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Going Steady: New Singles 9-21-18 – 9-27-18

A boatload of new songs to get through… there goes Sunday!

White Bronco – Action Bronson – Bronson has the sort of voice that makes you wonder if he isn’t on the spectrum, and he might be as he goes on about his best life, but whether or not, the backing track is exemplary mood jazz – B

Emoji – Au/Ra – Alt pop from Ibiza native who identifies as a weirdo and performs electronic pop – B

Head Above Water – Avril Lavigne – She used to be Joan Jett for losers, now she is P!nk for those who don’t remember – C

Gracias Por Tu Amor – Banda El Recodo, David Bisbal – Old school Mexican pop, how old school? Banda El Recodo have been together EIGHTY YEARS, so assume this isn’t all the original band members – B-

If You See Her, Say Hello – Take 1 – Bob Dylan – Yeah, I’ve spent $150+ on the box set… wouldn’t you? Here the difference is less the song and more Dylan’s vocal, he doesn’t have the ache in his voice yet – B+

Crazy Love – Boston – What’s with the salsa rhythm? – B

Tha Beauty of Love – Boston – Full on MOR ballad – B

Life – Boy George, Culture Club – The second single from George is Gospel soul and nearly as good as the first one, just lacks the surprise element – B

Stay – Cat Power – The Rihanna song circa 2012 is pretty awesome to begin with and Cat Power tears your heart out on her version, I got the story of Cat’s cover off Hunter Harris on Vulture: “Stay” had stuck with her since she’d heard it years ago in someone’s car, she said. “An old lover, he was picking me up and he opened the door and that song was on the radio,” she recalled. “He said, ‘Oh, there’s my girl,’ and I thought he was talking about me, you know? Then the song ended and he turned off the radio, and I realized he was talking about Rihanna.”A few years later, not long after the birth of her son, she heard it again in a taxi and cried the whole ride. That night, she had plans to meet a friend at a karaoke bar, and decided “Stay” would be the only song she performed.” – B

One of Us – Cher – The best of her ABBA songs, all of them are heartfelt, of course, but here there is a deep burrowed soundness in her take – B

When Bad Does Good – Chris Cornell – Now he is gone I will say two things, 1 – some lungs and 2 – Soundgarden were more influential than every other grunge band combined – C

Leave Him Now – Cloud Nothings – Guitar revved ultimatum – B+

The Echo Of The World – Cloud Nothings – The exact same DNA as “Leave Him Now” but without the strong tune – B-

Red Letters – Crowder – The crown prince of CCM for years goes Americana CCM – C

Wildfire – Crowder – Strong blues workout – B-

Beat Of Your Drum – 2018, Radio Edit – David Bowie – I went and listened to the original and it is the same vocal which makes this a remix and it already makes Never Let Me Down better than I remember it – B+

Good Love – David Mann, Tamela Mann – Gospel pop from Kirk Franklin’s stable, the voices are good and the song sucks – C

Bottled Up – Dinah Jane, Ty Dolla $ign, Marc E. Bassy – The Fifth Dimension singer kills it on this earworm of the first order, Ty continues to enjoy his best life… B+

A Reason to Fight – Disturbed – Ugh, horrid almost acoustic piece of crap rock – MUST TO AVOID – D

Are You Ready – Disturbed – Much better, a roiling rolling riffarama with a killer chorus – B-

Suspect My Tears – Elvis Costello, The Imposters – where’s he hiding? Come out, come out wherever you are, Burt… – B-

Nervous (feat. Lil Baby, Jay Critch & Rich the Kid) – Famous Dex, Jay Critch, Lil Baby, Rich The Kid – Light handed banger – B-

No Stylist – French Montana, Drake – Wanna save some time, Drake comes in at 1: 48, but if you wanna take it from the top the hook is very strong – C+

Good Vibes – Fuego, Nicky Jam – DR meets PR on this fine slice of Latin American of strong beat midtempo – B

TOOGOODTOBETRUE (feat. Sufjan Stevens & Rebecca Sugar) – Gallant, Sufjan Stevens, Rebecca Sugar – Folk goes electronic – B

Me Lloras – Gloria Trevi, Charly Black – Mexico’s Madonna is all in here as the song moves from power ballad to old school ballad to beat and backing experimental, by the way you haven’t suddenly learnt Spanish, Charly is singing in English for a coupla bars – B-

