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Going Steady: New Singles 2-25-22 – 3-3-22 Reviewed

Dawn to Dusk – 24kGoldn, LAY – Golden was born to sing the hooks on emorap tracks, solo his hip hop is bland – C+

nyc – BabySantana – Chicago drill, Ryan Adams got a co-write credit though I can’t hear why – B+

Leave a Light On (Live at Indigo at the O2, London, 13/10/2017) – Belinda Carlisle – a fine MOR track which opened her third album back in 1989, it didn’t hit but it should have. This live version from years ago is here for no good reason (a live album probably, though the Go Gos live should drop first, if they ever get around to dropping it) – B

Made Up Mind – Bonnie Raitt – her first in six years is a cover of The Bros. Landreth, with some more than tasty guitar licks – B+

Fall In Love With A Girl (feat. Beabadoobee) – Cavetown – sweetly irrelevant bedroom pop – B-

The Liars Club – Coheed and Cambria – Huh? I thought these guys were indie prog rockers, here they sound like rock classicists with an ear for a tune – A-

Do It For LA (LAFC Anthem) – B-Real, DJ FLICT, Kid Ink – soccer embraces on a somewhat lame anthem for a somewhat lame team – C-

FCKN IN LOVE – Fefe Dobson – a gorgeous little post-coital romance from the woman of color pop singer with a sound tailor made for the 2022s, the sort of sound Avril Lavigne doesn’t touch on her new album – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – A-

PBC – Flo Milli – great trap beat and a hook of hooks (ps: as in Pretty Black Cute) – B+

King – Florence + The Machine – You can’t blame Jack Antonoff, though he co-wrote and co-produced, because Florence needs no help in being dreadful, it’s been ten years since “Shake It Out” and it has been ten years since she wasn’t awful – MUST TO AVOID – E+

Lose My Mind (feat. Josh Franceschi) – James Arthur, You Me At Six – atrocious big ballad – D+

PORN ACTING* – Jean Dawson – over weaned sadboy morph – C+

Back Words – Jon Langston – way too dramatic country blah – C-

Don’t Trip (with GAYLE) – Justus Bennetts – Gayle is coming off FU and Justus is a similar low key pop jones – B-

little story – Kehlani – with a strummed acoustic guitar and well sung intro, it promises a song but it doesn’t pay off – D+

Call Me Your Ex – Kieran Ivy -sadboy pop from the UK – B-

Chasing Demons = Trap Metal – Kwame Mulzz, The Band, Yaw King – lives up to its name as the vocal sounds like nu metal and the sound explodes into rap rock – B+

Dancing Feet (feat. DNCE) – Kygo – DNCE seemed that close to breaking huge but Joe rejoined the Jonas Brothers and the return is hurt by the always predictable Kygo – C+

BITM – Leikeli47 – one of the best flows in the business over a thudding bass line – B

AHHH HA – Lil Durk – out of Lil Baby’s shadow, the Chicago drill giant with a good piece of trap – B+

I Won’t Do That Again – Lyn Bowtell – The Australian country singer with a fringe of bluesiness on this gorgeous little country rocker about getting past the pandemic – B+

I’ve Got A Crush On You [Feat. Rosanne Cash] – Michael Feinstein – Mike is the best Gershwin interpreter around and is it any surprise that a Cash can sing the Great American Songbook – B+

House On Fire – Mimi Webb – this lovely and lively song just broke Mimi in the UK, and she deserves it on this earworm – A-

Go Easy, Kid (with James Blake) – Monica Martin – a lovely piano ballad – B+

bbycakes (with Lil Uzi Vert, PinkPantheress & Shygirl) – Mura Masa – UK producer on top of his game made swell by his digital backing and some lovely singing and Lil Uzi Vert at his poppiest – B+

West Coast – OneRepublic – Ryan Tedder exists so Jack Antonoff can say, “hey, at least I’m not Ryan Tedder” – D+

Back To The Radio – Porridge Radio – the return of the best UK post-punks in the business with a sophomore effort that can’t hurt – B+

How Could I Let You Go (feat. CHIŌMA) – Randy Edelman returns with a gorgeous piano ballad plus better living through electronics – B+

Becoming All Alone – Regina Spektor – , the woman who gave us “Folding Chair” in 2009 doesn’t have the skill set anymore – D+

CHICKEN TERIYAKI – ROSALÍA – Raul Alejandro, who has a new album that just arrived, has his reggaeton hands on this rap based track from the heroic and lovely Rosalia who continues to embrace the present day though she could use some Flamenco – B+

Happiness Not Included – Soft Cell – The 80s digital soul boys from the 80s aren’t tainted on this dark and soulful track – B

Redlight – Swedish House Mafia, Sting – well, it is certainly house, and as for Sting, check out the song title if you wanna know what they are sampling… it might work better on the dancefloor – B

I Don’t Think About You – Tim Kasher – indie folk by the Cursive guy – C+

All Apologies – TORRES – yeah, yeah, everyone is gay – B+

Making Memories of Us – TORRES – a fine try at Rodney Crowell – B+

Wait – from ‘Three Months’ – Troye Sivan, Gordi – the movie was written by Troye apparently, Gordi is an Australian queer artist hugely respected, the song is a quiet snooze and the second shrug from Troye’s upcoming album/movie – B

Freaky Deaky – Tyga, Doja Cat – a track beat holds down a gorgeous hip hop track. Quite possibly the only time Tyga has done it for me – A-

Mr. Grim Reaper – YoungBoy Never Broke Again – disappointing autotune second single off the upcoming album – C

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