Going Steady: New Singles 9-25-20 – 10-1-20 Reviewed

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survivin’ – Bastille – the sound of a variant on modern rock that didn’t go as far as it banked on, this is a synthy, electronic indie pop, relatively unassuming – B-

Fun Time – Bfb Da Packman, Wiz Khalifa – “my baby mama left me and she got my kids a step-dyke…”? Bfb is a funny guy and rhymes like a punchline, Wiz is a smart add – B

Heartbreak – Bonobo, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – house break from two capable practitioners – B

Ghosts – Bruce Springsteen – rock nyc writer Ken Davis loves this one, a return to sacred E Street ground, no doubt. But the song is a guitar ringing running in the night set of cliches, perfectly executed and though, perhaps, a serious attempt, to see the 1970s through the opposite side of the telescope, doesn’t have the song it needs because Bruce didn’t write it – B

Always Forever – Bryson Tiller – hip hop  production, chill r&b from his upcoming third album – B-

Vida de Rico – Camilo – Camilo is the Colombian social media popster, here embracing life as a newly married man – B-

Colorado – Caro – Bedroom singer songwriter with a gentle and subtle vibe, like the background singing – B

Rebel Rebel – Cheap Trick – Produced by Jack Douglas, an ultimate avatar of 70s rock, Cheap Trick have nothing at all to add to the song and while the rocking middle is fun, it isn’t that much fun – C+

Cold – Chris Stapleton – Chris goes two for one, “Starting Over” was an Americana beauty but “Cold” is an overblown bore – C

Bamboo Tree – CJ Fly, Parris Pierce – Pro era guy goes dancehall on a highly credible piece of reggae dance – B+

Culture Head – Corey Taylor – Former Slipknot guy sounds like mainstream heavy metal (or, if you prefer, more like Stone Sour) on a towering hard rocker with guitar breaks aplenty – B+

Patch It Up – Take 9 – Elvis Presley – Elvis six months after the 68 special, the vocal is electric and testifying though why his estate dropped it I don’t know – A-

Come Give Me Love – First Aid Kit – “Ted Gärdestad is a Swedish national treasure. Just like us he started his music career when he was only a teenager and wrote songs with his older brother Kenneth. Ted did most of the melodies and Kenneth the lyrics. “Come Give Me Love” is a classic song about a relationship coming to an end. To us, it is the epitome of Swedish summer, holding both hope, longing, and a twinge of sadness. First Aid Kit add, “The original track was produced by none other than Björn and Benny from ABBA, with ABBA on backing vocals. We are huge fans of the original production and wanted to stay close to that 70s folky sound. This is an homage to that time period and recording style. We recorded this with producer Daniel Bengtson at Studio Rymden in Stockholm earlier this spring. We think the added vocal harmonies brings that unique First Aid Kit touch to the song. We hope more people will discover this gem through our translated version and that it brings some feeling of hope to what has been a very dark year.” – I’m not much of a fan of this duo but no denying at all, a gorgeous song beautifully executed – A-

Quail’s Egg No.1 In C Sharp Major – Fryars – glitchy psychedelia which if he stepped out of his bedroom might have been prog – B

Dirty – grandson – he continues to feed the monster and why not? He makes rolling out mainstream pop strokes look easy – B

Blue Crow – Hayden Thorpe – Wild Beasts former lead singer goes solo with a quietly moody pop art song – B-

Starface* – Jean Dawson – art popper but it is all in the mix which adds additives to synth sounds – B

Pa Ti – Jennifer Lopez, Maluma – Maluma is as big as it gets and J Lo is off the block for decades now, so we could expect something with a lot more kick that this salsa – B-

How Lucky – Kurt Vile, John Prine – pretty good take on the Prine classic – B

Magic – Single Version – Kylie Minogue – Kylie gets back to the dance floor on this terrific song, it would have been at home at Studio 54 – B+

They Don’t Care – Lloyd, Voices for Change – “Right on with the flow here we go, we’re gearing up. My people tough, there ain’t no tearing us, and I know they will always fear me. Living the American Dream, so all I hear is murder…” Rapper Lloyd adds to that some racist rubbish from white folks (“if it wasn’t for the NBA, America would have the tallest garbagemen…”) – B

