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Going Steady: New Singles Reviewed 12-10-21 – 12-16-21

FAIR GAME – Alice Glass – more Goth than you’ll ever be, here is where industrial nine inch nailies sounds go punk, you might remember Glass from Crystal Palace who she left after accusing them of abuse… just exactly the sorta back story she needs on this ravished track – B+

Fade Into You – American Football, Miya Folick – the emo dream pop band to namedrop just released a superb cover of Mazzy Star’s “Fade Into You” with LA indie artist Miya Folick- A-

Rare Symmetry – American Football – a little on the beautiful but obscure side, like coming into consciousness from a vivid and yet boring dream, and still beautiful, it returns you to where you were even as it jangles in your ears (Grade: A-)

NO CHÃO NOVINHA – Anitta, PEDRO SAMPAIO – The Argentinian popstar rules her country though over here you probably know her Saweetie featured “Faking Love” which shoulda been a contender, Urban Latin horns ablazing variant on traditional – B+

Rollin’ Into Christmas – Bay City Rollers – Woody Stuart reboots BCR with a coupla 20 something ringers (Eric, where art thou?) on a perfect facsimile – B

Get Together – Belinda Carlisle -soft rock is having a moment on this Youngbloods cover – B

Tis The Season – Big Freedia – The New Orleans freaky deaky dance diva puts the balls into jingle balls – A-

This House Is On Fire – Broken Social Scene – BSS B Sides? Why, oh Lord, why? – C-

Just For Love – Bully – Alicia Bognanno is a giant in indie rock bands and I’ll take Bully over just about any indie band around. It is great to hear Bully’s return with a fuzzed out, jangly, melodic barnburner – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – A-

Good Ones – Perfume Genius Remix – Charli XCX, Perfume Genius – Perfume Genius includes all the angst at the queer icons disposal for a hyper pop electronic hard beats quasi-dirge – B+

Super – Cordae – fresh off September’s head turning performance at Gov Ball, the first single from his upcoming album, this is pretty good rap storying without the heft of his live performance – B

Blessings – Cousin Stizz – where trap meets boom bat with a smooth as silk flow – B

American Horror Story – EARTHGANG – Olu Fann made himself a lotta friends singing with Angelique Kidjo earlier this year (here) at Carnegie Hall, but it is business as usual for the Atlanta duo on a string hook and a smooth rap via Atlanta – B+

Paint The Red Rose Blue – Elvis Costello, The Imposters – a draggy snooze – C

Look What You’ve Done – Acoustic Version- Emeli Sandé – folks like Sault owe a whole lot to neo-soul meets quiet woman Emeli, but we don’t. Popular in the UK, it is a dreary sound indeed – MUST TO AVOID – C-

God is A DJ – Faithless, David Guetta – EDM by the numbers, a steady lead till it drops the bass, and then goes back to a crappy verse – C

Morgan & Joanne – Fresh – UK pop punk with a wonderful voiced lead singer and a sound that jingles all the way – B+

Faultline – Girlpool – low key, pretty pop that goes south on the bridge – B-

MENTHOL* – Jean Dawson, Mac DeMarco – a terrific slice of indie pop slipping into soulfulness on a textured beauty and winner – A-

We Set The Trends – Jim Jones, Migos – sure sounds like Migos Atlanta trap but it really isn’t setting the trend… sorry – B-

It Was A… (Masked Christmas) (feat. Ariana Grande & Megan Thee Stallion) – Jimmy Fallon – a disappointment, the raps are not much even if the chorus is pretty – C+

B-Side – Khruangbin, Leon Bridges -understated, finger picked instruments with Leon at his calmest – B-

Can’t Stop Thinking About It – Klue Sivvan, Van Morrison – a lovely not quite mystic instrumental harmed by the beats which are simply overpowering, plus why stick Van on your song if you’re not going to make him sing – B-

Perfect – KYLE – sadboy Kyle is always perfect himself and here he is in his bedroom playing with melody and beats on a winner – B+

Heat Lightning – Mitski – the sexiest live performer in the world today with an iffy pop and electronic shrugger – C+

Stay Down (feat. Yung Bleu) – Ne-Yo – in 2009, Ne-Yo was the potential greatest soul man around with his “The Princess And The Frog” track, since then he hasn’t been able to close the deal, though here he has a pretty good pop soul track with beats – B

Midnight River (feat. 6LACK) – Pink Sweat$ – Pink Sweat$ is a close relation to Khalid, and 6lack is a major singer always, they are stymied here by an indifferent song – B-

Plug Addicts – RZA, Flatbush Zombie – Pro Era is the great, lost hip hop collective, and Flatbush Zombies were essentially the house band, here is some Wu Tang style beats and orchestration on a goodie – B+

Gifts – Shelley FKA DRAM – In 2017 I saw Dram blowing Travis Scott and Kendrick Lamar off stage at Barclays, but he has lost his way and while this is a lovely r&b song, it isn’t as good as he should be – B

Pay Your Way In Pain – IDLES Remix – St. Vincent – I’ve never gone all the way with either St. Vincent or Idles -though Idles is opening for The Strokes New Year’s Eve, so who knows? – C+

Endless Summer – Superchunk – Mac has a great voice and carries a pop punk goodie – B

No Choice – Tame Impala – an indifferent little rocker by an indifferent little guitarist… without the guitar taking center stage – C

Numb – Underoath – numb will be where you’re at on this brain shredding post-hardcore all out rocker, with rock vocals on the chorus and bowels of hell on the verses – B

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