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Going Steady: New Singles 5-10-19 – 5-16-19 Reviewed

Pups – A$AP Ferg, A$AP Rocky – The A$AP top two offer up a pretty good banger for a pair who don’t give two fucks – B

Tough Love  – Avicii, Agnes, Vargas & Lagola – Lame vocals, but the classical meets gypsy backing tracks are great – B

Blame It On My Youth – Blink 182 -Remembering back when they were starting out, and it ain’t bad but it sure ain’t “What’s My Age Again” -I saw at a dysfunctional picnic (Kid Rock was on the same buiill) and they were a blast of pure energy – B-

Too Much – Carly Rae Jepsen – semi OK EDM pop from a woman who takes it seriously – B-

RICKY – Denzel Curry – Father’s day tribute for Curry’s dad – B

Best Friends Ass – Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, featuring Paris Hilton – Pure EDM pop with a great bass hook and cool as fuck Paris vocal – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – A-

I Don’t Care – Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber – Ed brings out the best in everyone, including Mas martin who hasn’t added this much sheen to a song in a year – A-

More – Flying Lotus, Anderson. Paak – Flying Lotus’s usual jazz plus beats plus Anderson for… pop crossover/ in which case he is three years too late – B

I Turned My Back On The Written World – Generationals – One of the indie bands best songs to date, absolutely addictive pop tune – A-

dead girl in a pool – girl in red – Talking about a swinging party, bedsit lo fi 20 year old Marie, from Norway, has crafted a very smart little pop song about the limitations of a good time – B+

Falling Like The Stars – james Arthur – Boring ear mush, you know: the sensitive English guy type – MUST TO AVOID  C-

Triggered 9Freestyle) – Jhene Aiko – I’m not a fan at all but this is a real good one and if he didn’t clearly state freestyle I wouldn’t have thought it – B

Kiss – Joan As Police Woman – From up upcoming box set retrospective, this is a buesy take which is fine but why cover one of Prince’s greatest melodic moments and kill the melodies? – C+

The Saint Of Lost Causes – Justin Townes Earle – Justin has been the most consistent songwriter around for years, and this is his second loser in a row – C+

We Do What We DO Best – Imperial Teen – We haven’t heard from them for years, so why a beat, atonal thingy to reintroduce the post-punkers? – B-

Beer Never Broke My Heart – Luke Combs – Sounds like bro with a musical brain, very well sung, very catchy – B

On The Square – Mac DeMarco – Starts like Geffen confessional and then gets depressed – C+

Crave – Madonna, Swae Lee  – gives her two good singles out of three ; Swae’s verse is well autotuned with a tune worth autotuning, and Madonna is sweet (yup) on this sex song… ps , enough with the ageism, guys – B+

Can’t Take It From Me – Major Lazer, Skip Marley – Will Diplo take a damn rest? – B-

Thriving – Mary J. Blige – Fine r&b, the Nas verse is a bit meh – B-

Badass Woman – Meghan Trainor – Her EP, The Love Train, from earlier this year was ace, but this is business as usual EDM pop – C+

100 Bands – Mustard, Quavo, 21 Savage, Meek Mill, YG – The popular producer Mustard has an all star team for a heavy hitting rap work of dis and kiss and tell – B

Grand Palais – Olden Yolk – Psyche-folk, which means the end goes on awhile while the heart is a messed with melody that works – B

Dial Tone –  Pinkish Black –  They dub it doom rock and it is sure slow and gloomy enough to reckon with the title – B-

Titty Logic – Sammi Lanzetta – Awesome riff that Sammi rides in a punk pop indie rocky way, great song name – B

When She Loves Me – Shaggyy – Catchier than anything he gave to Sting, this is a lover’s rock bounce of great sweetness – B

Ya Sudan – Sinkane – It’s hard to write uplife about the Saudi destroyed, civil war ravished, poverty stricken Sudan. I recently wrote about my hatred for national pride, but there are exceptions. In the 1980s I was very proud of my Lebanese heritage as Lebanon struggled through a civil war, good for Sinkane for managing a sweet, catchy anthem about his home – B+

Bullet From A Gun – Skepta – Father’s are this week’s thing, Skepta tributes both his parents as he looks in the mirror (admiringly, of course) – B

Locked Up – Tee Grizzley -Tee is always much more interesting when he is rapping about his childhood, this is pretty scary stuff  “my mom got locked up, my dad got popped up” he raps about his mother, in prison for life….- B+

A Letter To My Mama – Vince Gill – Vince is in fine voice but the song is a thud piece of bathos – C

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