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Going Steady: New Singles 10-28-22 – 11-03-22 Reviewed

Falling For You – Ashanti – the 90s star (and Ja Rule pal) can still do her soul thing and if it wasn’t for the astonishing irritating clapboard would have a major new release – C+

SIMPLY THE BEST – Black Eyed Peas, Anitta, El Alfa -crossover Latin trap with a first rate rap from El Alfa

Don’t Play That Song – Bruce Springsteen, Rob Mathes – the third song off Bruce Springsteen’s upcoming old soul songs and the best of the three, the live vibe is a good game of chicken – B+

Slap – Busta Rhymes, Big Daddy Kane, Conway the Machine – Busta still sounds great but the song won’t do it and When Disaster Strikes is just a memory- C+

Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree – Cliff Richard – the way he stops and bangs on the deck of the deck the halls is pure Cliff – B+

Iris – Colbie Caillat – the singer songwriter was close to Taylor Swift size popularity, a West Coast Swiftian, but she couldn’t pull it off and she doesn’t on “Iris” -an iffy little track on big feel and for me she follows Rosanne Cash, Conor Oberst, Steve Earle -musicians who couldn’t much sustain it when they had to – C

Pop Out – DeJ Loaf – the gifted r&b singer is never not on top of her game, it’s been awhile but she hasn’t missed a step on this excellent soul song – B+

Bad Idea – Dove Cameron – the bisexual Descendents star with a lousy song – C-

Frenzy – Iggy Pop – first rate pre-punk early 70s style hit and run – A-

Gunshot (feat. BEAM) – Jim Jones – the Dipset member with a strong mix of dancehall and 90s boom bap – B

In My Head – Juice WRLD – one of the great losses in modern day rap was emo rapper Juice WRLD’s preposterous death and here is proof as nearly three years after he passed at the age of 21, this is perfect Juice WRLD and a reminder of what we’ve lost – A-

TALK’N THAT SHIT! – Killer Mike – we’ve been waiting for Mike to do some solo work, ten years after R.A.P. Music I still can’t hear that level of greatness – C+

Can You Afford To Lose Me? – Holly Humberstone – post her gig opening for Olivia Rodriguez, Holly’s answer is this drowsy, electronic, piano based overwritten blahdom – D+

Monsieur Dior – IDK – Maryland’s favorite son with a beautifully rapped track but indifferent beats track wreck it out – C

Tanaka 2 – Joey Valence & Brae, Logic – Very impressive, full headlights, explosive burn down the house rap, Logic should take a bow and “hit the pop rock” is the hook of the week – B+

Love Will Conquer – Liam Fender – Liam has some of Scott Walker in his singing and some of his brother Sam, maybe even better, in this positive vibes tracks – B+

Bag Talk – Polo G – moves between emo trap and drill and back – B-

Lift Me Up – From Black Panther: Wakanda Forever – Music From and Inspired By – Rihanna – a soft, sweet, sad, strings laden sorrowfulness, but it isn’t really Rihanna (it is written by Wizkids pal and superstar Tems) and while it has hit stamped on it, it is too quietly devastated and incapable of bringing forth the way it feels. A sad, but not terrible, disappointment; the “i need love” coda is very effective, “keep me safe in your arms” she asks but it ain’t happening – C+

Wild Grey Ocean – Sam Fender – not as good as his little brother Liam – MUST TO AVOID – D+

Last Day of Summer – Shania Twain – a month late sex song country woof – C-

OOGA BOOGA! – Ski Mask The Slump God – from 2017 it seemed as though Ski had joined the likes of XXXtentacion for teen fun mumble rap, and this is a novelty track but a good one – B

Shirt – SZA – this is what we’ve been waiting for? Sure, she has a great voice but this electronic r&b isn’t all that – C+

Life’s A Bitch – TAELA – electronic smartass influencer – C+

Carry Me Home – The Beach Boys – the saddest thing about Dennis Wilson, as this outtake from the 1972 Sail On Sailor clearly proves, if Dennis had lived longer he would have emerged as a serious solo artist. This Wilson song didn’t even appear on the 5 CD box set. It is here now and as fine a farewell as we will ever hear, a glorious, deep harmonies lullaby – A

Bless This Mess – U.S. Girls – full blown turn away with an indie ballad – C

Streamline Train – Van Morrison – Van has a skiffle album on the way, and if this mystery train, a hit in the UK from The Vipers Skiffle Group in 1957, is anything to go by, it will be killer – A-

Money & Love – Wizkid – the follow up single off the upcoming follow up album to Made In Lagos is a heavy afrobeats moving track – B+

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