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Going Steady: New Singles 8-19-22 – 8-25-22 Reviewed

don’t sleep, repeat (feat. Machine Gun Kelly) – 44phantom – the Seattle based singer songwriter is like a cooler glam rocker, a Yungblud, on a pretty good little rocker – B

Walk On Water – Amy Grant – Amy is recovering from a bike accident and here she has a bluesy true believer to get her there – B

Lobby – Anitta, Missy Elliott – the big Latin pop star Anitta is helped by the legendary Missy on a true winner (in English!) – B+

Extra Credit – Big K.R.I.T. – declarative boom bap goodie – B

Someday It’ll All Make Sense – Bluegrass Version – Bill Anderson, Dolly Parton – the two oldtimers with a lovely country track – B

Cage – Billy Idol – a decent, guitarcentric rocker with an explosive chorus – B

Pink Venom – BLACKPINK – it is easy to hear why the K-pop girls are considered major, as they add both experimental hyperpop and dance to K-Pop plus a Rihanna sample at the top – B+

No Body – Blake Shelton – drinking song to fidelity – B-

Leather Weather (Mr. and Ms. Understanding) – Butch Walker – indifferent Americana piano ballad by a guy who is usually better than this clever dick stuff – C

Swamp Bitches (with Rico Nasty) – Doech – Top Dawg’s first female rapper signing should be a little be more than this, though Doech drips threat she doesn’t pull it off – B-

Gelati (feat. Peewee Longway & BigWalkDog) – Gucci Mane – if your thing is rapping always check in on Gucci, though we only get a verse for Gucci it is a goodie – B

Ma chérie – Ici c’est Paris, CKayI, Leto – electronic pop from France – C+

Shake The Feeling – Iceage – fair to middling hard rock outtake – C+

Dim Sum – Jah Wobble, GZ Tian – the Chinese-English rapper GZ absolutely wonderful on this remarkable single and Jah sounds nothing like his rubba dub dub usual self, a pure pleasure with a terrific world music electronic coda – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – A-

Ferrari – James Hype, Miggy Dela Rosa – part of the EDM revival taking over the UK – C+

Lazy Bird – Alternate Take 1 – John Coltrane – quite why they pulled this off the expanded Blue Train from 2004 I can’t tell you – A

Blue Train – Alternate Take 8 – John Coltrane – and while I admire the pun this pre-off the deep end Trane ain’t blues – A

Sentimental Fool – Lee Fields – just signed to Daptone, this is old school soul – B

Men of Good Fortune – May 1965 Demo – Lou Reed – nothing like the Berlin track, this is sub-Dylan – C

Spring Cleaning – Maddie & Tae – not “Girl In A Country Song” but still a clever little kiss off – B

Good Enough – Maisie Peters – not really, her first disappointment – C-

Picture in my mind – PinkPantheress, Sam Gellaitry – more hyper pop by one of the most popular new performers bringing it into the mainstream – B

Who by Fire – From “Bad Sisters” – PJ Harvey, Tim Phillips – well, at least it’s not “Hallelujah” – C+

Tippa My Tongue – Red Hot Chili Peppers -saved by Flea’s bassline – C+

أصلي ولا صيني – SAMER, Omar Kamal – adding electronic beats to mainstream Arabic pop (not classical) – B+

I’m Pressed – serpentwithfeet – a coupla days after I reviewed it, it sounds more soulful and conceptual hard working – B+

Break Away – The Holtzmann Effect – Soundgarden style, deep bummer rock and roller – B+

Acute Schizophrenia Paranoia Blues (Live at Carnegie Hall, New York, 3rd March 1972) – 2022 Remaster – The Kinks – classic Ray and a reminder that any discussion of the top three UK invasion would have to include the brothers Davies band – A

15 Again – The London Suede – still glammy rockers all these years later, nothing special but it has its own kinetic energy – B

Live Forever- Willie Nelson, Lucinda Williams – from the upcoming Billy Joe Shaver tribute album, very nicely done – B

Make You Say – Zedd, Maren Morris, Beauz – not unpleasant dance pop but nowhere near “The Middle” – B-

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