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Going Steady: New Singles 2-8-19 – 2-14-19 Reviewed

 

Distorted Truth – Above And Beyond – Trance 101 – B-

Back In The City – Alejandro Sanz, Nicky Jam – Reggaeton for two, Spanglish mainstream by the very popular 1990s superstar – B

BLACKJACK – Amine (feat YBN Cordae) – Great backing tracks and a snappy staccato rap – B

Leaning On Myself – Anna Of The North -Robyn soundalike without the deep EDM production – B-

Why Don’t We – Austin Mahone – Like Justin Timberlake circa “Cry Me A River” only not as good – C+

Clovers – Barrie – It’s like having your ears brushed with eau de cotton candy… but is that a bad thing? It wouldn’t be but it doesn’t click memory wise, it’s too lax – C+

Super Cool – Beck, Robyn, & The Lonely Island – It is always a relief when Beck stops acting like a po faced dick and opens his fun quota, 2016’s “Wow” was one terrific fun number, and “Super Cool” with Robyn? just a blazing sweet ride, and The Lonely Island straddling parody as always, come together with Beck sounding like he was listening to Odelay all night, the icing on the cake – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – A-

Heart Attack Kid – Ben Kweller – Ben went from next big indie bright eyed thing to has been with nothing in the middle, this is why – C

Newman – BloodPop® – For some reason, I never realized Blood Pop was once Blood Diamonds, this is what he really wants to be doing, cracked EDM dance tracks – B

Ferrari (feat. Afrojack) – Cheat Codes, Afrojack – EDM pop bands aren’t what they were but Cheat Codes keep the faith and this house monster is their reward – B

Better When You’re Gone – David Guetta, Brooks, Loote – Guetta remains a complete master of the form and here he is joined by a good production duo and a Norwegian DJ for a straighter than usual dance track – B

New Shapes – Diplo and Octavian – Adds rap to Diplo getting his Avicii on pop style – B-

Mi Error – Eladio Carrion, Zion – Echoey Spanish trap (not Latin as such, from Chile), and the poster child for the Latin revolution – B

Tough Enough – Ex Hex – One of Mary Timony’s band, not bad but a little ordinary rocker – B-

Y’all Boys – Florida Georgia Line, HARDY – Steve Crawford claimed it was probably due to who they were collaborating with, and who they were collaborating with is Big Loud’s HARDY. The Presley rockabilly lick helps – A-

Livin’ A Lie – Foxygen – Middle aged bummer by a young band – C+

Pearl Cadillac – Gary Clark Jr. – Sounds like D’Angelo or Prince, like that, and broods and broods and explodes and when it explodes the words can’t carry it and the guitar isn’t good enough – C

Happy Together (feat. Ray Toro) – Gerard Way, Ray Toro – It’s hard to go wrong with the Turtles, though that hasn’t stopped Gerard from losing his way in the past, and this one doesn’t. Ray Toro is a My Chemical Romance alumni, and it is a part of the Netflix animated adaptation of Gerard’s “The Umbrella Academy” – B-

shut up – Greyson Chance – Not bad singer songwriter stuff except the beats which are way too loud and overwhelm the song – C+

Think (From the Motion Picture “What Men Want”) – H.E.R. – Speeded up and performed on computers, but not bad take on the Aretha classic – B

As You Find Me – Live – Hillsong UNITED – Let’s keep it simple, if you see the words Hillsong United assume it is automatically the worst song of the week, and whatever I claim is the must to avoid is, in reality, first runner up – D

 

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Crown – Kelly Rowland -see above, Kelly with 6th-Graders who were sent home from school for wearing extensions, I guess we all need a cause and mine is to rid r&b of hip hop production… – C+

Talk – Khalid, Disclosure – Not bad pop EDM, Khalid never allows his presence to overwhelm a song – B-

No Label – Lil Durk – The Chicago rapper gets played – B-

Common (feat. Brandi Carlile) – Maren Morris, Brandi Carlile – All these new country women are way too serious, here are two major ones but they are zero fun – C

Sell Out – Marshmello, SVDDEN DEATH – Less mello and more march – C+

Something About me – Martin Frawley – Former leader of twerps breaks up with girlfriend and band member, breaks up band, writes a song about how he feels and includes an astounding violin bridge – B+

Position To Win – Migos – A real disappointment, the hooks are layered rhythm and verbal, but they don’t add up on this dance number – C+

My Last Chance – Salaam Remi – The legendary Remi (he worked with Kurtis Blow in the 1980s),  perhaps as delicate and smart a remix as you will ever here, a soulful rebuke to modern r&b – B+

On Social media – Pet Shop Boys -Remember when they were the greatest disco band on earth, and now they’re busy whining about social media: “While democracy is losing its way and greed is getting greedier, console yourself with a selfie or two and post them on social media,” yes, and? – C- MUST TO AVOID

Year Of The Dog – Royal Trux – This duo knows the drill, so why this crap garage meh? – C

Mother – The Amazons – UK rock band, the lead singer has a nice hair cut – C

Neapolitan Sky – The Avett Brothers – A little light vocally, but a lovely melody – B+

Who Do You Love (with 5 Seconds of Summer) – The Chainsmokers, 5 Seconds of Summer – Nice one, especially the verses, the chorus are slack – B-

Unfamiliar – The Lemonheads – I though Evan was giving us a collection of covers, but this ruby dub dub was co-written by him – C

Anti-Gravity – These New Puritans – Lo fi art damaged stuff – C

Chi Chi (feat. Chris Brown) – Trey Songz, Chris Brown – World class hook on this very clever and catchy pop move – B+

 

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