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

Timeless Nihilism

Just A Notion – ABBA – after two lousy returns to the pop music fray, ABBA get it right with a 1978 outtake, sweet as sugar bop using the old vocals but new instrumental – A-

Prester John – Animal Collective – the return of the experimental pop band of the early 10s with a business like, electronic sounding weird as usual about the old Christian King breaking down… Panda Bear wrote the words – B

Tarrant – Aro Rose – a haunting track that seems to shimmer in its tributing Johnny Depp’s version of the Mad Hatter and modern day sadgirl mood enhancer – B+

No Bad Days – Bastille – the electronic, beats plus rock band are very inconsistent, this is one where they ride the beat too hard – C

Down the Line (Piano) – Beach Fossils – a quiet reworking of one of their dreampop tracks – B+

Fisher Island – Beirut – the indie, alternative rock band excell at multi-instrumental arrangements and while this feels slight, a couple of listens and it begins to hook in – B+

Ever New – Reworked by Bon Iver & Flock of Dimes Single Version – Beverly Glenn-Copeland – the trans man has been performing new age, jazz pop for decades (and he came out as a transman in 2002) , and this gorgeous arrangement is a complete success straddling shoegaze and ambient with distilling synths – A-

What A Life – Big Sean, Hit-Boy – Big Sean remains a top rated rapper and while lyrically he isn’t doing much more than bragging, his flow is great and Hit-Boy provides a great bed for him to rap on – B

My Mother Wants Me Dead – carolesdaughter – bummer rock pop, and entirely addictive with a revved up orchestra, a stunning little guitar break, and a clever lyric – A-

Bitterblue² – Reimagined 2021 – Cat Stevens/Yusuf – Cat, no, just no. It barely works when Dylan reimagines Dylan songs, it certainly doesn’t work when Cat does Cat. A terrible version – D+

Pa Mis Muchachas (feat. Nathy Peluso) – Christina Aguilera, Becky G, Nicki Nicole – Christina returns to her Spanish roots with a catchy slice of merengue and some top girls on hand – B

SG (with Ozuna, Megan Thee Stallion & LISA of BLACKPINK) – DJ Snake – the French DJ had a lot to do with crunk, but not on this yet another entrance on the Latin-Urbano meets EDM axis – B+

GIVE IT ALL UP (feat. Tove Lo) – Duran Duran – a drear dance track by the always overrated synth boys – C+

Cover Me – Glacier Veins – ringing guitar pop punk – B

That’s The Power – Live – Hillsong Worship, Benjamin Hasting – Hillsong better pray to God there is no God, because of years of offending its ears, it then insulted its precepts. Oh, the song is atrocious as well – MUST TO AVOID – F

Taking Me Back – Jack White – The X-Box business as usual, white noise guitar sound, I have no idea why I was so generous yesterday – C-

Taking Me Back (Gently) – Jack White – sure it’s better, so are Frosted Flakes – B-

Pop Tones – Jah Wobble – if ever an album deserved a (metal) box set it is Public Image Ltd’s The Metal Box, but more than anything John Lydon would ever do, PiL were a band at that time and a band that moved on Jah Wobble’s promising a dub version and the magnificent bass playing here (I believe Keith Levine is here as well) is a promise being kept. I sure wish Johnny was involved in this version of “Poptones” -to my mind as great as anything Johnny ever did, Wobble’s spoken word take sincerely misses the original vocal but the sound itself is magnificent, a nihilist’s anthem – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – A

Present – Khalid – not bad neo-r&b – B

INDUSTRY BABY – EXTENDED – Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow -extended by 15 seconds but I’ll take it, everytime I hear that fanfare I am in awe – A

Not In The Mood (feat. Fivio Foreign & Kay Flock) – Lil Tjay – terrific emo rap, melody with drill giant Fivio Foreign, that “like now” hook is a rap favorite this year – A-

Make It Look Simple – Maria Taylor – the singer songwriter remains incapable of writing a bad song, this not only lives up to its name, it surpasses it – A

Couldn’t Have Done The Killing – Marissa Nadler – gothy and brooding horrorshow – B-

Sickle and Peace – Mastodon – metalcore goes prog and all are punished – C

Big Subwoofer – MOUNT WESTMORE, Snoop Dogg, E-40, Ice Cube, Too $hort – a true supergroup, I like everybody on it, but bring em together as Mount Westmore, and I can’t hear it – C-

The Grey Commute – Nation of Language – rocknyc alumni Woody Fuller loves these guys after catching em opening for Holy Ghost, HG! are more obsessed with BPMs, these guys are electronic crossover beat guys with synths to burn – B

Some Might Say (Live at Knebworth, 11 August ’96) – Oasis – did the movie never show in the States? I can’t find it anywhere… – B+

English Rose – Paul Weller, BBC Symphony Orchestra – remake of his own Jam composition is a gorgeously orchestrated and arranged beauty -better than the All Mod Cons original – A

Hot Stuff – Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs, The Lovely Eggs – Pigs x 7 with a remade disco classic as a hard rocking anthem – A-

I Feel Good – Pink Sweat$ – Khalid good with less dress sense – B+

Curly Q – Prince Daddy & the Hyena – pretty rock pop – B

Strub Tha Ground (Feat. Yung Miami) – Quavo, Migos, City Girls – very cool hook, not rain drop drop top, but a similar DNA – B+

Equal in the Darkness – Steve Aoki, Jolin Tsai, MAX – pop dance indifference – C

Moth To A Flame (with The Weeknd) – Swedish House Mafia – the boys will never be admired the way they were before being caught using pre-taped music instead of DJing in real time, but time wounds all heals and they return with a sure shot mainly because The Weeknd kills the vocals – B+

Hung Up – The Mysterines – one of the few talented UK rock bands with a chorus that lifts you up and out… Liverpool, eh? – B+

This is the Night – Live – The The – one of Matt Johnson’s better songs, from 1993, the vocals are harder and the beats slowed up, but it still sounds good – B

Top 5 – Tokyo Police Club – a touch too low key from the indie rockers – B-

Waiting – Tops – love the falsetto vocals on this dreamy pop track (not dreampop) – B

Million Dollar Moment – Wiz Khalifa – rock drumming fueling a hip hop anthem – B

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