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Going Steady: New Singles Reviewed 12-7-18-12-13-18


(I original called rock nyc “Singles Going Steady,” and changed it very, very late in the game. In the early eighties I had a singles review column in the East Village Eye called “Singles Going Steady” and the original name of this column was “Singles Going Steady”. From the Buzzcocks compilation album -of course. Pete Shelley Died of a heart attack earlier this week at the age of 63 -IL)

Look Back At It – A Boogie Wit da Hoodie – With a nod at Michael Jackson’s epic “You Rock My World,” this is one of Hoodie’s best moments since he broke r&b, Hoodie nails a virgin and enjoys it so much he scats about it –  A-

Closer – Astrid S – Norway’s EDM superstar in average mode – B-

Swimming (feat. Trippie Redd & Lil Xan) – Baby Goth, Trippie Redd, Lil Xan – Mumble rap from the first woman to breakout, Lil Xan has an ace verse – B

The Little Drum Machine Boy – Beck – Very out there for a man who believes there are aliens under the ground ready to attack the human race on an Xmas remake  – C+

Sea Blue – BLOXX – Jingle jangle alt, but more indie, rock band from London – B

Shelter – Broken Bells – Broken bells, broken bells, it’s christmas time in the city … a shin and a mouse – MUST TO AVOID – D

What The World Needs Now – Cat Power – I don’t know what the world needs now but I do know what it can live without, this shitty version – D+

REASONS – Cautious Clay – r&b electronic pop track – C+

Such a Remarkable Day – Charlotte Gainsbourg – 2017’s Rest was a sad, slow mess, circling her half sisters suicide, this is her first song since then and it is a lovely piece of synth pop – B

The Rockaways – Conor Oberst – A mopey 14 year old singing “scared of everything” is not the equivalent of a knocking on forty middle aged man doing the same thing. It’s a good song just not quite right – B-

Silent Night – C.W. Stoneking – With Josh Hommes singing harmonies, this is the Australian country guy’s superb version, especially before it rocks out – B

The Power of Love (feat. James Arthur) – Dalton Harris, James Arthur – The UK X Factor winner this year completely horrible on this emotional trainwreck – D

Cr33pin – Deaf Havana – Just terrible, how unbelievably self-serving – D+

Feelin Like – Flipp Dinero – Signed to DJ Khaled’s label, he is very happy – C

Codigo – George Strait – Strait is part owner of the tequila manufacturer “Codigo” and releases a terrific, light hearted rave for the pleasures of the white liquor – A-

Good Grace – Live – Hillsong UNITED – We all need something to believe in, I believe I will never listen to this again – D+

I Don’t Think About You – HRVY – Painful little candy coated pop soul  track – C

Testimony – Kodak Black – Autotuned outta his mind and yet another heavy hearted bummer – B-

Hey Julie! (feat. Lil Yachty) – KYLE, Lil Yachty – Absolute all fun, hip happy nursery rhyme rap and pop track – B+

Raise Up The Lights (2018 All-Star Event) – League of Legends, The Seige – Big time hip hop anthem for a game console or something – D+

PREFER THE RAIN – Luke Christopher – Nothing much r&b – C+

Project Dreams – Marshmello, Roddy Ricch – Of every 10 songs ‘Mello releases, I like one. And not this one, though Roddy remembers the Projects with a fair amount of seriousness  – B-

A Million Saints (Live) – Meredith Andrews – Atrocious heavy duty and loud hymnal – C-

Get To Know It – Moonchild – Blues jazz blah – C+

Bungee Jumping – Naughty Boy, Emeli Sandé, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan – Pakistani Naughty Boy adds Islamic backing track, just a shame it isn’t Nusrat, still it works spectacular on this borderline genius mash of two very different sounds on one of the best songs of the year  – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – A

Bae – O.T. Genasis – It sounds like Sugarhill reborn in the 1990s – B

Splashin – Rich The Kid – Serious, straight up rap track… he won’t abe a kid much later – B-

Mission – Sebastian Mikael – Pretty good soul guy from Boston with an ear for electronica – B-

Look At You Now – Sleeper – The Brit pop band and its It girl are back, not bad but they were never much more than not bad – B-

Sexual Vibe – Stephen Puth – Sweet pop nothing – C+

Stonehurst Cowboy – Steve Gunn  – Finger pickin’ Americana – C+

Dragonflies – Svrcina – Middling EDM pop – C+

Vote For Me – The Specials – Ska blues with Terry Hall back – B

Don’t Let the Old Man In – Toby Keith – Theme from the upcoming Clint Eastwood movie, country ballad – B

Callao – Wisin & Yandel, Ozuna – W&Y together again, and Ozuna adding the trap update to the reggaeton proforma – B-

Good Years – ZAYN – What a whiny bitch, if you are in a band with four other guys and none of them talk to you, maybe it is you? He is running out of brownie points, fuck he couldn’t even work with Naughty Boy. This is nothing much ballad – C+

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