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Going Steady: New Singles 8-26-22 – 9-1-22 Reviewed

Clap – Armin van Buuren – this is less trance and more house with a synth hook and thundering beats but not much else – B-

Modern Love – Moonage Daydream Mix – David Bowie – hard to go wrong with this, a fine remix accentuating the instruments and horns and an exciting come on for the movie – A-

I’m Good (Blue) – David Guetta, Bebe Rexha – ho hum EDM from the French master a decade past his prime – C

Ten Times More – Dropkick Murphys – Woody Guthrie lyrics, Dropkick Murphys sound – C+

Hold Me Closer – Elton John, Britney Spears – from the same template that gave us “Cold Heart” but much better, the hook is incredible, it improves on “Tiny Dancer”‘s original and it is wonderful to hear from Britney again – A-

god has a sense of humor – GAYLE – really? the well documented God of the old testament is so funny that if you disrespect him in the slightest he will kill you and your family, but if the woman behind “abcdefu” had one she’d have tried something a lot more fun – C-

wait in the truck (feat. Lainey Wilson) – HARDY – I loved this guy when he opened for Morgan Wallen in February (here) and I loved his “He Went To Jared” and this is yet another fantastic country blues rocker and more: the story of an abused wife saved by a stranger, who goes to the electric chair for his actions (which forces it to second as an anti-capital punishment protest song) I am just waiting for Hardy to make it next level – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – A-

Drive – IDK – a wonderfully lowkey production from Statik Selektah has the Maryland rapper singer with a jazz mood winner – B+

Let It Breathe – Joey Bada$$ – also produced by Statik, it didn’t make it onto Joey’s new album but it should have, it is haunting and well rapped – B

GATÚBELA – KAROL G, Maldy – smooth and sweet rap on a sweet and sexy slice of reggaeton for a giant – B+

complex (demo) – Katie Gregson-MacLeod – an indie singer songwriter with a first rate piano ballad – B

Treesha – Lil Tecca – autotuned and trapped but a swell, tongue twisting rap – B

Beat the Odds – Lil Tjay – Tjay should watch himself, Tupac bragged about getting shot and living through it, Young Dolph bragged about being shot and making it and Lil Tjay was shot SEVEN TIMES and here he raps about making it and… I’ve got a bad feeling about it – B

Lock&Key – Lolahol – aka Madonna’s daughter with an alright electronic track that has you searching for a WIlliam Orbit credit – C+

Dangerous – Madison Beer, James Francies – sounds like a solo ballad break in a Stephen Schwartz musical – C

Better Off High – Marcus Mumford – Mumford goes classic rock as he goes solo on this eased out rave up – C+

Somethin’ Bout You – Mickey Guyton – not unpleasant country track from the black woman country singer – C+

Wrong Decisions – NAV – Punjabi-Canadian producer rapper who sings-raps and autotunes behind fresh trap beats, alright I guess – C+

Every Beginning Ends – Noah Cyrus, Benjamin Gibbard – the Death Cab guy duets with Noah on a country stroll bummer – MUST TO AVOID – D

CODE (feat. Moneybagg Yo) – Offset – now Migos have split in two, Cardi B’s husband arrives with a well rapped bore – C+

Big Stunna (feat. Birdman) – Quavo, Takeoff – for better or worse Quavo was always the brains of the outfit and this has some of the electrifying originality you get from Migos when they are on their game – B+

Calm Down (with Selena Gomez) – Rema – a gifted Afrobeats guy given a plus one from Selena during a summer where afrobeats felt in retreat – A-

As It Was – Spotify Singles – Sasha Alex Sloan – the sadgirl to beat makes Harry Styles finest moment a piano dirge and it still works – B+

Faded Like A Feeling – Tegan and Sara – fans will be fine with it and even those of us who aren’t actually fans should be quite happy with the lovely indie pop ballad – B

Weird Goodbyes (feat. Bon Iver) – The National, Robert Ames – ho hum from two of the biggest bands of the 2010s – C+

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