Going Steady: New Singles 12-21-18 – 12-28-18 Reviewed

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Lie To Me – 5 Seconds of Summer, Julia Michaels – Excellent remix, Julia Michael adds a level of serious endeavor and cotton candy – B

Been A While – 6LACK – Echo-y mood music and the lost way of 6lack continues, his first new song since his sophomore disappointment – C+

Unfair – 6LACK – Much better, the doctored falsetto goes flagging upwards and gives it another dimension, just released as a single – B

The Truth Is In There – Ally Brooke – The third fifth harmony to go solo is also nondescript on this mediocre edm pop – B-

Baby – Amenazzy, Nicky Jam, Farruko – Dominican Republic r&b guy joined by the very popular  Nicky Jam on this mid-tempo sugar song – B-

Wilder Horses – Brandon Lay – Getting ready for his opening slot on the next Kenny Chesney tour, this is what Brandon called a meeting of Memphis and Nashville country, an ode to a past love with a great opening line used once before (“I wish I was in Dixie tonight…”) and a soft hard nostalgia – B

One Last Time – 44 Remix – Christopher Jackson, Barack Obama, Bebe Winans – So here is the last Hamildrop, remakes of songs from “Hamilton,” as Washington decides not to run again and thereby saves the USA from a dictatorship. Performed Gospel style it includes POTUS 44 reading POTUS 1’s farewell address – B+

Neon Moon – Cigarettes After Sex – Swoon, sad indie dose of eh – C

God Is A Woman – Yours Truly: 2018 – Danielle Bradbery – Heavy duty drag of a country soul ballad by former The Voice winner – C-

Friends – Dido – Her first new album in five years is dropping in March, this one will do well in keeping us busy while we wait, a brooded and angry break up song – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – B+

Hurricanes – Dido – Folkie trip hop builds into a shudder of a bridge – B

People Are Different – Florida Georgia Line – Yes pop pickers, we’ve got to the point where these turkey’s are lecturing us, they suggest we love our neighbor but my gut says they stole the idea from someone – MUST TO AVOID – D

Rest Your Eyes – Goody Grace – Indie folk-pop where the literate kid behind “Girls in the Suburbs Singing Smiths Songs,” takes a stab at personal politics – C+

Need to Know – Jay Sean – UK Indian r&b guy really blows on this jazz-ambient-r&b mash  – C

Wasted Love Freestyle – Jhene Aiko – I saw her open for Drake years ago and she was just about exactly this boring – C

We Won’t Be Lonely This Christmas – Johnathan Rice, Courtney Marie Andrews – Used to love Rice, but the world is too busy to wait for him to get it right, and this Christmas Americana won’t help in the slightest – C

We Built This City – LadBaby – The UK Christmas single of 2018 is a half-baked ode to sausage rolls for charity… about as funny as something that isn’t funny  – C

Maker of Things – Laura Stevenson – Indie folkie with a miss – C+

The Mystic & The Master – Laura Stevenson – Much better, very lovely lo fi folk song – B

Mala Mía – Remix – Maluma, Becky G, Anitta – Nice trap remix by the reggaeton star – B

Perfect Timing – Nipsey Hussle – Surge and resurge from the ever hustling hustler who dropped a stiff earlier this year and here sounds like a thought process from a man a step behind – B

Two Broken Hearts – Rivers Cuomo – That SNL Weezer debate were both wrong… yes, the first two albums were masterpieces, but so was the Green album, it wasn’t until the mid-00s he was just beyond the pale… This is much better than crap like his “Africa” cover, this is a very sweet nothing theme song to a non-existence Disney kidcom – B-

They Don’t Care About Us (feat. Maverick Sabre & YEBBA) – Rudimental, YEBBA, Maverick Sabre – So many bands didn’t become what I wanted them to in the past decade: Los Campesinos, Titus Andronicus, Taylor Swift, and absolutely Rudimental. This is nothing much pop soul – C

Fire On Fire – Sam Smith – He’s becoming Scott Walker without the power of his convictions – C

Where Were You In The Morning? – Remix – Shawn Mendes, KAYTRANADA – Our little boy, all grown up – B-

Nu Stogie – Stoney Willis, Earl Sweatshirt – They flip places on this piece of mood rap jazz stuff – B

Christmas At Swae’s – Swae Lee, Rae Sremmurd, Ear Drummers – Swae is always around, isn’t he! This is a sweet emo rap Christmas song that works just fine – B+

Trouble Letting Go – The Avett Brothers – Americana boys in high spirits – B-

Now That You’re Gone – The Raconteurs – I thought these guys were power pop? Nothing much blues guitar track except the bridge is very good  – C+

Sunday Driver – The Raconteurs – Classic rock – C

Poledancer (feat. Megan Thee Stallion) – Wale, Megan Thee Stallion – Ode to strippers, including Megan(?), I don’t see how they can use this at Goldfinger… – C

Winter Wars – Wale – Nice backing track, smart rap – B

HAUNT ME – While She Sleeps – Nice lick but the tempo dynamics is crib death by other means – C+

Freak – XYLØ – EDM pop singer via remembers to make it hooky – B

 

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