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That leaves us with two downtempo tracks. Lee DeWyze finally shook off the chains of American Idol with “Blackbird Song,” which went viral after appearing in an episode of The Walking Dead. He delivers another haunting ballad with “The Breakdown,” a track that documents the aftermath of a break-up. This is raw singer/songwriter fare with an edge. Less intense but equally enjoyable is Ember Island’s stripped-back cover of Rihanna’s “Umbrella.” Listen to the Swedish trio’s clever reworking in my playlist below.