Going Steady: New Singles Reviewed 11-8-19 – 11-14-19

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Show Me Love – Alicia Keys, 21 Savage, Miguel – Alicia all in for hip hop on a slice of neo-R&B plus a coupla major players – C+

The Best – AWOLNATION – these guys have been known to bring it but on “The Best” the band are too over arranged to build up a head of steam – B

Tommy In The 80s – Beach Slang – the first release by Beach Slang that features Tommy Stinson on bass, “Tommy In The ’80s” is not an ode to Stinson, but the late great Tommy Keene, and it is the most Replacement sounding song yet by one of the few bands who can be mentioned in the same breath – A-

Dark Places – Beck – Moody walls of synths and stuff – C-

For The First Time – Best Coast -They are playing Brooklyn Steel next March, a place so out of the way it is a ten minute walk to the subway to grab the L before flipping to other trains. But it is worth seriously considering and not just because the new song is so good, but because Best Coast are always great AND the new song is so good: gorgeous SoCal indie pop-rock with every flourish on a song that sounds like Beth is shaking away the blues but, in reality, it is a cheerful break up song that is waiting for the other shoe to drop. Other than a children’s recording, it is the duo’s first work since 2015 (their last work was magnificent as well) -SINGLE OF THE WEEK – A

Gentleman – Black Lips – Channeling prime The Mekons but with more twang in the vocals – B-

Ludens – Bring Me The Horizon – Another Death Stranding video game song, garden variety hardcore – C+

Aquacode Databreaks – clipping., Shabazz Palaces – All the way out there industriali-sh tech and bleeps with art rap on top – C+

Everyday Life – Coldplay – In retrospect, “Orphans” was a really REALLY good Stones steal (the SNL performance helped), but “Arabesque” was too clever for its own good and “Everyday Life” is anemic pop tedium – C

Ay Papi – Dawn Richard, Brooke Candy – You might remember Brooke from the great Sexorcism (if you don’t my review will be up next week), Dawn is neo-R&b from the former member of Danity Kane – B

Slim Thicc – Dawn Richard, Trakgirl – More electronic based EDM 808s beats and a touch less interesting – B-

Paper Cuts – Dave – Top UK grime guy as bruital as you’ve ever heard him – B+

In My Own Time – Fran – Bummer pop tune – B-

This Is How (We Want You To Get High) – Extended – George Michael – The first posthumous release that is really a find, a new song, syncopated bossa nova as full fledged story and disco ballad – B-

She Knows – Graham Coxon – does this mean Graham wrote all those “Badhead” type sad songs? From the terrible Netflix sadcom  “The End Of The Fucking World” – B-

Shaking – Hazel English – Sweet dream pop, a tantalized sound that goes a touch shoegaze at the chorus – B

It’s Not Me – Hit Like a Girl –  Nice bass lick, the band (aka Nicolle Maroulis) also runs a transgender outreach – B-

New Axe – Jack Johnson – sounds like a soulless Cat Stevens – MUST TO AVOID – D

Mirage (Don’t Stop) – Jessie Ware – UK songstress so good featured on Rudimental singles (and very good on stage), takes a sharp disco beat and rides it smart – B

Like It’s Christmas – Jonas brothers – Terrible finger snapping, mid-pace crappola – D+

City (Demo) – Joseph Keckler – The art slash singer has an incredible vocal range, and he nails it even in the demo, but the song is a little flimsy – B

Tusa – Karol G, Nicki Minaj – a good song though Nicki adds nothing on her minimal effort feature – B-

Bracer – Katie Gately – Gothic electronica – C+

club – Kelsea Ballerini – country pop terrible – C-

Woah – Lil Baby – this is just his third single in 2019 (resting on Street Gossip , no doubt), at his best, da Baby chases the bars with fluency and then some – B

Shi Tridin – Omar Souleyman – In what sense is this Western pop? None whatsoever – B+

Hasta Que Salga el Sol – Ozuna – One of the biggest names in Latino pop, crafts a really good Middle eastern beat plus flute on the usual – B

Under The Graveyard – Ozzy Osbourne – Is is safe to bet he won’t influence anyone to do anything on a turgid rocker – C

Ela É do Tipo (feat. Drake) – Remix – MC Kevin o Chris, Drake – Drake absolutely kills his verse, Kevin is Urbano Latino, and his song deserved the remix to reach an International audience – B+

Deal With It – Mura Mura, slowthai – slowthai had a good year, here he joins Mura Mura with a hooky grime track – B

Gun Showers – N.A.O Quelly – Signed to Joey Bada$$ new label, string, crackling, pitchy on an OG concept – B

Into the Unknown – From “Frozen 2” – Panic! At The Disco –  An anthem so terrible you will be asking for the return of “Let It Go,” “Into The Unknown” is a brutal overwrought mix of the worst of Disney musicals with the worst of post-superstardom Brendon Urie –  D

Honesty Remix – Pink Swear$, Jessie Reyez –  Pink Sweat is a talented singer songwriter though I hadn’t noticed “Honesty” till he added Jessie Reyez to the song – B+

Don’t Let Him Fool Ya – Prince – A great banger left off 1999 – A-

A Pale – Rosalia – She  continues her Latino pop takeover with her third great song of the year, “A Pale,” which changes direction in the first minute and becomes an EDM beat manifesto , before changing again on the verse  A-

Up The Smoke – Stunna 4 Vegas, Offset – trap by the numbers, so 2017 and really fun – B

Sanctuary Dub – Saudade, Ho99o9 – Art nightmare sounds with a bluesy background – B

Doorman – SebastiAn, Syd – The DJ and producer is a great match for Syd, who haunts the song with a beautiful vocal that keeps reaching to an invisible melody line – B

Wayfaring Stranger – The Haden Triplets – The album might be very interesting (they will be covering songs written by their Grandfather (their father was Charlie Haden), though this cover of the classic is nothing much – C+

Spaceships – The Rentals – The “Friends Of P” guy isn’t playing to his melodic strengths, though it clearly sounds like what it is – B-

Tough & Go – Tinanshe, 6Black – if we can’t have him with Jessie, this will do fine – B

Jerry Sprunger – Tory Lanez, T-Pain – Autotune up the ying yang but BY T-PAIN, who does it right – B

First Body – TNGHT, Lunice, Hudson Mohawke – The duo are both players with a great ear for sounds, here a flute hook that repeats all the way through, getting louder as the drums kick in, the vocal hook is catchy – B

Pop Off – T.R.U., Spooky – great hook, tailor made for Tik Tok – B-

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