Going Steady: New Singles Reviewed 10-25-19 – 10-31-19

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Touché – Armani White – The Philly rapper has one of the best flows out there, here he scales a bopping backtrack and spots about the pleasures of money with skills to spare -who knows what the codas about – B

Hate Conquers All – Anti-Flag – Following up the excellent “Christian Nationalist” with a full out rocker which, unfortunately, opens with an excerpt from a speech by POTUS that makes it tough to get into – B+

Tennis Fan – Banoffee, Empress Of – Nice little electronic pop track from the Charlie XCX cohort (Charli seems to forming her own posse of wannabes) – B-

Irene – Ben Watt – Let me teach you something you don’t know, if it takes fifteen seconds for a song to begin, the song is too long – C+

Wanted Man Take 1 – Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash – Hootenanny take – B

Orphans – Coldplay – At its heart, a Stones rip… which is a good thing – B

Arabesque – Coldplay – Opens with 20 seconds of silence, and goes downhill from there – D+

Keep On – Courtney Barnett – Her label is releasing an album wherein their artists cover each other’s songs, Barnett channels Velvet Underground (again) on a Loose Tooth cover – B

Dime Tu – Danny Ocean – Urbanon  bachataish slow burn – C+

Risky (feat. Popcaan) – DaVido, Popcaan – Nigerian world meets dancehall on this frisky, catchy, and addictive bopper – B+

Rules – Dojo Cat – “Said play with my pussy but don’t play with my emotions” -nice one, better than the one claiming Dojo might fuck you if you spend money on her – B

Drunken Angel – Empath – Terrific Lucinda WIlliams cover by the noise merchants suggests they can sing follow a melody line when the urge takes em – B

The Other Side – Empath – Drum solo intro, techno whiz kids elsewhere – C+

Only One – Ex-Void – Former members of Joanna Gruesome, ringing like a bell indie with a terrific instrumental break – B

Only One – Ex-Void – heads down power pop punkiness – C+

Rare Thing – Frances Quinlan, Hop Along – Hop Along are a most typical Saddle Creek signing, they are like a less gifted and less folky Big Thief, here their lead singer goes solo and releases a happy song about love working out, all bounce and sweetness – B

DHL – Frank Ocean – Boys Noize, one of the great DJs, co-produced, on this great sounding rap and beats following his 1980s without AIDS, club party last week, and clearly interested in large packages (“been my bf for a month, we’ve been fucking since the jump”! he raps at the end, words to live by…). It isn’t quite dance, the beat is slower and more deliberate, but it is great – SINGLE OF THE WEEK –  A-

Canals – Highly Suspects – Old school hard rockers, if there was just a little more (and better) hooks – C+

Only a Traveler – Itasca – West Coast singer songwriter, acoustic guitar riding dream song – B-

Raising Hell – Kesha, Big Freedia – Kesha was great in 2017, and, featuring Big Freedia, “Raising Hell” will be awesome on stage, I can’t wait – A-

Zombie – Kodak Black, DB Omerta, NLE Choppa – that “ab-raaa” is a world class hook, and the zombie as rap avatar is an idea should have come ten years ago – B

What I’m Leaving For – Lady Antebellum – Dull country ballad – C

Good As Hell – Lizzo, Ariana Grande – The remix should land it at the top of the charts, Grande is fine on her verse – A-

What She Wants Tonight – Luke Bryan – a typical country blues rocker – C

Go Girl – Luke James, BJ The Chicago Kid, Ro James – 90s style r&b – C+

Trigger – Major Lazer, Khalid, Death Stranding: Timesfall – Khalid sounds good, the song ain’t even dancehall – C+

Ride Or Die – From “Queen & Slim: The Soundtrack” – Megan Thee Stallion, VickeeLo – Megan rocks the bars with power and sass, adding an EDM backtrack which she wraps around – B+

Almost Home – MercyMe – Somewhere, Jesus had been  patiently waiting for the new Kanye, like the rest of us, and got this instead   – MUST TO AVOID – D

Come On – Mondo Cozmo – Big sounding rock and roll anthem dog – C-

Blind Leading The Blind – Mumford & Sons – From English folk to Americana folk with a smart lick and a loud instrumental bridge – B

Soy El Diablo – Remix – Natanael Cano, Bad Bunny – Flamenco guitar, Bad Bunny beats – B

I’m Due (For a Heartache) – Nick Waterhouse – Jazzy smoothness, great sax solo – B

Big Shot (feat. Mustard) – O.T. Genasis, Mustard – 00s style self-promotion for the OT OG – B

One Slip – Remix 2019 – Pink Floyd – from t1987 sans Roger – C+

Red Right Hand – From ‘Peaky Blinders’ Original Soundtrack – PJ Harvey – HA! Harvey covers the man whose heart she destroyed! – B+

Uptempo Mo Distortion – R.E.M. – instrumental, never released before – B

Start Wit Me (feat. Gunna) – Roddy Ricch, Gunna – Melodic trap, works well – B

Trouble In Paradise – Rufus Wainwright – Mitchell Froom producing, a glitchy 808-y bad, bad song about fashion – C

Lose You To Love Me – Selena Gomez – As my friend Aletia put it: “is she still singing about him?” Him being Justin Bieber. I like Bieber a whole lot… however, not nearly as much as Selena on this horrible, drag of a song. This is her big return? – D+

Look At Her Now – Selena Gomez – Much better, a mid tempo swap and shop, lotsa beats competing and Selena taking it easy and cool – B

Pink Lite – Acoustic – Sir Babygirl – The penultimate song on the album, works very well in an acoustic version – B+

Trina – Smino – One third of Ghetto Sage -not the best third either – C+

New York – Nina Kraviz Vocal Mix – St. Vincent, Nina Kraviz – I am so pissed at St. Vincent for her crap job on the current Sleater Kinney, she can do no right. BUT, this is a tremendous rethinking of a great song – B+

Frail State Of Mind – The 1975 – EDM, kitchen sink pop track -sounds more like Coldplay than anything human – C+

Die A Little Bit – Tinashe, Ms Banks – dumped by her label, the indie release is ace chill r&b – B

Dollaz – TNGHT, Lunice, Hudson Mohawke – Experimental dance track – C+

MAMACITA – Tyga, YG, Santana – Santana bring out the best on the rhymes with vulgar Tyga (I know, I can’t rhyme) – B-

Ass Like That – Victoria Monét – Professional songwriter, kills it solo while derailing what you think it is – B

October – Walter Martin – Vaudeville romp by the former Walkmen – B

HEARTEATER – XXXTENTACION – sounds very created in the studio, the late XXX becomes a classic rockist – C+

You Sexy Thing – Zella Day – Terrific, brooding, well sung take on the Hot Chocolate classic – B+


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