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Going Steady: New Singles Reviewed 12-2-16 – 12-8-16



A Lost Machine – Grandaddy – Old school dreamscape boys hit a homerun with this brooding and overwhelming orchestrated piano ballad which is so moody it seems sunk in depression: this will still break em one way or the other – B-

Levitate – Imagine Dragons – Heavy in the worst bands ever stakes, these EDM meets rock boys can’t get their footing post “Radioactive” and this horrid overblown rock ballad won’t cut it that’s for sure – C-

Final Hours – Hodgy, Busta Rhymes – I saw Hodgy as part of Mellowhype a coupla years ago and talk about contact high, but even so the groove was solid and the sound like a part paranoid part trippy wakemare. The backing track on this is so good it is crazy good and the mix of voices, Busta guttural and Hodgy handsome flow, is excellent – B+

Can’t Take My Eyes Off You x  MAKE UP FOREVER – Jessie J – Nice one, I’ve always loved Jessie J’s voice even if her material was bumming me, and really, who can complain about the Frankie Valli classic. Not Lauryn Hill, who took a very good go at it back in the day, and Jessie J who makes it a dance track without destroying the song – B

Baptised In Fire – Kid Cudi, Travis Scott – Kid Cudi is Kanye West if Kanye West was as bad as everyone claims he is – C+

Black Barbies – Nicki Minaj, Mike Will-Made It – If this is Nicki’s first statement post Pinkprint  period, I mean her real not guesting, or adding a verse, or slumming, then the album it must be from will bring her straight back all the way to the top; the woman may be an ass but she is one of our great rappers and this is clever and catchy and deserves to be a hit- A

Long Live Love – LeAnn Rimes – Country blues, well sung but a drag – C+

Able – Pharrell Williams – Both Pharrell and John Legend have spent the year coming through big time. I never disliked Pharrell the way I did Legend, but I was never convinced, this glorious funky dance track is aces and should go a long way into convincing – B+

Angel By The Wings – Sia – Sure she has a great voice, but her ballads can get awful lame, “take an angel by the wings”? Really? And then it goes loud and you wish it would go quiet again – C-

Working Girl – Train – Train are Soul Asylum without the ringers – C-

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