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Going Steady: New Singles 10-4-19 – 10-10-19 Reviewed


All I Wanted (Thanks Anyway) – Allison Moorer – Not unpleasant country rocker – B-

Return To Love – Andrea Bocelli, Ellie Goulding – Slow and brutally horrible for middle aged women to wish they were dead to, Ellie doesn’t fit – C-

Christian Nationalist – Anti-Flag – Brilliant punk rock with a strong and catchy tunefulness and a smackdown of absolute conviction and power and a warning: “we all know who you are” – B+

You Did It Yourself – Arthur Russell – The late great one in singer songwriter mode – B-

Serafina – BAMBARA – Post punk early 80s style sing song – C+

Drag – Barrie – Lovely, little folk popper – B-

Forgotten Eyes – Big Thief – The mainstreaming continues with  a pleasant (yeah, I know), folk rocker – B

Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City – Math Club Remix – Bobby “Blue” Bland – Is this a thing? The second remix of a blues great, not as good as the Muddy Waters, but good enough – B

Dinosaur Girl – Brix & The Extricated – Brix as in Mark E. Smith’s ex, with a nothing much song – C+

Sundown – Film Version – Bruce Springsteen – slighter yet more orchestrated than the album, it still sucks immensely –   D+

Cry for Me – Camila Cabello – There was a time when Camila was finding a little spot of the pop landscape, an Urbano Latino sound grounded in EDM pop, but she gave it up for mainstream pop snoozers – C

Cheating on You – Charlie Puth – Charlie does one thing very well: piano based EDM pop with falsetto vocals. It’s money in the bank – B-

Call Me (feat. Portugal. The Man) – Cherry Glazerr, Portugal. The Man – Cherry glomming on that “Feel It Now” vibe – B-

Happy Reunion – Colter Wall – old school western yeehaw – B

Marigolds – Cursive – Another proggy drear song from the Saddle Creek guys – C

10,000 Hours (with Justin Bieber) – Dan + Shay, Justin Bieber – Dan + Shay were terrific opening for Carrie Underwood in 2018, nice guys, great songs and harmonies,and a ton of country hits. What could be better? For “10,000 Hours” they have Justin Bieber, probably the best featured vocalist anywhere, joining them and the only question is when does Bieber go country? –  B+

Alone (feat. Jacquees) – Dave East, Jacquees – more R&B than usual from the Harlem rapper, the hook is all over it – B

Uniform – Devon Welsh – Highly literate with a wonderful backstory, the verse about his Grandfather is stunning  – B

Bottom Bitch – Doja Cat – Terrific use of the guitar lick from “What’s My Age AGain,” on a catchy as hella popper with a great vocal and a sweet sentiment (believe it or not) – B+

Choosy (feat. Jeremih & Davido) – Fabolous, Jeremih, DaVido – Has Fabolous ever released a song and you’ve thought “nah, that won’t do?” A terrific track with one of Jeremih’s best hooks ever – B+

Madison Blues (Version 1) [Live] [Remastered] – Fleetwood Mac – Early Mac blues rocker – B

Big Booty (feat. Megan Thee Stallion) – Gucci Mane, Megan Thee Stallion – Great banger, Megan kills… – B+

Far Away – Jessie Reyez – The incomparable r&b singer never releases a bad song, never. A beautiful low-key ballad – B+

Bandit (with YoungBoy Never Broke Again) – Juice WRLD, YoungBoy Never Broke Again – The great 2017-2017 mumble rao years are over but Juice has  still got the sadness and sweetness in tact – B+

Randy Mo$$ – Kid Ink – Randy is the hall of fame wide receiver on this loosie freestyler (loosie? here is a great review)

Hit the Back – King Princess – a very sweet and sad little lost love track – B+

Dice – Konradsen – Swedish lo fi bummer folkie tech duo, the fade out is a lovely surprise – B

Hüsker Dön’t – Lightning Bolt – Proto hardcore banged out noise – B-

Pray For Me – Lil’ Kim, Rick Ross, Musiq Soulchild – Lil Kim gets two heavy hitters for a soulful rev up – C+

