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Going Steady: New Singles 4-8-22 – 4-14-22 Reviewed

Wings Of Stone – Adam Levine – a dreadful big time rock ballad with electronic hoo hahs from the Maroon 5 and a warehouse of co-signs including a Red Hot Chili Pepper and… Judd Apatow – D+

Temptation – Cover – Alba Elini, Diana Krall – ho hum smokey nightclub jazz – C+

City of Gods (Part II) – Alicia Keys – oh really? She dumps Ye and Fivio and so ruins the only decent thing from the predictably awful pianist – D

Cayó – Arca – The Argentinean Queen of hyperpop with a piece of extended weirdness that sounds like Monks on drugs – B

That’s Hilarious – Charlie Puth – Puth in wonderful voice on a beautiful piece of heartache – B+

She Had Me At Heads Carolina – Cole Swindell – a who’s who set of country writers (Thomas Rhett has his name on a song better than anything on his new album) , and Cole slays it with a great little country rocker – A-

Crazy What Love Can Do – David Guetta, Becky Hill, Ella Henderson – whatever happened to the great French DJ? A piece of EDM fluff carried by two good singers genre wise – C

Watertown – 2022 Mix – Frank Sinatra – the title track off Sinatra’s most overrated album, it still sounds like the exposition second song on a bad off-Broadway musical… still… that voice – B-

First Class – Jack Harlow – Harlow is circling big league stardom and this is a nothing special and if it doesn’t do better they won’t be calling him a superstar anymore – C+

Block me out – Gracie Abrams – JJ Abrams daughter, produced by this year’s Jack Antonoff Aaron Dessner, with what might work as a deep Taylor Swift album cut circa Red – C+

Gotta Let It Go – Joyce Manor – first rate jingle jangle pop punk winner, the bridge is the best since Harry last week – A-

All 4 Nothing (I’m So In Love)- Lauv – the beats are a little heavier than usual but otherwise business as usual sad boy from the teen sensation – C+

Right On – Lil Baby – after Dababy self-destructed, ATL pop rap has a new face of in Lil Baby, who has miles of skills as a rapper, less so as wordsmith – B

Woman To Woman – Lyn Bowtell – I can see no reason why the Australian country singer hasn’t broken the States, she is old school and she can sing anything, here she is at the peak of her powers with one of her best songs (though when aren’t they?) and in a perfect world she’d be heading directly to the Grand Ole Opry – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – A-

That’s Where I Am – Maggie Rogers – a superbly arranged indie pop with a cinematic sound – B+

Home – Mike Posner – undoubtedly the man can write a song, and the strings on this striver works perfectly well – B+

Actin’ Up – Miranda Lambert – Miranda has had an off decade so far, this is a pretty clever country blues, better than usual – B

I Burned LA Down – Noah Cyrus – indie folkie with three part harmonies from Miley’s kid sister – B

Hey Hey Rise Up – feat. Andriy Khlyvnyuk of Boombox – Pink Floyd – Pink Floyd’s first release of an original song since The Division Bell is in aid of the Ukraine and features a sample of Andriy Khlyvnyuk, frontman of Ukrainian rock band BoomBox, who left a tour and returned to fight in Ukraine, singing a 1914 protest song outside a church that is sampled on “Hey Hey Rise”, with the two remaining Floyd’s, David Gilmour and Nick Mason, handling the instrumentals and sounding more like Gilmour than Pink -B+

The Rip – Porridge Radio – the Brighton band took years to perfect their post-punk and this post-breakthrough hit is going to continue their indie alty trip up the charts – B+

Neck & Wrist (feat. JAY-Z & Pharrell) – Pusha T – Pusha at his most accessible, Jigga with a top verse that reminds you what he can do when he chooses, Pharrell brings the melody – A-

My Pony – R3HAB – house pop from the big time producer – B-

Alone – Rhys Lewis – sadboy bedroom pop with r&b on the chorus – C+

I Blame The World – Sasha Alex Sloan – from her upcoming album, digitally constructed bedroom sadgirl – B

Soccer Dad – ScHoolboy Q – the former Black Hippy with a tremendous sample reviews his life and yes, he has a 13 year old daughter so I guess he is one – B+

Gettin’ By – Steve Earle – Earle does more than acquit himself on the Jerry Jeff Walker song – B+

Pretending – Van Morrison – I have a friend who claims that I lose my critical distance when it comes to the Celtic Cowboy, but he is just pissed because Van is an anti-vaxxer, here Van has a typical and typically lovely song – B+

That’s How Horses Are – Thom Yorke, Hugh Brunt – brooding and gothy instrumental from the final season of “Peaky Bind” – B

My Man – Yemi Alade, Kranium – Yemi and dancehall singer Kranium with a pleasant and efficient afrobeats sweetness – B+

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