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Going Steady, An Early Look: New Singles Reviewed 11-22-19 – 11-28-19

Your Girl – Basia Bulat – She reminds me of Kathleen Edwards, similar upbeat poppiness folk to her, and while there will always only be one Kathleen, Jim James gives her some of the pixie jam dust in the production – B

Slumlord – Baxter Dury – Ian’s son tackles rap in his daddy’s cockneyess working-class slang -though nowhere near as good – C+

No Place Like Home – Consequence, Phife Dawg – Two thirds of A Tribe Called Quest, one of whom, Phife, would have been 49 years of age on Wednesday. Very Tribe sounding, mathrap jazziness – B+

It Just Doesn’t Happen – Destroyer – Canadian legend, still sounds Bowieish on this synth-y track – B-

Now That I’m Back – Frances Quinlan – Hop Along lead singer’s second single sounds like a typical Saddle Creek snooze – B-

Hallelujah – HAIM – After two great singles, here they are full blown bores – C

Watermelon Sugar – Harry Styles – A sexy ode to drugs and parties from the former 1D and a return to power with a sinking, then flying, piece of classic rock meets EDM – B+

Black Crow – Kosa Nostra – True Groove main attractions Tomas Doncker and Artur Uronen cut out the middle man with a terrific bass hook on a mindmeld of EDM, funk and disco, topped by Tomas’s growl – B+

Heaven in Your Eyes – Kosa Nostra – At a slower pace than “Black Crow,” “Heaven In Your Eyes” is a relative of one of 2019’s best songs, “Post Modern Jive” -a dreamstate sadness permeates it – B+

Heaven in Your Eyes: a Tribute to Greta Thunberg – King Artur Remix – Kosa Nostra, King Artur -A terrific remix from Artur, the beats are fresh, the bass pure disco, Tomas vocals meddled with just enough, and it would work great on the dancefloor – A-

Then There Were Two – Mark Ronson, Anderson .Paak, Spies in Disguise – I am pretty sick of both Anderson and Mark -aka Spies In Disguise, who completely miss it on a lame disco rework – C+

yellow is the color of her eyes – Soccer Mommy – Soccer Mommy begins to spin her wheels on what should have been a major release but is more of the same only with more instruments – C+

Eight Candles – Yo La Tengo – Apparently, there is a Hannukah album by various artists coming soon, Here Yo La Tengo channel Burt Bacharach -not unpleasant – B-

 

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