Everywhere I’m Goin’ – Maddie & Tae – Never able to replicate the mix of sass and satire of the great “Girl In A Country Song,” they sure can write a purty tune – B

The Bones – with Hozier – Maren Morris, Hozier – re-mix of a song off her last album, a little bland – C

Your Capricious Soul – Michael Stipe – Michael’s first solo song is a charity number for climate control (here), according to Brooklynvegan “proceeds, for the next 365 days, will go to Extinction Rebellion, to “help aid their work of non-violent protest of government inaction to the climate emergency.” It is a great song, with a onenote hook vibrating and a lick strummed, co-written with Andy Lemaster (the Saddle Creek producer and musician), the song is lyrically a Jaggerish putdown, with an edge of desire, and a perfect Stipe vocal. It took him a long time, but if Mike is gonna start releasing solo material, on the strength of “Your Capricious Soul” count me in – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – A-

I’ve Got Reason – Mikal Cronin – Beatley guitar meets grunge Soundgarden vocals – C+

Nice To Meet Ya – Niall Horan – rocker with handclaps and a strong hook – B

The Man Who Sold The World – Rehearsal – Nirvana – From an album which, if I’m in the mood, would fit into my best fifty albums of all time, with a great rehearsal take for the upcoming 25th Anniversary release. The years haven’t been great to Kurt Cobain’s legacy, I disagree with tons of people, considering him (and Biggie) the greatest loss of the 1990s. And I proven right here, yet again – A

I’ll Be Gone (With Mavis Staples) – Norah Jones, Mavis Staples – gospel secularism, takes nearly five minutes to get out alive -maybe because you could a nap during the verses  –  C

War – Pop Smoke, Lil Tjay – Drill guy, and the mix of the two voices, Pop low, Tjay a baby Snoop vibe, works – B-

Revolution 4-21 – R.E.M. – The box set is simply excellent and this is a great and vibrant take – B+

I Don’t Want To Talk About It (with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra) – Rod Stewart – I haven’t been a big fan of the posthumous adding orchestration to the likes of Presley and Orbison. Of course, Rod is alive and kicking footballs so I say… bring it on. The second lovely version from the upcoming album – B

ANIMAL – Sleater-Kinney – Angular and raucous rocker outtake from the St. Vincent sessions – B+

IV – Sufjan Stevens, Timo Andres – More guitar classicisms – B

All This Music Must Fade – The Who – A late career masterpiece from Pete, looking back in bemusement about his heritage. He is mistaken, his music won’t fade, but Roger sings the fuck out of it, and Pete sings back up before snapping everything on the chorus himself. By the way, the edge of blade metaphor is beyond great – A

Way Down (feat. Shy Carter) – Tim McGraw, Shy Carter – Country rocker plus rap. Does it suck? And how – MUST TO AVOID –  D

Fun City – TOY – Where shoegaze meets synthpop – B-

Parties – Turnover – Dreamy indie rock – B-

EARFQUAKE – Channel Tres Remix – Tyler, The Creator, Channel Tres – I am a big fan of both performers here and an EDM remix of the terrific song is a great idea, this is all beats and claps and hang for the horns two minutes in  – B+

Benny and the Sass(E) – Unexplained Death – Omaha’s favorite son, Matt Whipkey, has been circling his indignation with the Trump administration for the past coupla years, and has settled on his punk rock outfit Unexplained Death as the best way to take off the gloves and punch through on a terrific punch rock blues based raver (wait for the yelp at the end) – B+

Moscow Mitch – Unexplained Death – The best of the four songs released so far, UD perform, angular, bass hooked post-punk with a vicious vocal and a hook on hook chorus. I guess I don’t have to tell you what it’s all about – A-

If We Wait For Mountains – Van Morrison – I see no reason Van can’t keep on writing  beautiful Morripoppers like this, orchestrated son of “Bright Side Of The Road” songs like this for all eternity – B+

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