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Written by | November 14, 2015 14:40 | No Comments

Written by Dion and I coulda sworn it was Paul’s, but they are both here capturing the streets of the city that birthed them. “Hard as concrete, soft as the summer breeze”, refers to a girl but we know love lives in the urban jungle ode to this place – A

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Written by | November 8, 2015 5:23 | No Comments

Can’t Get Enough Of Myself (feat B.C.) – Santigold – Undeniable neo-soul while being much much weirder: the whistles and toots on the background give it a strange childlike quality and the singers success Michael Jackson when he ws still pre-teen. not the voice. The tempo and timing – A-

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Written by | October 31, 2015 12:54 | No Comments

Angels (feat Saba) – Chance The Rapper – Chance has sold out Terminal 5 twice and he still hasn’t released a single. This might be the first song off the eagerly anticipated and if so it is a flawless dreamrap, a beautiful backing track and a smooth, sweet rap, man, wow, “I’ve got angels all around me that keep me surrounded” or maybe “wop wap da bam” – A

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Written by | October 25, 2015 16:26 | No Comments

“Is it too late now to say sorry because I’m missing more than your body…” only not as bad as that makes it sound, a clever leg kicking conga, with Skrillex providing a really addictive track, you can’t count the hooks from the always apologetic former bad boy, though that one drum double time beat is the killer – B

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Written by | October 17, 2015 7:28 | No Comments

Perfect – One Direction – They look like the Beatles circa For Sale, a little worn out, and a little drugged out, but they sound about the same, trading off verses to bland out professions of love. The best song off the newbie to my mind, and the hook is clever enough, but when other people write your material it is difficult to grow up – B

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Written by | October 11, 2015 11:37 | No Comments

Claustrophobe – Laura Stevenson – This isn’t indie or alt, it is a classic rock rave up with a smashing vocal on top and all those things we love about rock and don’t hear ever any more. Readying her third (solo) album, this should be the one that 30 years ago would’ve broken her pop. A great song – A

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Written by | September 27, 2015 17:27 | No Comments

BURNITUP!! feat Missy Elliot – Janet Jackson – of all happy words of tongue and pen, the happiest is this: featuring Missy Elliott. Third is the charm for Janet with Missy doing what she does, bringing complete precision and intelligence and spirit to every thing she does. masterful – A

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Written by | September 19, 2015 10:26 | No Comments

Whatever you might think of Beyonce, she has exquisite taste in collaborators and they don’t get much better than Naughty Boy. The master producer already has a track record and anybody who heard his Zayn Malik track from earlier this year can only pray they work together on Zayn’s solo comeback. Till then, this is a high falutin’ ballad with Bey tackling the hook like a real pro, absolutely giving over to it. Arrow, who handles a verse like a pro, I have never heard of but we all will after this – B+

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Written by | August 29, 2015 7:37 | No Comments

What Do You Mean – Justin Bieber – I never bought Bieber as the anti-Christ, just a garden variety teenage brat with a whole lotta power to wield his brattishness. But I never much cared for him musically either, so his post teens, post Diplo/Skrillex exercise in grown up EDM, this first single off his upcoming fourth album is an low key and pretty calypso flavored synth track that does the job. Good move – B

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Written by | August 22, 2015 8:36 | No Comments

Ride (Feat Icona Pop) – Lowell – This is catchy EDM as bubblegum move helped a lot by the always pleasant Icona Pop who give the song a terrific anthem lift off and while the whole fire in your heart is a little moldy they sell it well. Completely catchy, I hope it breaks pop big time – A-

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Written by | August 15, 2015 18:02 | No Comments

There is a direct line, heading straight down, connecting the Buzzcocks thru Green Day to this Australian boy band. 5SOS aren’t the worst at this, “She’s So Perfect” is pretty good for one, and they are harmless live, but this one misses out as it sucks off their audience, finding good everywhere – C-

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Written by | August 9, 2015 13:35 | No Comments

Body On Me -Rita Ora and Chris Brown – Rita seemed to have the promise of a little more than a cookie cutter EDM gal singing faux-soul disco over beats, whereas Chris Brown was always one of the crowd. Together they took a relatively smart beat and did nothing much with it. Works on the dancefloor, no doubt – C

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Written by | August 2, 2015 18:35 | No Comments

Drag Me Down – One Direction – I’d like to drag em down, what the hell is this? 1D should know better than to start album # 5 with this ordinary soul rock piece of product when we want is a nice piece of sugary power pop like “Steal My Girl”. I mean, this is not acceptable – C

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Written by | July 18, 2015 10:22 | No Comments

Robin Williams – Cee Lo – The angry little man who could, can’t on this so bad it’s good sort of you kinda stop and watch it in a state of suspended horror Why would he recommend a suicide comic to tell us to laugh the pain away? Isn’t Robin the poster boy for NOT laughing the pain away. -what on earth was he thinking of? “Robin, can you hear me?” he asks at the end -don’t, just don’t. Has to be heard to be believed. The worst song since “Beer With Jesus” – F

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Written by | July 13, 2015 15:26 | No Comments

New American – Halsey – “We are the Americana, high on legal marijuana”, Halsey says and at first you gotta think she is serious but by the time she quotes an entire verse of a Biggie hit, well, this is a witty electro pop winner from the urban jungle – B+

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Written by | July 1, 2015 5:56 | No Comments

Overlord – Lamb Of God – Three years after their last release, Randy on the bombs sound more like Soundgarden than anything human, and while the plod of the hard rock first three minutes is new territory it is only new for them, the final three minutes is business as usual but the riff remains the same and it isn’t one of their best – C

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Written by | June 24, 2015 9:24 | No Comments

