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Going Steady: New Singles 11-16-18 – 11-22-18 Reviewed

Girl’s Best friends – 2 Chainz, Ty Dolla $ign – More r&b than hip hop, but modern r&b, all on the beat, so Ty steals it but 2Chainz raps with strength – B-

Hot Wings – This one is all 2 Chainz at his poppiest, just a straight up rap against a mood track – B

Not Today – Alessia Cara – Killer pop song, best since Ariana’s last two weeks ago, it shuffles smartly to the beat and finger snaps, drums as clap with an easy going cheerfulness belied but the punchline. I haven’t bought Alessia as a pop star before but this has done the trick  – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – A-

No One – Ari Lennox – Another r&b singer on J. Cole’s label, a little ordinary – C+

Between You And Me – Betty Who – Ho hum Aussie pop singer – C+

Higher (King Pt. 6) – Big K.R.I.T. –  haunted Southern rap – B-

Glorious – Big K.R.I.T. – After the crunch “Higher,” this is a very smooth flow rap – B

Look What I Got – Big K.R.I.T. – dreamy intro leading to the best hook of the three , and the niffiest not beat but drums – B

The King Is Gone (So Are You) – Friends And Heroes Session – The terrific George Jones song doesn’t get the smiles it deserves, and while his next tour will include both friends and heroes, this take is a little on the not cutting it side of Blake – C+

Bucked Off – Brad Paisley – Enough already, the guy can play a guitar but namedropping George Strait don’t make you George Strait, and punning on impolite words don’t make you funny – C

Everything Goes (Wow) -Broods – Dream pop mood music with a clever beat but still a little dozy – C+

Peach – Broods – Starts slow but crackles on the chorus – B-

Blue Chips – Danileigh – She went down like a lead balloon at Tidal X, this is chill-r&b – B-

Communique – Disq – Post-punk from Saddle Creek – C+

Trashformer – Donna Grantis, Mike McCready – clever hard rock guitar hero instrumental – C

Violetta – Donna Grantis, Mike McCready – Astringent art jam – C

Nothing To Do Town – Dylan Scott – Except some George Strait songs that they turn up loud – B+

Josephine – Escort – Perhaps the best old school disco band around, this is another goodie – B+

Tell Me Where It Hurts – Moribund Christ bummer – C

Getting Down The Germs – Gerard Way – Questionable career decision moves? Knocking My Chemical Romance on the head. This pop stuff is simply not good enough – C

No Chance – Jarami – EDM meets r&b -what an original concept – C

SOLO – Jennie – K-pop Princess, adds strings to the usual mix – B-

Gallows – Jess Ray – Apparently she doesn’t ignore the reality of our human struggle… how old is she? Twelve? Americana – C

Puff Daddy – JPEGMAFIA, Kenny Beats – Not bad, it sounds a lot like Anderson .Paak and more power to em – B+

Lux Prima – Karen O, Danger Mouse – Nine minutes of meh – MUST TO AVOID – C-

Christmas Time Is Here – Khruangbin – The guitar, bass, drums instrumental band cover Peanuts,. Hey, it’s better than “The Christmas Song” – B

Femme Fatale – Rise recording – King Princess – Superb take on the Velvet Underground classic, only helped by having a woman sing it – A-

Take One -Kodak Black – All those Florida hood kids are a danger and Kodak Black is still hustling on this goodie – B

Stay – Le Youth and Karen Harding – Dj comes up with an ear worm, this is the essence of pop 2018 and all it is missing a rap from Cardi – B

In This House – Lil Wayne, Gucci Mane – two of the top rappers in the business, what’s not to like? – B

Would I – Maggie Linderman – Pretty but slight singer songwriter track – B-

Invisible Ink (Demo) – Mandy Moore – I don’t watch her “This Is Us” so its significance is a pass, but on the plus side her Dawes husband is nowhere to be seen – C+

Sermon – Mercury Rev , Margo Price – For some reason or another, Mercury Rev and releasing an album of Bobbie Gentry covers, Margo does well on the first release – B

Thingamajig – Miya Folick – Americana indie with just piano and a terrific vocal… song could be more memorable – B-

Waves – Normani, 6lack – Normani is a black Camila Cabello, by which I mean her pop is funkier and her melodies less memorable – B-

Not The World – Papa Roach – straighahead rocker, melodic, catchy, not bad at all – B

Dear Friend – Home Recording II – Paul McCartney – Killer take on an ace Wild Life song – A-

Adicto – Prince Royce, Marc Anthony – If this is bachata, then bachata has a pulse on this lively update on Latin pop – B+

Christmas Time – Quincy – Al B Sure’s kid!! A not terrible hip hop Christmas muse – B-

Raptame – Reik – Latin pop trio with a midsize salsa beat – C+

Velvet Rope- Rita Ora – Straight up ballad, lovely if slight – B-

Speechless – Robin Schulz, Erika Sirola – Whither house? The singing is a bore but once the synth seizes the hook it kicks in – C+

The Big Unknown – Sade – Sade is Sade even when the song is a dog – C+

Blur – Seaway – catchy pop punk, sounds like Superchunk without the whiny singer – B

Haunted House – Sir Babygirl – A high school evening goes dastardly wrong for the lesbian identifier – B

Hollywood Ending – Starcrawler – The guitars crunch till they stop and the singer isn’t strong enough to carry it forward – C

Tank Top – Starcrawler – Faster though not as tough, it has a riot grrrl vibe – B

Our Work Is Done – Superchunk – Great intro, then nothing – C

Total Eclipse – Superchunk –  nice little rocker – B-

VOICES – Switchfoot – Blah rocker that plods to death – C-

NATIVE TONGUE – Switchfoot – Not bad, nice punchline:  “Love is a language…” – C+

Beach House – The Chainsmokers – All power to the electronic dup with more hooks than they know what to do with, this is another goodie… a pity they stopped selling – B

Own It – The Raccoonist – ROCKABILLY vibes! – B+

VTr – The Twilight Sad – Pleasantly old fashioned and tedious dram pop wall of sound – C+

Running Away – The Weeklings – The Weeklings aren’t a Beatles tribute band like, say, the Fab Faux, and they aren’t a Beatles parody, like the Rutles, a little more than a Big Star or ELO, both bands indebted to the Beatles, the Weeklings channel the Fab Four in unexpected ways and now, with “Running Away,”  the band have picked up on a Lennon type blues classic rocker that sounds as though you’ve heard it before, though clearly you haven’t. The singing, the playing, the song itself, are immaculate, the instrumental bridge a sparkling jewel, and vibe both old fashioned and timeless – A-

Spirit Will Provide – Van Morrison – I don’t have high hopes for the next album, but this third single is pretty good with that TM modus, and sweetness – B

Lonely Town – Vultpeck – Some of the oddball sophistication of Phish but without the attitude – C+

No Candle No Light – Zayn, Nicki Minaj – Apparently he never had any friends when he was with One Direction -perhaps not, but quite a few lovers… the backing sample is terrific – B

 

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