Going Steady: New Singles 9-20-19 – 9-26-19 Reviewed

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Bring The Block Outside – 03 Greedo – In prison for the immediate future, Greedo claims to have 30 albums worth of material in the vaults, if it is all this strong (and it isn’t), a mumble meets Atlanta Future drug drip gorgeousness, it should bring him back still at the top of his game – B+-

She’s Foreign – 03 Greedo –  slowed down beats and druggy ode to white girls like Lana Del Rey – B-

Pyramids – Aaron Rose – Pro Era star, haunting backing, smooth flow speediness – B

Prazer Em Te Conhecer – Allah-Las – Matt Correia sings in Portuguese, the solo clearly invokes George Harrison, and the midtempo easy listening song is head and shoulders the best of the three we’ve heard so far off the new one – B

Abracadabra – Anna Wise, Little Simz – Anna sings on Kendrick Lamar tracks when she’s not going solo, Little Simz performs a soft verse in a dreamlike vibe – B-

I Wish I Was Stephen Malkmus – beabadoobee – lo fi singer songwriter in her bedroom doesn’t sound at all like Malkmus – C+

You Can’t Stop The Girl (From Disney’s “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil”) – Bebe Rexha – In the second half of her life, Angelina Jolie is the embodiment of Maleficent, a meld of the good and the evil -a 21st Century Mia Farrow, so why is Bebe singing about Aurora? – C

Tell Me That It Isn’t True – Take 2 – Bob Dylan – Dylan took me back to the Nashville Skyline original, the way he he “awful” could change your life. Here he speeds up the arrangement and it is great though not as great – B

I Pity the Poor Immigrant – Take 4 – Bob Dylan – Dylan took the Dubliners “Tramps And Hawks” and added words about the first Europeans coming to the States, this take speeds it up and sweetens the sound, inappropriately – B-

So Hot You’re Hurting My Feelings – Caroline Polachek – The former Chairlift’s fourth song off her upcoming album gets it completely right with a gorgeous synthpop vibe and a clever sexiness – B+

Courage – Céline Dion – Could be a remembrance of her late husband – B-

Flying On My Own – Céline Dion – OK, you got me, I can’t take her at any price. Here she goes EDM – C+

Imperfections – Céline Dion – more sad singing over manufactured beats… will she ever soar again? – C

Lying Down – Céline Dion – a dreary bore – C

Grilling Niggas – cupcakKe – The prolific sex maniac has one of the best voices in the business, she is always either raping or smacking you, here she is slapping – B

INTRO – DaBaby – The new superstar rapper mourns his father, sees him in his daughter, and praises God – B

Best Life – Danny Brown – Q-Tip produced Danny’s second goody, a reflective song about nihilism – B+

Conversation Piece – 2019 Mix – David Bowie – The original had a country folk flow, the remix is poppier singer songwriter – B+

Only in a Man’s World – Field Music – UK post-punk song about how women have been abused, for instance taxed higher for tampons than men for razorblades circa WWI -and sound funky like Talking Heads while they do it? The conclusion? “I don’t know what to say”  – B+

On Sight – Free Nationals, JID, Kadhja Bonet, MIKNNA – Much better without Paak around – B

Family and Loyalty – Gang Starr, J. Cole – Guru died in 2010, but they including a verse from him, and J. Cole takes it with the seriousness Gang Starr have earned on their first song in sixteen years – B

Tired Of It – Grade 2 – No nonsense, loud fast rules punk – B-

Baggage (with AlunaGeorge) – Gryffin, Gorgon City, AlunaGeorge – EDM pop, Aluna Francis sounds great and the song maintains its cool when it goes disco – B

Verify (feat. Young Thug, Gunna) – Jacquees, Young Thug, Gunna – The Cash Money singer joined by two top rappers for a well sung track with excellent and fresh beats but no melody – B-

Treehouse – James Arthur, Sofia Reyes – Terrific r&b track, dripping with melody and Reyes astounding on her verse. A complete shocker – A-

Trigger Protection Mantra – Jhene Aiko – a slow snooze – C

Afterlife – Hailee Steinfeld – The definition of MOR pop – C+

Ocean – Lady Antebellum – The country trio with a really rotten bore song – MUST TO AVOID – D+

How You Like Me Now – Latroit, B4NG B4NG – Sounds like Madonna circa Dancefloor though with a stronger bass – B

