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Going Steady: New Singles Reviewed 11-15-19 – 11-21-19


Maria – 03 Greedo, Kenny Beats – In prison for possession of meth (pounds of the sucker) and guns, 03 Greedo is still on his game with a good beat and flow to kill for and “pull up on Maria” -a catchy earworm of a hook  – B

Don’t Look Down – …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead – classic rock meets Americana, wall of guitars strumalong – B

Reply (feat. Lil Uzi Vert) – A Boogie Wit da Hoodie, Lil Uzi Vert – Autotuned break up song where Boogie considers romance is always tied to his fame, Lil Uzi adds a nice little put down, “And if you wanna get better, baby, just pray about it” – B

ROXANNE – Arizona Zervas – bedroom dance pop is a surprise hit, with another bad girl at the center – B

everything i wanted – Billie Eilish – 17 year old girls are allowed to be upset by the wages of fame, and Billie is well past jumping for joy because Justin Bieber is on her new remix. Fame is troubling in a world where everyone wants a piece of her, and her comfort is her big brother and musical partner Finneas on a well produced sad ballad, her first song since the album – B

Damn You For Breaking My Heart – Caitlyn Smith – Mainstream pop ballad – C+

Living Proof – Camila Cabello – The Shawn- Camila romance is stuck in the bright lights of social media, and therefore seems staged and as creepy as “Cats”. Camila began her solo career with two masterpieces, “Havana” and “Never Be The Same”, and has sucked exponentially since then. Now, she is touting her upcoming album, the direly named Romance. “Living Proof” is a low key, sweet enough EDM though nobody can get away with a line like “when you touch me, it’s like a Van Gogh” – B

Ninjarous – Danger Mouse, Sparklehorse, MF DOOM – Sparklehorse’s Mark Linkous killed himself in 2010, this is an unreleased, late recording – B

Bleachers – Emily Yacina – more bedroom pop, this time singer songwriter dream tuneful confessional – B

To Make Angels in Snow – Francis Lung – The Wu Lyf singer, solo, Christmas pop -a touch over arranged – B-

Numbers on Paper – Frank Black -So far all the songs I’ve heard off the Moses Allison tribute album have been predictably iffy, including Black’s bore – C+

Last Name (feat. Lil Durk) – Future, Lil Durk – More trap beats, more slurry, druggy, self-portrait (“I don’t know her name, she wants to have my child…”). If you love Future, it is excellent – B+

Happy Pill – grandson, Moby Rich – The alt-y popster is better than anything on his EP on a catchy and fraught with anxiety drug song – B+

So Heavy I Fell Through the Earth – Art Mix – Grimes – Another single off the eagerly awaited album is an atmospheric sweet nothing – B-

So Heavy I Fell Through the Earth – Algorithm Mix – Grimes – Heavier on the bass – B

If You’re Going To The City – Iggy Pop – Iggy has been such a drag for so long (at least since the QOTSA album), I’ve all but completely lost interest in him. But this is the only Moses Allison cover I’ve heard so far that has melded one vision on top of the other and come out on top. Perfect for Iggy’s sing speak vocal, except the original isn’t – B+

Kiss Like the Sun – Jake Bugg – Ho hum blues folk rocker – C+

New Breed (feat. Q-Tip, Idris Elba & Little Simz) – James BKS, Idris Elba, Little Simz, Q-Tip – The French DJ with an impressive cast of featured artists, it adds to an interesting modern dance track but less than the sum of its parts – C+

Blanco – J Balvin – Bad Bunny might be right about the Latino Grammy’s ignoring Reggaeton, but it sure doesn’t affect sales. Anyway, Balvin won song of the year.. not for this beat heavy rap track – B

Crazy – Jessie Reyez – I am patiently waiting for Jessie to reach the absolute up echelons of the pop firmament (I mean, she did sing with Beyonce so…), her cover of Patsy Cline’s early Willie Nelson cover is not going to do it even if it certainly should. Jessie’s singing has never been better, her little stutter on the “I” is Buddy Holly meets country meets soul as three note bridge, and the coda is terrific, she has one of those voices that imparts emotions into every single word she utters (last weeks “Honesty” Remix? Wow) – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – A

