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Going Steady: New Singles 5-21-21 – 5-27-21 Reviewed



24 Hours (feat. Lil Durk) – A Boogie Wit da Hoodie – this guy is a definition of hip hop in 2021, autotuned, but with a strong singing voice, typical rap background beats and samples, and a strong feature in Lil Durk – B

Rest – Alanis Morissette – Alanis has had an up and down coupla years, up with the magical Broadway Musical “Jagged Little Pill” (here) and down with the deadly Pretty Little Forks In The Road, however here we have a return to form with the heartbroken memento mori for Chester Bennington – B+

Africa, One Of A Kind – Angelique Kidjo, Mr Eazi, Salif Keita – Mr. Eazi is a big name in Afro pop, Salif Keita is responsible for the sample, Kidjo is embracing her world music jones fitting in the zeitgeist, and here they sound like a party in search of FIFA – B+

Euphoria – Angels & Airwaves – The Blink 182 branch off is one of the worst bands around for the most part, but not here with an alarmingly thrilling indie rocking, emo influence, big sound anthem… congrats Tom – B+

Our Song – Anne-Marie, Niall Horan – the third most popular One Direction joins UK popster on a typical, maybe a little better, EDM song… so is that it for Direction Americana? – B-

I LIE HERE BURIED WITH MY RINGS AND MY DRESSES – Backxwash, Ada Rook – rap as screamo from the Canadian rapper who sounds like nothing else out there – B+

Chondromalacia Patella – black midi – The name refers to a knee injury sustained by one of the band members while running, and the math rockers are doing their usual semi-prog meets post-punk variant – C+

Stop Making This Hurt – Bleachers – the third single off his upcoming album is easily the best thing he has done as a solo artist since “Rollercoaster” – B+

Gold Rolex (feat. Benny The Butcher & Freddie Gibbs) – Bobby Sessions – 90s style goth wu style spitters, all three know their job fine – B

Butter – BTD – strong and fresh beat for an English language pop maneuver – B

Walls – Cher – exactly what you think it is and less, dramatic without actually sounding all that hot – C

Twerkulator – City Girls – a sexy, rager, beat heavy and two city girls rapping and twerking  – B

Hazel and Gold – Daniel Avery – indie, mood music, instrumental – C+

INVISIBLE – DURAN DURAN – Synth and drums will give you whiplash but in a pleasant way – B

Call Me Cruella – Florence + The Machine – a very strong mix of the bad news psycho hippie Florence and anthem blast and disney styling, but much better than anything on say “Mary Poppins Returns” for one and literally anything by the Lopez’s except for “Agatha All Along”… Florence gets the mix of insanity, sociopathy, disney dream,  and mental illness – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – B+

A Little Soon To Say – Jackson Browne – catching up with the Jacksons, this was dropped in March 2020 and stands as a return to Browne’s old school so cal – B

Downhill From Everywhere, Jackson Browne – indifferent boogie – C

My Cleveland Heart – Jackson Browne – a clever little rocker with tunefulness to burn and lotsa that good guitar – B+

Misery – Kate Nash – one of the cleverest songwriters around, actually she may be too clever for her own good, and this is as good as her Katy Perry meets Meghan Trainor vibe gets in 2021 – B

If I Were You – Main Mix – k.d. land, Junior Vasquez – a complete waste, there is zero point to Lang dance remixes – MUST TO AVOID – C-

Blue Banister – Lana Del Rey – A haunting, digital, wall of blue sounds for a summer day without any shade (well, except for shade of course). It is Lana by her swimming pool, daydreaming about her ex who promised to paint her banister -a very quietly disturbed track with a strummed beat on her guitar to keep time – B+

Text Book – Lana Del Rey – lo fi Americana with an Electra complex – B+

Wildflower Wildfire – -Lana Del Rey – you have to admire a line as strong as “I’ll lay down like a bed of wildflowers…” on her continuing search for better lovers in the USA  – B+

SUN GOES DOWN – Lil Nas X – after two years of trying to top himself, here he stands back a little and proves he can croon to r&b and hip hop – B+

Titans (feat. Sia & Labrinth) – Major Lazer, Diplo – nothing special pop dance anthem – C+

Ancient Dreams In A Modern Land – MARINA – odd dance track about… earlier incarnations? – B-

Leave Before You Love Me (with Jonas Brothers) – Marshmello – Marshmello, with his dumbass anonymity and Middle of the Road pop, always bored me… till this year. A song with The Kid Laroi earlier this week was a goodie and this has the brothers joining him for a lovely little song – B+

Jealousy – Mike Posner, blackbear – and Justin Bieber co-wrote this pop funk workout – B

They’ve Closed Down the Honky Tonks – Miranda Lambert – I haven’t loved Miranda Lambert since that run of albums in the 00s, her latest album is the Jack Ingram snooze earlier this year, and I vastly prefer this, a delicate, country ballad – B

Track Star (feat. Chris Brown, A Boogie wit da Hoodie & Yung Bleu) – Mooski, A Boogie Wit da Hoodie, Chris Brown,Yung Bleu – Boogie had a real good single dropping last week as well, this is beautifully produced harmonizing for sure – B-

Spinning (with Charli XCX & The 1975)- No Rome – Nice remix from hyper-pop master A. G. Cook – B

Mend – Perry Farrell – David Bryan, Elliot Easton, Kind Heaven Orchestra, Taylor Hawkins – ho hum 90s style post grunge rocker – C

Cricket wife – Pet Shop Boys – eleven minutes with full orchestra and PSB lyricism – B-

GANG GANG (with Lil Wayne) – Polo G – Polo’s post big time breakthrough is emo rap plus Weezy – B

You’ll Survive – Sam Huber, Amp Fiddler, Michael “Kidd Funkadelic” Hampton – Tomas Doncker co-wrote it with Finland’s finest, as they move further from the Temptations and Curtis Mayfield, and closer to a post-modern, psychedelic, funk art Sly and the family True Groove art vibe – B+

Like I Used To – Sharon Van Etten, Angel Olsen – overwrought meh – C

Earth In A Lonely Space – Simply Red – Mick wrote it, and no not blue eyed soul but 60s style singer songwriter with a toe in the world of psychedelia – C+

Back Then, Right Now – Tenille Arts – Canadian country gal with a pleasant country rocker – B-

Missing Piece – Vance Joy – The Aussie folkie adds some drums, quite a lot actually, to good effect – B

Make It Easy – We Are The Union – a poppy nightmare about teen queer dating with a happy ending – B+

Focused – Yung Baby Tate – the vocal mix is excellent and the  ATL native should be dropping into a whole lot of remixes – B

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