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Going Steady: New Singles 9-28-18 – 10-4-18 Reviewed

Dope Queen Blues – Adia Victoria – Indie blues from Atlanta with a mix of hip hop and alt aesthetic – B

Peter Pan (feat. Bobby Blackbird) – Equiknoxx Music Remix – Arcade Fire, Bobby Blackbird, Equiknoxx Music – Nothing wrong with it, but the original on their hugely underestimated last album is better – B

Tried (BADBADNOTGOOD x Little Dragon) – BADBADNOTGOOD, Little Dragon- Vocalist Yukimi Nagano gives the song a bravado performance and the mood music grows exponentially – B

Don’t Lie to Me – Barbra Streisand – Streisand socks it to Trump but he comes off unscathed because it is a lousy song, “How can you sleep while the world is burning?” she asks. Are we speaking about the same person? – D+

Taki Taki (with Selena Gomez, Ozuna & Cardi B) – DJ Snake, Selena Gomez, Ozuna, Cardi B – Hooky house, Cardi B can’t phone it in, but she can try – C+

Speedboat – JAMESDAVIS – Neo r&b, two good singers, and nice tempo switches – B

123 – Jess Glynne – The third single off the upcoming EDM singer of choice for UK dance bands like Rudimental is the keeper, great horns punctuate its sweet sound – B

BACK ON MY SH*T – Jaden Smith – Jaden is only 20 years old but sounds like a pro, his artier aspirations giving way to flow and execution on this goodie which derails itself towards the end with a trick – B

That’s Life – Live At Dallas Memorial Auditorium / 1968 – James Brown – Sometimes he does the James Brown –  A

Neighbor (feat. Travis Scott) – Juicy J, Travis Scott – You don’t think of either Juicy J or Travis Scott as flow merchants, but if you can get past the autotune and echo both of their flows are excellent – B

Short Skirt Weather – Kane Brown – I have never been crazy about Kane’s voice, it is one of those creepy country voices you hear from time to time. Having said that, add some Jerry Lee piano pounding to a good time little country ditty and there is no way to get out of its way – B+

If I’m Lyin, I’m Flyin – Kodak Black – Back from one of the dumbest imprisonments in hip hop history, this is a nothing much self portrait – C+

Shallow – Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper – Just complete sucky Americana, “tell me something girl: are you happy in this modern world”. Question, what the fuck has modern to do with  that sentence? – MUST TO AVOID – D+

There’s No Way (feat. Julia Michaels) – Lauv, Julia Michaels – Crappy EDM pop – C-

Rock And Roll – Sunset Sound Mix – Led Zeppelin – Released on vinyl last Record Store Day, this is a great mix and well worth your time -all to do with their 50th anniversary I’m guessing – A

Sunlight On Your Skin – Lil Peep, ILoveMakonnen – Even by Lil Peep standards this is a moribund bummer -not that there is anything wrong with that – B

Tied Up – Major Lazer, Mr Eazi, RAYE, Jake Gosling –  Typical Major Lazer reggae riddim only slower and more boring – C+

Está Rico – Marc Anthony, Will Smith, Bad Bunny – Some line up for an old and new mash up of Latin pop and trap, Will can still rap – B

Bayen Habeit – Marshmello, Amr Diab – Amr is an Egyptian superstar slumming for a crossover hit with Marshmello who is laid back enough on this goodie, if this doesn’t do the trick Amr should round up his sixteen million followers and go home  – B+

When I Fall In Love – Michael Bublé – Look, it has been over 50 years since Frank left Capitol, let’s round up the American Standards and send them out to pasture – C

Cherish You – Mikky Ekko – Indie r&b soulfulness and more boring than even that sentence  – C

Pressure – Muse – The best of the singles so far, the beat is more rough hewn and less proggy… still sucks – C+

Paradise – Nicky Romero, Deniz Koyu, Walk Off the Earth – Nice one, Calvin Harris wouldn’t turn his nose up at it… – B+

Moves (feat. Snoop Dogg) – Olly Murs, Snoop Dogg – England’s Olly is one of the most charming singers around and Snoop fits in nicely – B+

Interstate Gospel – Pistol Annies – Terrific honky tonking Gospel pounder – B+

Circles – P.O.D. – What does the ChristianCore P.O.D. have no other one, not ever The Devil Wears Prada, can match? For one thing, the singing is vastly better and for another, the tunes always kick in. A goodie – B+

Back To Life – Rascal Flatts – Just horrible country ballad – D+

Honey – Robyn – Sure, rock nyc is filled with contrarians but not when it comes to Robyn, simple the greatest creator of modern pop around and she hasn’t been around for far too long. I’m not sure it is the masterpiece it is meant to be, but it doesn’t miss by much (the tune could be a little sweeter) – A-

Faking It – Sasha Sloan – Another sad girl but man she is really sad – B

Lost In Japan – Remix – Shawn Mendes, Zedd – Not bad as it goes – B-

Íosa – The Cranberries – An outtake from their first album, sung in Irish. I was never a big fan and this may well be one of my favorites of theirs – B+

Confusion In The Marketplace – The Hold Steady – When they get it right, like here, it looks easy, it looks like alchemy, but they don’t always get it right… how do they do it on this great single? How does this happen? Why does “metronome” sound like the best word ever stuck in a song and  the rhyme is with Prednisone, the best rhyme ever?  – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – A

The Weekend (feat. Young Thug) – T.I., Young Thug – Generational Atlanta Trap… a goodie by pros – B+

Scars – TobyMac – In CCM terms, TobyMac is Jesus and this is as good as the sound gets, a vibrating, soaring synth track – B

Potato Salad – Tyler, The Creator, A$AP Rocky – rhyming over Monica’s 2003 “Knock Knock” – B

How Can I Love You? – Yellow Days – Psyche funk meets jazz – B

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