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Aaron Carter's Comeback Single Is So Good It's Confusing

Is this an April Fools' joke?

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Well, big news: the '00s tween icon is all grown-up and back with "Fool's Gold," a seriously chill new single that's several orders of magnitude better than it has any right to be.

Not only is "Fool's Gold" decidedly Not Bad, it's actually Pretty Good — kind of Zayn-meets-Justin Bieber.

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It's so good, in fact, that the entire situation starts to seem a little suspicious: Aaron Carter — Aaron Carter! — releases his first single in over a decade on April Fools' Day and it's 1) titled "Fool's Gold" and 2) actually good? That seems like A Bit Much. Very "sure, Jan," no?

No?

Well, it raised some red flags for me, so I did some research and it turns out Aaron has been performing this "Fool's Gold" live for months — months! He's been on tour and in the recording studio trying to mount a musical comeback for months! So, while I'm still reluctant to rule out the possibility that this is an elaborate long-con of an April Fools' joke — Anything is possible! Aaron Carter did release a bop, after all! — it definitely seems like Aaron Carter has simply defied the former-child-star odds and released a surprisingly Cool Tune™.