Going Steady: New Singles Reviewed 11-29-19 – 12-5-19

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No Podría Haber Sabido – !!! – Spanish, indie catchiness, like it’s 2009 – B-

No Podría Haber Sabido – !!! – terrific use of a drum machine makes this a keeper – B

Plumfield – Alexandre Desplat – I guess that storywise, the music comes from close to the end of “Little Women” the upcoming  movie of the great American novel. The reviews have been very positive (no need for a #metoo update), and this string and piano soundtrack leaves it far from Trent and Atticus litmus test, industrial strength, computer generated sounds – B

No Good – Ally Brooke – The former Fifth Dimension won’t contend against Camila or Normani on an ordinary pop move like this one – C+

California Halo Blue – AWOLNATION -about the  loss of Aaron Bruno’s beloved Malibu studio in the 2018 Woolsey Fire. I feel bad for you son, but maybe the topic hurt the song because it doesn’t work – C

Drive – AWOLNATION – “I need a jetpack” is a killer hook – B

Watch Your Back – Charger – Coming off an EP, the Rancid bassman Matt Freeman, so good opening for the Misfits earlier this year, other band is well banged out, pop and drop hardcore punk about being watched all the time, though how often can snoops watch me jerk off before losing interest? – B+

You Tried It – City Girls – JT’s second post prison release (there is also a feature, so technically third) is, in fact, better than “JT’s First Day Out,” suggesting the Drake pals have a long career to go. “First Day” flows better, but “You Tried It” has the hook – B+

No Rock: Save in Roll – Cornershop –  Cornershop haven’t been around for years but they’ve always been a good band (remember “Brimful Of Asha”?), mixing Indian music plus sitar to rock, so why they have morphed into Primal Scream circa 1994, I can’t say. And I don’t mind – B+

FALL – deadmau5 – Thumping beats and industrial strength bass notes – B

Sum – Derek King, Offset Jim, Nef The Pharaoh  – strong and hot rap track plus r&b – B

La Isla (with Sech & Dalex feat. Justin Quiles, La Exce, Feid, Zion) – Dimelo Flow, Sech, Dalex, Jus – State of the art reggaeton with autotune up the ying yang and trap beats… sung in Spanish… a goodie as well – B

La Isla (with Sech & Dalex feat. Justin Quiles, La Exce, Feid, Zion) – Dimelo Flow, Sech, Dalex, Jus – Nigerian pop, sounds like African instruments plus an 808 – B

In These Streets (feat. John Legend, YBN Cordae & Nick Grant) – Godfather of Harlem, John Legend, YB – Everybody loves those big time mashups, and happy to see YBN Cordae, but John Legend is a nightmare and the song is overwrought garbage – MUST TO AVOID – D+

On the Inside (feat. 21 Savage) – Godfather of Harlem, 21 Savage – One of our coldest rappers, he sounds all edge here – B+ –

W (feat. Gunna) – Koffee, Gunna – The nineteen year old reggae teen girl has the percolating dancehall riddim but it isn’t reggae or dancehall, it is singsong hip hop 2019 – SINGLE OF THE WEEK  -B+

Bråtebrann – Kvelertak – Strong piece of hard metal rock (the guitar licks sting) and new singer Ivar Nikolaisen is excellent, as he urges us to give the air guitarist some – B+

My Name is Dark – Art Mix – Grimes – like an artistically valid chipmunk, in a better than usual way – B

Time Alone With You (feat. Daniel Caesar) – Jacob Collier, Daniel Caesar – chill r&b with a jazzy vibe – B-

I Stole Yer Plimsoles – International Teachers Of Pop, Jason Williamson – Jason is from Sleaford Mods, ITP is post-punk, art mind fuckers, and between the two they remove the taste of shitty, earnest Irish singer songwriters, middle aged high culture bland pop, all girl wannabes, and some of the worst rock bands that have emerged from the UK EVER. This is what we want – B+

That’s Enough – Janelle Monae – finally: “That’s Enough”. It didn’t make it onto the “Lady And The Tramp” soundtrack, but here it is two weeks later, a sweet swing with a great vocal -B+

Shopping Mall Santa’s Lament – Jarrod Dickenson – In which the folkie morphs into Loudon Wainwright III with a piece of Christmas sad story – B-

One More Try (from & Juliet) – Jessie J –  “& Juliet is a 2019 musical featuring the music of Max Martin, with a book by David West Read. The story focuses on “what if” Juliet hadn’t killed herself at the end of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.,” what is going on in the UK? – C

Slide Up – Kid Ink – The well tattooed soul man is in top form on this soul song – B

SPARK – Kilo Kish – Hi-tech production banging up against a soul song – B-

Don’t Give Up – Lee Fields & The Expressions – The near beer of soul, and as usual with Lee… where is the song? – B-

One I’ve Been Missing – Little Mix – a very addictive verse though the bridge is a touch whatever they recover in time for the pure doo wop chorus – B-

Don’t Let It Break Your Heart – Single Edit – Louis Tomlinson – Not bad, white boy singer songwriter then explodes with a lame chorus – C+

Live Before I Die – Naughty Boy x Mike Posner – Naughty Boy, Mike Posner – Naughty Boy is a fave producer and he gives Mike his first good song since he took a pill – B

Beautiful Madness – Neck Deep – Typical pop punk, they are better live – C+

Worth It – Neck Deep – They sound like a young Blink 182 without the snottiness  – B-

The Foundation – Nicolas Godin, Cola Boyy – Half of Air with a trancelike beauty of a pop track – B

You Know That – No Love For The Middle Child – One man band, typical bedroom pop rock – C+

Playing Along (With Tarriona Tank Ball) – Norah Jones, Tarriona ‘Tank’ Ball – Just terrible piano jazz plus rap – C-

Trust3000 (feat. Dijon) – No Rome, Dijon – Average DJ producer product – C+

This Christmas – Oh Wonder – How lovely, and boring – C+

Yes Please – Poo Bear – Do I want a little more? No, I don’t at all… please stop banging me opver the head with lame r&b tracks – C

Marvelous (feat. Polo G) – Quando Rondo, Polo G – Sensitive emo rap – B

One Little Soldier (From “Bombshell” the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) – Regina Spektor – smart, blues rocker and a stretch for Regina –  B+

Walking Away (Music from the Original Amazon Series “Modern Love”) – Regina Spektor – Regina started the decade all systems go but then sputtered out when Cheap Seats from 2012 simply wasn’t as good as Far, and things went to hell since then. The show is pretty good I hear – B-

Right Round The Clock – Sorry – Another good, though more obvious, UK rock band, indie division…. that makes three this week – B+

Lover – First Dance Remix – Taylor Swift – From the AMA -with all due respect, “Lover” isn’t even “Mine,” yes, it  is definitely good (especially that bridge) but three mixes good? – B+

Pop Quiz – The Cool Kids, Guapdad 4000 – Rap as whinge as not whining, but still novelty catchy  – B

This Boat – The Innocence Mission – Dreamscape, lovely though ethereal – B

Blinding Lights – The Weeknd – while not immediately catchy, has a better dynamic and built like 80s synth pop, it is still tailor made for him  – B

Heartless – The Weeknd – Less a song and more a gossip item, Abel Tesfaye thanks a model from saving him after a pop and TV star dumped him for a pop idol who dumped who… Not bad, typical The Weeknd mood, but the melody isn’t strong enough – B

 

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