Going Steady: New Singles 1-24-20 – 1-30-20 Reviewed

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Drugs – 12AM – bedroom pop with heavier EDM than singer songwriter – B-

I Think You’re Great – Alex The Astronaut – An Aussie singer songwriter, she’s new to me but she can write circles round most people working this side of the street, a gorgeous guitar lick powers the oddly sad song about a friend who has joined the nine to five ranks, “Have you been playing your guitar much lately…?” is the first line and by the next line, “do you get to see the sky much lately?” you kinda wish she wouldn’t. But it is such a gorgeous melody the upbeatness mellows the sorrow -SINGLE OF THE WEEK – A

valentine’s day – Alaina Castillo – This is the song Jessie Reyez should have sung, a beautiful and smooth r&b instant classicism – B

Trust – Alina Baraz – soft and sweet sexiness – B

What If I Told You That I Love You – Ali Gatie – a soulful, sad song, love story – B+

Some Kind Of Disaster – All Time Low – shouldn’t liars and sinners sound, I dunno, less wimpy than this? – C

Darkest Hour of the Night – Ash – handclaps, horns, piano, and mid tempo rock beats, plus a catchy tune from the Irish oldies – B

Blood Bank – Live From Ericsson Globe, Stockholm SE, Oct 31 2018 – Bon Iver – For the tenth year anniversary of the Blood Bank EP, Justin and pals are releasing an extending version with outtakes and live takes, this being the latter, and quite beautiful but you might have hoped for a live version from the early 10s not 2018 – B-

Bright Morning Stars – Bonny Light Horseman, Justin Vernon – Sounds just like early Bon Iver – B+

Broken Boy (feat. Iggy Pop) – Cage The Elephant, Iggy Pop – Matt Shultz is Iggy Pop for idiots, actually so is Iggy, but if Iggy sings “I was born on the wrong side of the train tracks” you don’t wanna laugh yourself sick – C+

Heavy Metal – Cindy Lee -haunting art MOR via Canada – B

Stay ’97 – David Bowie – now we can we all agree 1997 was not a great year for David Bowie and “Stay ’97” is atrocious proof, it just isn’t a song that needs a damn thing doing to it and the industrial bend and his vioce, where’s the boom???  over performing is… just, no -D

Boss Bitch – Doja Cat – Her voice is a mix of solid bar execution and barbie doll, with some of the sweetest beats around… she is major – B+

Bliss Out – Drug Church -emometal, screamed vocals – C+

B1 – Live – Dungen – instrumental jazz metal, a vigorous and loud progness – B

Jerome – Endless Boogie – Stephen Malkmus  featured in a band that lives up to its name on an old school hard rocker  boogie – B

Teenage Hive – FACS – goth metal sound, waking nightmare stuff, with excellent musicianship -especially the guitarist who kills it – B

Baby – Four Tet – That’s Ellie Goulding singing on Four Tet’s most commercial moment to date – B+

Revival – Gregory Porter – definable r&b with Gospel chorus – B-

Simmer – Hayley Williams – She went solo for this simmering bore? – C

Don’t Read the Comments – Heart Bones -synthy, 50sish, pop jones – B+

Midnight – Helen Money – winding, whiny cello in the middle of orchestrated darkness – B-

Tongues of Wild Boar – Hilary Woods -art rock like sinking your teeth into your own flesh, dastardly and creepy – B

We Have To Move On – Inhaler – youthful Irish rock band with a crap song – C

Philae – Insect Ark – more roiling seas of industrial sounds – C+

WHATS POPPIN – Jack Harlow – nice flow, straight through the clear edges of the song, nicely done – B

Casino Queen – Jackie Lynn -synth bloop EDM pop track – C

LOVE IN THE DARK – Jessie Reyez – Jessie had the best new voice of the 2010s, even Beyonce went in search of her. And if 6lack is so helpful, why does he sound bored on the recent Selena Gomez song and a world beater on Jesse’s “Imported”? Still, if Jessie had begun with “Love In The Dark” instead of “Figures” it would have been a problem and the ballad is an overdrawn drag – C+

P*$$Y Fairy (OTW) – Jhené Aiko – sweet, soulful and very sexy, I saw her opening for Drake back in the day and was less impressed than I am on this dream of song – B+

Blueberry Beads – John Carroll Kirby – Jazz fusion from the heavy duty hip hop collaborator (Solange, Frank Ocean) – B

Waltz – Katie Gately – a deadly waltz filled with foreboding and industrial sound effects – B

la – Kelsea Ballerini – This is better than her Chainsmokers song, as a non fan I am blown away by her clearly beautiful assessment of life and career… plus when Kelsea has the right song, she can kill it and this is the best of its type since “I Took A Pill In Ibiza” (the original not the remix) – A-

