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Going Steady: New Singles 8-11-17 – 8-17-17 Reviewed

Nasty (Who Dat) – A$AP Ferg, Migos – Great hook (from Migos? It doesn’t sound like Offset if it is), gives Ferg the bounce he hasn’t had in his ill tempered modern post-Prosper world – B

That Much – Buddy – The other Compton resident started his career at the age of 7 in “The Wiz” and garnered a hit with “Shine,” this follow up aint bad except the central rap is a little weak – C+

Standing In The Middle Of A Field – Cut Copy – Electronica goes shoegaze – B-

Human Diary – Danielle Bradbery – American Idol winner with MOR pop track, nice metaphor but the song isn’t much and that processed acoustic guitar is a major annoyance – C

Sickago – Deaf Havana – UK rock, overblown bluster – C-

Love Me Or Leave Me Alone – Dustin Lynch – Pretty good singer steals  from a classic and nearly gets away with it, the chorus sucks  – C+

Angel – Fifth Harmony – They could do with a hit and this hip valued production on an EDM track should do it – C+

The Deepest Sighs, The Darkest Shadows – Gang Of Youths – Better than the last two National singles, though whenever you get a would be baritone over a solemn rock beat that explodes you’re thinking either Matt Berninger or Bono. Though the National would have nailed the mushed up lyric. Either way, if this doesn’t click with a wide audience than wide audiences are past this sound – B+

My Only True Friend – Gregg Allman –  Written about Duane, it stands as an eulogy to Gregg himself, with a truism at its heart: “The road is my only friend,” that and the fans who will enjoy this Southern blues like hell with a stellar vocal… who did the solo?  The arrangement is really great – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – B+

Revolt – Harry Romero – Old school house by old school DJ, kicks like fuck, especially the bongos – B+

The Death Of You And I – Isaac Gracie – UK boy wonder nails a big time rock and roll ballad – B+

6 De La Morning – J Alvarez – Second tier reggaeton goes with a gorgeous ballad and great rap – B+

Real Deal – Jessie J – She hasn’t been around for years, nice hook iffy song and it should be better to regain her footing – C+

Unapologetically – Kelsea Ballerini  – Perfects her pre-pop Taylor sound but without the softness – B-

The Bull – Kip Moore – The chorus rocks righteously but the verses are too slow – B-

Cashing Out – Madeintyo – Atlanta rapper with a trap undertow – C+

Vampire Again – Marlon Williams – New Zealand songwriter is the latest deep voiced man releasing a song today, and this one is terrific – B+

Silence – Marshello, Khalid – EDM biggie hooks up with the hottest new singer of the year for a pretty EDM pop move – B

A Million Lights – Michael W. Smith – Not only did I realize this was Christian contemporary before hearing a word, I also took a pretty accurate guess as to how the chorus went… – C-

Quarrel – Moses Sumney – Here’s NPR’s birdseye view: “a complex polyphony. Sumney’s long-time collaborator, Thundercat, appears on bass, and Jamire Williams (Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Ensemble) joins on drums to lay down a constantly changing R&B groove. Paris Strother (KING trio) flips between flickering, piercing synth lines and jazz-flaired piano solos, and Cam O’bi (known for his work with Chance the Rapper, Noname, Vic Mensa) partners with Joshua Willing Halpern (Beck) to produce the track.”.Here’s mine: pretty and brooding but a little overwhelmed and at over six minutes it doesn’t know when to stop – B-

What About Us – P!nk – Not bad return for the acrobatic singer, takes a little while but the hook hooks you though later rather than sooner – B-

The Evil Has Landed – Queens Of The Stone Age – I really like the album and while this is more Hommes and less Ronson it is also brute power and beats beat beats – B

Tell The Devil I’m Getting There s Fast As I Can – Ray Wylie Hubbard, Eric Church, Lucinda Williams –  Another road trip, but why does it sound like Williams instead of Hubbard? – B+

Woke – Reconcile, Lecrae – Christian rap works better than Christian rock, here as well – B-

Is It Too Much – Shelby Lynn, Allison Moorer – The sisters remember their tragic teenage years and comfort themselves as only sisters can do – B+

Hurtin’ Me  – Stefflon Don, French Montana – UK dancehall queen can really sing, Montana helps – B

I Know – Surf Gvng – Pretty good brooding r&b like Drake – B

Something To Remember Me By – The Horrors – In this day and age you can’t blow your first 20 seconds, you’ll never get another chance… thank God for the radio edit, not bad but what is it? Synth rocker that goes on and on – C+

Sixteen – Thomas Rhett – “Unforgettable” was the keeper, this is a little depressing, also: who wants to be sixteen??? – B-

Up The Creek – Tori Amos – Impressive Americana return for the piano gal, but I haven’t loved her since 1996 -those first three albums were so great, but like contemporary Ani DiFranco, she hasn’t been that hot since 1996. I guess it is all semi-cult for believers, and they could believe in worse – B-

Obsession (25/7) – Vice, Jon Bellion, Kyle – Pretty catchy EDM banger, nice rap from Kyle, a little laid back – B

Something New – Wiz Khalifa, Ty Dolla $ign ) – Yuck, cmon guys – C

Explicale – Tandel, Big Bunny – Yandel has his hat in the ring for biggest reggaeton acts out there, especially  when he teams up with Wisin. However, this won’t cut it in a week when J Alvarez eats his lunch – C+

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