Going Steady: New Singles Reviewed 10-28-16 – 11-3-16

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How Far I’ll Go (From “Moana”) – Alessia Cara – Lin-Manuel Miranda’s second post-Hamilton song off the upcoming animated movie, is sublime in its lousiness in this cover by the popular though bland as possible singer. This is bizarrely indifferent, it isn’t quite bad modern pop, but it is singular in its undifferentiated nothingness – C+

I Got You – Bebe Rexha – I thought Bebe had something more about her but she sure didn’t at Tidal X and she sure doesn’t here… – C

Bounce Back – Big Sean – Ever since the POWER gig last year, I’ve started paying serious attention to this guy, this is a catchy, well rapped piece of pop self serving, the punchline? “I knew that was real when I hit it bounced back”- B

After The Afterparty – Charlie XCX – Nobody blames Charli for being nothing much more than a first rate pop singer-writer, however, at least be good at it. Where did she lose the magic touch? – C+

Two Birds, One Stone – Drake – I admit it can take me awhile to warm up to new Drake joints, but even so this is a lame retread of the same old mix-tape-y stuff – C+

Keeper Of The Flame – Miranda Lambert – Here is another singer who has been on the downside for a coupla years now: not flamed out but not the power country bad ass she once was, this has modern country production values on a nothing special song. Neither her nor her ex (nor her exes current) have had much to offer in way too long – C

Runnin’ – Pharrell – I’ll take this catchy r&b track over “Happy” any day, a smart as a tack dance track with blues in its DNA – B+

Dead Alive – The Shins – Remember when these guys were good? It’s been forever, and now they sound like they did only without a song worth mentioning. Pretty fucking awful – D+

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