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Going Steady: New Singles 7-15-22 – 7-21-22 Reviewed

Malo – Anuel AA, Randy, Zion – Puerto Rican Latin trap master with a fine slice of reggaeton – B+

In the Surface Noise – Archers Of Loaf – the indie rockers from the 90s first release in 24 years is a anthemic and lovely all guns shooting piece of straight up agitprop, a great song where Eric Bachmann’s rasp meets whinge vocals are an invite to singalong – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – A-

Hello Mate – ArrDee, Kyla – on the heels of an album that is high on rocknyc’s best of 2022, Pier Pressure, is a cleverly rhymed, Brighton, England guv rap just nineteen year old rappers returns with a goodie – B+

Deep End (feat. Lil Skies) – Bankrol Hayden – Hayden was set to break big last year but didn’t and this melodic emo rap might – B

Forever Young – Beth Orton – the tall glass of water has gone to the Alanis Morissette school of second acts for (late) 90s stars with a brooding, gothy disappointment – C

Hoochie Daddy – Bobby Shmurda – Shmurda would be bigger if he didn’t spend half his life in prison, this is a staccato, declarative goodie – B+

Stay With Me (with Justin Timberlake, Halsey, & Pharrell) – Calvin Harris – 2006 is on the celly, they want their year back – C-

Here to Forever – Death Cab for Cutie – doesn’t Ben Gibbard have one real good album? 2003’s Transatlanticism is the one. So twenty years later this is typical of the band’s tasteful guitar strum – C+

SUBSTANCE – Demi Lovato – following up the excellent “Skin Of My Teeth” with the excellent “Substance” will grab your attention on Demi Lovato’s pop-punk via dance beaut – A-

Frenches – Digga D, Art de rue, Timal – English rapper joined by a coupla ace French rappers on a strange one – B

Easy Lover (feat. Big Sean) – Ellie Goulding – we always seem to expect more than Goulding is capable of providing which is why she never went other level, and Big Sean sounds simply lazy and Julia Michaels, plus, wow, Greg Kurstin have little effect – C

Mona Lisa, Mona Lisa – FINNEAS – ho hum from Billie’s brother, the only solo song he ever did that is worth your while is “A Concert Six Months From Now” – C-

Bandana – Fireboy DML, Asake – the honest beats of Nigeria go full on pop with a song that Burna Boy coulda put his name on – B+

No Face – Flo Milli – yeah, Flo and better over a single (or a really short song!) – B

Lion’s Den – Grace VanderWaal – a couple of years ago she was this close to being major but now at eighteen years of age? Not bad… – B

Zipcodes – Joey Bada$$ – we expect more from Joey than MOR boom bap and Kirk doesn’t save him – C+

Fever In My Heart – Julia, Julia – you may remember Julia Kugel from the Coathangers (here) and if you don’t you will once you listen to this lovely dreamscape pop move – B+

LOVE IS A COWBOY – Kelsea Ballerini – no, not Kacey Musgraves but a similar country woman mainstreaming – B

Nick Of Time – Lake Street Dive – they don’t miss Mike “McDuck” Olson and Rachael Price was born to sing Bonnie Raitt, their best work in years and years – A-

PUSSY – Latto – it’s not that “Pussy” is her first release since “Big Energy” dropped in 2020, it is that it is her first release since it hit big and it is very good with an excellent backing track – B

Hangover – Madi Diaz – Diaz: “I wrote ‘Hangover’ with Jesse Thomas and Drew Pearson when I was still feeling the lagging throws of heartbreak—the waking up in withdrawal, aching, reeling over a person and all the things that come after it’s over. Sometimes it feels like you’re just stumbling around a city and in every corner there’s a memory. At every table in every restaurant some argument, on every street corner some kiss, at the 7 eleven some melt down. ‘Hangover’ is about bumping into that old feeling and reliving the less appealing side effects of not being in love with that person anymore.” – B+

Horses – Maggie Rogers – indie singer songwriter bummer – C

Drivers License (feat. BBC Concert Orchestra) – Live at the BBC – Michael Bublé – what is it about Olivia Rodrigo’s “Driver’s License” that makes it so adaptable? Very dramatic, easily grasped, and an extended metaphor that works, and you can’t get much more protean than the Michael Buble and the BBC Orchestra covering it on a take that works – B+

I’m a Man – Michelle Branch – mainstream blues work out and at least it is Patrick Carney and not Dan whatshisname helping – C+

I Was Made For Lovin’ You (feat. Nile Rodgers & House Gospel Choir) – James Hype Remix – Oliver Heldens – deep house meets disco from an excellent DJ – B+

Irrelevant – P!nk – not unpleasant kiss off – B-

Everything Goes On – Porter Robinson, League of Legends – League Of Legends is an online game and Porter is an EDM guy though he sounds like a singer songwriter, and it is a nice meet – B

Follow You Home – Rhett Miller – Rhett’s streamed solo performances were so good in 2020 that you really wanted a classic from him, we wanted “Longer Than You’ve Been Alive” but the very composed “Follow You Home” is overwritten – B-

Ácido Sabor – Ricky Martin -straight up Latin pop ballad with doubled up bass in the verses – B-

Alright – Sam Fender – co-produced by Bramwell Bronte (not that one, you twit), it’s a straightforward rocker with no defining characteristics from his upcoming sophomore album – C+

Justice for All – Sam Huber, Garrison Hawk – agitprop rub-a-dub – A-

Spend the Day – Sloan – same ol’ from the oldtimers, but I like the way they share lead on the chorus – B

Yellow – Tegan and Sara – a tad ordinary from a duo who can be special – C

Montero (Call Me By Your Name) – Years & Years – Kudos to the English guy with a first rate take on Lil Nas X’s excellent anyway track, it works as English glam from one end to the other – A-

Geronimo – Young Father – one of the best drums and bass adds hip hop and political rock bands ever with a return after four years and the Scottish band (here) are as great as ever – A-

Y’All Life – Walker Hayes – not fancy like good at all – C

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