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Going Steady: New Singles 5-8-20 – 5-14-20 Reviewed


So We Can Fuck – !!! – funky bass workout – B

GOOBA – 6ix9ine -out of prison, the king of nitwits, snitchers, and lower level gangbangers is the Fred Durst of rap, a minor leaguer with a certain set of skills and none of them lost on this payback from hiding in his garden – B+

Dinner Guest (feat. MoStack) – AJ Tracey, MoStack – Another two English rapper, and both guys have smooth flow in metronomy beats – B

Lost – Alex the Astronaut – she doesn’t have another “I Think You’re Great” in her, and neither does anyone else, but this is a pleasant indie rocker – B

Stuck with U (with Justin Bieber) – Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber – Sure, it is as far from innocent as you can get and yet it works as a manipulated prom date dream – B+

24 – Arizona Zervas – The “Roxanne” guy can’t do it twice but he can still absolutely kill a hook – B

AETHER – Baauer – The “Harlem Shake” guy keeps to the experimental beats category – B

End of Time – Bad Moves – power pop punk DC guys who add sad song to rolled up guitar riffs – B+

Party With the Kids Who Wanna Party With You – Bad Moves – here they go for a more post-punk, angular guitar sound as well as a harder punk vibe, and it works with astringent booms, pop moods and some smart advice – B+

Rich Bitch – Bankrol Hayden – Nice and easy going rhymin on a teen daydream – B

First Time – Becca Mancari – sweet bedroom sad song singer songwriter – B

Magical Thinking – Blitzen Trapper  – early 10s style Americana experimental strangeness and morbidity about life after death – B-

Horseride – BRELAND – country rap returns but will anybody notice? – C

False Prophet – Bob Dylan – as far as false prophets goes, it’s easy to mistake Dylan for one on this bluesy, old Testament style poet of vengeance stuff – A-

Memories – Buju Banton, John Legend – There are a number of Bujus:  the dance hall youngster for one, and the Rastaman vibes for another, but now there is the voice of Buju in isolation from who he was trying to recover after being imprisoned by the US for no good reason. Legend has a 007 vibe, sort of dramatic soft sell – B-

The Wine of Lebanon – Cass McCombs – boring Americana – C

i finally understand – Charli XCX – Charli finds true love, not as good as the last song – C

Chiquitita – Spanish Version – Cher – works entirely – B+

Never Have I Ever – Danielle Bradbery – The Voice star is soulful but uncool – C

I Love Me (feat. Travis Barker) – Emo Version – Demi Lovato, Travis Barker – the original take was pretty great anyway, and this is is better with its emo claim becoming an alt rock rave up to a terrific and catchy song –  A-

Hymn To Him – Dion, Patti Scialfa, Bruce Springsteen – Dion has a new album coming out filled with featured performers as befits the legend, Dion takes a song he wrote in 1986, Patti Scialfa arranges the vocal backing and Bruce Springsteen adds guitar on the dark Americana drag –  C+

Lose Your Love – Dirty Projectors – sounds like more second rate material on  the first track off DP’s upcoming  second EP out of four, with each member of the band taking the lead for one of them. Keyboardist-percussionist Felicia Douglass does a good job, and the song sounds like Dave going pop but trying to remain the same and it doesn’t click right –  C+

Los Angeles – Dougie Poole – Country Americana – C+

Below the Clavicle – Eartheater – great metaphor for thinking, and beautiful electronic arrangements in a distilled ambient hybrid plus when she goes up an octave she is so excellent  – B

A Hero’s Death – Fontaines D.C. –  The Fall if the Fall were headed by Sleaford Mods via Dublin! – B

Happy Mother’s Day – Gillian Welch – where’s Dave? If you must celebrate, here is how to do it – B

Song Machine: How Far? (feat. Tony Allen and Skepta) – Gorillaz, Tony Allen, Skepta – usual auteur theory, released early to celebrate the late, great Tony Allen – B

Casey Jones (Live at the Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY 2/21/1971) – 2020 Remaster – Grateful Dead -Jerry Garcia leads the Grateful Dead with concurrent with their second best album Workingman’s Dead ever being re-released for its fiftieth anniversary, no jam band here the Dead is country Americana and send us home in four minutes – B+

Tennis (I Feel OK) – Gum Country – strummy pop rock indie style  – C+

Never Have I Ever – Live – Hillsong Young & Free – Hillsong are getting better as songwriters, and this is big sounding song with an audience, and not overwhelming from the CCM giants – C+

Never Have I Ever – Hillsong Young & Free – … though that bridge? Ugh – C

N.U.T.S – Ian Isiah – 70s style R&B produced by… Chromatic? – B-

Save A Kiss – Jessie Ware – 80s style percolating 808 under disco style vocal though a little slower from the UK EDM singer – B-

Almost Maybes – Jordan Davis – country singalong, catchy big nothing – C+

BALD! REMIX – JPEGMAFIA, Denzel Curry –  wish it was better lyrically, but that’s getting to be standard practise, and caveat withstanding the remix adds a powerful Denzel Curry for an all out banger by one of our best hip hop guy who hasn’t come close to peaking – B+

