Singles Going Steady

Going Steady: New Singles Reviewed 9-9-16 – 9-15-16

By Iman Lababedi | September 13, 2016

an intense thruuum

Going Steady: New Singles 8-12-16 – 8-18-16

By Iman Lababedi | August 15, 2016

Tremendous chorus

Going Steady: New Singles Reviewed 7-29-16 – 8-4-16

By Iman Lababedi | August 8, 2016

A beat they must have bought for a million

Going Steady: New Singles reviewed 7-29-16 – 8-4-16

By Iman Lababedi | August 2, 2016

Pretty soft peddle pop

Going Steady: New Singles Reviewed 7-22-16 – 7-28-16

By Iman Lababedi | July 28, 2016

Both twee and entangled

Going Steady: New Singles Reviewed 7-15-16 – 7-21-16

By Iman Lababedi | July 19, 2016

Bad pop music

Going Steady: New Singles Reviewed 7-8-16 – 7-14-16

By Iman Lababedi | July 12, 2016

Symphonic but simple ode to friendship

Going Steady: New Song Reviews 7-1-16 – 7-7-16

By Iman Lababedi | July 5, 2016

Pace changing syrup on steak vibe

Going Steady: New Singles Reviewed 6-24-16 – 6-30-16

By Iman Lababedi | June 27, 2016

The Jay Z verse is excellent

Going Steady: New Singles Reviewed 6-17-16 – 6-23-16

By Iman Lababedi | June 22, 2016

Shaggy covers James Brown

Going Steady: New Singles Reviewed 6-3-16 -6-9-16

By Iman Lababedi | June 6, 2016

Close to perfect

Going Steady: New Single Releases 5-27-16 – 6-2-16

By Iman Lababedi | June 2, 2016

this works very very well

Going Steady: New Singles Reviewed 5-20-16 – 5-26-16

By Iman Lababedi | May 23, 2016

A slower Motorhead

Going Steady: New Singles Review 5-13-16 – 5-19-16

By Iman Lababedi | May 16, 2016

She’s gonna break pop here just wait and see

Going Steady: New Singles 4-8-16 – 4-14-16

By Iman Lababedi | April 12, 2016

“You treat me like your boyfriend and trust me like your very best friend…”

Going Steady: New Singles Reviewed 4-1-16 – 4-7-16

By Iman Lababedi | April 4, 2016

Big Sean impresses

Going Steady: New Singles Reviewed 3-25-16 – 3-31-16

By Iman Lababedi | March 27, 2016

does for Kurt what Kurt did for Bowie

Going Steady: New Singles Reviewed 3-18-16 – 3-24-16

By Iman Lababedi | March 21, 2016

flavorful and quiet track

Going Steady: New Singles Reviewed 3-4-16 – 3-10-16

By Iman Lababedi | March 7, 2016

as catchy a dis song as you’ll ever hear

Going Steady: New Singles Reviewed 2-26-16 – 3-3-16

By Iman Lababedi | February 28, 2016

Her pipes have no rust on them as she delivers this fine r&b with jazz inclinations

Going Steady: New Singles 2-12-16 – 2-18-16

By Iman Lababedi | February 13, 2016

the guitar solo is magical and the song is catchier than possible

Going Steady: New Singles Reviewed 2-5-16 – 2-1

By Iman Lababedi | February 6, 2016

Plus that single cover!!! Awwww….

Going Steady: New Singles Reviewed 1-22-16 – 2-3-16

By Iman Lababedi | January 23, 2016

Sounds like Kid Rock in a bad way

Going Steady: New Singles Reviewed 1-15-16 – 1-21-16

By Iman Lababedi | January 16, 2016

What, is there a soccer match going on somewhere?

Going Steady: New Singles 1-8-16 – 1-14-16

By Iman Lababedi | January 9, 2016

The genius has left him but the reflexes are still good

Going Steady: New Single Releases 12-18-15 – 12-24-15

By Iman Lababedi | December 19, 2015

“I don’t need money as long as I keep dancing”. It is like the song Lady Gaga won’t write any more

Going Steady: New Singles Reviewed 12-11-16 – 12-17-15

By Iman Lababedi | December 12, 2015

A nice little anthem about brothers and sons with a purely catchy chorus and a touch of South African circa Graceland Paul Simon