Lover, Leaver – Greta Van Fleet – On what planet are these guys the future of rock and roll? It’s not that Zep would have em for breakfast bones and all, it is that so would Black Crowes. I’d rather listen to J Mascis brushing his teeth  – C

Zero – From the Original Motion Picture “Ralph Breaks The Internet” – Imagine Dragons – Verses are awesome, choruses less so, but this is my favorite song by these guys – B-

Dear Yessie – Jessie Reyez – What a year Reyez is having, every song (except for one of the Eminems) is the best song of the year, including this gorgeous love dream beauty – B+

Everything She Said – J Mascis – If I had a token rock star hero it would be this guy, a terrific acoustic rocker with a cool electric bridge, and a sad lyric – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – A-

thinking 2 much – Jeremy Zucker – singer songwriter electronic confessional, nice bridge – B-

Here Comes The Change (From the Motion Picture ‘On The Basis of Sex’) – Kesha – What a shame, the first song post her terrific last album is a loud ballad bore – C+

SUPERDUPERKYLE (feat. MadeinTYO) – KYLE, MadeinTYO – Every bar is a nursery rhyme sing song beauty – B+

Snatching It Back – Kid Rock – Nice Stax-y track – B+

Venice Bitch – Lana Del Rey – Bang bang, kiss kiss, another complete killer song from production to vocal to sound all the way  to the gorgeous , long, lovely outro – A-

Falling Down – Lil Peep, XXXTENTACION – ILOVEMAKONNEN co-wrote the song with Peep and put together these mutual admirers after their deaths – B+

New Patek – Lil Uzi Vert – Uzi kills it bar for bar though is he really rapping about his watch? Well, yes, actually – B

Beyond (feat. Luke Combs) – Live – Leon Bridges, Luke Combs – From the CMT Crossroads that was recorded outdoors in downtown Nashville, it is great because the song is always great. I just can’t hear Luke at all… – B+

Beautiful Crazy (feat. Leon Bridges) – Live – Luke Combs, Leon Bridges – They vibe together well but I don’t like this HUGE HIT FOR LUKE (he is the biggest star in country right this second) – B-

The Gypsy Faerie Queen – Marianne Faithfull – Co-written and featuring Nick Cave, it would be better if it was a little better though when they harmonize it is just fine – B-

OKAY (feat. Future) – Moneybagg Yo, Future – Only in 2018 can Future appear as featured artist on songs, release a mixtape, and still seem to have a quiet year. Memphis’ Moneybagg Yo sounds great and Future is quite alright, two big time rappers riding a beat – B

Guiding Light – Mumford & Sons – More indie rock than English folk, and way too overblown – C

Drive and Disconnect – Nao – Alt-r&b, woman, alright but no more – B-

Beach – Petite Noir, Danny Brown, Nukubi Nukubi – If Danny Brown isn’t the best rapper live on stage, who is? It has been two years since we’ve heard any more than something like this, a verse here and there. And this is good. We haven’t heard Petite Noir’s Noirwave in years and this comes together very well… – B+

Highway 70 Blues – The Bottle Rockets – Old school travellin’ band – B

Let You Love Me – Rita Ora – Business as usual EDM banger – C+

Made It – SOB X RBE – Up and coming Cali rap collective sound like neo-R&B, mixing the edge of rap and r&b and pop hooks – B+

We’re Still Here – Steve Perry – Painful – D+

Gainesville – Outtake, 1998 – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – It coulda been a lesser song off Echo, a lesser album – C+

Peach Fuzz – Tyler, The Creator – Not bad jazzy gay stuff-cool, who wouldn’t fuck Timothee what’s his name? – B

Granada – Vice Menta – Reggaeton style – C+

California Snow (From the Motion Picture “Spell”) – Weezer – The problem with life is that by the time I reach the W’s I’ve already chosen my must to avoid for the week – D+

I Love All of Me – Yoko Ono – Yoko takes on bullying and very, very well… a beautiful piano ballad – B

Heat of the Summer – Young the Giant – If electronic rock has any future, it is in excellent stuff like this mix and match – B

Backin’ It Up (feat. Cardi B) – Pardison Fontaine, Cardi B – Cardi on fire, Pardison on fire, a true first rate banger – B+

A Forgotten Spot (Olvidado) – Zion & Lennox, De La Ghetto, Ivy Queen, Pj Sin Suela, Lucecita Benitez – Part of the Hamilton remake series, this time in tribute to Puerto Rico – B

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