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Going Steady: New Singles 9-2-22 – 9-8-22 Reviewed

There’d Better Be A Mirrorball – Arctic Monkeys – say what you will about Alex Turner, Arctic Monkeys are the biggest band since Coldplay and this continues his side trip to string laden balladeering and while it takes a while, it reveals itself eventually – B

Queen Space (with Summer Walker) – Ari Lennox – two of the top r&b singers of the 2020s unite for a twinkling and soulful joining of their voices – B

Million Dollar Baby – Ava Max – the English disco pop performer who isn’t Dua Lipa with a disco workout – C

We Go Back (feat. Mavis Staples) – Buddy Guy – yes he is overrated, the only time I’ve seen Buddy kill it was with Eric Clapton and BB King at MSG, solo he is a preening bore, yes, but the nostalgia as urban rebellion featuring Mavis is a first rate blues – B+

Manchester Rain – Buzzcocks – without the late great Pete Shelley can Steve Diggle pull it off? On the strength of the Who meets pop punkers Buzzcocks themselves, “Manchester Rain” I would say yes – SINGLE OF THE WEEK A-

All I Really Wanted – Cam’ron, A-Trak – excellent self-portrait by Cam’ron and while I can’t claim to know why he mixes so well with DJ A-Trak… but he does – B

Smells Like Me – Charlie Puth – Puth is a popular musician and piano player and he still doesn’t get what he deserves, at his best, like here, he can construct a song so tightly wound and beautiful it functions as a hit in waiting – B+

Kiss Me – Dermot Kennedy – a superstar in his native Ireland, the singer songwriter is a draggy song maker – C-

When Someone Loves You – Emeli Sandé, Nile Rodgers – as Niles noted at the Taylor Hawkins tribute on Saturday, he is a dance guy and Emeli is more than capable of singing to disco beats – B

Vibe – Editors – we respect Arctic Monkeys for not being this electronic rock crap – D+

Too Much (feat. Moneybagg Yo) – Freddie Gibbs – two ogs oging over a glitchy production sound – B

Blessed – GloRilla – terrific rap from the Memphis contender to Texas crown, “he’s got 99 problems and the biggest one is me!” – B+

New Gold (feat. Tame Impala and Bootie Brown) – Gorillaz – Greg Kurstin is all over this though I have no idea why, but whatever you might believe it is The Pharcyde’s Bootie Brown ownership for sure – B

Look Ma I Did It – Gucci Mane, Baby Racks – Gucci with the latest 1017 signee on gutter trap self aggrandizations and a terrific sample – B-

Late Night Talking – Instrumental – Harry Styles – I’ve been eyeballing the MSG residency but since I just saw Harry there in October (here) maybe I’ll pass, in the meantime maybe this is the gateway to a deluxe Harry’s House? – B

Love Of Mine – Night Visions Demo – Imagine Dragons – speaking of gateways to deluxe, this one heralds the tenth anniversary of Night Vision reissue – B+

Tara Mangalartha Mantra (Climate Balance) – India.Arie, Deva Premal – “Two iconic voices intertwine in close, sisterly harmony. Mantra queen and Grammy nominee Deva Premal and neo-soul avatar, 5-time Grammy winner, India Arie, bring a sensual tenderness to this beautiful Tibetan Buddhist mantra, devoted to the deity, Tara” – B

Beautiful Love – Free Fire – Justin Bieber – beautifully sung, beats enthralled pop track – B

NO HAY LEY – Kali Uchis – the popular Latin pop moves Anglo dance moves returns with an ode to true love, great beats throughout – B

Detox – Lil Baby – on the heels of last week’s atrocious DJ Khaled song “Staying Alive”, Lil Baby can still rap with an addictive tone and does so – B

Bigger Than Me – Louis Tomlinson – The other, other, other 1D with a pop ballad dog – C

Halfway Home – Marina Allen – lo fi bummer, true, but still a lovely singer songwriter track – B

Wrongside – MisterWives – the indie pop band with a song as good as anything they’ve ever made, a full sound with plenty of earworm touches – B+

Little Miss – NLE Choppa – well crafted trap by the man who promised a huge breakthrough – B

Nike – Shygirl – gorgeous and beautifully rapped track that has a perfect hook hidden here – B

I’m In Love With You – The 1975 – 80s style dance rock – B

Old Friends Like Lost Teeth – The Wonder Years – a rough and ready drag – D+

An Anomaly – Titus Andronicus – the fourth single off the upcoming album is the only disappointment so far – C+

Skating – #7, Take 1 / September 22, 1965 – Vince Guaraldi Trio -from an upcoming deluxe, it improves with time – B

Talk – Yeat – melodic, cool, and a fine rap from a definitive Freshman of 2022 – B

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