Going Steady: New Singles Reviewed 11-4-15 – 11-10- 15

By Iman Lababedi | December 5, 2015

Gangnam gone home

Going Steady: New Singles Reviewed 11-20-15 – 11-26-15

By Iman Lababedi | November 22, 2015

Sure she’s a half wit, that goes without saying, but this is a pop explosion of a very high calibre and a call to the young

Going Steady: New Singles Reviewed 11-13-15 – 11-19-15

By Iman Lababedi | November 14, 2015

Written by Dion and I coulda sworn it was Paul’s, but they are both here capturing the streets of the city that birthed them. “Hard as concrete, soft as the summer breeze”, refers to a girl but we know love lives in the urban jungle ode to this place – A

Going Steady: New Singles Reviewed 11-6-15 – 11-12-15

By Iman Lababedi | November 8, 2015

Can’t Get Enough Of Myself (feat B.C.) – Santigold – Undeniable neo-soul while being much much weirder: the whistles and toots on the background give it a strange childlike quality and the singers success Michael Jackson when he ws still pre-teen. not the voice. The tempo and timing – A-

Going Steady: New Singles Reviewed 10-30-15 – 11-5-15

By Iman Lababedi | October 31, 2015

Angels (feat Saba) – Chance The Rapper – Chance has sold out Terminal 5 twice and he still hasn’t released a single. This might be the first song off the eagerly anticipated and if so it is a flawless dreamrap, a beautiful backing track and a smooth, sweet rap, man, wow, “I’ve got angels all around me that keep me surrounded” or maybe “wop wap da bam” – A

Going Steady: New Singles 10-23-15 – 10-29-15

By Iman Lababedi | October 25, 2015

“Is it too late now to say sorry because I’m missing more than your body…” only not as bad as that makes it sound, a clever leg kicking conga, with Skrillex providing a really addictive track, you can’t count the hooks from the always apologetic former bad boy, though that one drum double time beat is the killer – B

Going Steady: New Singles Reviewed, 10-16-15 – 10-22-15

By Iman Lababedi | October 17, 2015

Perfect – One Direction – They look like the Beatles circa For Sale, a little worn out, and a little drugged out, but they sound about the same, trading off verses to bland out professions of love. The best song off the newbie to my mind, and the hook is clever enough, but when other people write your material it is difficult to grow up – B

Going Steady: New Singles Reviewed 10-9-15 – 10-15-15

By Iman Lababedi | October 11, 2015

Claustrophobe – Laura Stevenson – This isn’t indie or alt, it is a classic rock rave up with a smashing vocal on top and all those things we love about rock and don’t hear ever any more. Readying her third (solo) album, this should be the one that 30 years ago would’ve broken her pop. A great song – A

Going Steady: New Singles Reviewed: 10-2-15 – 10-8-15

By Iman Lababedi | October 3, 2015

It sounds like mainstream Americana piano based ballad and while Chris overdoes it by the middle eight, and though the lyric is really lame, it is no worse than most thing and being Christian doesn’t change that one way or the other- C

Going Steady: New Singles 9-25-15 – 10-1-15

By Iman Lababedi | September 27, 2015

BURNITUP!! feat Missy Elliot – Janet Jackson – of all happy words of tongue and pen, the happiest is this: featuring Missy Elliott. Third is the charm for Janet with Missy doing what she does, bringing complete precision and intelligence and spirit to every thing she does. masterful – A

Going Steady: New Singles Reviewed 9-18-15 – 9-24-15

By Iman Lababedi | September 19, 2015

Whatever you might think of Beyonce, she has exquisite taste in collaborators and they don’t get much better than Naughty Boy. The master producer already has a track record and anybody who heard his Zayn Malik track from earlier this year can only pray they work together on Zayn’s solo comeback. Till then, this is a high falutin’ ballad with Bey tackling the hook like a real pro, absolutely giving over to it. Arrow, who handles a verse like a pro, I have never heard of but we all will after this – B+

Singles Going Steady: New Singles Reviewed 8-28-15 – 9-3-15

By Iman Lababedi | August 29, 2015

What Do You Mean – Justin Bieber – I never bought Bieber as the anti-Christ, just a garden variety teenage brat with a whole lotta power to wield his brattishness. But I never much cared for him musically either, so his post teens, post Diplo/Skrillex exercise in grown up EDM, this first single off his upcoming fourth album is an low key and pretty calypso flavored synth track that does the job. Good move – B

