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Going Steady: New Singles 10-30-20 – 11-5-20

A Beautiful Noise – Alicia Keys, Brandi Carlile – dull as only a keyboardist who is also lead singer can be,  emotional ballad – MUST TO AVOID – C-

Dakiti – Bad Bunny, Jhay Cortez – Bad Bunny keeps on releasing first rate material, this is reggaeton with the youngster Jhay, whose last song featured J Balvin, holding his own – B+

No Drama – Becky G, Ozuna – a hook monster Latin American pop track – B+

My Wandering Days Are Over – Live – Belle & Sebastian -B&S return to Tigermilk for the first drop off their upcoming live album – B+

Plain (feat. Lily Allen & Flo Milli) – BENEE, Lily Allen, Flo Milli – the super lonely New Zealand singer songwriter star adds Lily Allen for that extra je ne sais fucking quoi – B

Miracle of Life – Bright Eyes, Phoebe Bridgers – a charity song for Planned Parenthood, the song ain’t much and Phoebe is under used – B-

20 10 20 – Burna Boy – Nigerian singer songwriter protest song about Lekki massacre in Lagos on October 20th, where police fired on peaceful protesters, it is low key but very powerful and the ending, recorded during the massacre, is devastating, Burna Boy: “The proceeds of this song will be used to support families of victims and people suffering affliction as a result of the Lekki shootings. May the heavens open and celebrate all our fallen heroes who have died for this movement from the very beginning. Rest in peace to all the beautiful lives lost.” This is protest the way “Ohio” was protest and “The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll,” it is torn off the streets of Lagos and bathed in ten victim’s blood – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – A

It’s Not Christmas Till Somebody Cries – Carly Rae Jepsen – indie pop with a switch up of deep production work on just about everything. Charli xcx would approve – B

Starlife – Cassowary, Roc Marciano, Stove God Cooks – Cassowary is the jazz saxophonist, Roc is a member of Flipmode Squad, and the sound is brooding jazz hip hop fusion – B

Knife Prty – Purity Ring Remix – Deftones, Purity Ring – Ohms was one of the best albums of the summer, and the new remix album of White Pony (Black Stallion) adds not dance but shoegaze meets dance wall of sound – B+

Remove 45 – De La Soul, Styles P, Talib Kweli, Pharoah Monch, Mysonne, Chuck D, Posdnuos – The class of the 1990s form a super mix agitprop – B

THICK (feat. Megan Thee Stallion) – Remix – DJ Chose, Megan Thee Stallion – who doesn’t like thick women? And here is hot girl Megan to prove it – B

Kill Me Better – Don Diablo, Imanbek, Trevor Daniel – given the line up I expected it might but even so the way it moves to EDM shows the seams and how – C+

Fever – Dua Lipa, Angèle – Not that one, this is part of Dua’s plans to redraw the EDM pop lines a little, following Future Nostalgia and Club Future Nostalgia, she returns with a strong and popping new track – B

Come Down In Time – Jazz Version – Elton John – Off the soon come Super Deluxe birth of Americana Tumbleweed Connection, this isn’t what we would call jazz, though it is a lovely take – B+

4 Thangs (feat. Big Sean & Hit-Boy) – Freddie Gibbs, Big Sean, Hit-Boy -the omnipresent Freddie drops another good single with Big Sean who could have carried the track and producer Hit-Boy who deserves the moniker – B

Incredible – Gary Barlow -in front of an 80 piece orchestra, the other Take That drops a terrific, original swing track – B+

Peace In The Valley – Gillian Welch – Welch continues fracking her back catalog, here with a moody folk blues – B

There’s A First Time For Everything – Gillian Welch – Welch adds twang to folk on a lovely song – B+

Breaks – Gone Is Gone – the metal supergroup is  Mastodon singer-bassist Troy Sanders, Queens of the Stone Age guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen, At the Drive-In drummer Tony Hajjar, and composer Mike Zarin, though this isn’t white noise it is desperate shoegaze – B

Hold On – H.E.R.-  what a great rhythm track, what a wonderful sink on the bass, and how  deeply Prince like it sounds, H.E.R. killed this song on Saturday Night Live two weeks ago as well as “Damaged” (which I called ordinary but now I’ve heard it live….) – A-

Breaking News! Local Punk Doubts Existence of Systemic Racism – JER – punk via ska, the song is a thudding good time – B

Punish – Kilbourne Remix – Jesus Piece, Kilbourne – gabber industrial hardcore, an amazing noise – B+

