Song Reviewed

Going Steady: New Singles 2-11-22 – 2-17-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | February 15, 2022

call it bubblegum or tween pop

The Early Bird: New Recorded Releases 2-11-22 – 2-17-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | February 11, 2022

clotted cream mixed with maple syrup

The Earliest Bird: Top New Recorded Release 2-11-22 – 2-17-22 Is Regina Bonelli’s “It’s Not My Cross To Bear” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | February 11, 2022

it doesn’t hurt that she is a titan of blues

Going Steady: New Singles 2-4-22 – 2-10-22

By Iman Lababedi | February 7, 2022

we lost someone major

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 2-4-22 – 2-10-22

By Iman Lababedi | February 5, 2022

a quiet, somewhat bland set of low key indie pop plus synths and distracted vocals

The Earliest Bird: Top New Recorded Release 2-4-22 – 2-10-22, Bright Eyes “Companion” Recordings

By Iman Lababedi | February 4, 2022

yet based around a teen dreaminess of depression

Best Of 2022: Songs In Order Of Preference Through January 31st

By Iman Lababedi | February 2, 2022

you are looking at 372 songs by the end of the year

Best Of 2022: Singles In Order Of Preference Through January 31st

By Iman Lababedi | February 1, 2022

Smokey with his warmest thoughts

Going Steady: New Singles 1-28-22 – 2-3-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | January 30, 2022

apparently they nailed it

The Earliest Bird: Top New Record Release 1-28-22 – 2-3-22, “Burning Heart” By Dashboard Confessional Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | January 28, 2022

This would be bigger if his audience was fifteen year old boys and not 35 year old incels

Going Steady: New Singles 1-22-22 – 1-27-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | January 23, 2022

a tune hummed by her son who is autistic and doesn’t speak

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 1-21-22 – 1-27-22

By Iman Lababedi | January 21, 2022

The two outlaw bad boys trade verses and harmonize

Brief Encounters Top New Recorded Releases 1-14-21 – 1-20-21

By Iman Lababedi | January 14, 2022

I bet Sub Pop were overjoyed as well

Elton John Songs Say So Much: A Personal Top Ten

By Iman Lababedi | January 9, 2022

When every little bit of hope is gone…

Going Steady: New Singles 1-7-22 – 1-13-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | January 8, 2022

a beautifully crafted revisionism

Best Of 2021: Songs In Alphabetical Order Through The End Of 2021

By Iman Lababedi | December 30, 2021

Over two hundred and fifty great songs from 2021

Early Bird Goes Back To Bed On A Christmas Eve Silent Night Recorded Releases 12-24-21 – 12-30-21

By Iman Lababedi | December 24, 2021

A very quiet week

The Early Bird: New Recorded Releases 12-17-21 – 12-23-21 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | December 17, 2021

feel free to hold your nose while you congratulate LadBaby

The Earliest Bird: Top Recorded Release For 12-17-21 – 12-23-21, Brando Lair’s “Santa Bring My Baby Back To Me” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | December 17, 2021

Greatest artist of 2021? As Britt might put it, Hum Ba Dum Ba Dun Ba

Going Steady: New Singles Reviewed 12-10-21 – 12-16-21

By Iman Lababedi | December 13, 2021

fuzzed out, jangly, melodic barnburner

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Release 12-10-21 – 12-16-21 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | December 10, 2021

a vivid and yet boring dream

For One Song Only: Adele’s “All Night Parking (with Erroll Garner) Interlude” Is As Great As Amy Winehouse

By Iman Lababedi | December 9, 2021

late night, sleepy, romance music

Going Steady: New Singles 12-3-21 – 12-9-21 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | December 6, 2021

This ain’t rap music, this straight literature

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 12-3-21 – 12-9-21 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | December 3, 2021

SZA’s best since 2017

Going Steady: New Singles 11-26-21 – 12-2-21

By Iman Lababedi | November 28, 2021

Kali uses it creatively

The Early Bird: New Recorded Releases 11-26-21 – 12-2-21 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | November 26, 2021

in New York City, in the snow, at Christmas time and on Broadway

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 11-19-21 – 11-25-21 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | November 19, 2021

though pleasant enough is nothing special

Beyoncé’s “Be Alive” Tanking Big Time

By Iman Lababedi | November 17, 2021

if you breakaway from the core, the core might not be waiting

Going Steady: New Singles 11-12-21 – 11-18-21 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | November 15, 2021

a double tribute as Casal wrote it for Townes Van Zandt

The Early Bird: Top New Releases 11-12-21 – 11-18-21 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | November 12, 2021

adds some great songs from the vault)

The Earliest Bird: Top New Recorded Release Beyoncé’s “Be Alive (Original Song from the Motion Picture “King Richard”)” 11-12-21 – 11-18-21

By Iman Lababedi | November 12, 2021

as powerful statements go, and trust me on this one, it isn’t “What’s Going On”

Going Steady: New Singles 11-5-21 – 11-11-21 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | November 9, 2021

you can’t add qualifiers to Huber’s sound

The Early Bird: Top New Releases 11-5-21 – 11-11-21 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | November 5, 2021

a third album of outtakes (11 of em)

The Earliest Bird: Top New Recorded Release serpentwithfeet’s “DEACON’s Grove” EP, 11-5-21 – 11-11-21

By Iman Lababedi | November 5, 2021

amongst his best songs

Best Of 2021: Songs In Playlist Through October 31st

By Iman Lababedi | November 4, 2021

over 14 hours

Going Steady: New Singles 10-28-21 – 11-4-21 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | November 3, 2021

“Never back down” is an anthem line

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 10-29-21 – 11-4-21 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | October 29, 2021

saccharine and yet still effective

Going Steady: New Single 10-22-21 – 10-28-21 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | October 27, 2021

a nihilist’s anthem

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 10-22-21 – 10-27-21 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | October 22, 2021

a covid-19 as break up, post-pandemic as new love metaphor

The Earliest Bird: Top New Recorded Release 10-22-21-10-28-22, Jack White’s “Taking Me Back and “Taking Me Back (Gently)” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | October 22, 2021

where an innocent child discovers his parents are from another planet

Going Steady: New Singles 10-15-21 – 10-21-21 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | October 18, 2021

sounds like Paul McCartney’s early 70s be bopping vibe as covered by the Meters

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 10-15-21 – 10-21-21 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | October 16, 2021

simultaneously self-effacing and egomaniacs

The Earliest Bird: Top New Recorded Release 10-15-21-10-21-22, Adele’s “Easy On Me” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | October 15, 2021

it just isn’t the triumph she needed after six years

The Triple A List, My Favorite Songs Ever One By One: Abba’s “The Winner Takes It All”

By Iman Lababedi | October 14, 2021

a world of misery

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 10-8-21 – 10-14-21 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | October 8, 2021

an even keel through neo-r&b with rap production values

Going Steady: New Singles 10-1-21 – 10-7-21 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | October 4, 2021

remarkable art meets electronica protest music

Best Of 2021: Songs In Alphabetical Order by Artist Through September 30th

By Iman Lababedi | October 2, 2021

ask me because I know about these things

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 10-1-21 – 10-7-21 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | October 1, 2021

it could be and has been worse

The Earliest Bird: Top Recorded Release 10-1-21-10-7-21, Slowhand And Van’s “This Has Got To Stop” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | October 1, 2021

a pleasant and unassuming little blues rocker

Going Steady: New Singles 9-24-21 – 9-30-21

By Iman Lababedi | September 28, 2021

an anthem for the ages and a thrilling version