Paper Thin – Lianne La Havas – UK soul singer with a depressive quality to her low sink r&b – B

Wolves – Martha Wainwright, Rufus Wainwright – four years since her last release, and twelve years since “Bloody Motherfucking Asshole,” this is baroque pop momentum with a soupcon of pop francais and great backing vocals from her brother Rufus – B

Savage – Major Lazer Remix – Megan Thee Stallion, Major Lazer – Major Lazer are a consistently excellent remix machine and here they add some beats to the track but they coulda kept Bey’s verse, right? – B

Taco Tuesday – Migos – 90 seconds of addictive as Tacos themselves hip hop with all three rappers taking a verse and Lebron James sampled saying “pretty down night, right now” – B+

friends* – Moby Rich, Bishop Briggs – I can’t take Briggs at any price, except for this one where she adds her voice to the alt-pop rager(ish) end of summer  song – B+

Forever – Garage Version – Mumford & Sons – not bad, louder guitars version of the 2018 track – B

Arriba – Natanael Cano – trap corridos, where Latin Urbano learns to add beats to anything and improve the sound – B

Don’t Be Nice to Me – Nick Lowe – more middling 50s style country plus rockabilly, time to return to his pop roots of the 70s – C+

A New Muse – Owen – Mike Kinsella is a huge songwriter, vying for one of the best of his generation, and last year’s emo masterpiece LP3 was in my own Top Five albums, his latest band, Owen, are more of the same on his first song with this brand since 2016, gentle and ambient yet so filled with feeling it anchors the song – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – A

Village – Paul Weller – A strange year for Paul Weller, first there was that ambient weirdness EP, In Another Room, and then a less than earth shaking “Earth Beat” which seemed to be parsing the difference between Weller’s sound effects and soul, and now we have the flat out lovely “Village” -a re-thinking of the concept behind “Autumn Almanac” and a warm, soulful, and heartfelt song about enjoying where you are, we could have done without the keyboard bridge but it is still one of Weller’s best since 2012  – B+

Honey In The Summer – PUBLIC – pop rock band with boy band vibes – C+

Just the Two of Us (feat. Sxip Shirey) – Rhiannon Giddens, Sxip Shirey -terrific version, with great accordion and harp – B+

DEALER (feat. Future & Lil Baby) – RMR, Future, Lil Baby – This was the guy behind “Rascal” and signed to Warners no less, which explains the heavy hitters on a cool flow banger with two huge stars – B

Falling Thunder – Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – three guitar rock attack via Australia, the lead guitar rings like a bell – B-

No Suburban, Pt. 2 – Sheff G – New York Drill, not this year’s trap but a strong and violent smackdown nevertheless – B+

Bad Habit – Shenseea – Jamaican patois dancehall rap variant – B

Saved My Life – Sia – co-written by Dua Lipa and produced by Greg Kurstin, Sia should have trusted her better instincts and kept it smaller forgoing the anthemic arrangement Greg added to having your life saved – B-

Nature’s Promise – Silver Scrolls – six minutes of rock and blandness with a hint of Americana – C

Second – Sleaford Mods – yeah, yeah, and check out the video, it’s great – B

Things Like This (A Little Bit Deeper) – Sonic Boom – psychedelic freak out  – B

So Hot You’re Hurting My Feelings – Squirrel Flower – Caroline Polachek cover, less weird and a little sadder – B

Take It or Leave It – Squirrel Flower – sad song stuff with an acoustic guitar leading her – B-

Union, God and Country – Steve Earle – I had tickets to the Public see the musical Steve composed, “Coal Country,”  cancelled, of course, but this terrific country ramshackle, banjo twinning track lives on … – B+

Take Yer Meds (A Guided Meditation) – The Drums, Jonny Pierce – an ambitious lock down misfire at 13 minutes – C

I’ve Got a Date With Jesus – The Magnetic Fields – they apexed with 69 songs – C

Beer and Loathing – The Real McKenzies – Scottish rockers with half a great idea, yes to “beer and loathing,” no to “cosmos is exploding” – B-

Where The F*&K Did April Go – The Streets – perhaps the clearest Covid song as a distressed fact of living, his second goodie since his return  – B+

I Called Mama – Tim McGraw – lousy tearjerker in time for Mother’s Day – MUST TO AVOID – D

Introspection – UMI – this hasn’t been a neo-r&b woman’s moment, like 2017 – 2019,  but don’t count it out on this lovely song that reminds you why it should come back now – B+

3 on E – Vulfpeck, Antwaun Stanley – funky little work out – B

Hero – Weezer – I am sure I speak for frontline workers everywhere when I say shut your fucking face – D

The End of the Game – Weezer – In which Weezer add prog to their pop rock tedium – C

I’m the Only Hell My Mama Ever Raised – Willie Nelson – I guess mama did try – B

The Art Of Persistence – Wire – Give em this, they plug away at their somewhat disappointing over all these years move from art to meh rock – C

Can’t Get Out – Woods – nice wall of guitar sound – B-

Distance – Yebba – jazzy soulfulness – B-

The End – Zero 9:36 – overwhelming rap rock, really raging Rage Against The Machine wannabe that deserves to be – B+

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