Singles Going Steady

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+

Singles Going Steady: New Singles For The Week Of May 25th, 2015 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | May 28, 2015

The Hills – The Weeknd – The one time I saw this guy live I was impressed, less a DJ then a soul man, and this soulful come on, trying to get her out of the Friend zone, is yet another gorgeous neo-R&B track , it clicks nicely and is as good as anything he has ever done- A-

Singles Going Steady: New Single Releases week of May 18th, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | May 19, 2015

Fishtails – Indigo Girls – For their thirtieth anniversary, the Indigo Girls have managed to improve not an iota as they manage to make lesbianism as boring as lukewarm tapioca, even if their work for LGBT rights has been stellar and important. This is a bad song even if no worse than all the rest – D+

Singles Going Steady: New Singles Week Of May 11th, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | May 13, 2015

Million – Tink – An Aaliyah for another age, if Tink has her say and this nod to the one in a million suggest she will, but Tink doesn’t quite have the personality for it. Talented, no doubt, and this hits me as a major slice of r&b but she lacks star power. So far – B

Singles Going Steady: Week Of May 4th, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | May 8, 2015

Bang That – Disclosure – Hand the EDM duo, they got the name of the beat crazy song right, a banger that bangs with nary a Sam SMith of Emeli Sande in sight, this is an old fashioned martial beats go crazy track – B

Singles Going Steady Week Of April 20th, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | April 22, 2015

Hallelujah – Panic! At The Disco – Brendon Urie and Spencer Smith kinda blew the now a duo back in 2011 (but no worse than the other half of the bands the Young Veins). However, all is forgiven with this fine Gospel meets emo rocker… time to panic again – B+

Singles Going Steady: Week of April 13th, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | April 16, 2015

Feeling OK – Best Coast – Third song off the upcoming album, and really, don’t we get the point by now? At some time her ongoing depression is so boring, she hasn’t even really depressed. She is just bland and meh and going through the motions. For years on end. It’s not significantly worse than anything else… still, it is like when you have a friend who always complains about their boyfriend… after awhile you’re like “for godssake knock it off” – B

Singles Going Steady: Week Of April 6th, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | April 8, 2015

Sparks – Hilary Duff – Whistling is the new 808 drum intro, it signifies both playfulness and serious pop chops. And Hilary needs them on this dreadful pop monstrosity. She should go back to acting – C-

Singles Going Steady: Week Of March 30th, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | April 2, 2015

Dream Lover – The Vaccines – The band behind the excellent “Post Break Up Sex” are back and the song is a thumping riff but without the prerequisite melodic buzz. It is like when your teen friend grows up and becomes a complete pain in the neck. This is a bluesy disappointment – C

Singles Going Steady: Week of March 23rd, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | March 25, 2015

St. Jude – Florence + The Machine – Ever since seeing a lousy set at Radio City, Florence Welch sure felt like a lost cause but this full bloodied ballad feels like a return to form; a gorgeous, powerful song that should make its way up the charts with ease – A

Singles Going Steady: Week Of March 16th, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | March 19, 2015

Entropy – Grimes And Bleachers – This is where Grimes makes her move back on the charts as a mainstream popstar with help from Jack Antonoff, making both popsters better on this bubblegum downer of immense proportions – A-

Singles Going Steady: Week Of March 9th, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | March 11, 2015

The first song off his eagerly anticipated collaboration with Pharrell is a Parliament/Funkadelic soundalike plus Snoop rap, and what is wrong with that? Nothing, but it isn’t exactly a shocker either and the heart of the song is a blad everyman modern hip hop veneer on a nothing special track – C+

Singles Going Steady week of March 2nd, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | March 5, 2015

I Really Like You – Carly Rae Jepsen – So this is the FOLLOW UP follow up to “Call me, maybe” and I will be surprised if it isn’t a hit but I’ll be shocked if it I a huge hit… Sure catchy songs should have an irritatant factor, but not the first time you hear em – B

Singles Going Steady: Week Of February 23rd, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | February 25, 2015

When Nate moves away from fun. he sounds like fun. without Jack. If that sounds like a slam, it isn’t. This is a big sound pop extravaganza of the first order. A great song, and an important one for Nate – A-

Singles Going Steady: Week of February 16th, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | February 19, 2015

For the first song off the eagerly anticipated new Brian Wilson album No Pier Pressure (best pun ever), Brian hooks up with two Beach Boys for a minor though not unpleasant Wilson circa Imagination type work. It swings like the mid-70s, mostly because of David Marks subte guitar (his solo is lovely and lowkey). Al Jardine adds his voice of the harmonies – B+

Singles Going Steady Week Of February 2nd, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | February 7, 2015

Chinatown – Girlpool – Post fame and fortune for the new Haim, here they come up with a pretty, understated pop move, two part harmony, pretty and smart. It sounds like a modern day Roches – B+

Singles Going Steady – New Song Releases Week of January 26th, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | January 29, 2015

