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Going Steady: New Singles 3-18-22 – 3-24-22 Reviewed

The Lightning I – Arcade Fire – the return of AF after five years is a slow build up song that is full of reaching mountain tops – B

The Lightning II – Arcade Fire – here is where it takes off into a full blown, business as usual anthem and not as good as people think, the same way “Everything Is Now” is much better than given credit for – B+

IDGAF (with blackbear) – BoyWithUke – last year the masked singer hit it big with “Toxic” and this is more of the same lofi bedroom indie pop with the popular blackbear – B-

EL PEOR – Cami – Cami has the best Elvis Costello cover under her built from last year(‘s model), and here she morphs into a Spanish Languish Taylor Swift pop biggie – A-

Ghost Story – Carrie Underwood – country pop anthem and by her standards not the worst – C+

Go – Cat Burns – another black woman from London performing low key r&b with the attitude of an Erykah Badu – B

Blick Blick (with Nicki Minaj) – Coi Leray – she has been on the scene since she was fifteen and broke through four years later, this is a hook monster and Nicki adds a fair rap – B

Zatoichi [Feat. slowthai] – Denzel Curry – a strong first single from his upcoming fifth album with slowthai helping it be as weird as you can possibly imagine – B

Boyfriend – Dove Cameron – a beautiful, slow yet beat based hot number, all breathy desire – B

Out Yonder – Elle King – King is no Regina Bonelli, but on this electric blues track she finds the hook, and plays the guitar hook – B+

So Unimportant – Ethan Gruska, Bon Iver – Ethan is part of the Phoebe Bridgers family of minor leaguers, and this isn’t bad (Justin Vernon co-wrote) but it is dull – C+

Gibson Girl – Ethel Cain – sort of electronic bluesy sound with a lovely and deeply distracting voice – B+

Magic City (feat. Quavo) – Fivio Foreign – the last man standing of New York drill goes to strip clubs in Atlantic City with Quavo – B+

Hail To The Magnetic Moon – Gavin Eimerman – Herb’s grandson Gavin shares with him a gift for melody and sophisticated arrangements, on this song it is both brightly melodic but also nighttime dark sounding with a deep dream statelike vibe. He has never done a song I haven’t liked though still a teenager, hedoes have time – B+

Full Moon Baby – Hollie Cook – Paul Cook’s daughter takes more after the late Ari Up and with this slice of lover’s rock resembles herself more than anyone else – B

What Would You Do? – Joel Corry, Bryson Tiller, David Guetta – everytime I look at the UK charts, there is EDM King Joel, and here is with the hugely successful (in the 10s at least) French DJ Guetta and Trapsoul guy Tiller – B

For My Friends – King Princess – alt-pop and much better than her last coupla Mark Ronson produced efforts, this is an ode to friendship and why not? – B

LL Cool J – Leikeli47 – Leikeli47 picks up a guy on “LL Cool J” (stands for Ladies Love Cool Jewelry) with the hook of the week “Who boy, who you looking at like that?” and a real cool J punchline “I got a little weakness for them boys in the rough” (PS: IS THAT WHAT SHE LOOKS LIKE? HAS SHE FINALLY REMOVED HER MASK???) – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – A-

Dance Around It (feat. Brandi Carlile & Sheryl Crow) – Lucius – the two friends do indie pop with a country feel – B

maybe (feat. Bring Me The Horizon) – Machine Gun Kelly – ordinary modern rock dressed up as pop rock – C

Anything But Me – MUNA – a nice little alt rocker by the same sexers – B

Compliance – Muse – sure anti-vaxxers are morons but that isn’t a good reason to hate Matt’s crap anthem, a good reason is because it sucks so very, very bad, a tuneless proggy nightmare from a band ten years past their prime – MUST TO AVOID – E+

Heavy (with Lil Uzi Vert) – Nigo – it is no surprise to see Lil Uzi working with a a fashion maven and it isn’t a bad song, not a good one wither – C+

Fair – Normani – the former Fifth Harmony, Normani, with a bland slice of r&b – C

Forever – Phife Dawg – the late Phife was a member of one of the best hip hop bands of the 1990s (only second to Wu), here we have an interesting concept, sampling the word forever from various rappers (hint: “…forever ever?”) but it doesn’t really work – C+

No Effort – Princess Nokia – a nice one, a strong piece of self-promotion – B+

Too Late (To Call) – Ruby Red – keyboard based r&b, slow and sturdy -C+

WTF – Sasha Alex Sloan – while she can’t get away from the cliches you expect from a song whose first line is “sometimes I have a hard time seeing the point of existence” yet it is so pretty that the sad girls sells you on what you already know – A-

ESCAPE YOUR LOVE (feat. Trippie Redd) – SSGKobe – at 18 years old SSGKobe is a master of emorap and here he sounds like Juice WRLD – B

CYBAH (feat. Lucky Daye) – Syd – Syd has come a long way since opening for Odd Future at Hammerstein Ballroom with The Internet ten years ago, now she is major neo-r&b and this is a lovely soul song – B+

Skrting On The Surface – The Smile, Hugh Brunt – The Smile is Thom Yorke adding analog to digital with an acoustic guitar main instrument and a haunting vocal – B+

Eyes Don’t Lie – Tones And I -it would be hubristic to deny Tones her hit and rude not to wish a woman who spent a year living in her car while busking every success, and while this takes quote a few listens to announce itself, the lovely and moody EDM without the D is pretty good and the chorus an earworm – B+

A Little Bit of Love – Weezer – Weezer as pop band can be awful ordinary more often than not and still this is what we want Rivers to be doing – B-

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