings in the track's opening bars.

Against the epic swells of Ruess' previously released tracks such as lead single "Nothing Without Love" and the booming "AhHa," it's yet to be seen how this relatively chill Beck collaboration will fit in on Grand Romantic. It can either be a nice break amidst the '80s chaos or it will stick out like a sore thumb. We still have a week to see how it gels and comes together.

Listen to Nate Ruess' new song "What This World Is Coming To" below:

"What This World Is Coming To" is the latest track to arrive from Ruess' new album Grand Romantic, which is due for release on Tuesday, June 9.

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