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Going Steady: New Singles 9-11-15 – 9-17-15



Life Like This – Kurt Vile – In which Kurt expands his horizon into MOR old school rock, with a piano motif up close and personal, and I hated it yesterday but I think I missed it because I was expecting something completely different. This is a beautiful and strange rhythmic  hook, it is like there are two beats and one falls off and discombobulates the song and neither rests with the drums- B+

Same Ol’ Love – Selena Gomez – Please notify my next of kin, Selena finally manages to navigate a slinky groove without coming across like a little girl in her Mommy’s skirt and heels. This has a sinuous rhythm mixed with a sense of ennui -which you’d probably share if Justin Bieber was your idea of fun – B+

Hourglass – Disclosure – With Lion Babe, the band featuring Vanessa Williams daughter, this starts as average disco and ends as house – B-

Stand By You – Rachel Platten – Another life lesson from the doofus whose “Fight Song” has been an enormous annoyance for months on end. This is less annoying, but give it time – C+

Here To Mars – Coheed And Cambria – The most average song these guys have ever written, mainstream rock is a complete disaster in 2015 – C-

Book Of Love – Felix Jaehn featuring Polina – The follow up to “Ain’t Nobody (Loves Me Better)” and a little early or is that another rule that’s changing? Pretty good EDM pop – B

Clearest Blue – Chvrches – Pretty pop EDM, great great chorus – B+

Love Is Overdue – Keith Richards – When Keith goes on about reggae, sometimes I think his secret meaning is “I can play Reggae and you can’t”. This classic Lover’s Rocker by the late lamented Gregory Isaac’s is the only time I’ve heard off the new album where he sings in a range that works for him, manages the rhythm with ease, and gives you the assuredness you’d hoped for all along – A-

Train In The Distance – Don Henley – The best song off the newbie, it has a nice chug to it and a catchy melody, the chorus isn’t very good but the verses work – C+

The Governess – Metrics – Three years later, did ya miss em? – C-




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