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Going Steady: New Singles 3-4-22 – 3-10-22 Reviewed

Complete Mess – 5 Seconds Of Summer – the shoulda been the next One Direction’s via Australia work their way through a funny pun – B

Me Myself and Why – Alana Springsteen – singer songwriter confessional – B-

Heavy Heart – Bartees Strange – indie guitar song, exceedingly well arranged with fuzzy guitars – B

Did You Find the Money Farm? – Bruce Lee Band, Angelo Moore, Skatune Network – the ska revival continues, and I am still not entirely aboard with it, on this one Korean Mike Park and punk rock cohort Jeff Rosenstock bring on the horns with a singalong: “Power, Lust, Greed” – C+

Bam Bam (feat. Ed Sheeran) – Camila Cabello – Camila’s best song since “Havana”, Ed’s best song since “Shape Of You”, finds Camilla getting over Shawn Mendes with a bottle of red in one hand, and a party in the background, Ed handles his verse with absolute confidence even as the lyrics hit at emotional trauma. HOWEVER, I wrote that on Friday and today it still hasn’t hot big so who knows – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – A

Baby – Charli XCX – a fair slice of sexy dance pop – B

Payback (feat. Icona Pop) – Cheat Codes – always great to hear from Icona Pop, Cheat Codes not so much – C+

Down To The Bar (feat. HARDY) – Cole Swindell – the only reason for romance for country bros like HARDY and Cole is as an excuse to get seriously fucked up, this has an ace guitar lick – B

Trampoline (feat. Missy Elliott, BIA and Doechii) -David Guetta, Afrojack – very early 00s EDM rap, Missy is on fire – B+

Elliot’s Song – From “Euphoria” An HBO Original Series – Dominic Fike, Zendaya – Fike had next big thing written all over him, it didn’t happen and this tired, acoustic ramble ain’t bad but it won’t help – B-

It’s Random – Dora Jar – she made quite an impression opening for Billie Eilish last month, though she didn’t sing her latest, a fuzzed out singer songwriter with an edge of pop punk – B+

Power Power (feat. Shaun Ross) – Duckwrt – he is the current open for Billie Eilish, and he can rap and there is an edge of making flippy floppy buzzed out fresh beats – B

Break Up Twice – Eric Contractor – it’s hard to understand why Eric didn’t break pop, he has a wonderful voice, a deep and mesmerizing thing, and at his best, 2011’s “Night Escape” for instance, he sounds like opera tilted on his side. Eleven years later he sounds like an EDM produced crossover. It’s a terrific song but who is the audience? Eric should get an agent who can get him features on hip hop tracks – A-

Peru – R3HAB Remix – Fireboy DML, Ed Sheeran – “Peru” is a great song that came straight out of the UK charts into remix heaven. Ed was on it from an earlier mix and his verse reminded you that he used to be a rapper and he can hold the beat tightly. Meanwhile, Fireboy picks up an Hispanic lady at the clubs in San Fran to fine effect – A-

Lost Track – HAIM – Alana was so great in “Licorice Pizza” that she has managed to forestall my usual indifference to the sister act, maybe that’s why this is such great ear candy, or maybe they are simply better over a single than an album – B+

Don’t make me beg (With Lil Baby) – Hylan Starr – Lil Baby’s new labelmate is a strong soul singer with great vibes on this hip hop track, he didn’t need Lil Baby – B+

Hi-De-Ho – Jack White, Q-Tip – from its industrial strength intro, through its Spanish intro and its odd Cab Calloway sample, this doesn’t quite work – C-

Queen Of The Bees – Jack White – has he hit an artistic wall? this ain’t much at all – D+

Head High – Joey Bada$$ – Pro Era were never what they could’ve been, the standard bearer of hip hop in the city, this is a picture place on the autobiography – B

Leave You Alone – Kane Brown – indifferent country ballad – C

Hey Like A Child – Kurt Vile – another acoustic drag by the always snoozy troubadour of not Neil Young – C-

I’m Tired – From “Euphoria” An HBO Original Series – Labrinth, Zendaya – unspeakable dross, the L of LSD (with Sia and Diplo) should be a whole lot better than this terrible mood music – MUST TO AVOID – E+

ay! (feat. Lil Wayne) – Machine Gun Kelly – please, no – D

Frozen – Fireboy DML Remix – Madonna, Sickick – Madonna’s Ray Of Light was a 1998 mid career masterpiece and good enough for “Frozen” to be picked up by Sickick, previously just a taster of the song and not much longer now, when Madonna dropped it over 20 years ago it was six minutes in length, this one creeps past two minutes and Fireboy sings it to a standstill on an electronic plus afro mind meld – B+

The Epidemiologist – Peter Doherty, Frédéric Lo – the chorus is very pop francaise but the body is Pete still reminding us of Ray Davies – B+

You Can’t Keep It From Me Forever – Peter Doherty, Frédéric Lo – if drugs hadn’t seriously derailed his career, Doherty would be considered in the same league as Ray Davies and Damon Albarn, he is really that good – B+

sleeping on the floor – Powfu – the “death bed (coffee for your head)” guy sing- rapping on a bedroom popper – B

Te Espero – Prince Royce, Maria Becerra – a true Prince of reggaeton has no truck with Latin-Trap so sounds dated – C+

Hear Me Clearly (with Nigo) – Pusha T – Nigo is the Japanese producer but this doesn’t sound Asian, it sounds like Pusha T being an asshole… as usual – B+

Poster Child – Red Hot Chili Peppers -better than anything on The Getaway and the first single, Kiedis’s rap is smooth clicky clacky syllable spin – B+

Buffalo Stance – Robyn, Neneh Cherry, Mapei – Robyn covers her BFF Neneh as state of the art pop plus a nice little rap from Mapei and a great beat – A-

Angelica – Wet Leg – every year or so New York trips out over English bands like Wolf Alice, and Wet Leg’s female post-punk vibe who make it good with a storming track about a rotten party – B+

L.O.V.E. (feat. EARTHGANG, Jon Batiste & Sherwyn) – Yung Bleu – the producer with a party track like LMFAO without the raps, I recommend you singalong, clap your hands, stamp your feet – B

Jump Out The Window – Yelawolf, Shooter Jennings – Or Mrs. Fefe Dobson to you, who along with Waylon’s son perforce classic rock (think of when the Who uses synths) for a first rate Americana – B+

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