With a thumping base line that grabs you like an alien face hugger, and her breathy, vocals gasping deliciously through the meandering lyrics, Michelle Williams’ “Hungover” will have the hairs on the back of your neck standing at attention. Other body parts may follow suit after three-and-a-half minutes of seeing your dancers sweat along to the pulsing beat and dynamic pauses.
There’s something especially tempting about a song that leaves Williams — also a gospel singer who had the best-selling Christian album of 2004 — “crazy”, “sick”, “dizzy”, “tore up” and, of course, “hungover” in this ode to a lover who has left her in a mental and emotional — and pretty freakin’ hot — stupor. The lyrics feel somewhat rambling, but complement the general tone of her song, which is about the heady, nonfunctional state you’re left in with a (love) hangover. While you may find her hangover somewhat less fearsome than the Sauza-inspired one you dealt with last weekend, you’ll probably find a new interest in being the direct cause of hers. — Kylie Matthews