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Going Steady: New Singles 10-1-21 – 10-7-21 Reviewed

Wish Me Luck (Extended Explicit Version) – 50 Cent, Charlie Wilson, Moneybagg Yo, Snoop Dogg – old school hip hop meets r&b, stolen by the great Charlie Wilson (here) – B

Incendio – Arca – a poster child for hyper-pop, the Venezuelan trans woman already has one of the best albums of the year under her belt and this electronic noise meets Spanish language art-pop is pretty good itself – B+

Come Through (feat. Lil Tecca) – Bankrol Hayden – the net result of emo rap and soundcloud rap, after we’ve buried to the gone too soons, is mainstream melodic rap like this winner – B

LEMME FIND OUT – Bino Rideaux, Roddy Ricch – pretty good melodic rap here, Roddy is a smart add – B

Come Back As A Country Boy – Blake Shelton – Blake hasn’t really been the same since Miranda left him, and this .38 Special sounding song won’t change it – C-

Wouldn’t It Be Nice – Brian Wilson – from the upcoming instrumental solo album, a great song boiled down to its melody line – B+

Want It All (feat. Polo G) – Burna Boy, Polo G – Nigerian pop master meets melodic rap and a smooth flow from Polo G – B+

Peace Train – Extended String Mix / 1971 – Yusuf / Cat Stevens – this is the same vocal recording and I am not sure the strings add anything here, still, what a song – A-

Write A List of Things To Look Forward To – Courtney Barnett – Barnett is less indie folk and more classic rock with a great lick though her speak song vocals still irritate – B

Tú no me conoces – Danny Ocean, TINI — The Venezuelan star and billion streaming guy with Tini taking a verse and adding color to an already colorful song – B+

You’ve Got A Habit Of Leaving – David Bowie – a classic 60s rock pop re-recorded for the never released follow up to Earthling, Toy album. Part of a bootleg series type upcoming box set document a spectacularly iffy period in his career – B

O Holy Night – Eagles Of Death Metal – I’ve been patiently waiting for Jesse Hughes to make a complete ass of himself as an anti vaxxer. Sadly, this will have to do – D+

The Seldom Seen Kid – Elbow – another tribute from Elbow (the song shares a name with an old Elbow Album) to the late BRYAN Glancy of The Mouth, this is an electronic memento mori – B

Finish Line – Elton John, Stevie Wonder, David Campbell – Gospel-y 70s pop, Stevie and Elton are both in strong voice – B

Amazing Grace – Takes 1-2 – Elvis Presley – I loved Elvis very much but this bluesy take is besides the point – C+

Hunter’s Moon – From HALLOWEEN KILLS – Ghost – horrorcore for the upcoming movie, not nasty enough – C+

Feminist Song – Gina Birch – the former Raincoats’ sing spoke, tempo twister is a remarkable art meets electronica protest music with a candy sweet chorus, first performed with her prior band in 2010, that’s Ana singing with her – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – A-

Somewhere They Cant Find Us – Habibi – The girl group lead by an Iranian never mention the word post-punk but that is what this is – B-

Say Her Name (Hell You Talmbout) – Janelle Monae, Alicia Garza, Alicia Keys, Angela Rye, Asiahn, Beyoncé, Brittany Howard, Brittany Packnett-Cunningham, Chloe x Halle, Isis V., Jovian Zayne MJ Rodriguez, Nikole Hannah-Jones, Prof. Kimberlé Crenshaw, Tierra Whack, Zoë Kravitz – “Please join us as we honor the 61 Black girls and women whose lives mattered and should be with us today. Black women and girls are often left out of the conversation when it comes to police brutality. Today we say their names. We tell their stories,” says Janelle. Strong stuff – B+

Wasted Days (feat. Bruce Springsteen) – John Mellencamp – Americana by two past masters, a strong melody and a great accordion middle in a surprisingly not terrible song – B+

TRUST! – JPEGMAFIA – very good art rap, with a strange meeting of voices borderline spoken word – B

Blessed & Free – Kane Brown, H.E.R – nice and soulful match of voices though the song ain’t much – B

fue mejor (feat. SZA) – Kali Uchis, SZA – SZA sings in Spanish, Kali jumps on top of Don Toliver – B

Open Wound (feat. Jaz Karis) – Katy B – not unpleasant soulfulness less on the dancefloor and more in the bed – B

Donne Moi – KOKOKO! – if Bang On A Gong was a band, they would be these found beats band banging on aluminum – B

Dad Vibes – Limp Bizkit – I loved nu-metal back in the day, Fred may have only had Significant Other in him, but he had Significant Other in him, and this is the same DNA… really – B+

Crazy Family – From “The Addams Family 2” – Megan Thee Stallion, Maluma, Rock Mafia – I was so disappointed by Megan at Governors Ball I thought it might be me, just a very bad way to see her… this is an excellent theme song and Maluma is on fire, actually so is Megan – A-

Snow Globe – Pistol Annies – the country women supergroup are always a little too self-satisfied, this first single from their upcoming seasonal album is killer with great drumming, harmonies and melody (which owes a smidge to “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?”) , great horn bridge, and less self-satisficed – A-

As Far Away As Possible – Shout Out Louds – The Swedish power poppers first work in four years is pleasant enough – B-

Vibe (feat. Popcaan) – Skip Marley – Look, Skip ain’t his grandfather but right now it’s been forty years since Bob passed so it is hardly a surprise as the man nearly ended reggae with him, as far as the Marley clan goes Skip is a standard bearer and this track, with dancehall great Popcaan, is a keeper – B+

This Has Gotta Stop – Slowhand & Van – Van and Eric tell off the cancel culture… I doubt it will change anything – B-

Rushing Water – Sting – I’m telling you, Sting did it, I don’t care what anyone says – C+

L.A. Woman, Pt. 2 – L.A. Woman Sessions – The Doors – sure, it doesn’t tell us anything we don’t know about Jim’s appreciation of the city of lights, women, and his mojo rising (sung deeper here) that we didn’t already know, but it sure reminds us – A

Troubles A’ Comin – The Rolling Stones – it’s clear why Keef wanted to cover the Chi’lites 1970 song, that fucking lick, man… Mick is as good as as he was on “(Walk And) Don’t Look Back” – A-

I Like Dat (feat. BIA & Kehlani) – T-Pain – Kehlani gave the performance of the weekend when I saw her last month at GovBall, and she performed “I Like Dat” so I am very excited to hear T-Pain’s song streaming, a joyful, autotuned of course, hip hop pop take – A-

Yes I Guess They Oughta Name a Drink After You – Tyler Childers – from the upcoming John Prine tribute album though Childers voice isn’t 100% right… I’d pay cash money to hear George Jones cover it – B

Poke It Out (feat. J. Cole) – Wale, Cool & Dre – I was thisclose to buying a tix to J Cole at Barclay’s on Saturday, a touch too expensive, and this wonderful rap and rhythm track makes me doubt myself – B+

I Don’t Want to Talk – Wallows – catchy power pop trio from L.A. – B-

Wet Dream – Wet Leg – ringing guitar trio from the Isle Of Weight with catchy indie rock and a great hook “touching yourself” and the punchine: “enough to make a girl blush” – A-

Crave – Years & Years – cock crazy, boy band vibe from Elton’s new friend – B-


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