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Going Steady: New Singles 2-22-19 – 2-28-19 Reviewed

Feel Something – Adam Lambert – Back on tour with Queen, Lambert has his skills and here he uses them to channel Sam Smith instead of Freddie Mercury on a pathos drenched bummer – C

Fast Times – Albert Hammond, Jr. – If all else fails (and, trust me here, all else does fail), copy your first band with ringing guitars (which Albert knows how to do) and singing (which he is not very good at) – C+

The Barrel – Aldous Harding – Singer songwriter folkie sad songs, this is a very well written song with an instrument break the edge of subtlety, and simple touches like casual back up singing that feels like an underlined word – B

Voicemail for Jill – Amanda Palmer – A horrible song about sympathy for a woman who has an abortion. I have no problems with sympathizing with women who have abortions, when an ex-girlfriend of mine had one I was deeply sympathetic though I wanted to keep the child myself.  It has been my experience that decent men stand by the woman and an extended sisterhood stand by the woman: in other words, Amanda is full of shit… oh, and the song is a dreary piano based horror – MUST TO AVOID – D-

Don’t Blink – Blithe – UK popster girl sings about sex… which is just how it should be – C+

Thotiana (feat. Cardi B, YG) [Remix] – Blueface, Cardi B, YG – Blueface is an LA rapper affiliated with the crips, and this track has a half dozen remixes out there and this one has a GREAT Cardi B sex verse – B

My Next Broken Heart – with Jon Pardi – Brooks & Dunn, Jon Pardi – Business as usual country romp – B

Confident – Carlos Vara – Electronic pop mover by the young gay boy of the moment – B-

Spy Kid – Chief Keef, Zaytoven – Keef is autotuned, Zay is glimmering darkly – C+

Time Rider – Chromatics – A dreamscape beats and stuff snoozer (almost literally) – C

Times Won’t Change Me – Circa Waves – Piano based blueser – C+

The Fruits – Col3trane, DJDS, RAYE – I coulda sworn the Egyptian American singer songwriter was a DJ on this pop song with 808s and a backup singer – C

Bank Robber – Eli Paperboy Reed – Old school blue eyed soul needs, as always with Eli, better material – B-

History – Fetty Wap – After blowing his big chance, introducing trap to the masses and disappearing in a whirl of arrogance and laziness, Fetty has steadied himself on this fine slice of trap pop that reminds you what you liked – B

Flat Tummy Tea – Freddie Gibbs, Madlib – The only thing wrong with Madlib is his name and Gary, Indiana’s Gibbs was on the verge of a major breakthrough out of jail in 2009 -Freddie never quite happened though he sure can rap and this is nothing much – C+

Stray – Grace VanderWaal – Soulful new material by the teen sensation – B-

Diviner – Hayden Thorpe – Brutally tedious piano based indie track – C-

Peer Pressure (feat. Julia Michaels) – James Bay, Julia Michaels – Bay is James Blake if James Blake’s computer crashed, and with the highly qualified songwriter Julia Michaels singing along, this is a gorgeous little pop song – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – A-

I Guess I Just Feel Like – John Mayer – Mayer is the luckiest man in the US, he missed the #metoo movement by a heartbeat while his buddy Ryan Adams is now over, Mayer is free to release crap like this singer songwriter stuff with Knopfler like guitar – C

Ain’t Got No Money – Justin Townes Earle – Meh re-write of “You Can’t Catch Me” – C

Bloqueo – Lele Pons, Fuego – With everything going on in Venezuela it is cool hearing from the Youtube sensation even on a predictable pop dance Latin track – C+

Tu Vida en la Mía – Marc Anthony – Old school Latin pop from the past master – C+

The Bones – Maren Morris – AT my Steve Earle meet and greet he noted the future of country was female… not this female who needed a killer to cash in on “The Middle”  – C

If We Make It Through the Summer – Marissa Nadler – Dream pop drear – C

No Sleep (feat. Bonn) – Martin Garrix, Bonn – terrible modern EDM, every reason why the genre didn’t break through in one shitty song – C-

The Dirt (Est. 1981) [feat. Machine Gun Kelly – Mötley Crüe, Machine Gun Kelly – I hope I never grow so old where I have to take these guys seriously, this is part of the upcoming Netflix movie – C

BANG – NGHTMRE, Shaquille O’Neal, Lil Jon – Hard as fuck electronic banger – B

Brief Moment – Oh Land – Not bad but they better hope that Lil Uzi likes it – B-

Walk Me Home – P!nk – Not bad country pop bubblegum – B

One Less Day (Dying Young) – Rob Thomas – Yeah, no it ain’t smooth, just manufactured beats over Americana snooze – C-

Strange Love – Simple Creatures – Bland rock – C

What You Heard – Sonder – Two DJs and a microphone perform chill r&b – C+

I Want You Around – Snoh Aalegra – Chill r&b via Sweden – C+

Rushing the Acid Frat – Stephen Malkmus – gone are the synths on this gitar psychedelic quasi mid-period Monkees track – C+

Are You Lonely (feat. ISÁK) – Steve Aoki, Alan Walker, ISÁK – Not lonely, bored – C

Everything Is Falling Apart – Teenage Fanclub – When they first came out, the raves were so loud I bought the album without hearing a song they’d ever done… last time I made that mistake. Here, without founding member Gerard Love, and no worse for it. Or better – C

Black Light – The Dream Syndicate – Two years since the Paisley Underground stars return, this sounds like a bad acid trip, spooky and strange – B+

Withstand – The Murlocs – Why form a band that stands just like your other band… ask King Gizzard not me though the harp makes it worth a ride or two – B-

Not Giving In – Tom Walker – There is a cottage industry in bearded, mid-20s tenors who over sings and overwroughts everything (think Rag N Bone Man) , Tom just won the breakthrough artist of the year award at the Brit Awards and he stinks – C-

Bola Rebola – Tropkillaz, J Balvin, Anitta, Mc Zaac – A coupla top Brazilian DJs with a first rate reggaeton dance track – B


Scrawny – Wallows – New Wave rock band via California self-portrait, sounds relatively exotic – B

High As A Kite – Weezer – I swear this is true: I sat here listening and thinking: “don’t blow the chorus, just don’t blow the chorus”. Rivers blew the chorus – C+

Gangsta Fever – YoungBoy Never Broke Again -hip hop r&b auto tuned and 808d – C+

Don’t Trip – Zacari – LA singer songwriter gets the new form of confessional on this very pretty song – B

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