Going Steady: New Singles 1-31-20 – 2-6-20 Reviewed

Written by | February 3, 2020 4:30 am | No Comments



King Of My City – A Boogie Wit da Hoodie -autotuned, hip hop produced, neo r&b take – B-

Rogue Wave – Aesop Rock – the man can rap, for sure, and he is a good rhymer, but where’s the money shot? The hook is missing – C+

Alucinao – Against All Logic, Estado Unido, FKA twigs – Art pop noise beats plus FKA Twigs sounding breathy – B

Illusions of Shameless Abundance – Against All Logic, Lydia Lunch – same thing, it’s like beats and synth squiggle plus rats rifling through paper, plus Lydia who sounds like fka twigs – B

Generous – Amber Mark – sexy slow burn chill r&b – B

Hang In There Girl – Ashley McBryde – country rocker plus sweet vocal – B+

Mayday!!! Fiesta Fever – AWOLNATION, Alex Ebert – disco as a call to play hardcore and rock and roll just about everywhere – B

Value – A$AP Ferg – “look at me now” is the punchline as Ferg details his success again, though a haunting sample – B

Risk It – Austra – the chorus is like chipmunk being strangled, when it settles down the hook is a blast of horns where you expect the bass – B-

I Am…I Said – Billy Ray Cyrus – well sung take on Neil’s classic – B

True Confessions – Live – Blue Öyster Cult – A live take of a great song from their 1976 opus Agents Of Chance, BOC in complete rock pop mode – B

Never Come Back – Caribou – the always clever one man band has beats anonymous on this soft and glowing dance track – B

You Kissed Me First – Carly Pearce – hot little country rocker – B

Kobe – Chief Keef – From 2012, Kobe as metaphor for game maker success doubling as a tribute – C+

St Marie Under Canon – Cornershop – where’s the sitar? It sounds like 60s drenched, organ built, rock… well, better than the first single for sure – B

SHOW YOU – CJ Fly – One of the three pillars of Pro Era uses a jazzy sample here – B

Definitivamente – Daddy Yankee, Sech – Daddy Yankee is a giant of reggaeton and Sech a Panamanian guy who had a smooth vocal on this reggaeton 2020 take – B

Baby Universal ’97 – David Bowie – Proves two things 1) Tin Machine 2 needs to be dropped on streaming services and 2) even for David Bowie it is easier to cover Tin Machine than David Bowie – B+

Anyone – Demi Lovato – Effective full blown ballad – B

Smash Shit Up – Dropkick Murphys – They will never be The Pogues because they will never have a writer as great as Shane, but they remain the greatest exponents of Irish-American rock hybrid and here they do exactly what they say they will – B

The Bonny – Dropkick Murphys – With the bagpipes intro (actually guitars?), clearly this is the money shot and what we want and perhaps it helps that it’s cover of Scottish singer-songwriter Gerry Cinnamon’s fantastic  2019 song, changing it from a harp fueled acoustic glory to a rocking dream song of that one who lives over the ocean  – B+

Physical – Dua Lipa – third goodie off her upcoming album, “who needs to go to sleep when I have you next to me” is a strong come on – B+

Concrete Pony – Ghostpoet – spoken word scary stuff – B-

Song Machine Theme Tune – Gorillaz – if we must, a 23 second song is the way to do it – B

It Falls Apart – Greg Dulli – The Afghan Whigs were always an acquired taste, and Greg is just dreary – C

Ordinary Talk – Half Waif – Check out her backstory if you have a chance, this is a slow build of a song, the drums are impressive – C+

Leave It Alone – Hayley Williams – much better than the first single, this is a haunting, lo fi beauty of post-pop pre-rock sonic dreaminess – B

Off My Mind – Hazel English- dreamy pop indie girl singer style – B

Sometimes – H.E.R. – quite possible the best new singer of the past two years  (either her or Jessie Reyez) (though she’s been at it since she was fourteen), this piano and acoustic build soul song is a beauty from a woman who is at that time and place where she can do no wrong –  SINGLE OF THE WEEK  – A

Something Relative – Honey Harper – Low impact country pal, the strings are swoony – B

Asphalt – Hot Country Knights – Dierks Bentley’s first rate 90s country inspired Spinal Tappy but with a straighter face band kill it on this very clever extended pin – B+

Kisses To The Sky – Jadakiss, Rick Ross, Emanny – early 00s style rap track, Emanny kills the hook – C+

Kiss Like the Sun – Acoustic – Jake Bugg – what happens to you when you are no longer a teen phenom and no better than you ever were – C

Edie – James Righton – #girldad as Klaxon guitarist lullabys his daughter – B-

Get Me – Justin Bieber, Kehlani – Exists so Kyle can tell the world he did a better r&b song with Kehlani than Justin did. I hope Bieber has better than these two songs in his back pocket, the call and response is an interesting twist  – B-

What a Wonderful World – Kat Edmonson – Perfect for the jazz singers voice and yet completely pointless – B-

Unholy Elixir – Kate Tempest – the remix of a song off the album, better than the unoriginal with one great line “I thought I knew the world  but it was only a picture” – B

We’ve Got a Good Thing Going – Lady Lamb – indie rocker confronts her anxiety – B

Automatic Driver – La Roux – The third single off the new album is as close to disco pop as anyone ever gets, catchy and pleasant, the guitar lick is addictive – B

Rodeo – feat. Nas – Lil Nas X, Nas – A terrific remix, just wish he’d left Cardi in as well – B+

Hold On – Little Dragon – nice EDM beat – B-

Fade Away – Lucky Daye – bland out r&b – C

Killing What Keeps Us Alive – Margaret Glaspy – Indie singer songwriter – B-

Letter To Nipsey (feat. Roddy Ricch) – Meek Mill, Roddy Ricch – “How many tears did you cry when you lost someone?” -not bad tribute, though the real line is “Got me scared to go outside without that flame on me…” -both Meek and Ricch are way on their game – B

Fearless – Live at The Roundhouse – Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets, Nick Mason – smartest nostalgia act on the planet with an early Pink Floyd beauty – A-

Blue Moon Rising – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – continuing Noel’s preposterous excavation of others EDM beats – MUST TO AVOID – C-

nightmare – nothing,nowhere. – he wrote it after days watching “Purple Rain” with the sound muted, and it doesn’t sound it but it is still a very song dance rock track – B

Fkn Around (feat. Megan Thee Stallion) – Phony Ppl, Megan Thee Stallion – Meghan added to a jazz-r&b fusion band, not the best mix – C+

Only The Young (Featured In Miss Americana) – Taylor Swift – The hook (that pause between young and run) is great, and I am happy she doesn’t appreciate psycho kids shooting up High Schools – B+

Breeze – The Men – Full steam ahead, no nonsense hard rocker – B+

Don’t Believe – The Psychedelic Furs – Sounds exactly like themselves without the cast iron hook of a “Pretty In Pink” – B

Awkward Always – The Suicide Machines – ska revivalism as old school rock – B

The Mirage – These New Puritans – children’s chorus take the top half on this weird, arty escapade – C+

Washington Square Park – The Wonder Years – Remember when they were the greatest band on earth? – C-

Butterfly – Yusuf – One one the worst songs Yusuf has ever written, just a weak little folk rocker – C-


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