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Going Steady: New Album Releases 4-15-22 – 4-21-22 Reviewed

Doritos & Fritos – 100 gecs – the always quirky hyper poppers sound like post-punk Postcard Records style on a keeper – B

The Players Anthem – Bijou, Benny The Butcher – electronica EDM drop the bass with Buffalo rap added – B

Blue Bones – Billy Nomates – ringing guitar and faux country with an indelible tune and Billy at new levels of accessibility – A-

Something’s Got a Hold of My Heart – Bonnie Raitt – sweet sounding, low key blues pop – B+

Gonna Lose – Built To Spill – the 90s indies band kept a fuzzed out corker for their first Sub Pop release – B+

Bombo & Sifflets – Congotronics International, Deerhoof, Juana Molina, Kasai Allstars, Konono N°1, Skeletons, Wildbirds & Peacedrums – an electronic jam out – B-

SMOKE & MIRRORS -Eyedress, BoofPaxkMooky, Cashcache!, Na-Kel Smith – sounds as if Sophie had been taken over by chipmunks – C+

AfterLife – Five Finger Death Punch – business as usual hard metal from the core boy long timers – B

Last One Left (with Roddy Ricch) – Fredo Bang — Fredo sounds like he is being autotuned but only on the heigh notes, the rest is emo rap and first rate – B+

Serial Killers – Gucci Mane – a nice one, sounds like a horror movie soundtrack getting slaughtered by a bloody minded murderer – B

Don’t Let Me Down (feat. Zach Myers) – Hanson – please meet the very worst song that Hanson have ever recorded, a hard rock guitar fest of meh – MUST TO AVOID – D+

LET’S DO IT AGAIN – Jamie xx – the The xx leader with a piece of beat ripping weirdness – C+

El Romance-0 – John Doe – western Americana snooze about a lost love – D+

Shake It (feat. Cardi B, Dougie B & Bory300) – Kay Flock – a great song anyway, I love Flock’s grating vocals, but Cardi B completely other levels it – B+

Flowers – Lauren Spencer-Smith – the 18 year old UK singer who has the legend “I write about boys for your enjoyment” on her Spotify bio – B

That Sexy – Lil’ Kim, Tamar Braxton – not much and since a guy sings- speaks it, er, what has it to do with Lil Kim and/or Tamar? – C

Hell Yeah – Little Big Town – a terrific slice of country with an excellent pun taking you a long, and at its best on the harmonies, a first rate song – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – A

About Damn Time – Lizzo – since her breakthrough in 2019 with her 2016 single “Good As Hell” Lizzo has become a cultural phenomena, on her first release from her upcoming first album in three years she rides a World’s Famous Supreme Team’s sample of “Hey DJ” on an anthemic piece of percolating funk perfect for Lizzo time – A-

Quicksilver Daydreams of Maria – Marissa Nadler – terrific take on a Townes Van Zandt song – B+

Don’t Think Jesus – Morgan Wallen – a song that sounds more like an intervention than a country pop hit… the self-flagellation is reminiscent of Waylon Jennings “Did Hank Really Do It This Way”, guilt seeps through the fuzzed our electric guitars and the quietness suggest an acoustic track when it isn’t, the bridge strings and winnows through shame and heartache and his belief that JC will forgive him – A-

Non Dimenticar – Live On The Ed Sullivan Show, February 12, 1961 – Peggy Lee – one of my great gets was Peggy Lee at Carnegie Hall (with Mel Torme!!) and here we have her covering a song remembered from Nat King Cole’s perfect version – B+

Love Like That – Phillip Phillips – the American Idol winner with an inoffensive country pop song – B-

Sidelines – Phoebe Bridgers – Bridgers is so transparent that, not unlike her songs, they whine in their ear and ask for for justice for the prodigiously ambitious indie girl… with another dog – D+

HATEFUCK – Pussy Riot, Slayyyter – complaining about Putin’s war in the Ukraine? Don’t blame Pussy Riot, they warned us and how – B

Sailors’ Superstition – Bmore Club Remix – serpentwithfeet, SDOT MUSIC – the Deacon track remix isn’t better with the deep beats – B-

Live With Me – Sheryl Crow – Crow has one great song, “If It Makes You Happy” and also a crappy Stones cover to add to her collection of unfaltering banality – C

Pana-vision – The Smile, Hugh Brunt – why not Radiohead? Probably to do with the credits in an arresting and sturdy song and strings -more analog than Radiohead as well – B

New Girl – Third Eye Blind – not a bad slacker-ish tasting rocker from the 90s starts – B-

Electrica – Tokischa, rosmailin – the New York Times just profiled the Dominican bad girl of denbow, Tokischa, this is too obstreperous for US pop – B

sunstruck – Tomberlin – Saddle creek in indie folk mode, and tedious as that sounds – C-

Freaky Deaky – R3HAB Remix – Tyga, Doja Cat – a goodie originally and it loses nothing when the bass is dropped – B+

Nervous Breakdown – Van Morrison – a jazz and r&b workout about how is rights are being encroached upon – B-

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