If Radiohead are the Oxford upstarts who went hi-tech and Elbow the university boys most likely to stand a round at their local, Foals are the kid brothers who take themselves way too seriously… with predictable results. But any band with lines like “I fell for a girl with a port-wine stain, I knew her initials but never her name” are alright in my book and this blistering rocker is as good as Elbow at their best. A shocker – A-

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Written by | June 10, 2015 5:14 | No Comments

Sweet Love Of Mine – Joy Williams – The third song off her ready to drop newbie, the first two split between winner and loser but this? Wait for it…The best of the three, a simply piece of Americana that gets it quite right, especially the bridge where she uses her falsetto to powerful effect – A-

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Written by | June 3, 2015 14:35 | No Comments

Off the soundtrack to the movie “Southpaw”, this is a braggarts pleasure, nobody spits it and rhymes it for five minutes as well as Em, and this isn’t him in Ree duet pop mode, this is hot firing on all cylinders. “I am phenomenal with every ounce of my blood” he roars, as Eminem works for all its worth the boxing-rapper metaphor. Consider it “Eight Miles” by other means. DJ Khalil produced it – B+

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Written by | May 19, 2015 16:20 | No Comments

Fishtails – Indigo Girls – For their thirtieth anniversary, the Indigo Girls have managed to improve not an iota as they manage to make lesbianism as boring as lukewarm tapioca, even if their work for LGBT rights has been stellar and important. This is a bad song even if no worse than all the rest – D+

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Written by | May 13, 2015 18:31 | No Comments

Million – Tink – An Aaliyah for another age, if Tink has her say and this nod to the one in a million suggest she will, but Tink doesn’t quite have the personality for it. Talented, no doubt, and this hits me as a major slice of r&b but she lacks star power. So far – B

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Written by | May 8, 2015 11:47 | No Comments

Bang That – Disclosure – Hand the EDM duo, they got the name of the beat crazy song right, a banger that bangs with nary a Sam SMith of Emeli Sande in sight, this is an old fashioned martial beats go crazy track – B

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Written by | April 22, 2015 7:15 | No Comments

Hallelujah – Panic! At The Disco – Brendon Urie and Spencer Smith kinda blew the now a duo back in 2011 (but no worse than the other half of the bands the Young Veins). However, all is forgiven with this fine Gospel meets emo rocker… time to panic again – B+

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Written by | April 16, 2015 0:04 | No Comments

Feeling OK – Best Coast – Third song off the upcoming album, and really, don’t we get the point by now? At some time her ongoing depression is so boring, she hasn’t even really depressed. She is just bland and meh and going through the motions. For years on end. It’s not significantly worse than anything else… still, it is like when you have a friend who always complains about their boyfriend… after awhile you’re like “for godssake knock it off” – B

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Written by | April 2, 2015 0:04 | No Comments

Dream Lover – The Vaccines – The band behind the excellent “Post Break Up Sex” are back and the song is a thumping riff but without the prerequisite melodic buzz. It is like when your teen friend grows up and becomes a complete pain in the neck. This is a bluesy disappointment – C

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Written by | March 25, 2015 0:02 | No Comments

St. Jude – Florence + The Machine – Ever since seeing a lousy set at Radio City, Florence Welch sure felt like a lost cause but this full bloodied ballad feels like a return to form; a gorgeous, powerful song that should make its way up the charts with ease – A

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Written by | March 19, 2015 0:04 | No Comments

Entropy – Grimes And Bleachers – This is where Grimes makes her move back on the charts as a mainstream popstar with help from Jack Antonoff, making both popsters better on this bubblegum downer of immense proportions – A-

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Written by | March 11, 2015 0:01 | No Comments

The first song off his eagerly anticipated collaboration with Pharrell is a Parliament/Funkadelic soundalike plus Snoop rap, and what is wrong with that? Nothing, but it isn’t exactly a shocker either and the heart of the song is a blad everyman modern hip hop veneer on a nothing special track – C+

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Written by | March 5, 2015 0:05 | No Comments

I Really Like You – Carly Rae Jepsen – So this is the FOLLOW UP follow up to “Call me, maybe” and I will be surprised if it isn’t a hit but I’ll be shocked if it I a huge hit… Sure catchy songs should have an irritatant factor, but not the first time you hear em – B

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Written by | February 19, 2015 0:04 | No Comments

For the first song off the eagerly anticipated new Brian Wilson album No Pier Pressure (best pun ever), Brian hooks up with two Beach Boys for a minor though not unpleasant Wilson circa Imagination type work. It swings like the mid-70s, mostly because of David Marks subte guitar (his solo is lovely and lowkey). Al Jardine adds his voice of the harmonies – B+

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Written by | January 29, 2015 0:02 | No Comments

This is a spectacularly terrible song to lead off last year’s disastrous divorce album Turn Blue, an album which effectively derailed their career. Slow, depressing, atmospheric and the very definition of a pointless downer, Dan has suffered for his art, now it’s our turn – D+

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Written by | January 16, 2015 0:02 | No Comments

This sounds so much like Rocky it should be patented and he rhymes and vernacular are so wild you absolutely need an annotated website to figure out what the hell they’re talking about, “Auntie sayin’ turn it down, or she finna call the cops, ee be plottin’ on the ops, she the one who got the drop, just a free, quick fix, to the A and it’s okay, they gon’ take me back to my old ways…”

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Written by | December 5, 2014 0:03 | No Comments

Ask yourself, what would you think of this kitchen sink dance track if it wasn’t Gwen? It is a mediocre dance track with a fun hook for sure, but it ain’t no hollaback girl, the “hey get off my cloud” is a nice line in patter but like many an aging zeitgeist bearer before, she seems a step behind- B

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