This is a spectacularly terrible song to lead off last year’s disastrous divorce album Turn Blue, an album which effectively derailed their career. Slow, depressing, atmospheric and the very definition of a pointless downer, Dan has suffered for his art, now it’s our turn – D+

Singles Going Steady: New Songs Week Of January 26th, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | January 29, 2015

This is a spectacularly terrible song to lead off last year’s disastrous divorce album Turn Blue, an album which effectively derailed their career. Slow, depressing, atmospheric and the very definition of a pointless downer, Dan has suffered for his art, now it’s our turn – D+

Singles Going Steady: New Song Releases Week Of January 12th, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | January 16, 2015

This sounds so much like Rocky it should be patented and he rhymes and vernacular are so wild you absolutely need an annotated website to figure out what the hell they’re talking about, “Auntie sayin’ turn it down, or she finna call the cops, ee be plottin’ on the ops, she the one who got the drop, just a free, quick fix, to the A and it’s okay, they gon’ take me back to my old ways…”

Singles Going Steady: Week of January 5th, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | January 10, 2015

Wherever Is Your Heart – Brandi Carlisle – Nice strummy track by an arriveste country songwriter with the gift. This is a moving track, and I guess 2015 will find a new album finally – A-

Singles Going Steady: New Single releases Week Of December 8th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | December 12, 2014

You Know You Like It – DJ Snake And Alunageorge – This is a fabulous song and completely different to Snake’s Lil Jon hit… this is what EDM should do, not the stuff we are getting force fed though it is more of a remix than a follow up- A-

Singles Going Steady: New Singles Week Of December 1st, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | December 5, 2014

Ask yourself, what would you think of this kitchen sink dance track if it wasn’t Gwen? It is a mediocre dance track with a fun hook for sure, but it ain’t no hollaback girl, the “hey get off my cloud” is a nice line in patter but like many an aging zeitgeist bearer before, she seems a step behind- B

Singles Going Steady: New Singles Reviewed Week Of November 24th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | November 27, 2014

Home – Naughty Boy, Sam Evans – Woah, a little early for Sam Smith homages though Naughty Boy is one of the first of the Rudimental-Disclosure school of EDM pop songs out of the gate – B+

Singles Going Steady: New Single Releases week Of November 17th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | November 19, 2014

Third Day Of A Seven Day Binge – Marilyn Manson – Gosh, have I grown accustomed to his voice? This is a terrific brood metal track with a funny smart lyric and groaning moaning no atoning words. What’s not to like? B+

Singles Going Steady: New Singles Released Week of November 3rd, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | November 6, 2014

The Never (Featuring LV Baby) – Pell – From new Orleans, 21 year old Pell has made a sound called Dream rap whhere he ads rap to singalong New Orleans sing songs and it is absolute terrific… this is the real deal and once the new album comes out this guy should chart. catchy as hell, terrific as can be – A

Singles Going Steady: New Singles Released Week of October 27th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | October 31, 2014

Stay Awhile – She & Him – The thing about tackling Dusty springfield with a 20 piece orchestra behind you is if he isn’t terrible then it must be good because this enormously tedious duo are honor bound to screw it up, but this is an effective version – B

Singles Going Steady: New Singles Released Week of October 20th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | October 25, 2014

This Is Not A Game – The Chemical Brothers – No it isn’t at all, it is track off the eagerly awaited Huger Games Soundtrack, with a bouncy synth thing zooming along and a pop vocal on top – B+

Singles Going Steady: New Single Releases Week Of October 13th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | October 15, 2014

Quit Breaking Up With Me – Little Big Town – never a fan of these guys, I might well be wrong. This is a first rate modified country hootenanny waltz with lotsa energy and a great break – A-

Singles Going Steady: Week of October 6th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | October 8, 2014

I’m Not The Only One – Sam Smith, A$AP Rocky – Nicely done mix and match, and compared to the other single he released this week, he rhymes along to the lick very well and with a lot of feeling. Though it could be a little sharper lyrically – B+

Singles Going Steady Week Of September 29th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | October 4, 2014

Under The Tide – Chvrches – Electronic pop group follow up their big break through with more is less of the same, the rhythm shudders a lot, and where’s the chick singer? – C+

Singles Going Steady: New Single releases Week Of september 22nd, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | September 24, 2014

Burnin’ Up – Jessie J, 2 Chainz – This is an average bop with a fair to middling 2 Chainz, the definition of average circa 2014 and those beats… where did they manufacture them? A real come down after “Bang Bang” – C

Singles Going Steady: New Single Releases Week of September 14th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | September 17, 2014

I Put A Spell on You – Annie Lennox – wow, this woman’s pipes are something else again, a beautiful powerful and full of character sound at service to a great song with a fine bluesy topnotch band…plus I am so happy to hear from her…but why bother? – B

Singles Going Steady: New Single Releases Week of September 8th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | September 10, 2014

“Analog maximalism, made possible by the plinky, translucent synths of Selected Ambient Works, AFX’s restless 303 sequences, Caustic Window’s brawny drum machines, vocal abstractions à la Richard D. James album…”