The Fleas – Jon Snodgrass, Frank Turner – “I never thought the apocalypse would be boring…” – C+

Under The Mistletoe – Kelly Clarkson, Brett Eldredge, Atlantic Holiday – sure, Kelly has a terrific undertow to her voice that puts depth to songs that don’t necessarily deserve depth, Brett continues to audition for a talk show – C

Don’t Go Changing – Kip Moore – nothing special country rocker – C+

Really Love (feat. Craig David & Digital Farm Animals) – KSI, Craig David, Digital Farm Animals – always a pleasure to hear from Craig, the song will kill in the UK – B

Losses – Lil Tjay – rap has two subject matters, rap and the rapper, this is the latter in a world where the only reason mention losses is to tell us what didn’t stop him rhyming resentful (which he isn’t) over what he’s been through (not good)  – B-

Like Gold – Loud Luxury, Frank Walker, Stephen Puth – stop me if you’ve heard this one before: two college buddies become DJs, and enlist Stephen Puth – C+

At A Loss – Matthew Sweet – some divine intervention? Sweet’s power pop plus electric guitar sounds as though it escaped from Girlfriend – B+

Paradise (feat. Dermot Kennedy) – MEDUZA, Dermot Kennedy – the Italian trio get their Avicii on with a standard issue MOR dance track with Irish singer songwriter handling lead duties  – B-

New President – Mt. Joy – the indie rock group with some positive vibes – B-

There Is A War [Feat. Kevin Morby & Sam Cohen] – Nathaniel Rateliff, Kevin Morby, Sam Cohen -ragtag Americana heroes covering Leonard Cohen – C+

Wonderin’ – Alternate Version – Neil Young -alternate? Apparently there was the original on one of his archives and it comes from the After The Goldrush album, and while not as great as the second to fourth tracks, it could still fit in just about anywhere else – A-

blood (feat. KennyHoopla & JUDGE) – nothing,nowhere., KennyHoopla, JUDGE – composed in 20 minutes, it is a good beat with an ok song underneath – B-

How You Live It (feat. Joey Bada$$) – Nyck Caution, Joey Bada$$ – same ol’ though these guys rap well together, Joey harsh, Nyck whinge – B

B.O.B. (Bombs Over Baghdad) – Zack de la Rocha Remix – OutKast, Zack De La Rocha -outstanding remix, it is a throttling bombs away sound almost industrial in strength – A-

let down – Paris Jackson – Michael’s daughter goes singer songwriter – B-

Once Kings – Riz Ahmed – the Swet Shop Boy, UK via Pakistan with a dramatic track about Islam persecution in the West while wondering why Allah is angry with him  – B

The Triumph of King Freak (A Crypt of Preservation and Superstition) – Rob Zombie – heavy metal shudders with oddly Middle Eastern flavor – B-

Circus – R-Mean, Method Man, Kabaka Pyramid – uses Eminem’s “Business” well and Method Man is, well, a legend – B

Sucks To Be You – SAINt JHN – another follow up to “Roses” – C+

Natural – Shelly – this is Clairo’s new band, a wishy washy indie pop sound and the hook still takes you by surprise  – B-

Steeeam – Shelly – sweet guitar indie pop lesbian band – B

Mork n Mindy – Sleaford Mods, Billy Nomates – Billy’s album earlier this year was a giant, and the meet up with the duo wasn’t only inevitable, also welcome – B+

Make You Mine This Season – Happiest Season – Tegan and Sara – Lesbians get to be soppy during the holidays as well – C+

Interstellar Love (feat. Leon Bridges) – The Avalanches, Leon Bridges The Avalanches were more than welcome back in 2016, but then they wouldn’t go away and the sample giants became average… still sounds terrific here – B+

Ramona – The Smashing Pumpkins – the SEVENTH single from the upcoming single, nothing special but better than we had any right to happen, with lotsa emo drama and handclaps – B-

Wyttch – The Smashing Pumpkins – high drama quotient pop stuff with synths stuffing you – C-

Dora – Tierra Whack – sounds like a nursery rhyme with a good rap on top – B+

I Have a Voice – Vivien Goldman – weren’t Vivien and Bob Marley an item? Anyway, I remember her obit for the Lion of Jamaica way back when, it’s better than this and this isn’t terrible Goth self help – B-

Blues Bitch – Winnie and the Rockettes – blah garage rocker psyche – C

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