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Going Steady: New Singles 4-29-22 – 5-5-22 Reviewed

Skin and Bones – 070 Shake – the Ye find from some 7 years ago often finds herself a featured artist and when she takes the lead makes cinematic, wall of sound songs as vibrant and somehow dowdy as this one – C+

Big Time – Angel Olsen – she goes for a country waltz with indie folk vibes – C+

Unconditional I (Lookout Kid) – Arcade Fire – in which the Win and Regine take two steps back on a typical sounding pre-2015 drear anthem blah – B-

Maybe You’re The Problem – Ava Max – she is cut from the same cloth as Dua Lipa and maybe the problem is how generic she sounds – B-

See you Soon – beabadoobee – her sound is widening and this is another dreamscape as bedroom pop sadgirl, a strong and subdued world of music to land upon – B+

They Don’t Know – Bobby Shmurda – after five years in prison, Bobby was released in February 2022 and if this piece of drill ultraviolence is anything to go by he won’t be free for long – B

Solo – Carlos Vives – the Colombian superstar practises Latin pop that whatever subgenre has a traditional bite to it – B

Pop Out – Erica Banks – a child of Megan Thee Stallion, stripper rap and more with a first rate flow on this speed rap – B+

Have You Ever Loved a Woman – Live at the Fillmore, San Francisco, 1994 – Eric Clapton – circa From The Cradle, no longer God but not yet Judas – B+

ESCAPE (feat. KUČKA) – Flume, QUIET BISON – the Australian EDM guy on a helium based bland out electronic – C

Palaces (feat. Damon Albarn) – Flume – a tedious wall of sound electronica with a studied Damon vocals, painful stuff – MUST TO AVOID – D

Ukrainian National Anthem in Dub – Jah Wobble, Jon Klein, The Ukrainians – a Slavic singalong to the sound of Ukrainian defiance arranged for dub – B+

I Feel Funny – Justin Bieber – Bieber goes electronic weirdness on a spoken word awful – C

Can’t Lose – Lil Mexico, Lil Durk – the Southern rapper can’t pull it off even with a Lil Durk feature – C

I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free – Mavis Staples, Levon Helm – dates from 2011 as the first drop from an upcoming compilation, the song is a Nina Simone sure shot given a soulful and thrilling take – B+

Can’t Stop Falling Apart – Michael Monroe – if any one deserves another shot at the charts, the former Hanoi Rocks leader with a first rate slice of hair metal meets the melodic killer instinct of pop punk on a terrific rocker – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – A-

Switches & Dracs (feat. Lil Durk & EST Gee) – Moneybagg Yo, Pooh Shiesty – Pooh was just sentenced to five years three months in prison for gun possession, begging the question as to why can’t you take the gangster out of the rapper? Lil Durk is subbing on the OG “Switches & Drac” but it is the Memphis mafia that is carrying it – B

Kind Of Girl – MUNA – Muna usually make it with ease, but this makes it uneasy with a dab of Indigo Girls that they manage to move past – B

Trying Too Hard – Nick Piunti, The Complicated Men – this is power pop as drawn up by Alex Chilton, tight, very, very tuneful, and gorgeous ringing guitars

Secrets (feat. Iggy Pop and Randy Blythe) – ONI – screamo metal with one star of the genre in Randy Blythe and another (astoundingly) last man standing Iggy Pop – B+

Can’t Stop Us Now – Pitbull, Zac Brown -painful dance anthem – C-

1999 – Live In Syracuse, March 30, 1985 – 2022 Remaster – Prince – three months before Purple Rain dropped, a killer version of a masterpiece – A

Up the Mountain – Regina Spektor – from 2004 – 2012 she was an untouchable match of Slavic vibes and indie folk, and then she couldn’t maintain it and her second new song is just a weird piece of meh – C

Love Me More – Sam Smith – always a pleasure to hear from Sam here is a pleasant piece of EDM pop – B+

Manchild – Sia, Neneh Cherry – a fine re-working of Neneh’s 1989 track – B

It Ain’t Over – The Black Keys – Dan’s crew are usually completely indifferent, but the chorus is quite good – B-

Damian – The Dream Syndicate – Steve Wynn has had one of the best second acts in pop history, it is astonishing how prolific and perfect he has been since his return in 2014, five albums later this is a dramatic piece of soulful rock with a killer lick – A-

just like heaven – The Lumineers – a pretty take of The Cure masterpiece – B

Gold Forever – For Tom – The Wanted – ten years ago the Wanted were on the cusp of superstardom, performing at the 2012 Jingle Ball and doing alright even with One Direction and Taylor Swift on the same bill. It didn’t happen for The Wanted which is sad, and then in March of this year the lead singer Tom Parker died from cancer at the age of 33, “Gold Forever – For Tom” is a re-recording with strings attached in honor of their fallen comrade – B

Hello, Hi – Ty Segall – a strange sounding, astringent rocker – C

Dangerous – Van Morrison – Van (and Eric) are the opposites of old whores, they’ve become disreputable. This is a fibe Van blues groove with a side of jazz and… THAT VOICE – B+

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