Song Reviews

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

Best Of 2021: Songs In Order Of Preference For The Entire Year

By Iman Lababedi | December 27, 2021

remains at the edge of protest and beyond

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

Best Of 2021: Songs In Order Of Preference Through November 30th, 2021

By Iman Lababedi | December 2, 2021

an ear candy of epic proportions

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

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)

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)

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

Best Of 2021: Songs In Order Of Preference Through October 31st, 2021

By Iman Lababedi | October 28, 2021

an ear candy of epic proportions

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

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 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

Rockstar Review: SohoJohnny “Precious and Few”

By Meredith Grant | October 13, 2021

John “SohoJohnny” Pasquale is a Rockstar!

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

Best Of 2021: Songs In Order Of Preference Through September 30th

By Iman Lababedi | September 29, 2021

Lindsey’s best since 2008

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

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 9-24-21 – 9-30-21 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | September 24, 2021

a fistfull of prime originals

Going Steady: New Singles 9-17-21 – 9-23-21 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | September 19, 2021

Nick’s greatest moment (or at least a personal fave)

The Early Bird 9-17-21 – 9-23-21: Top New Recorded Releases Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | September 18, 2021

I woke up in the middle of the night to buy the box set and I’d do it again

My Top 500 of the 20th Century

By Steve Crawford | September 17, 2021

a form of personal jesus

Rolling Stone’s Latest Top 500 Greatest Songs of All Time List – Bye Bye, Boomer, Bye Bye

By Steve Crawford | September 16, 2021

how little this list has in common with the prior ones

Going Steady: New Singles 9-10-21 – 9-16-21 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | September 12, 2021

we go together like bad British weather

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 9-10-21 – 9-16-21 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | September 10, 2021

she compares her chest to the Sierra Madres

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

By Iman Lababedi | September 6, 2021

a gorgeous sound that belongs to him alone

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

By Iman Lababedi | September 3, 2021

a world of people sharing these passing fair moments

Best Of 2021: Songs In Alphabetical Order by Artist Through August 31st, 2021

By Iman Lababedi | September 2, 2021

to make a party takes two

Best Of 2021: Songs In Order Of Preference Through August 31st

By Iman Lababedi | September 1, 2021

a tribute to Jonah Ware, an independent artist in Louisville who was shot and killed on August 8, 2020.