Feelings – Lauv -0 The other breed of EDM, where the producers do their own singing – C+

The Goal – Leonard Cohen – we are being seriously threatened with a whole lotta featured artists (Beck, Arcade fiore, lots more) on his first posthumous album and if the spoken word song is anything to go by, don’t bother – C+

Stack It Up (feat. A Boogie Wit da Hoodie) – Liam Payne, A Boogie Wit da Hoodie – Liam goes NSYNC – B-

Stuck In A Dream (feat. Gunna) – Lil Mosey, Gunna – soundcloud 2019, more professional, less inspired – B-

When I Wasn’t Watching – Mandy Moore – dull as death pop – D+

In The Mix – Mariah Carey – for the TV show Mixed-ish,  -ho hum – C

Memories – Maroon 5 – Hold off for the featured rapper re-mixes, which, if they have any sense, they’d invite daBaby over before getting Lil Nas X in. As stands, it’s a pretty sweet nothing – B

Mannish Boy – Ruckus Roboticus Remix – Muddy Waters, Ruckus Roboticus – Ruckus is known for his kids demo remixes, but this should break Ohio’s finest into the big leagues with as great a remix as you’ll ever hear: all hard beats driving what is already driven – B+

Glory Box – The Mynabirds – Portishead cover by the Saddle Creek band, not bad – B-

Milky Way – Neil Young, Crazy Horse – It has been seven years since the terrific Psychedelic Pill (and the performance of a lifetime at MSG here), unfortunately, the upcoming album Colorado appears to be acoustic – B-

1999 – Live at Masonic Hall, Detroit, MI, 11/30/1982 – Late Show – Prince – currently on my mind due to the Dave Chappelle Netflix special “Sticks And Stones,” wherein Chappelle pinpointed one line, Prince’s response to doomsday, “You know I didn’t even care”. The live “1999”,  from a  a tour I caught, is a full throated jamalong ten minute take. Apparently, the Prince estate is readying a 1999 box set ($250) – A

Rockaway Beach – Live at Friars, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, 12/30/77 – Ramones – After Elvis and the True Groove Allstars, I have never seen a band on stage more often, from 1978 to 1982 I caught them dozens of times. There is an It’s Alive box set (three full concerts) on the way and it will all sound as great as “Rockaway Beach” if Mark Deming is to be trusted – A

Quizás – Rich Music LTD, Dalex, Sech, Justin Quiles, Wisin, Zion, Dimelo Flow, Lenny Tavárez, Feid – From the Miami based record label, closer to Urbano Trap than we’ve heard this year – B

Sailing (with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra) – Rod Stewart, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – Produced by Trevor Horn, Rod Stewart has an album of versions of his hits featuring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, “Sailing” is the second single and more than lends itself to a big sound delivery – B

lucy – Soccer Mommy – The Lucy is Lucifer on a sweet and clever but slow track from Sophie – B

Wiley Flow – Stormzy – Stormzy tributes and samples the godfather of grime, the great Wiley, with a very very strong outing, sampling the great rapper and blasting everybody else to smithereens. The best we have heard from Stormzy in a year at least, a banger par excellence and Wiley brought the best of him. It may be too insular to break here but it deserves to break here – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – A

III – Sufjan Stevens, Timo Andres – Classical piano instrumental – B

Don’t Believe the Things They Tell You (They Lie) – Tegan and Sara – Written when they were in High School! – B-

Satish – Tee Grizzley – a tribute to his aunt and manager Jobina Brown  who was shot dead in Detroit at the age of 41, a very strong song – B+

Come Together – The Beatles – Come Together 2019 Mix – Nice job by Martin, the drums are heavier and it deserves heavier drums – A

Shangri-La – 2019 Mix – The Kinks – Remains a masterpiece – A

Before the Next Teardrop Falls – The Mavericks – A terrific cover of the Freddie Fender classic with the vocal of the week, in both English and Spanish – A-

God Is A Dancer (with Mabel) – Tiësto, Mabel – Mabel is having a good year, her new album High Expectations is turning heads in the UK, and Tiesto has given her a classic dance track to work with – B

Dark Night Of The Soul – Van Morrison – On one of his busy streaks, not as good as the 90s run but not bad. Here is all blues and soul – B

Everyone Hides – Wilco – Have you noticed Jeff and his son? How sweet, right? – C+



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