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Going Steady: New Singles 6-17-22 – 6-23-22 Reviewed

Any Dream Will Do – Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jason Donovan, The Cast of Joseph, The MiSST Choir – this is as performed at the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee by Andrew Lloyd Webber and a cast of dozens – A

Keeps On Fallin’ (with Ella Mai) – Babyface – Ella Mai can sing but Babyface seems to have lost a little something on a bland out r&b – C+

10:36 – beabadoobee – after a boring set at Gov Ball last week (here), she can still provide the thrills on her singer songwriter bigger than a bedsit track – B

DON’T YOU WORRY – Black Eyed Peas, David Guetta, Shakira – they never came close to recovering from Fergie leaving (neither did she), and after being the sound of the 2010s at the top of the 10s, is currently an also ran meh, electronic dance mish mash – C

Eat Men Eat – black midi – they have emerged from a weirder Radiohead to a proggy hard rock band and are the better for it – B+

Hollywood Swinging – From ‘Minions: The Rise of Gru’ Soundtrack – BROCKHAMPTON – here is a true oddity, a sparkling Jack Antonoff production on the 80s style Brockhampton finale, “Hollywood Swinging” – B+

The Highs & The Lows – Chance the Rapper, Joey Bada$$ – from Rolling Stone: “Chance The Rapper’s latest interdisciplinary work, debuted at Art Basel in Switzerland earlier this week. The song and accompanying artwork is a collaboration with Gabonese photographer Yannis Davy Guibinga” – talk about rich man’s weather… saved by an excellent soul sample – B-

Call Me Every Day (feat. WizKid) – Chris Brown – it’s amazing that Chris managed to beat the shit out of Rihanna and not get cancelled (come to think of it, wasn’t there a couple of girlfriends who he also hit?), anyway here he features Nigerian Afrobeats Wizkid and is a jazzy dream – B+

Starman – Top Of The Pops Version – 2022 Mix – David Bowie – From Rolling Stone: “The new version of “Starman” features the backing track and the backing vocals, featuring a one-off Bowie ad-lib “Hey Brown Cow,” recorded for the show and adds the lead vocals from the album version, recorded at Trident Studios. The 2022 mix was created by Ziggy Stardust co-producer Ken Scott from the multi-tracks earlier this year.” So completely irrelevant but whatever – A+

Gotta Move On (feat. Bryson Tiller) – Diddy – a pretty good r&b track well sung by Bryson though not especially Diddyish – B

a song about our feelings – d0llywood1, blackwinterwells – hyperpop like 100 Gecs is hyperpop, an electronic weirdness but always with a song lurking – B+

The King and I (feat. CeeLo Green) – From the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack ELVIS – Eminem this is the goods, Cee Lo is a touch irrelevant but Eminem connects himself directly through the white trash, trailer park to Tupelo dirt poor, and on to jailhouse rock, this is one of the great songs of the year – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – A

killer – FKA twigs – with one of the best albums under her belt, here she is at her poppiest with an electronic soul track – B+

Madeline’s Eye – Freedy Johnston – yes, Freedy is a creep, always has been, but he is a creep that can write a great song when the mood rakes and this is a beautiful quasi country pop track about a sex doll! – A-

Lie Again – Giveon – If you didn’t know the soul singer before, his features on Justin Bieber’s “Peaches” and Drake’s “In The Bible” was the wake up call, this a goodie – B+

ALL MY SHIT IS STUPID – ILOVEMAKONNEN, YoungBoy Never Broke Again – three years after his debut, he is on top of his game on a not untypical sing rap adolescencey – B

The Less I Knew – James Vincent McMorrow – a talented Irish folkie without the neediness or over emoting that hurts the genre – B

Buddy’s Rendezvous – Lana Del Rey, Father John Misty – the second best song off his last album is given a perfect torch singing vocal from Lana – B+

U-Digg (feat. 42 Dugg & Veeze) – Lil Baby – the rapper to beat for the second year in a row with a bit of boring braggadocio – C+

Afraid To Feel – LF SYSTEM – DJ duo speed up the recording on a piece of fine house pop – B

YaYa – Lion Babe, BbyMutha – the duo call themselves futuristic nostalgia and this mix and matches a gooey, Tik-Tok type hook monster with a side of hyper-pop – B

THROWBACK BOOGIE – Maro Music, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon – with a chorus that sounds like The Spencer Davis Group, the Polish DJ, and two Wus on a pretty good piece of boom bat – B

Kill Us All (K.U.A.) – Meechy Darko – the Flatbush Zombie goes solo, not bad – B-

What’s Love Got To Do With It – Miles Davis – a long way from Dark Magus, and I mean in a backward way, it sounds like the Miles who stole “My Funny Valentine” -in others he mostly plays the melody – A

Pump It Up – Идиот remix – Mr. Tophat, Robyn, Simson – not that one, this is club music from Sweden featuring Robyn – B

You Got The Body – Ne-Yo – nothing special but he does have that voice – C+

Attention (with Justin Bieber) – Disclosure Remix – Omah Lay – the Nigerian pop guy was a welcome edition to Bieber’s excellent concert at Barclay’s earlier this month (here) and Omah joined him on stage, here Disclosure add the beats – B+

Call Me Junior – Razorlight – I’m not crazy about Johnny Borrell’s singing but the lick on this indie rocker is industrial strength – B+

El Alma Que Te Trajo – Safety Trance, Arca – always a pleasure to hear from Arca and while Safety Trance is new (to me) he’s been around for years and is a great beat manufacturer – B+

High Priestess – Santigold – I am a huge, I mean huge, fan of the alt-pop wunderkind, six years after her last album of new material, and this is entirely on form (Grade: A-)

Vision Thing – Simple Minds – it isn’t awful but let’s hope they have better than this rock obviousness on the album – B-

Mercury – Steve Lacy – I usually like Steve but this electronic Latin dance mash up leaves me cold – C

All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (The Short Film) – Taylor Swift  – Red is her best album to date (best tour as well –here), it hit the sweet spot between her teens and her 20s, and the “Taylor’s Version”, done last year, saw her into her 30s and so was a little antithetical to the vibe, though the ten minute “All Too Well” was a godsend for Swifties, a team I left circa Reputation -the first album that didn’t thrill me. Personally, I’ll take 2006’s “Our Song” over the entire folklore, not to mention this weeper. After her Beacon Theatre Q&A about the accompanying video, which she directed, (and which I couldn’t get a tix for love nor money), she released the version which adds a minute and a half with an extended coda. But if I wanted another version of a Red song, it would be “State Of Grace”, of course – B

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