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Going Steady: New Singles 7-16-21 – 7-22-21 Reviewed

 

Am I The Only One – Aaron Lewis – forget that the former Staind (a terrible band always and forever), current country star can’t write songs, even if he could this is the most repulsive, self-centered, jingoistic nonsense. Never before has patriotism been more disgusting and more embarrassing, I don’t get what the losers of the civil war STILL don’t get. Slavery was beyond simple words like wrong and well into the shape of moral degeneracy and evil. The enemy isn’t people of color, it is the Republicans’ repulsive racism and dismantling of democracy. The sadness is that Lewis isn’t the only one, this racist garbage is the #1 country song in the country- MUST TO AVOID – F

Sweet Dream – Alessia Cara – Cara can be a little twee vocally though the song is alright as melodic pop EDM – C+

Hood of My Car – Anderson East – you’d have to be around a dozen times better than East ever has been to get away with a fade in, and this oversung Americana dribble is anything but – D

Everybody Sins – Andrew W.K. – Never a fan, and even less so since the fun punkness has morphed into heavy metal – C-

Beautiful – Anne-Marie – with Ed Sheeran and Max Martin getting co-writing credits it is clear where the EDM singer is heading, it is also clear that this is meh, calculated product – C+

Fuck Him All Night – Azealia Banks – of all the lousy ideas, Banks pouring EDM beats all over her raps is one of the worse. I used to think Banks was the best rapper in the business but it has been years of this – C

You Shaped Hole – Baby Queen – popster from London via South Africa who is saved from an indifferent track with a strong bridge rap – B-

Detroit Basketball – Bad Bad Hats – Don Giovanni Records don’t aim for the chart hits, but they may get one anyway with this gorgeous little pop-punk song… and as an added plus? Travis Barker didn’t produce it – B+

Pyrex Picasso (feat. Rick Hyde & Conway the Machine) – Benny The Butcher – The Griselda team with an alright, old school (those backing tracks sound like early Wu)  rap and a hook on the chorus that will keep you involved – B

happy to be sad – Ben Platt – yet another terrible, terrible middle of the road ballad by the horrendous half wit – D+

I Will Be Your Shield – Billy Bragg – sure he could write a ballad once,  remember “The Saturday Boy” from 1984, but he can’t write a ballad now and singing in a deeply emotive and very slow track over a bummer piano, he can’t do it here – D+

TikTok – Blueface – The L.A. pop rapper with a weak trap beat and almost begging to go viral song name -I bet it doesn’t – D+

KESI – Remix – Camilo, Shawn Mendes – the original has been one of the sweetest Latin pop moves of the year, and Shawn adding an English language verse only helps – A-

Bunny Is A Rider – Caroline Polachek – I loved her in Chairlift, and quite enjoyed her 2019 solo album, I can’t take the whistling that opens it (unless your name is John Lennon, don’t whistle, just don’t) and the beats are too loud, but otherwise it is alright – B-

Good Things – Dan + Shay – country blah – C

Pump It Up – Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Juanes – a little bit more to my initial review (here) kudos to co-producer, Argentina’s  Sebastian Krys for a seamless match of singer and other singer – A-

Draw Down the Moon – Foxing – sure, “Speak To The Dead” was a minor masterpiece of anthem rock, the rest of the singles from the upcoming album have not been all that – C-

Bless His Soul (feat. Polo G) – Fredo Bang – why are so many trap guys putting  the rap in rap sheet? – emorap with too much autotune but a good trap beat – C-

Girl K Is For The People – Girl K – first rate pop punk with melody to spare, the guitar lick on the bridge is a thing of beauty  – B+

Cherry Flavored Stomach Ache – From “The Last Letter From Your Lover” – HAIM – a bland out though not terrible pop rocker – B-

The Writing On The Wall – Iron Maiden – Bruce Dickerson’s 80s style metal hasn’t aged and I sure wish it would – C-

