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Going Steady: New Singles 7-30-21 – 8-5-21 Reviewed


We Are the People – We the People Extended Mix – Allen Toussaint – part of that “We The People” civics lesson we’re being force fed, but still pretty good New Orleans boogie from the late great – B+

Summer Of Love – AlunaPunctual – when she was part of AlunaGeorge, Aluna seemed to performing dance music plus, a weird and special mix of eletronica and dance art, alone this is yet another cookie cutter dance track – C

Security – Amyl and The Sniffers – an ebullient rocker in the nightclub – B+

Losing My Mind – Angels & Airwaves – I’ve seen too many people suffer from cancer to be dismissive about Tom DeLong’s current fight where every change in cell counts may be a matter of life and death, and anyway this is as good as Blink-182 in 2021, maybe a little better – B-

Safety Dance – Angel Olsen – The Men In Hats original wasn’t that great to start with and is still light years ahead of this dreary goth bore – C- -MUST TO AVOID

Appreciation – Ant Clemons, Ty Dolla $ign, 2 Chainz – ordinary r&b though the harmonizing is something a little extra – B-

Dem Aguh – Beenie Man – tasty toasting from the king of Dance Hall – B+

Drive (feat. Wes Nelson) – Clean Bandit,Topic – the strings sound disco and the beat is pure EDM from the band that brought orchestration to the heart of dance are still at it – B

Lying – Dan + Shay – a goodie, with an an interpolation of Bill Withers’ “Lean on Me.” just making it better – B+

Apartamento – Danny Ocean – after the billion streams for “Me Rehúso,” two years ago, this should do well as well, very catchy Latin pop – B+

When The Summer Dies – meowingtons remix – deadmau, 5Lights – sounds like a video game ping pong blink plus a by the numbers EDM vocal – C

Beers On Me – Dierks Bentley, Breland, HARDY – a talented trio of country singers lead by what makes for an elder statesman in another drinking song – B-

Tears For Later – Don Diablo, Galantis – DJ meets EDM band on a definitively average track – C+

At Will (feat. EST Gee) – G-Eazy – while G lacks credibility, EST doesn’t, so this is by the number 10s rap misogyny becomes also a disappointment – C+

Isn’t It A Pity – Session Outtakes And Jams / Take 27 – George Harrison – one of the lesser tracks taken even slower – C

Unclean mind – Grouper – the low key singer with a strummy confessional – C+

Not Jus Anybody (feat. Future) – Jacquees – Future brood raps, Jacques brood sings – C+

Atone – Jerry Cantrell – The former Alice In Chains sounds like Soundgarden with a weaker singer – C

En Mi Cuarto, Jhay Cortez, Skrillex – Skrillex continues to see what he can add to Latin pop without losing his electronic production degree… quite a bit on this two pronged attack – B

Cocaine Blues – Bear’s Sonic Journals: Live At The Carousel Ballroom, April 24 1968 – Johnny Cash – hmmm, there must be a live album on its way and I don’t mind except, it fits right between Folsom and San Quentin timeline wise and really, if we want to hear another Cash live album the one year that doesn’t need representing is 1968 – B+

The Dawntreader – Live at Le Hibou Coffee House, Ottawa, Ontario, 3/19/1968 – Joni Mitchell – as Joni continues her way through her backpages, a live show recorded by Jimi Hendrix in 1968 is about out to see the light of day and “The Dawntreader” is better sung than it was on Song For A Seagull – A

Like A Pro (feat. Juicy J) – Kash Doll – not the equal of Megan Thee Stallion but she is close with a brutal rap skills – B+

Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You – Lydia – Arizonian indie bands do quite the hit job on Frankie Valli’s smasherino from the 1960s, somewhere Valli is rolling over in his bed (I would say in his grave but he is still alive) – C

Resentment – Madi Diaz –  Diaz is a singer songwriter with a lot of angst in her soul, she co-wrote “Resentment” and gave it to Kesha, who added Brian Wilson and Sturgill Simpson, and Madi’s take on the song is more alone and sadder –  B+

I’m Waiting For The Man – Matt Berninger – Matt seems an unlikely Lou Reed, and on this cover from the upcoming The Velvet Underground & Nico (you know, the banana cover album) tribute, it’s alright and Matt always sings well and if only they’d added some guitars – B

Remember Her Name – Mickey Guyton – can’t say I like it much but Mickey gets props for being a black woman in a white man idiom – B

Kindness – MØ – The Danish electronic woman returns with a catchy dance track – B

Trouble No More – Live – Montreux Jazz Festival 1977 – Muddy Waters – in 1977 Muddy released a live album produced by Johnny Winters (playing the over his head, Jack White role), this comes from the same vintage and the harp absolutely kills – B+

For Some – Nancy Sinatra – an outtake from her 1966 Boots classic, it sounds like if Americana and 60s pop came together… no idea why it didn’t make the album, after all,  we got “These Boots Are Made For Walking” twice – B+

Miami – Nicky Jam – The reggaeton star with a mainstream ballad – B

tinted green (feat. Mila Moon & Jomie) – Powfu – you probably know Powfu from “Death Bed (Coffee For Your Head)” and he remains in his bedroom for this lowkey and pretty electronic sadboy song – B

Peaceful Afternoon – Live From The Paramour – Rufus Wainwright – from 2020’s here and gone last album, it sounds thicker live and equally tuneful – B+

Skate – Silk Sonic – more 70s style r&b – B

Locust Laced – Sleigh Bells – the easy going beauty of Alexis voice on the electronic pop duos’ latest is just great and strange with implied country though not country sound, and Derek has some brilliant ear candy percussion and side effects. In a week with quite a bit of catchy electronics, this is the catchiest – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – A-

Nirvana – Skepta, J Balvin – UK grime meets Latin Urbano with two of the best on what feels like a new Latin pop genre – B+

Reelin’ In The Years – Live At Mohegan Sun Arena – Steely Dan – I think this is as recent as June, a jazz-rock jam fusion, and I still prefer “So It Goes” – B

Surf’s Up – A Cappella – The Beach Boys – the album is the one where their artiness became a shadowing of their early innocence. It isn’t a great album but it sure has “Disney Girls” and this beautify Wilson Brothers vocal – A-

Peter Gunn – Live in Tokyo, 1986 – The Art Of Noise – The ZZT band, Paul Morley’s experiment in uber-pop brought to life in the 80s, covering Henry Mancini – B+

Chaise Longue – Wet Leg – new UK band in down performing a post-punk variant – B

Okay – X Ambassadors – Sam Harris’ ode to former band member and childhood friend Noah Feldshuh is quite touching – B

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