Going Steady: New Singles Thursday, September 10th, 2020, Reviewed

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Golden Eye – Action Bronson – The second single off the upcoming album has one of the most original backing tracks, it sounds like Middle Eastern yearning chants – B

The Gates – Aesop Rock – “Rat tail, my backdrop’s all black sails, dog bite and my bird curse, cross-eyed, world’s worst”? Aesop’s first drop in over four years takes you to the gates of the spiritual world and he raps dense as hell lyrics with immense skill, both fast and disciplined – B+

It’s a Fire – Amanda Palmer, Rhiannon Giddens – Amanda isn’t quite Americana but she is close at times, Rhiannon is Americana roots, Portishead is trip hop, and as covered by Amanda and Rhiannon they are quasi-classical leaning dark goth but less of an accent on the drums – B+

anything – Adrianne Lenker – a memory song, all acoustic guitar and whispered revelry of a summer long past on an Autumny song by the Big Thief alt folk queen  – A-

Siberian Butterfly – Bob Mould – melodic slice of pop punk for guitar – B+

Song Machine: Strange Timez (feat. Robert Smith) – Gorillaz, Robert Smith – A total waste of Robert Smith on a typical arty blahdom. Gorillaz are YES in different clothing, this isn’t their worse because at least you get to hear the Cure leader  – C+

Truckin’ (Live at the Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY, 2/18/71) – Grateful Dead – American Beauty is Grateful Dead’s best album but the upcoming deluxe doesn’t look like the kitchen sink Workingman’s Dead deluxe from earlier this year, all I see is a re-master and a live, the latter is where we get a boogieing little rocker on “Truckin'” for the millionth time – B+

Turntables (from the Amazon Original Movie “All In: The Fight for Democracy”) – Janelle Monáe – Her first new song in two years is pretty good groove soul -it sounds like Anderson .Paak on the verses but in a good way and builds irrevocably to a multi voiced ending – B+

Things Could Get Much Worse – Jeremy Ivey – Produced by Margo Price, it’s a country doo wop joy – B+

Letting Me Down – Downer Version – Margo Price – Ho to the hum – C

Working For The Weekend (feat. bbno$) – MAX, bbno$ – MAX is a soon to be major pop star and his new single will only cement his position, a well produced slice of pop ear glowing stuff. I am the pits at figuring out what will cross the pop threshold (though some big successes as well, Taylor Swift for one, Jessie Reyez for another), but I bet this breaks big – B+

CNTRL – M.I.A. – a typical M.I.A. sound if it was circa “Paper Planes” on a piece of agitprop – though this be M.I.A. you can only hear it here – B+

Without A Net – From the Documentary Film ‘Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story’ – Mickey Guyton – Guyton is a female and black country singer with an overpowering voice, it has taken five years but this could break her – B+

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