Must Be – J Hus -Jazz meets strains of Dancehall – B

Up All Night – Khalid – Strong R&B soul track from a terrific singer – B

Tongue Tied (with YUNGBLUD & blackbear) – Marshmello, YUNGBLUD, blackbear – Teen poppiness, YUNGBLUD steals in but yeah, it sure is mellow – C+

Ice Cream Party – Modest Mouse – The best of the three songs dropped so far is a lo fi, melody, alt catchiness – B

Virile – Moses Sumney – Dramatic, orchestrated, arty soulfulness  -the new album should be a revelation – B

Wandering Star – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Not Oasis, but better than that EDM EP – B

Peace To All Freaks – of Montreal – His usual mix of indie, glam EDM rocker – C+

Baby Little Tween – Okay Kaya – more dreamy pop but with a bopper 808 – B

Take It Down (feat. Offset) – Pardison Fontaine, Offset – A top rapper with flow and energy that we heard on Ye, this is one of the best rap singles in awhile – B+

Reason To Be Reasonable – Peter Bjorn and John – Synth pop – C+

Burning the heather – radio edit – Pet Shop Boys – These guys need to hang it up, their 80s legacy is destroyed with shit songs like this – MUST TO AVOID – C-

Balenciaga – Princess Nokia – She can do no wrong, one of two perfect new songs, low key, fluid flow stoned out of its skull – A-

Sugar Honey Iced Tea (S.H.I.T.) – Princess Nokia – Gospel(y) vision of herself  – A-

Alien With a Sleep Mask On – Ratboys – Sound like Superchunk – B

Cántalo – Ricky Martin, Residente, Bad Bunny – A who’s who of Latin pop, adding trio hop beats to mainstream Latin with thrilling results – B+

Bad Sharon (feat. Tyson Fury) – Robbie Williams, Tyson Fury – Christmas story song… could be worse (and will be many times) – C+

A MacBook Pro to a Nineties Dell – Say Hi – If you’re gonna think up a title as great as this, doing something more than an indie low grade funk riff – B-

3 Minute Manual – Smoke Dza, Curren$y – Dramatic gangsta story as self-portrait – B-

Inside Out – Demo – Spoon – Give Britt this, here we have a real demo, just voice and piano. A crap song, of course – C

Beautiful Ghosts – From The Motion Picture “Cats” – Taylor Swift – An answer song to “Memory” but at least “Memory” had an indelible melody, this is an exercise in Andrew’s irrelevance – C

Lover (Remix) [feat. Shawn Mendes] – Taylor Swift, Shawn Mendes – A chart move, undoubtedly, and a great song, but cmon guys, do a little more with it and Shawn’s new verse is shruggable – B+

Cabin – The Secret Sisters – Folkie harmony duo – B-

Ugly – The Veronicas – Godawful indie rocker – C-

Lenox Hill – Thyla – Excellent post-punk via Brighton, a real strong, well crafted lick monster with a side eye – B+

Mai Tais (feat. Skylar Grey) – Train, Skylar Grey – The problem here is Train, Skylar kills it but Patrick Monahan shoulda just handed it over, the bridge is a real bummer in a very pretty song – C+

Death (feat. DaBaby) – Trippie Redd, DaBaby – Trippie has moved past soundcloud (except he still sucks on stage) and daBaby is heading for big time (did you catch his set at Rolling Loud? That was a game changer), and they sound great together – B+

Yo Love – From “Queen & Slim: The Soundtrack” – Vince Staples, 6LACK, Mereba – Mereba is ready for her close-up as she does a terrific job upfront, Vince is better than he has been all year, and 6Lack was great last week on “Honesty” and is great here (he was also great on Mereba’s “Heatwave” earlier this year) This is what we also hope for when some big stars get together for a song on a movie track – B+

Forest Green – Wolf Parade – Brooklyn lives, an off kilter strumming rocker – B

Fortune – Wye Oak – Dramatic, experimental, computer sussed rocker – C+

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