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Going Steady: New Singles 3-13-20 – 3-19-2020, Reviewed

 

Weightless – Active Child – quasi classical, haunting background and soft blown dreamless daydream – B-

Morocco feat. 6LACK – Alina Baraz, 6LACK – chill r&b with a dreamy vibe and synth zooms, plus 6lack doing what he does best, making every woman he sings with seem like his true love – B+

Don’t Slack (from Trolls World Tour) – Anderson .Paak, Justin Timberlake – Anderson’s best since 2016 is also Justin’s best since 2013: a straight up funk dance workout… cool beans – A-

Horses – Brian Fallon – the Gaslight Anthem lead singer goes even deeper into the Americana rabbit hole – B

Dela Move – Chronixx – dank, modern reggae as it plays with rap vocals sung spoke, which seems a little light for Chronixx voice – B

Sulfur Surrounding – Code Orange – classic hardcore band, scream and shout with a quasi John Barry musical dynamic – B

Anytime – Country Westerns – terrific indie rocker as though the 2010s never happened – B

Strawberry’s Wake – Dance Gavin Dance – odd mix and match of indie pop and screamo – B-

Levi High (feat. DaBaby) – DaniLeigh, DaBaby – a fun ode to mom jeans featuring the ubiquitous DaBaby – B-

Physical – Dua Lipa – the half a billion Spotify streams for the last single is down two thirds from her height, but this is just as hooky (that “who needs to go to sleep when I’ve got you next to me” is money in the bank) and should do well on the dancefloor to boot – B+

Hyper Vigilance – DRAIN, Taylor Young – Hardcore, heads down, Santa Cruz riff monsters – B+

High Horse – Early James – Americana confessional – C

The Difference – Flume, Toro Y Moi – Flume is an arriviste tech producer, Toro adds some soulful indie cred – B-

talkin johnny & june (your arms around me) – Field Medic, Pickleboy – pretty and quite amusing (we all know which Johnny and June he means) on  a lo fi, acoustic bedsitland pop track with a lick of country – B+

Cold Summer – Georgia Maq – alt rock band Camp Cope leader with a beautifully sung, fully realized, indie folk acoustic song  – B+

I Will Not Change My Ways – Jack Colwell, Owen Pallett – Owen’s production makes this low key Americana sound more like a neo-classical mash up – B

none of this matters – Kemba – alt rapper with skills galore from the Bronx, a calm and fluent flow – B

I’m So Tired – jennylee – Warpaint’s bassist (and singer) covers Fugazi in a world of distracted horror plus a slow fade to black – B+

Forfeit – Kiane Lede, Lucky Daye – chill-r&b, smooth and soulful, Daye is as good as you’ve ever heard him, from a woman who notes she was poor in her youth, and figures it might show something we don’t hear – B

Oprah’s Bank Account (Lil Yachty & DaBaby feat. Drake) – Lil Yachty, DaBaby, Drake – Lil Yachty at his pop best plus the biggest star in rap and the second in command on a very funny and very clever hook lined hit revolving around a great metaphor…plus da baby as Oprah??? Check it out below

Hold That Thought – Local H – Steve Albini producing the grunge era duo, which means this is how they want to be heard – B-

Hometown – Logan Mize – business like country song, nice line about a steel guitar in a disco song – C+

One Margarita – Luke Bryan – the second great song off his upcoming album, earlier we got the triumphant ode to the joys of being where you are “Born Here Live Here Die Here”, “One Margarita” swings harder and sweeter, a major triumph for drinking your fun time away – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – A-

Torch – M. Ward – better than the first single, a low key, melodic Americana track – B

Bullets With Names (feat. Young Thug, RJMrLA & Lil Duke) – Machine Gun Kelly, Young Thug, RJMrLA, Li – The rap equivalent of hair metal… in a good way – B

Twinkle Twinkle – Margo Price -one of her lesser efforts, a blues country rocker with no distinguishable marks – C+

Raro – Nacho, Chyno Miranda, Chino & Nacho – Venezuelan pop star with a straight up Latin pop and steady beat goodie – B

I’m Alive – Norah Jones – dreadful soft jazz and soul crappola – MUST TO AVOID – D+

Papi Chulo – Octavian, Skepta – grime guys take on Latin American flamenco – B

Rubbernecker – Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs – great little garage rocker – B+

Ponytail – PINS – post-punk, buzzed goodie via the UK, plus synth lines galore – B

Processed By The Boys – Protomartyr – post punk comes across as sludge metal – B

Butterflies Pt. 2 – Queen Naija – well sung but nothing special R&B via Detroit – B

Danger – RDGLDGRN, Nitty Scott, Alexandra Stan -impressive art rap – B

Peaceful Afternoon – Rufus Wainwright – Rufus’s ode to his husband is a very lovely waltz – B+

Pièce à vivre – Rufus Wainwright – and in French (though he changed its name a little) – B+

To Die For – Acoustic – Sam Smith – lives up to its name with just piano and very attractive vocal – B

What is Compassion? – Savak – agitprop alt-rock by one of the best alt rock bands around – B+

Staring at a Mountain – Sharon Van Etten – folk ballad from an upcoming movie

Life as a Mannequin – Shiner – back after eighteen years with a strong rock, atmospheric and thicker than most sound in a post-punk world – B

We Got Love – Teyana Taylor, Ms. Lauryn Hill – Hill adds a coda to last year’s Ye produced triumph – A-

Child of Night – The Black Dahlia Murder – Hardcore goes prog and then changes its mind, the drummer is spectacular  – B

The Worst In Us – The Dears – a variant on chamber pop that doesn’t connect – C

Alex Trebek – The Fleshtones – There was a time in 1983 when the Fleshtones were the greatest band in the world for a week, now they are just a longstanding garage rock band with a sense of humor – B+

Caution – The Killers – overblown anthem rock saved from the scrapheap, where so much of their material, ends via a tandem tunefulness – B

You’ll Be Mine – The Psychedelic Furs – dramatic Butler with a song that is too busy to ignite properly with all its psychedelic doo dahs in the way – C+

The Mall  – Tim Burgess – the Charlatans lead singer, not as good as the clever, clever, “Empathy For The Devil” but it gets the post-Brit-pop deal done – B

FREAK – Tyga, Megan Thee Stallion – extremely tedious sex song, Megan doesn’t help much – C

Think I’ll Stay – Westerman – synth pop big emote – C+

Small Black Reptail – Wire – less post-punk and more a guitar fuzzed alt rocker – B

Bammer (feat. Mustard) – Wiz Khalifa, Mustard – still rapping about weed, this time over a jazz  horn like a drill in the head – C+

Waking Up Down – Yaegi – an electronic and dance oriented singer songwriter track with a finger snapping up beat – B

Kerosene! – Yves Tumor – a post-punk roar of guitar licks and wailing vocals – B

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