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Going Steady: New Singles 6-4-21 – 6-10-21 Reviewed


Buzzed –  ¿Téo?, WILLOW – a gorgeous, lo fi, Antônio Carlos Jobim style bedroom pop – B

Far Too Late – Single Version – Andrew Lloyd Webber, Carrie Hope Fletcher – from Andrew’s take on “Cinderella” -which hasn’t arrived yet and may never reach Broadway after the sequel to “Phantom,” “Love Never Dies” failed to make the transition. Having said that, this is a gorgeous, low key beauty of melody featuring Carrie’s standalone vocals that rest comfortably on the melody and never deviates – B+

Technopera – Edit – Ampersounds, Rufus Wainwright – Rugust pulls a k.d. Lang and sings to straight up deep house – C

Yonaguni – Bad Bunny – “I want to have sex today but only with you”? Bad Bunny on his AIPC best with a reggaeton based ballad to a Japanese love… it is better if you don’t translate it – B+

I’d Want It To Be You (with Willie Nelson) – Barbra Streisand, William Ross, Willie Nelson – “The follow-up to her acclaimed 2012 album, Release Me, this new collection contains previously unreleased tracks from Barbra’s vault…” That would be Release 2, and here is the first taster, a very effective piece of mellow – B+

Fulanito – Becky G, El Alfa – Merengue! The lost Latin genre makes a return, Argentina superstar Becky nails the chorus, El Alfa adds a rap – A-

When You’re Out (feat. Mae Muller) – Billen Ted – The EDM duo behind “Sea Shanty” don’t strike twice on this bland piece of EDM pop – B

Lost Cause – Billie Eilish – another quiet vocal on ambient pop sounds, but not bad – B

u love u (with Tate McRae) – blackbear – back in the bedroom, the DJ is joined by Tate for a boring sLice of EDM balladeering commandeering The Cardigans- C

Throw It Back (feat. Keith Urban) – BRELAND – Breland adds soul and r&b to Americana and Keith has his best work in around ten years – B

Swoon – Boy George – Culture Club star with manufactured beats and electronic dance and not his best vocal – C

How Not To Drown (feat. Robert Smith) – CHVRCHES – synth pop plus beats, and the Cure doesn’t much help but it is certainly him – C

Higher Power – Tiësto Remix – Coldplay – Really, if Max Martin can’t buy em a hit, why do they think Tiesto can help?  – MUST TO AVOID – D+

Moonwalk – cupcakKe raunch rap! what would Jesus say? – B

Insects – Danny Elfman – the former Oingo Boingo puts aside his film scores and returns with post-punk electronica – B

Channel 43 – Jerome Price Remix – deadmau5 – big sounding EDM and synth arrangement built for the dancefloor – B

Bad Luck [Feat. PlayThatBoiZay] – Denzel Curry – Curry came out of Broward County as part of the OG factor of soundcloud rap, here he turns to hardcore rock with a very strong effort – B+

Love Again – Dua Lipa – Dua goes disco with a cast of thousands getting writing credits – B-

Chances – Hayley Kiyoko – a sweet enough pop trifle lesbian romance and a sexy and sweet video, in other words business as usual… or less – C+

Change – from the Netflix Series “We The People” – H.E.R. – strong neo-R&B plus beats by a top practioner – B

Hot N Heavy – Jessie Ware – a sizzling dance pop disco – B

Last Train Home – John Mayer – Mayer calls it comfort music, you can call it guitar oriented yacht rock, Don is producing – C+

Talk About It – Jungle – old school bass n drums – B-

House Burning day – King Princess – return to form newbie, no “Pussy Is God” but tuneful and soulful – B

Voice of the Heroes – Lil Baby, Lil Durk – woo hoo, two top emo rappers title track off their new collaboration – B

Climb Every Wall – Lump – Laura Marling is a huge didn’t happen, she is like the Steve Earle of English indie folk, and her duo Lump are predictably bland on “Climb Every Wall” destroyed on the bridge – C

Don’t Back Down – Mammoth WVH – Eddie’s kid doesn’t have the voice, and the band sounds more like the Blackhearts than Van Halen – C+

Leave A Light On – Modest Mouse – indie art rockers, no “History Sticks To Your Feet” but not bad second song for their first album in six years – B

What I’m Here For – NEEDTOBREATHE – in the Christian Contemporary world, I put these guys miles ahead of MercyMe and in the realm of Crowder – B-

Zami – Moor Mother – where rap meets spoken word meets art rock – B-

Born 2 Die – Prince – I’d like to call it a return to form but obviously it isn’t, recorded as a part of a hidden in the vaults album from 2010 Welcome 2 America, one of his more political attempts, the second single is by far the better of the two we’ve heard, a straight forward, hard and horn laden beauty of falsetto soul that sounds like Curtis could have written it (though not Isaac) – B+

Late At Night – Roddy Ricch – emo rap – B-

Show Up – Samia – sweet and quietly devastated bedroom pop, lesbian, dream track with a killer chorus – B

Big Sur – The Beach Boys -as we await the huge Beach Boys box set, the first single is Mike Love’s “Big Sur” -about the California music festival, written at the peak of Mike’s powers and visible on Holland and on this lo fi demo take – B+

Dark in Here – The Mountain Goats – John’s quality control lets him down here – B-

I Won – Ty Dolla $ign, 24kGoldn, Jack Harlow – You couldn’t throw a brick without hitting a Ty feature till he was imprisoned, here the rap doesn’t help but the song as such ain’t bad – B-

I Broke My Own Rule – They Might Be Giants – 40 years on they are still as witty and satiric a duo as you could hope for, with a lovely rock and pop track that rolls back the years with a singalong beauty – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – A-


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