Going Steady: New Single Reviews 3-29-19 – 4-4-19

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Trap House (feat. Shoreline Mafia) – 03 Greedo, Shoreline Mafia – The last we will hear from 03 Greedo, he is in prison for the next twenty years (which still puts him ahead of Nipsey Hussle), is a very good autotuned trap sound and makes us miss him even more – B+

There’s Only You – Above & Beyond Club Mix – Above & Beyond, Zoë Johnston – Nothing much house by the numbers – C+

Mi Persona Favorita – Alejandro Sanz, Camila Cabello – Sanz is absolutely mammoth in Spain, but yes he is Spanish, not Latin American, and this is Spanish voce with Camila sharing harmonies – B-

Do The Paranoid Style – Bad Religion –  old school ska punk – B

I Could Get Used To This – Becky Hill, Weiss (UK) – The Voice (UK) alumni, with a total turkey – C

Old Graffiti – Bibio – Electronic folk-pop from the UK – C+

God’s Country – Blake Shelton – Bluesy country rock, so Blake has lost the magic touch forever – C-

Night Running – Cage The Elephant, Beck – A dreadful piece of alt electronica – C-

No Te Vayas – Camilo – From Colombia, old school reggaetón – C+

Something To Hope For – Craig Finn – The woman harmonies as hook is a clever twist, but he has been on a roll with Hold Steady, and Craig isn’t happening here – C+

Hold You Tight – Diplo – House beats for Diplo – C+

Recital – Eluvium – Classical piano – C+

Built That Way – Emotional Oranges – Modern pop trope, blander than the band name – C+

Face The Facts – Foxygen – I hear they are breaking up, when exactly? – C

November Man – Filthy Friends – I love the lead singer but this is a crap supergroup and another slice of blues rock – C

Vacation – Fury – Blah metalcore – C

Pope Vs. Pontiff – G Count, Pusha T – I had the song in heavy rotation late last week, because of Pusha T’s excellent bars, but it hasn’t survived the weekend – B

The Weekend – Interpol – Terrible band meets terrible song – C

Frightened By The Sound – Justin Townes Earle – Steve’s kid can write great songs nine out of every ten attempts, he does it here with a gorgeous, mood rootsiness. He is a better songwriter than his father, more consistent than Craig Finn, less reactionary than Patrick Strickles, vastly more prolific than Joe Steinhardt… which makes Justin the tops when it comes to middle aged white rockers – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – B+

Lost in the Middle of Nowhere (feat. Becky G) (Spanish Remix) – Kane Brown, Becky G – Becky sounds good, Kane a little misplaced – C+

Broken & Beautiful (from the movie UGLYDOLLS) – Kelly Clarkson – Overloaded, anthem pop for adults – c+

Nothing Sacred / All Things Wild – Kevin Morby – I remember Kevin from Woods, when he was more interesting than he is on this mood track with heavy beats – C+

Dermatillomania – Laura Stevenson – Named after a mental illness that makes you pick at your skin,Laura’s best song in years is a sad pop kiss off of quiet beauty – B+

Knockin’ Boots – Luke Bryan _ His worst song ever? Maybe, there’s a lot to choose from – C-

All Of Out Yesterdays – Mac DeMarco – whiny, tuneless, dog with fleas – C-

Mr. Lonely – Midland – Rockabilly nothing – C

A Man Like Me – Nicole Atkins, Jim  Sclavanos – Garage rock, psychobillygoat – B

I Want Your Dreams – Peter Perrett – Blah disappointment from the Only One, maybe he needed to wait a little longer between releases – C+

Hustle – P!nk – Not even remotely close to “Walk Me Home,” yet another blues groove going nowhere – C

I’m On My Way – Rhiannon Giddens, Francesco Turrisi – Two years since “At The Purchasers Options” and all we get is the same old roots blues stuff -cmon, girl – C+

Con Altura – ROSALÍA, J Balvin, El Guincho – Rosalia holds her own and then surpasses J Balvo on this nuevo Flamenco track – B

Downhill Lullaby – Sky Ferreira – Music to nod off to the opiate of your choice to – B

Fashion Week (feat. AJ Tracey & MoStack) – Steel Banglez, AJ Tracey, MoStack – trip meets hip hop – B

Hologram – Tacocat – Very catchy pop punk,  good tune nicely executed – B+

I’m A Stranger Now – The Tallest Man On Earth – A folkie beauty with an acoustic guitar leading us – B

Kills You Slowly – The Chainsmokers – The best EDM duo around, where Disclosure added complexity, Chainsmokers are mostly tune songs and beats – B+

The Problem Is Me – The Get Up Kids – Back in the 90s, they were always the bridesmaids of emo, but this is the second killer track off their upcoming album – B

That Old Truck – Thomas Rhett – His last single is among the best of the year and this one certainly is not… – C

(I Blame) Society – Titus Andronicus – I used to consider Steve Earle the most disappointing act ever (maybe Rosanne Cash), but it is Patrick Stickles. Patrick began his career with two albums of sustained genius and then.. flashes here and there sure, but he couldn’t sustain it. Compare this Bob Mould produced punk rocker to “Titus Andronicus” and you can hear the difference instantly, he is too rote, he has started to write riffs, and this isn’t bad, but it isn’t great either – B-

Waste – Twen – Sounds like that Pains Of Being Young At Heart with more drums – C+

Hello (feat. Lil Pump) – Ugly God, Lil Pump – Love this silly little rap and rhyme for the fun of it – B

Forbidden Colors – William Brittelle – “genre-fluid electro-acoustic” it says here… not that genre fluid, electronic ambient weirdness – C+

Baby 8 – YBN Nahmir – The leader of the YBN crew, who have their moments but here a little obvious rat-a-tat – C+

Don’t Worry Bout Me – Zara Larsson – Swedish pop singer, nice EDM production, the song is a little weak – C+


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