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Going Steady: New Singles 9-24-21 – 9-30-21

Burn It Out – AImee Mann – her second single off the upcoming album is Mann 101, it sounds like it could have come off Magnolia, though the violins are a nice touch – B+

Party Round My Place (feat. Avelino & Toddla T) – Aitch – nice meet and match from a top grime rapper and EDM beats – B+

U&ME – alt-J – the art rockers add a classic rock feel to their dank trip hop – B+

Sunset Boulevard Symphonic Suite – Pt.3 – Andrew Lloyd Webber, Simon Lee,The Andrew Lloyd Webber Orchestra – with its swimming pool on stage ( and Billy Wilder at opening night!), Andrew’s musical seconded as a vulnerable spot when it wasn’t the hit we expected, this is pretty enough – B

Weights – Bartees Strange – my one big regret from the weekend was missing Strange’s set (I got the stage wrong), Strange is a jack of all genres and here he has fashioned one of the strongest rockers of the year – A-

Miss Understood – Bhad Bhabie – the only rapper to emerge from the Dr. Phil show has managed a career that if it hasn’t set the world on first, is filled with wll rapped tracks like this… great hook as well – B+

Wanting To Believe (Oh Holy Night) – Brian Eno, Roger Eno – a baffling spiritual via electronica with Eno and his brother Eno – B

Virgin Mary Had One Son – Brian Fallon – The Gaslight Anthem leader with a traditional hymn as Americana vibe – B

Moonshadow – Olympic Studio Demo / 1970 – Yusuf / Cat Stevens -off the upcoming 50th anniversary release of Teaser And The Firecats box set, this is a real demo, it is about 80% there but he hasn’t quite constructed the hook though the melody is 100% and the bridge and the outro are done – A-

love nwantiti (ah ah ah) – CKay – quite a time for Nigerian popstars and here we have great Afrobeats meets a soulful vocal – B+

My Universe – Coldplay, BTS – My dislike for Coldplay is visceral and BTS hit me as the definition of nothing special, if you want K-Pop stick with Monsta X (or NCT-127, who have a good album out) , they come together for the abysmal and by the numbers “My Universe” -a cynical money grab stuck down our throat by Max Martin, BTS and Ed Sheeran didn’t pay off but this smells like a hit – C-

Observer Effect – Disclosure – the EDM duo adds a Jew’s harp to a shuffling house beat – B

TONIGHT UNITED – Duran Duran – Graham Cox joins the synth pop stars of the 80s for a pleasant slice of Brit pop – B-

After All – Elton John, Charlie Puth – bland MOR – C

For Tonight – Giveon -what’s with the finger snaps? Dreadful MOR soul – MUST TO AVOID – D+

Too Easy – Gunna, Future – the melodic rap guy, has been in the papers for all the best reasons, it was Hannah Arendt who noted fifty years ago that even Einstein would have been unable to get good grades if he was very hungry and that is now axiomatic and so the Atlanta rapper Gunna opened a free clothing store and grocery store in his old High School “Gunna’s Drip Closet and Goodr Grocery Store which is set to provide students of McNair Middle School with access to free meals, clothing and toiletries for years to come…” As for his song? “Too Easy” is stolen by Future, or did he give it away? – B+

Hard Skool – Guns N’ Roses – Axl in great voice and Slash has a terrific bridge – B+

Your Heart -Joyner Lucas, J. Cole -melodic rap with a string add by Cole – B

SEJODIOTO – KAROL G – trap beats meet Latin pop – B

Christmas Isn’t Canceled (Just You) – Kelly Clarkson – a little early for seasonal joylessness, though a pretty good old school girl group sound – B+

Wockesha (with Lil Wayne & Ashanti) – Remix – Moneybagg Yo – the song was always a goodie, and Weezy was on the original. But Ashanti sounds great and is very welcome – A-

What If – Neyo – Neyo has been a top soul singer for 20 years and was a clear contender for soul’s follow up to Luther Vandross, he isn’t straining himself here though it is a spirited dance soul track – B+

Breed – Live In Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1991 – Nirvana – I smell another Nevermind box set on the horizon, this is a speedier take that the recorded version – B+

Champagne Supernova (Live at Knebworth) – Oasis – I loved the Gallaghers but I didn’t love em as much as they did in the UK, where 6% of the nation attempted to get tix to the Knebworth gig (soon to be a major motion picture by the way). This is one of their truly greatest moments, an anthem for the ages and a thrilling version – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – A-

Black Widow Spider – Parquet Courts – New York used to throw up rock bands from the VU template all day long but fresher and without the drugs becoming a problem (yet). These guys continue the tradition with a Who wannabe sound – B

Vampire (feat. Danny Brown) – Payday – Payday is a good rapper and her “and I just might bite ya” is a great hook and her voice coincides nicely with Danny Brown’s whine – A-

Just Another Traveling Man – Phil Gammage – put on your spurs and join Phil for a Western song ridden by the harp and waiting for a cowboy TV series to become the theme to – B+

This Thing Called Life – Richard Ashcroft – The Verve leader with a classic Brit rock track with strong verses but a naff chorus – C+

On My Knees – RÜFÜS DU SOL – bass thudding electro pop rock brooder – C+

Gay Messiah – Rufus Wainwright, Amsterdam Sinfonietta – classical bent imagining of a Messiah baptised in cum and Rufus as John The Baptist who has his head taken for fellatio… – B

Mr Haze – GBX & Paul Keenan Remix – Texas – remix of their good single that samples Donna Summers’ “Loves Unkind” – B+

Tell Me Two Times – New York Rocker Sessions – The dB’s pre debut album Chris Stamey wooze – A-

BRIGHTSIDE – The Lumineers – not folk but Americana with a clever play on Pink Floyd’s Dark Side, and with Simone Felice co-producing for the joy of overkill – C+

Takin a Ride – Live at the 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis, MN, 1/23/81 – The Replacements – they could be a shambles in 1981, but they could tighten stuff up when they wanted to as proven by this taste from their debut album box set, Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash – B+

Get Up, Stand Up – The Specials – why not slow the reggae protest anthem to a crawl? Because it’s boring – C+

Black And Blue – The Wonderful World Of Louis Armstrong All Stars, Common, Nicholas Payton – sweet trumpet but Common? Come on, guys – B-

Fancy Like (feat. Kesha) – Walker Hayes – Applebee? Talk about product placement. Still, it’s a hit because it’s a real earworm and Kesha is cool on her verse and harmonies – A-

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