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Going Steady: New Singles 1-22-22 – 1-27-22 Reviewed

Pop Music (feat. Moneybagg Yo & Beatking) – 2 Chainz – “excuse me sonny, do you know where I can find some booty,?” is funny and the response, “why is your face so ugly?”, is funnier – B

Re-Entry (feat. Mark Hoppus) – A Day To Remember – emo guys meet pop punk – B

Airport – Alex the Astronaut – I open every review of the singer songwriter by noting it isn’t “I Think You’re Great” and it isn’t but it is pretty darn good, the sound has steadily evolved into a fuller, tuneful background – B+

Wish for You – Allison Moorer – with Earle’s other son getting a writing credit and with Moorer at her peak power, this remarkable song was based around a tune hummed by her son who is autistic and doesn’t speak, and in return has one of her great moments – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – A

Bordello – Alto Arc – featuring one of the stars of Deafheaven, it is goth meets industrial shoegaze – B

SAD GIRLZ LUV MONEY Remix (feat. Kali Uchis and Moliy) – Slowed + Reverb – Amaarae – The Atlanta singer songwriter sounds like Billie Eilish on this one – B-

Strung with Everything – Animal Collective – the intro is an electronic sound garden that morphs into Americana with the intro disappearing into the mix. The third single off the eagerly awaited new album – B

Queen Of The Night Aria – Live On The Ed Sullivan Show, September 6, 1953 – Anna Maria Alberghetti – from Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” of course, one of the most difficult arias to sing, the high note would be tough for Mariah Carey to hit; the superb soprano Anna, 85 years old today, appeared on the Ed Sullivan show over 50 times and it is easy to hear why – A-

I’m Hurt – A Place To Bury Strangers – their patented, noisy, wall of sound pseud shoegaze – C+

So Cool – Big K.R.I.T. -the rapper at his most r&b ever with a gorgeous song and a terrific groove – B+

Simulation Swarm – Big Thief – their EIGHTH single from the upcoming double, the acoustic guitar bridge is exceptional – B-

Long Drives – BoyWithUke – one man band with a lovely, electronic midway between EDM and Americana from his bedroom – B+

Running Back – Live For SiriusXM – Bright Eyes – an outstanding take on the Thin Lizzy classic, Conor’s voice has a perfect ache for it and the horns are a terrific interlocution of sound on one of the great life on the road songs – A-

Bruno’s Children – Bruno Skibbild – From Sjælland, Denmark: “I wanted to tell the story about a personal family nightmare that me and my children experienced in 2007. I was wrongfully accused of the abuse of my children and the County took them into custody without any further investigations than the original accusation….” is a lovely piece of agitprop that seconds as a story of injustice with a catchy chorus with a hook, “this is the story of power abuse” worth remembering and while it doesn’t shout, the anger teems out from under – B+

Running with the Hurricane – Camp Cope – Aussie, all girl, indie rock stalwarts with a gorgeous slice of bad vibes, with a refrain worth listening to: “the only way out is up” – B

Target Practice – carolesdaughter – third generation bedroom pop sadgirl and so loud and so, well, produced, it just sounds like good indie pop from the 10s, “everything’s so goddamn boring” is the truth – B+

Light Switch – Charlie Puth – he is becoming an American Ed Sheeran and here we have a taste of his first album in four years and it is terrific pop dance – A-

Black Irish Indian – Cherokee Rose – Those who remember Don Giovanni’s Joe Steinhardt brief tenure with rock nyc may remember his review of Native American folk, but here he takes it more than a step forward, re-releasing Rose’s 1987 two albums and here is the lovely first single – B+

On Wings of Carnage – Corpsegrinder – given the band name, are you surprised at the bloody thickness of the sludge track? – B

HIT – DaBaby, YoungBoy Never Broke Again – DaBaby has lost his mojo and even though this is a good speed rapper with a great organ hook, it sounds dated – C+

Shadow in the Frame – Daniel Rossen – the Grizzly Bear member with a flamenco style lead guitar and a growing sound – B

Flower Shops (feat. Morgan Wallen) – ERNEST – Ernest is the Morgan co-conspirator, and Morgan seems to have weathered the cancellation, helped immensely by Lil Durk, I thought it was overblown anyway but I was discussing with a friend who noted that while Morgan might not be a racist, his use of the word is an excuse for his fans to do the same. This song isn’t worth getting upset about -C+

No Dough – Fly Anakin – the 90s inspired rapper has a hard, crisp rap that stands up to anyone on this Madlib produced track – B+

Lights Out – Fred again.., HAAi, Romy – by the numbers pop house, that’s Romy from The xx – B-

ur just horny – GAYLE – “Those things that I can’t take back, my nails running down your back” is a great line, the f bomb is gratuitous though will help push the product. It could be a second hit, she might not be a one hit wonder – B+