SLUGGER (feat. $NOT & slowthai) – Kevin Abstract – Kevin’s boyband Brockhampton dropped yet another great album earlier this year, which is pretty experimental anyway, but this is even more so, like a noisily, er, abstraction with a good punchline: “you fuck me, I fuck you, let’s keep it even steven” – B+

Run Run Run – Kurt Vile – kudos to Vile for a terrific, rocking version of the Lou Reed classic – A-

My Way – Logic – The man who called himself Young Sinatra is not even sampling Sinatra on this okay piece of rap by Logic numbers – B-

Take It Home – Mabel – EDM popster Mabel got my attention with the addictive earworm “Let Them All Know” earlier this year and the follow up is another pop disco, heavy on the beats and don’t skimp on the melody despite the dreaded Ryan Tedder getting a co-write credit – B-

Good Trouble – Ministry – industrial rock, you know like Nine Inch Nails, but with less on its mind – B

Wasted – Morly a gorgeous, slow burn r&b song – B+

Different Kind of Blue – Nick Lowe – an outtake from one of his masterpieces, the 20 year old The Convincer, “Different Kind Of Blue,” first saw the light of day as a promotional release for 2007’s At My Age, though this is the low key and beautiful Convincer outtakes first commercial release, and it is so good it immediately joins “Poor Side Of Town” and “Lately I’ve Let Things Slide” as the highlight of an album that is one long highlight. However, he better hope Bruce Springsteen doesn’t hear his reworking of “Two Faces” – A- (down from “A” because unless it’s “So It Goes” I’m not happy with daylight robbery)

Wild Side (feat. Cardi B) – Normani -if this doesn’t chart the former Fifth Harmony singer may have to put on some clothes – B

Don’t Wait Up – Shakira – her first English language song and just in time for her to wave the lesbian flag (the way she has on Twitter) – B-

rom com 2004 – Soccer Mommy – a typically well crafted indie singer songwriter song from Sophie, though I am not crazy about the arrangement – B-

Phantom Limb – Spanish Love Songs – the least accurate band name since Barenaked Ladies with a powerful, hard rock track and a killer guitar bridge – B+

It Gets Better – Swedish House Mafia – remember that time they stuck on tapes at a concert and took a break when they should have been DJing, the bloody fools? – B-

Fast Car – Syd – wonderful electronic popper written for her black lesbian friends who are underrepresented – B+

Creep – Very 2021 Rmx – Thom Yorke, Radiohead – Albert Hammond co-wrote “Creep” -wow, really… yup, it sounds like “The AIr That I Breathe” . Wait, Hammond wrote the Hollies hit? Yup, apparently it rains money in California.  Anyway, this is a long bore – C+

Red Cross Store – Tomas Doncker – Doncker is to the 20s what Kanye was to the 10s, a prolific, clever, musical maelstrom and the very best.  Here is the review from American Blue’s Scene “Tomás Doncker makes Mississippi Fred McDowell’s classic “Red Cross Store” all his own, turning the song inside-out with Hendrix-tinted soul-rock vibes and devilish backing vocals (contributed by NYC Blues Diva/True Groove All-Star Ms. Regina Bonelli), While the original is steeped with tension bubbling just under the surface, Doncker elevates the song’s subtle subtext into a full-blown protest anthem that is more relevant than ever in today’s hyper politically charged climate.” The somewhat underrated James Dellacoma gets sole credit for production, and that’s one reason why it sounds like a storm at sea  – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – A

head over hills – Toosii – emorap as r&b sobber – B+

Thirstier – TORRES – The third single off her upcoming album, and the follow up to the best song she’s ever written, “Don’t Go Puttin Wishes in My Head,” is pretty good but not as good – B

Holy Smokes – Trippie Redd, Lil Uzi Vert – Trippie is so bad on stage he got kicked off the Travis Scott tour, and deservedly so, but he is pretty good on record and with Lil Uzi Vert, a best in class pop rapper, he comes up with a winner – B+

Can You Handle My Love?? – WALK THE MOON – I’ve never much liked these guys Police infatuated sound but their latest maintains that late 70s, early 80s, sound with a song that makes it on a really ace bridge – B

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