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Going Steady: New Singles 5-26-23 – 6-1-23 Reviewed

AMERICA HAS A PROBLEM (feat. Kendrick Lamar) – Beyoncé – The Dream was all over 4, and he improves anything he does: I thought he was gonna be the next Babyface, and as dance goes this is proof of his power, Kendrick raps pretty well as well and it is fine piece of work – A-

Haunted Mountain – Buck Meek – low key Americana whistling on the Mountain by the Big Thief guitarist and a true beauty, sort of Neil Young without the head cold and in full pop mode. I’ve only ever liked a song here and there by the band (and when I saw em at a festival, very near the front, I was disappointed) Buck’s 2021 album was nothing much but this single is a beauty – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – A

you don’t love me anymore – Cat Burns – as a rule of thumb, too many Britacana black women singing acoustic ballads with synth moods and acoustic guitar is so sub-Joan Armatrading it isn’t funny, the new Arlo Parks is a smooth snooze. But Cat Burns has always been the cream of the crop, and this is another gorgeous song with a tremendous bridge – A-

Act Bad – Diddy, CityGirls, Fabolous – how 90s can you get and Diddy might not have been this good once Biggie died, but this is a clap track beauty with a moral, “if you love good, act bad” – B-

Podemos Repetirlo – Don Omar , Chencho Corleone – with Daddy Yankee retired, Don tries to wrestle old school reggaeton from the young turks but this is to old fashioned, it won’t happen – C+

Dance The Night (From Barbie The Album) – Dua Lipa – the meta Barbie movie might well fall directly on its face though the single, with Mark Ronson on board, is straight up disco, nothing special but at least it is pink – B-

Show Me How – Foo Fighters – two out of three good songs so far and while journeyman Josh Freese drummer gives em sturdiness it doesn’t give them tightness and instead a drummer not exactly fitted. Be that as it may, this is a gorgeous dreamlike state of weirdness – B

Lick Or Sum – GloRilla – Three 6 Mafia (with Juicy J) released the ode to fellatio “Slob On My Knob” which Memphis’s finest switches up to an ode to cunnilingus – B

Green Light – Hayley Kiyoko – a major slice of bad news from Hayley who is usually too busy seducing lipstick lesbians to seem upset about much more than boys she wishes to steal girls from, here she is chasing her future on a disappointment – C+

Set The Roof – Hudson Mohawke, Nikki Nair, Tayla Parx – Hudson came to prominence as a go to Kanye West producer, and deservedly so, the Scottish native beats out Calvin Harris even if he isn’t a commercial titan. “Set The Roof” is hyper-pop sound modulations and would work on the dancefloor – B+

Cherry Baby – Jenny Lewis – a quick digression: I was watching Lucille Ball’s final sitcom “Life With Lucy” and who was that as her pre-teen granddaughter? A heart breaker of a show but Jenny recovered. Her third single off the upcoming album is another winner though the break goes sideways – B

I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine – John Doe, The John Doe Folk Trio, Carrie Rodriguez – The X man with an Americana take, speeded up a touch, of one of Dylan’s great, first tier tracks, both the bass and the fiddle are obtrusive – B

Two Weeks Later – Maisie Peters – Peters is a gifted songwriter but this is a bad bummer about a break-up – D+

Tucu – Ozuna, Amarion – I reggaeton who’s who with a pure beat pushing it, sort of a breeding ground between 1993 and 2023 – B

Bye – Peso Pluma – this is the guy who sang on the regional Mexican song that blew up pop on a major crossover. With a gorgeous horn to lead him, this just might follow it up the charts – A-

I’m Blind – Sam Huber – Sam has been touring Europe for the past month and dropping singles, this is his fourth though it sounds as a piece with only the last two singles: growling, thundering, baritone swoop with a who are you ender from left field – A-

See The Light (feat. Fridayy) – Swedish House Mafia – a haunting piece of electronics till they drop the bass after a minute and then it is a less than invigorating slice of EDM – C+

Prophecy of the Dragon – The Voidz – the break is deeply melodic, Julian in good voice, and The Voidz foregoing their odder impulses for a single better than The Strokes have provided in years – B+

My wrist (with Young Thug) – Yeat – Young Thug is one of the 2020s great rappers, Punk was amongst the best albums of 2021 and though he is currently in prison, Yeat -a huge young white rapper- brought him in for this fantastic track – A-

Snooze – Terrace Martin – a cover of SZA’s great song as though it was an instrumental jazz track – B

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