Good Times – Lydia Ainsworth – low key cover of the Chic classic – B-

Drinkin’ Songs – MacKenzie Porter – Big Loud country singer returns with an ace pop country another one of her drinking songs – B+

Out Here On My Own – 2000 – Mariah Carey – Mimi covers Irene Cara some twenty years ago, it would have been a smash if she had released it then… from her upcoming Rarities album – A-

Hallucinogenics (feat. Lana Del Rey) – Matt Maeson, Lana Del Rey – what do you do after Bruce Springsteen shouts you out in no uncertain terms (“Patti and I are both big fans. “Norman Fucking Rockwell! Just the detail of the writing. It’s really novelistic and cinematic and quite lovely.”), you jump on Maeson’s excellent song and switch it into Americana mainstream singer songwriter stuff… The song is overwrought but not terrible – B+

Blind Youth Industrial Park – Metz – Canadian punks scream and shout over a battering ram beat and metallic riffs – B

These Strange Times – Mick Fleetwood’s Da da ism – Mick mixes “Albatross” with a 1995 track – B-

Wild Life – OneRepublic – Ryan Tedder’s band with a rare goodie, an electronic piece of ear candy – B

Enola Gay – Hot Chip Remix – Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, Hot Chip – the seminal synth duo have their biggest hit remixed in celebration (if that’s the word) of the 75th anniversary of the explosion – B

Hear Me Out – Pixies – outtake from their last album is a guitar riffing snooze – C

Epidemic – Polo G – the Chicago rapper is on fire: “I’m so sick of farewells and RIPs/ In the trenches yellin’, “Gang gang,” mob ties what I bleed/ Don’t claim to be an opp, ’cause n*ggas die from that disease/ He gon’ let that 9 blow with ease” – B+

SAUCE – REASON, Vince Staples – Vince steals it and that ain’t easy because the rapping and the beat are a thing of great beauty – B+

Half-Light – Acoustic – Rostam – The title track of the former Vampire Weekend guy’s 2017 album is stunningly beautiful, hang around for the flute  – B+

Trouble’s Coming – Royal Blood – UK duo add beats to rocking riffs – C+

Other Side – Shamir – Shamir is a pop art one person thingy, here the ride is right on a Western swing – B+

Courage to Change – Sia – yet another soundtrack single that could be a lot better – B-

Screaming from Beyond – Spirit Adrift – 80s metal sounding riffarama – B-

Dance Like No One’s Watching – Swae Lee – The Rae Sremmurd guy throws up a single and waits to see if anyone salutes – C+

Borderline – Blood Orange Remix – Tame Impala, Blood Orange – if ever two people absolutely deserved each each other, it is psychedelic Americana meets mainstream r&b weirdness – C-

The Great Divide – The Shins – a touch overblown from Mercer, won’t change your life – C+

Confessions Of A Dopamine Addict – The Smashing Pumpkins – I haven’t liked Billy since Mellon Collie, this piece of wrought emo doesn’t change it but doesn’t harm it, either – B-

Unchained Melody – The Unrighteous Brothers, Paul Cauthen, Orville Peck – perfect match of singers and song – B+

You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ – The Unrighteous Brothers, Paul Cauthen, Orville Peck – not as good but not bad – B

The Business – Tiësto – no nonsense slice of goth house – B-

FRANCHISE (feat. Young Thug & M.I.A.) – Travis Scott, Young Thug, M.I.A. – Between the Astroworld tourm the Fortnite gig, and the world of art rap Travis inhabits, his interest is in how things sound when he adds in disparite sounds and voices and mixes so it spreads thin but thoroughly. The rapping ain’t much but M.I.A. changes that ended way, and the mood of money, fashion and art (the video was filmed at Michael Jordan’s mansion. Scott is neither #BLM nor emo,  he is an imperialist maker of sounds – A-

nowhere, man – Tune-Yards – bluesy art indie and, as you might have expected, the beats are exceptional – B+

Mi Niña – Wisin, Myke Towers, Los Legendarios – trap beats but reggaeton meets salsa sound – B

Out On Bail – YG – weirdo rapper YG on his second appearance this week performs a smoot and snappy rap – B+


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