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Going Steady: New Singles 9-30-22 – 10-6-22 Reviewed

Mistakes – 24kGoldn – nice acoustic lick on a first rate pop singer songwriter – B+

Body Paint – Arctic Monkeys – Alex Turner let’s the sun catch him crying on this second deep album track subbing as a single though the bridge ain’t bad – C+

Cry Me A River – Live at the Bon Soir, Greenwich Village, NYC – Nov. 5, 1962 – Barbra Streisand – at the end of the residency an eighteen year old Barbra signed to Columbia where she has remained for seventy years – B+

Do I Love You (Indeed I Do) – Bruce Springsteen – anybody who remembers Bruce singing Jackie Wilson for the Wild And Innocent 2010 encore will have zero doubt that Bruce is great at it, if his songwriting skills have eroded, his life performance never has and he does a very credible take on the Motown one hit wonder Frank Wilson – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – A-

Charlie Be Quiet! – Charlie Puth – the third single (fourth if you include the BTS featured “Left And Right”) off the up and coming album promises one of the best pure pop albums of the year – A-

rien dire – Christine and the Queens – not untypical electronic indie that the band has been giving us for years – B-

Better Thangs (with Summer Walker) – Ciara – straight-up classic r&b singer with the shadow of tomorrow – B

Romantic Homicide – d4vd – the seventeen year old Tik-Tok sensation with an alty indie shock surprise smash that doesn’t sound like it – B

Kooks – Sounds Of The 70s: Bob Harris – David Bowie – Bob Harris was the MC of The Old Grey Whistle Test and if ever a music show could do with a whole lotta archive releases this would, to start with this live “Kooks” is pretty excellent with an acoustic bass handling the lick – A

Celestial – Ed Sheeran – released in collaboration with the Pokémon Company it will be in the upcoming Pokémon Scarlet and Violet games, pretty good soaring electronic does the job, with a tweak here and there it could be Christian Contemporary – C+

Turning Onto You – First Aid Kit – typically lovely Soderberg sisters with a soupcon of “Knocking On Heavens Door” in the hook – B

JACK – HARDY – a perfect, arrogant, guitar smashing masterpiece and one of the best songs of the year – A

I’m So Awesome – Kodak Black – freestyling masterpiece even if he isn’t freestyling – B+

Summer Is Over – KSI -a wonderful, trap beat electronic soul number and beyond apt – B+

new body rhumba (from the film White Noise) – LCD Soundsystem – a nice slice of modern synth plus house beats – B

Junio – Maluma – Translation as: “You give me warmth like the summer in June. It would be cool if you were my girlfriend. If it’s not possible, I’ll be fine with a kiss.” and now we know why Maluma sings in Spanish – C+

Beep – M.I.A. – in which she goes commercial again, hope it’s not too late for this beat crazy track to do some business – B+

This Is Why – Paramore – after giving it an indifferent review late last week, the astringent post-punk Misery Business vibe is catchy and should do the job – B

Nothing Changed – Quavo, Takeoff – why the Uncle and Nephew are no longer working with their cousin is bad business, especially if this pretty good yet nothing that great single is the result – C+

Stop Breathing – Roddy Ricch – straight outta Compton but still sounds like emorap – B-

Heartbeat (From the “Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile” Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) – Shawn Mendes – from the upcoming movie with Shawn as a singing crocodile – C+

Step To Me – 7” Mix – Spice Girls – since Victoria has no need to return to Spice Girls to either tour or record this remix of the SpiceWorld track will have to do – B-

Shlut – Shygirl – EDM under steady rap flow – B-

uh oh – Tate McRae – a little heavy handed for confessional – C+

I Can’t Grow Up – Tegan and Sara – The sisters with a typical sounding track except for the extended coda – B-

Save Me, Please – Trippie Redd – Juice WRLD style ballad – B

Besos Moja2 – Wisin & Yandel, ROSALÍA – always good to have Wisin & Yandel united and Rosalia sounds great and pure pop even when rapping – B+

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