Going Steady: New Singles 8-30-19 – 9-5-19 Reviewed

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FTW – Aaron Rose, Joey Bada$$, Chuck Strangers – Pro Era guy with a strong mood track – B

Lifeline – A.G. Cook – They call it hyper-pop, a pleasant mix of EDM and singer songwriter confessional – B-

Desierto – Amenazzy, Don Omar – Remember last year, when Latin popsters were releasing one killer song after another? They fell to earth – C+

Champion – American Authors, Beau Young Prince – Bore emo with a rap included that’s comparable to, I dunno, LFO – C+

Kiss And Tell – Angels & Airwaves – Tom Delonge managed to form a band worse than Blink 182, and this is a song worse than Blink 182’s crap releases this year – MUST TO AVOID – D

Babushka Boi – A$AP Rocky – the rap ain’t happening and the beats are bizarre and arty – C

Doin To Me – Astrid S – Scandinavian pop has also had a mediocre year, as mediocre as Astrid S’s nothing much song here – C+

Not 20 Anymore  – Bebe Rexha – EDM pop by the numbers – C+

Graduation – benny blanco, Juice WRLD – Benny  should have saved it till next June, the theme to a childhood’s end with a great move from singing to rap – A-

Bezerk – Big Sean, A$AP Ferg, Hit-Boy – straight up banger from a coupla pros, though, if this is Big Sean making his way back in, he should have chosen a bigger song – B-

Ride Dat – Birdman, Juvenile – The Cash Money CEO and the Cash Money star go back to the 90s at this well attacked rap track – B

Eat, Sleep, Wake (Nothing Buy You) – Bombay Bicycle Club – UK rock is the absolute pits but Bombay Bicycle Club after five years proves to be the exception to the rule, a wall of guitar sound with a melody and a hook playing hide and seek, and a terrific bridge on top – B+

Warm – Charlie XCX, Haim – Pretty and not untypical Charlie mix and match – C+

No Return – Chrissie Hynde, The Valve Bone Woe Ensemble – Krap Kinks Kover – C

Topographe – Corridor – post punk indie jangle rock at an angle… from Montreal and sung in French! – B

El Favor (with Nicky Jam & Farruko, feat. Sech, Zion & Lunay) – Dimelo Flow, Nicky Jam, Farruko, Sec – My Spanish is non existent but I think Dimelo is a DJ from Panama, going Latino Urbano with a ton of friends – B-

God Only Knows – for KING & COUNTRY, Dolly Parton – No, not that one, and Brian Wilson has more spirituality in his little finger than these Christian dicks. Dolly should have listened to the backing track and run for her life –  D

Sonali – Iggy Pop – I loved the Stooges, and Iggy when he was Bowie’s fuck buddy, but since then? Not to so much. At least it wasn’t this staggeringly unlistenable ambient sound – C-

Cold – James Blunt – I’ve heard so many great things about Blunt as a human being, a really self-deprecating good guy who was joyful opening for Ed Sheeran (was it last year), but man he sucks – D+

Deséame Suerte – Jhay Cortez and Karol G – pretty good urban pop ballad – B-

Trophy – Kate Davis – lo fi with a rumbling bass that anchors a somewhat amorphous melody, when Kate breaks into the song it helps a little – C+

Way Too Pretty for Prison (with Maren Morris) – Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris – Absolutely awful funny track that can’t compare to her “Kerosene” backpages – D+

I Know A Place – MUNA – Smart little rocker return – B-

Moment – Pinegrove – Americana mood rocker with a touch of Tom Petty – C+

Circles – Post Malone – Pop singer songwriter sucker – C

Morir Solon – Prince Royce – Bachata bore, though Royce has a voice on him perfect for this sound, not Romeo Santos, but still clingy and sweet  – C

Coming Home (feat. Ms. Lauryn Hill) – Pusha T, Ms. Lauryn Hill – Produced by Kanye West, Pusha T looks back (“before Barack Obama we had Eric B”) and returns to the projects with sadness and affection (I know: PUSHA T!!). And Lauryn Hill hasn’t sounded this good since you know when. Kanye’s only masterpiece of the year – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – A

Sociopath (feat. Kash Doll) – Pusha T, Kash Doll – Pretty good hook, Kash Doll misused – C+

Take Care – SASAMI – LA session musician for indie guys, she kills a sweet pop track – B

When It Comes To You – Sean Paul – Dance Hall urbano hip hop – B-

Midnight Hour with Boys Noize & Ty Dolla $ign – Skrillex, Boys Noize, Ty Dolla $ign – Congratulations, the last thing we want on earth from these guys, we want hardcore house, we got Avicii EDMy – C

Match Bet – Squid – Post punk guitar licks from UK – C+

Confessions – Sudan Archives – World music meets urban r&b, not bad  – B

Drive – Tim McGraw – A cover of one of the Cars greatest moments, pointless though not painful – B-

BGM – Wale – Typically half baked (har har) r&b moodiness plus beats, the black girl magic ain’t a bad hook – B-

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