Singles Going Steady: New Single Reviews 8-21-15 – 8-27-15

By Iman Lababedi | August 22, 2015

Ride (Feat Icona Pop) – Lowell – This is catchy EDM as bubblegum move helped a lot by the always pleasant Icona Pop who give the song a terrific anthem lift off and while the whole fire in your heart is a little moldy they sell it well. Completely catchy, I hope it breaks pop big time – A-

Singles Going Steady: New Singles Review 8-14-15 – 8-20-15

By Iman Lababedi | August 15, 2015

There is a direct line, heading straight down, connecting the Buzzcocks thru Green Day to this Australian boy band. 5SOS aren’t the worst at this, “She’s So Perfect” is pretty good for one, and they are harmless live, but this one misses out as it sucks off their audience, finding good everywhere – C-

Singles Going Steady: New Singles Reviewed 8-7-15 – 8-13-15

By Iman Lababedi | August 9, 2015

Body On Me -Rita Ora and Chris Brown – Rita seemed to have the promise of a little more than a cookie cutter EDM gal singing faux-soul disco over beats, whereas Chris Brown was always one of the crowd. Together they took a relatively smart beat and did nothing much with it. Works on the dancefloor, no doubt – C

Singles Going Steady: New Song Releases 7-31 0 8-6-15

By Iman Lababedi | August 2, 2015

Drag Me Down – One Direction – I’d like to drag em down, what the hell is this? 1D should know better than to start album # 5 with this ordinary soul rock piece of product when we want is a nice piece of sugary power pop like “Steal My Girl”. I mean, this is not acceptable – C

Singles Going Steady: New Singles Reviewed July 17th – July 23rd, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | July 18, 2015

Robin Williams – Cee Lo – The angry little man who could, can’t on this so bad it’s good sort of you kinda stop and watch it in a state of suspended horror Why would he recommend a suicide comic to tell us to laugh the pain away? Isn’t Robin the poster boy for NOT laughing the pain away. -what on earth was he thinking of? “Robin, can you hear me?” he asks at the end -don’t, just don’t. Has to be heard to be believed. The worst song since “Beer With Jesus” – F

Last Call: Final Tracks Off New Albums -10-16 – 7-16-15

By Iman Lababedi | July 15, 2015

I Wish It Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free – Nina Simone – This is the song of song where her legends grow from, soul folk Gospel from the 60s, a beautiful song of freedom – B+

Singles Going Steady: New Single Releases 7-10-15

By Iman Lababedi | July 13, 2015

New American – Halsey – “We are the Americana, high on legal marijuana”, Halsey says and at first you gotta think she is serious but by the time she quotes an entire verse of a Biggie hit, well, this is a witty electro pop winner from the urban jungle – B+

Singles Going Steady: New Singles Review Week Of June 29th, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | July 1, 2015

Overlord – Lamb Of God – Three years after their last release, Randy on the bombs sound more like Soundgarden than anything human, and while the plod of the hard rock first three minutes is new territory it is only new for them, the final three minutes is business as usual but the riff remains the same and it isn’t one of their best – C

Singles Going Steady: New Singles Reviewed For the Week Of June 22nd, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | June 24, 2015

If Radiohead are the Oxford upstarts who went hi-tech and Elbow the university boys most likely to stand a round at their local, Foals are the kid brothers who take themselves way too seriously… with predictable results. But any band with lines like “I fell for a girl with a port-wine stain, I knew her initials but never her name” are alright in my book and this blistering rocker is as good as Elbow at their best. A shocker – A-

Singles Going Steady: New Singles week Of June 8th, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | June 10, 2015

Sweet Love Of Mine – Joy Williams – The third song off her ready to drop newbie, the first two split between winner and loser but this? Wait for it…The best of the three, a simply piece of Americana that gets it quite right, especially the bridge where she uses her falsetto to powerful effect – A-

Singles Going Steady: New Singles Reviewed Week Of June 1st, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | June 3, 2015

Off the soundtrack to the movie “Southpaw”, this is a braggarts pleasure, nobody spits it and rhymes it for five minutes as well as Em, and this isn’t him in Ree duet pop mode, this is hot firing on all cylinders. “I am phenomenal with every ounce of my blood” he roars, as Eminem works for all its worth the boxing-rapper metaphor. Consider it “Eight Miles” by other means. DJ Khalil produced it – B+