Lie Love Lullaby – Girlpool – “an intersection of Hollywood futurism and post-grunge sincerity” and you can hear the sincerity for sure though the futurism is missing on their first release in three years – C+

مستفزه – Hamo Bika, Nour Eltot, Omar Kamal – translates to “Long Live Egypt” with a fine piece of Arabic pop plus EDM beats – B

London Is Lonely – Holly Humberstone – Holly has one masterpiece, and this ain’t it but it ain’t bad, and I am excited to see her open for Olivia Rodrigo – B-

Keep That Same Energy – Homeboy Sandman – Queens local hero with Detroit producer Illingsworth on a draggy track though the beats are fine – B-

Better Times Will Come – Janis Ian, Diane Schuur, John Cowan, Vince Gill – Ian has announced this as the end of the road for her, with some lovely harmonies that sound like country spiritual – B+

Year of Love – Jenny Hval -composed in isolation in Norway (sort of goes without saying), she is on top of her electronic folk with a vocal tour de force of prettiness – B

Watercolor Eyes – From “Euphoria” An HBO Original Series – Lana Del Rey – typical Del Rey and if you like Lana you’ll enjoy her deep goth romanticism here – B+

Big Science – Arca Remix – Laurie Anderson – Laurie was an original, electronic arts major in 1982 on the title track now remixed by the growing legend that is Arca. It is the album that gave Laurie her only pop breakthrough “O Superman”. Arca goes all in on the remix, for over ten minutes the backgrounds itself into the front with strong drums and lotsa churn – B+

Mona Lisa – Lil Pump, Soulja Boy- a weird hook monster and Soulja adds a great verse and Lil Pump on his Pastor is a must hear – B+

Vacaciones – Luis Fonsi, Manuel Turizo – Fonsi was behind the song that broke Latin American pop once and forever with “Despacito” and this is an invigorated Latin pop beauty – A-

First to Love – Maia Friedman – Tom Deis and Peter Lalish, Maia’s usual collaborators, don’t help the Dirty Projector on a sweet snooze – C+

Cositas de la USA – Maluma – sometime in March we get to see Maluma as the popstar who gets caught cheating on J Lo, this is probably from that movie and the clearest of pure pop songs – C+

Rent Money (feat. Dave East) – Mary J. Blige – With a new album due in February and a coincide with her appearance at the Super Bowl Halftime show, this is the best of the three songs we’ve heard – B

Physical 40th Anniversary Megamix – Medley – Olivia Newton-John – an overblown blow out featuring a mix of songs off the album – B

I Just Want to Be a Good Man (To Be Used, by You) – Pastor Champion – the preacher without a church was still a popular deep south Pastor, and even if he wasn’t this acoustic spiritual might have done it any way – A-

Pain – PinkPantheress – “PinkPantheress tops stardom-predicting BBC Sound of … poll” yes indeed, though it hits me that the sound of the UK for the past five years has been bedsit black women, still it’s better than Wet Leg – B

Robot Writes A Love Song – PUP – they broke through a coupla years ago and their Pop Punk has gotten better on this tuneful little rocker – B+

PUNISH – Pussy Riot – pleasant EDM beats and a huge assist from Tove Lo – B

Hellbent For Leather – Ray Wylie Hubbard, Steve Earle – If the MCU wanted a country singer superhero Ray Wylie Hubbard would suit the job down to his ragged beard and cowboy boots. I’ve loved Hubbard since rock nyc writer Steve Crawford introduced me to his garage Americana country back in 2012 circa The Grifter’s Hymnal, the rest haven’t always been that good but they have always been very good. His latest single, the breathtaking bad news bear leaving L.A. for Arizona, featuring the best man you can imagine to join him on the job, Steve Earle. The two outlaw bad boys trade verses and harmonize on the vocals with a winner and a lament of sorts – A-

Melody – Sigala – no EDM DJ has a better ear for recycling and this is just as good as everything but Sigala’s best – B+

In & Out – Sonic Youth – since none of their solo work has done a damn thing, this odds and sods early track makes up the slack – B+

Juice – Stefflon Don – the English woman can rap when necessary and knows reggae, but this is just a soulful pop track, well sung – B+

This Night – Superchunk – not “Digging For Something” but not bad – B

Message In A Bottle (Fat Max G Remix) (Taylor’s Version) – Taylor Swift – she dropped the Max Martin and Shellback early co-conspiratorial “Message In A Bottle” (not the Police one) last year and it is nothing special, though remixed by Fat Max G -whoever he is – C+

Eazy – The Game, Kanye West – An Eazy-E sample made for The Game who sounds like The Game and Ye who fails to draw blood with his Pete Davidson jab – B+

Promised Land (Collab New) (with Sheryl Crow) – TobyMac – The CCM biggie with a country Americana and a huge feature – B

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