Mad At Me. – Kiana Ledé – chill r&b remake of “So Fresh, So Clean” – B

Forever Yours – Avicii Tribute – Kygo, Avicii, Sandro Cavazza – not everybody who dies deserves to be mourned, or given the respect of the newly dead, but nearly every MUSICIAN does, it’s the difference between Stalin and Pat Boone. Then at a certain point it is business as usual and careers are assessed dispassionately… and while Avicii was an innovator, what he innovated, EDM pop, wasn’t all that good. And neither is this – C-

Legs, Run – Lala Lala – dreamscape, like an owl in daylight – B

Wave – Laya – harp and violins wind their way between the quasi-operatic vocals  – B

Hot in Herre – LION BABE –  Vanessa Williams daughter and her fella soak up the sex Nelly style – B

Turn The Bow – Local H – Steve Albini produced and the sound is big for sure, but also proggy and thick – C+

Progeny of the Singularity – Lychgate -black metal weirdos will make your ears bleed… in a good way – B

B.I.T.C.H. – Megan Thee Stallion –  The best new rapper since Cardi B, the Texas tall glass of water is a tough minded OG, and this is catchy as hell though a little plain – B

Can’t Go to Church – Mitchell Tenpenny – dreadful country rocker – MUST TO AVOID – D+

Cop Car – Mitski – A song she’s had around for ages, gets dusted off and handed to a movie I plan on seeing,  “The Turning” – B-

Unreal City – M. Ward – An odd, untethered singer songwriter track from Conor’s and Zooey’s buddy  – C+

Dance Of The Clairvoyants – Pearl Jam – Fuck Eddie Vedder, I didn’t get the verified fan code for ticketmaster and Stubhub has tix on sale for thousands.. oh and the song is a complete turkey – C-

Do U Wanna – Porches – not bad bedroom pop though two years was too long between releases and he is more or less forgotten – B-

Cita – Prince Royce – A little livelier than Romeo Santos but still not up to much – C+

Reveries – Radical Face – soft soap pop composition, strong bridge – B+

Tiburones – Ricky Martin – Overblown bachata-y ballad though Ricky’s voice has never been better – B-

Juro Que – ROSALÍA – I sure get Rosalia’s desire to include flamenco in the resurgence of Latin pop, and wish her good luck, without enjoying it the way I do her mainstream pop stuf – B

Chew Your Bones – Smoke Fairies – nice harmonies, but the song is too Americana moody would be folk – B-

Xian Man – Stephen Malkmus – He reminds me of Beck -both need to be much better than they are,  I prefer this to his Jinks material (though not Pavement), the guitar sound is a specials sixtyish electric notes plucker – B

Red Light – Tee Grizzley, Hit-Boy – Hit-Boy released a good album earlier this month, this is very average – C

We’ve Landed – Tony Allen, Hugh Masekela – African pop featuring the late great Masekela sounding very alive and Tony sounding very jazz – B+

I Feel Alive – TOPS – Intensely smart, pure pop cleverness old school style  – B-

Traverse – Typecaste -industrial strength, metalcore, screamo viciousness – B-

High Right Now (feat. Wiz Khalifa) – Remix – Tyla Yaweh, Wiz Khalifa – Wiz has another song here as well, on both of them he is terrific and Tyla has a good song on his hands – B+

Fire – Waxahatchee – Beautiful folk song with a rock backbeat and a terrific vocal, – B+

Last Sniff – Wilma Archer, MF DOOM – MF Doom is a strange addition to the better living with production art, sonic classicism – B

Speed Me Up (with Ty Dolla $ign, Lil Yachty & Sueco the Child) – Wiz Khalifa, Ty Dolla $ign, Lil Yachty, Sueco The Child – my feelings about professional pothead Wiz Khalifa is well documented (I don’t like him much), but kudos to all concerned for “Speed Me Up” that takes the great Sueco The Child song and hurrys it up and adds two rappers and Ty Dolla $ign –  B+

Terrible Boyfriend – Worriers – At their best, say “Jinx,” Lauren sounds both very tuneful and very exacting, at her second best,  this one, they still is very tuneful and very exacting, and very self doubting with a killer instrumental bridge – B

Fear of Heights – Wye Oak – Typical Wye Oaks indie pop 2009 – C+

Talkin – YBN Nahmir – The leader of the YBN crew that gave us  YBN Cordae, has the best rap of the week – B+

Bikini Bottom – Yes Please – catchy DJ pop track, fun and that’s about it – B-

H.O.E. (Heaven On Earth) – Yo Gotti – After breaking HUGE in 2017, here Memphis’s Yo Gotti needs to make good on it, and this doesn’t – C+

Hanging With Ghosts (feat. Good Charlotte & Goody Grace) – Yung Pinch, Good Charlotte, Goody Grace – I guess if you’re gonna do melodic emo rap and can afford it, why not invite Good Charlotte? – B-

ghost – Zachary Knowles – bedroom pop via computer and beats creation, but it has a clever lyric and a catchy refrain – B


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