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Going Steady: New Singles 3-25-22 – 3-31-25 Reviewed

In My Head (feat. Travis Barker) – 24kGoldn – the real follow-up to “Mood” doesn’t only include the Jack Antonoff of post-punk but a sample that must have cost a fortune of Cranberries “Zombie” although the late Dolores O’Riordan isn’t on the credits. Golden Landis is looking to be sued for plagiarism and in between letters from attorneys might very well hit big – B

Free The Shiners – 42 Dugg, EST Gee – if Lil Baby is the Atlanta rap pop performer of the moment, 42 Dugg is his signatory on his label and both Dugg and Gee are signed to Yo Gotti’s Collective Music Group, and both of them are good rappers though I prefer EST’s harsher flow – B

Only You – Alesso, Sentinel – atrocious EDM pop with a side of really bad house on the bridges – D+

Put A Little Love In Your Heart – Amy Grant – Grant is lovely and good hearted and navigates secular pop as well as Christian, and Jackie DeShannon’s masterpiece is given a simple and lovely take – B+

Talk – beabadoobee – clearly not lo-fi anymore, the indie popster from the UK via Indonesia is on top of her pop sound on this terrific song – A-

Running With The Angels – Brittany Howard, Tia P. – from Americana rocker to clever but bland disco star… go figure – C+

Contrast And Compare – Companion Version – Bright Eyes, Waxahatchee – a re-recording of the goodie on Letting Off The Happiness, and for the first time Conor makes it worth our while with a thrilling, clean, sax laden take abetted by Waxahatchee – B+

St. Ides Heaven – Companion Version – Bright Eyes – to quote Alyson Camus (here) more negligence than voluntary alteration. I like its rough hewn more than Alyson does which is not to say I like it – C

Child of God – Chance the Rapper – one of the biggest disappointments, he should be changing his name to Common The Rapper or Chance The Legend – MUST TO AVOID – D

The Man Who Never Sleeps – Live – Charles Mingus – I have no idea why this suddenly showed up on streaming services, though this is a Mingus perennial and you can hear a fine version on the 1987 And Orchestra, still there is no better way to spend 20 minutes – A-

Native Intelligence – Danny Elfman, Trent Reznor – a remix off Elfman’s Big Mess deluxe- B

Waterfall – Disclosure, RAYE – the duo always have their up and down, this is a down – C

It’s Up To Us – Effyzzie Music, Yemi Alade – if Angelique Kidjo is the Queen Of Princess, Yemi is the Princess, but this isn’t a particularly good shot at it – B

Naked – FINNEAS – he had been on a roll but it’s over (of course he just won an Oscar so I’ll forgive you for disagreeing) – C-

Playboy – Fireboy DML – he is the best Afrobeats performer since Burna Boy and while “Peru” has already done the job, this track is, if anything better, a smooth as silk beat ready beauty – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – A-

Skinty Fia – Fontaines D.C. – I never considered the boys were the next U2, but this is so crappy maybe they are – D

Skinty Fia – Fontaines D.C. – the digital duo with a hot sex song that plays out as a brooding desire – B-

I Would Die 4 U – Holly Humberstone – a beautiful lo-fi cover of the Prince classic making us all the more excited to catch her opening for Olivia Rodrigo – A-

Forever My Love – J Balvin, Ed Sheeran – Apparently he has had an early peak with Jose, and this bland ballad is not much – C-

Up There Down Here – Jake Owen – from the label that gave you Morgan Wallen, a pleasant country pop – B

Mount Airy Hill (Way Gone) – Kurt Vile – the fucking whiny bitch – MUST TO AVOID – D

Everything’s Electric – Live from RAK Studio – Liam Gallagher – it took Greg Kurstin and Dave Grohl to help compose this piece of Oasis redux, Liam is to Oasis what Oasis were to the Beatles – C+

Cry (with Aluna) – Louis The Child – the Chicago EDM duo helped by Aluna’s sparkling vocal… but not enough – B-

NO HOTEL – Lykke Li – Americana sounding Swedish snooze – D+

Mojando Asientos (feat. Feid) – Maluma – The J Lo movie didn’t have much action but that doesn’t mean the 27 year old superstar doesn’t have a smart mix of Bachata and reggaeton, having noted that this is a bore – C+

Murder the Summer of Love – Michael Monroe – I interviewed Mike back in the 80s when he lead Hanoi Rocks and they remain the first and the best hair metal band, here he has lost nothing and if he would revert to the Hanoi Rocks could ht the metal charts with ease – A-

Not the One – Red Hot Chili Peppers – beyond dreary, easily the worst song we’ve heard on the upcoming album – D

Vulture Island V2 (with Lil Baby) – Rob49 – Rob sounds gangster, Lil Baby sounds effortlessly arrogant – C+

The Man That Got Away – Rufus Wainwright – I was a huge fan of Rufus till I saw his Judy Garland performance, but this version isn’t the live version and is, in fact, and jazz mood piece that works pretty well – B

Tacones Rojos – With John Legend – Sebastian Yatra – Yatra continues his 2021 successes with a very catchy smooth r&b – B+

So Che Tu Non Sei Per Me – Santana – Carlos with another late career move – B-

Shotgun – Soccer Mommy – the indie artist is well loved although her catalog seems to belie it, this is anastonishingly indifferent song for a woman who gets the sort of press usually handed to Phoebe Bridgers – C

No Love (with SZA & Cardi B) – Extended Version – Summer Walker – the R&B woman Summer is popular without ever actually selling it well… till now, two of the best performers anywhere join her for a gorgeous soul workout – A-

chaotic – Tate McRae – it’s been a long time since “rubberband” and while this is better than the last couple, why use Greg Kurstin? He is everywhere: Greg, Jack, Travis: they all have their niche and I am sick of it – C+

Tiebreaker – The Head And The Heart – not bad Americana with a good wooo of a hook – B

It’s Only Rock ’N’ Roll (But I Like It) – Live At The El Mocambo 1977 – The Rolling Stones – from the secret gigs in a 300 max room, not much of a version but whatever – B

Rip This Joint – Live At The El Mocambo 1977 – The Rolling Stones – if the Stones didn’t feel threatened by punk, then why are they playing it too fast…? nice harp by Mick but this is the worst version I’ve ever heard of one of their greatest songs – C-

Disaster Girl – The Vaccines – alright straight up rocker – B-

Feast of Snakes – Wednesday – the covers EP was pretty Thief but this sounds like Big Thief with more electronics – C-

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