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Going Steady: New Singles 7-29-22 – 8-4-22 Reviewed

Matte Black – $uicideboy$ – the duo defines neo-rap which includes elements of metallic beats along with their shared, interlocking voices – B

I Won’t – AJR – the indie pop electronica with a shrug – C

I Woke Up Alive – April Rose Gabrielli – April’s masterpiece as an operatic portrait of how horror sounds – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – A

Revolution – Bastille – they’ve had two mammoth hits but the electronic rock band from the UK won’t do much business (in the US at least) with his indifferent track – C

There Were Bells – Brian Eno – if Eno insists on recording new songs, for fuck’s sake make “Burning Airlines Gives You So Much More” your blueprint and save this slop boredom for a preposterously expensive box set – MUST TO AVOID – E+

Holy Water Hangover – Butch Walker -not unpleasant classic rock Americana – B

New To You (with Normani, Tinashe, & Offset) – Calvin Harris – The EDM giant has been throwing anything and everyone he has at his upcoming album, this sounds like early 80s disco – B

Doja – Central Cee – Cee tells the world that he is straight after “Somebody tell Doja Cat that I’m tryna indulge in that…” as he carefully treads around the question of homosexuality – B

Hot Girl (Bodies Bodies Bodies) – Charli XCX – first rate hyperpop with a house boom bass – B+

Key West & Colorado – Chase Rice – nice travelling, pure country love song with the best punchline, “you can’t find love if you can’t slow down” – B+

London Bridge – Dave Rowntree – the Blur drummer is nearly as tedious as the lead singer on Blur’s solo work on “London Bridge” – D+

Gold – Dierks Bentley – always the bridesmaid, I expected big things since catching him opening for Brad Paisley at MSG in 2009 (here) but here we are, still pretty good country mainstream – B

If I Had Her – Eric Contractor – the greatest unsigned singer of all time, you can’t buy that voice and the songs are never bad – B+

This Road Of Mine – Flogging Molly – they ain’t Dropkick Murphys but they are harder and punkier at their best – B+

Turn On The Lights again.. (feat. Future) – Fred again.., Swedish House Mafia – Fred Again… is a major sampler and this song echoes outward with found sounds but isn’t all that any way – C+

Dissin the Dead – Gucci Mane- a first rate piece of anti-gangsterism and a surprise – B+

Coast (feat. Anderson .Paak) – Hailee Steinfeld – Hailee was so great last year in the Hawkeye Christmas Special, she could follow it up with anything and this is a very cool dance track anyway – B+

All the Things I Hate About You – Huddy – Morgan’s buddy (here at MSG), with a streamlined country rocker – B+

Narcissist – Lauren Spencer Smith – she says she writes songs about boys for your enjoyment and good for her I say, but on Island Records and with a big time producer, they made it overblown – C+

Grace – Marcus Mumford – why go solo for this? a classic rock pop song which fiddles about too much with tempo – C-

American Psycho (with Mae Muller feat. Trippie Redd) – Marshmello – Marshmello is usually a touch too bland for me, but this is a strong EDM pop dream track – B+

Never Sleep (with Lil Baby feat. Travis Scott) – Nav – Two top rappers join the song of Indian immigrants son Nav on a keeper – B

Problem With It – Plains, Jess Williamson, Waxahatchee – this is a Katie composition and Plains is Katie and Jess on a beautiful piece of honeysuckle country – A-

Us vs. Them (feat. Gucci Mane) – Quavo, Takeoff – Migos lost a friend but this is close to what it was, though no drip hook here – B

Hold The Girl – Rina Sawayama – the J Pop star with a well mixed piece of string laden song – B

World Go Round – Ringo Starr – Starr didn’t write iy, one of Toto did, and it isn’t much but it is Ringo singing so… – B

Stone Rolling – Rod Wave – following his popular Soulfly, Rod proves him yet again a man with a voice and without a genre on this country rap synch – B

DESPECHÁ – ROSALÍA – the great Rosalia’s (I am currently obsessing about getting a tix to see her at Radio City in September), loosie is a good dance all over your exes song – B

Rain (with Skillibeng) – Shenseea – Alpha is one of the best albums of the year and this dancehall rap track is excellent – A-

Mon amour (with Camila Cabello) – Stromae – fabulous French dance track – B+

Low Tide – The Wonder Years – as strong a slice of Soupy Campbell ravished in pain vocals and brutal pounding band – B+

Baila Conmigo – Tiësto – the top Dutch DJ with a salsa sound – B

2 Die 4 – Tove Lo – the Swedish singer songwriter plus beats with a lovely confessional and a sample you’ll recognize – B

So Typically Now – U.S. Girls co-written and produced by Holy Ghost’s Alex Frankel, the indie band has always been experimentally inclined, and hit paydirt in 2018, but the last album slipped and this is a little obvious even for disco – B-

Hall of Fame – Young Dolph – a huge and terrifyingly fate he couldn’t hide from, Young Dolph on a song dripping with irony – B+

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