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Going Steady: New Singles 9-3-21 – 9-9-21 Reviewed

Don’t Shut Me Down – ABBA – plodding disco – C+

I Still Have Faith In You – ABBA – This isn’t “A” list Abba, but it is certainly “B” list Abba and would make a good finale for a “Mamma Mia: Meryl Streep has Risen From The Dead” – B+

Oh Know – Beak> – Barrows and friends at their most accessible with a heavy handed bass that hooks you entirely – B+

Pass It On – Billy Bragg – awful anthem from the proselytizing folkie – MUST TO AVOID – D

No Time For Sleep (Freestyle) – Bobby Shmurda – out of prison after seven years for conspiracy to commit murder, reckless endangerment, and drug and gun possession, he has a killer flow and an og track about a burglary – B

Million To One – from the Amazon Original Movie “Cinderella” – Camila Cabello – the musical looks like a nightmare and the song, a tooth aching rock ballad, is a nightmare – D+

Only Us (with Dan + Shay) – From The “Dear Evan Hansen” Original Motion Picture Soundtrack – Carrie Underwood, Dan + Shay – country goes Broadway, please don’t – D+

Good Ones – Charli XCX – when Charli first came out in 2012 I was more than impressed with her Icona Pop track but since then she just hasn’t hit the sweet spot of hyper-pop, she’s an original yes: but is that enough? – C

Keys To The Country – Colt Ford, Dan Tyminski, RVSHVD, Vince Gill -the older Vince gets the less he is the heir apparent to George Jones, this is generic bullshit – D

Particles – Damon Albarn -the older Damon gets, the less he is the heir to Ray Davies – D

Riff 1 (Demo) – 2021 Remaster – David Crosby – I never much cared for If Only I Could Remember My Name and this demo for a never finished song doesn’t change a thing – C

If The World Just Danced – Diana Ross – a restrained disco from what looks like it will be a major album – B+

ANNIVERSARY – Duran Duran – indifferent disco synth pop, I wonder why Graham Cox is on it – C+

I Can’t Get You Off My Mind – Single Mix – Hawkwind – old school headbanger – C

Acapulco – Jason Derulo – the dancehall English guy who won me over with “Trumpets” in 2013 fails to do so here – C+

Spirit Power and Soul – Johnny Marr – I read where somebody wrote Johnny is the real light that never goes out. If you believe that you deserve this lousy rocker anthem plus synths – D+

TRUST! – JPEGMAFIA – the underground art rapper and r&b guy has his fans, I am one, but this is an indifferent twee track – B-

Scream – Lindsey Buckingham – a major return from the former Mac, a gorgeous sound that belongs to him alone (Mac miss it without him, and seriously, it can’t be replaced) and an earworm hook that I actually dreamt I was singing the other day – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – A

Love (Sweet Love) – Little Mix – rote EDM, it’ll be big in the UK – C

It’s Coming for You – Maria Taylor – I have to be careful with Maria, I once dissed a 2016 song, “If Only” (to her face), only to have it reveal itself in concert, so I would say it is as lovely a piece of singer songwriter with a harder sound than usual – B

Blue Notes 2 (feat. Lil Uzi Vert) – Meek Mill – lyrically another look at my hundreds and hundreds bore, but the guitar part is a strong blues – B

Sharing Locations (feat. Lil Baby & Lil Durk) – Meek Mill with the two rapper friends of the moment, an autotune sound extravaganza – B

Girl in Amber – Nell Smith, The Flaming Lips – Nell is the thirteen year old that Alyson wrote about the other day (here) and the Nick Cave is from one of his best albums, Skeleton Trees, and her voice haunts the song sounding both youthful and timeless – A-

Live Forever – Live at Knebworth – Oasis – The last time I saw Oasis was at MSG on their final tour and they just weren’t that good (opener Ryan Adams blew em off stage), but this Knebworth concert, which I missed, sounds as though it was a keeper though the band always defined lifeless on stage, the documentary will be out September 23rd – B

To Be Real – Parker Millsap – love his voice, and this is a Bacharach meets Americana goodie – B+

Winners (feat. Yxng Bane, Chance The Rapper & Joey Purp) – Smoko Ono – dancehall rap with Chance The Rapper at his best in years – B

Precious and Few – Sohojohnny – rocknyc’s Soho’s debut single is a cover of Climax’s soft rock hit, and well performed and well sung – A

If It’s Love – Sting – I hate the whistling and I hate the lyric, ah, what the hell, I give up, I simply hate it – D+

that way – with Jeremy Zucker – Tate McRae – it’s time to face the truth, “rubberband” was a one off, she is generally nothing special singer songwriter bad news – D+

Another Song About Tequila – Tequila Mockingbrd, Bohnes, Hudson Thames – the duo own not just the best pun name ever, they also have the best use of The Champs “Tequila” I’ve ever heard – B+

Riders On The Storm (Sunset Sound Demo) – The Doors – the track is undercooked, they’d get it right later – B

Mi Engañaste Bien – The Fleshtones – first rate garage rocker from Peter Zaremba and friends – B+

Lover Boy – The Front Bottoms – one of their better songs over the years, a catchy singalong – B+

Evergreen – The Psychedelic Furs – Richard Butler got it wrong, we loved his poppiness and not his brooding psychedelic – C

Linda – Tokischa, ROSALÍA – great beat and catchy soft touch Latin-Trap follow up to Tokischa’s j Balvin duet – B

Blewu – Yo-Yo Ma, Angelique Kidjo – Kidjo is having a year, on the heels of her best album to date (and in anticipation of her Carnegie Hall gig!) she joins Yo-Yo, the classical cello superstar, on a lovely song with a hint of Africa – B+

 

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