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Going Steady: New Singles Reviewed 2-1-19 – 2-8-19

My Baby Just Cares For Me – Alex Chilton – Off the upcoming cover album nod to his pop, this is a nigh perfect Great American Standard take from the late but always protean bigger star than most people will ever be – B+

Low Key (feat. Tyga) – Ally Brooke, Tyga – First rate Latin American pop with old school rhythm from another Fifth Harmony, this is ear candy of the first order and so sweet it makes you smile… not crazy about the Tyga verse though it doesn’t derail it, but the tempo and sound is Mexican but quietly  – B+

Sisyphus – Andrew Bird  -“Let it roll…?” For my next cliche I’ll whistle like a spaghetti western soundtrack- C

7 rings (feat. 2 Chainz) – Remix – Ariana Grande, 2 Chainz – 2 Chainz meets Julie Andrews! – B

Bad Habit – Ben Platt – Quite possibly the worst song of the year from the Dear Evan whatsyourname lead on Broadway, this is so overblown that it makes me laugh uproariously… because, yes folk, this is so bad it’s good. Beyond camp stupidity, Celine Dion should cover the mush brained crap – MUST TO AVOID – D

Doin’ It (feat. Sleepy Brown) – Big Boi, Sleepy Brown – The reuniting of an Atlanta legend from the 1970s with an Atlanta legend from the 00s on this sweet soul hip hop mash up, on the eve of the Super Bowl where Big Boi is performing, is quite as good as you might have hoped for – B+

Return of the Dope Boi (feat. Killer Mike & Backbone) – Big Boi, Killer Mike, Backbone – The B Side, a simple, old school tag team rap track – B

bury a friend – Billie Eilish – The face of 2019 takes two songs, one an Andrew Lloyd Webber swipe (“This Jesus Must Die”) which she sutures to a suicidal and death electronic weirdness with a hook that goes “I want to end me” -should do well – B+

Lost Faith – Bob Mould – Lousy classic rock mood piece, one of his worst in years – C

Hold On – Bonnie Tyler -The 80s diva had enough hits to build a career on, and this follows a similar lead without being particularly good – C

Ready To Let Go – Cage The Elephant –  I used to date a girl from Bowling Green back in the day… till she dumped me for somebody taller – C

Pa Olvidarte (feat. Manuel Turizo) – Remix – ChocQuibTown, Zion & Lennox, Farruko, Manuel Turizo – Columbia trio working on expanding their reach from South to North America, on this populist with crafty beats remix – B+

Blankets – Craig Finn – If Craig doesn’t have a tune, all he has is a tuneless vocal with great lyrics – C

Bluesboy – Deer Tick – A nice little blues rock with a solo to boot – B

Too Sensitive for This World – Deer Tick – Country Americana with a good tune and a lovelorn lyric that functions like a suicide note, especially with the tinge of whinge in McCauley’s vocal – B

Close To Me (with Diplo) (feat. Swae Lee) – Felix Cartal Remix – Ellie Goulding, Diplo, Swae Lee, Felix Cartal – I wonder if Ellie wakes up in the middle of night worrying if she shouldn’t have done the dirty on Ed Sheeran… ? Well, wonder no more, Ellie: it was the money move. This is a top remix – B+

You’re Not Alone (feat. Kiiara) – Don Diablo, Kiiara – Mainstream EDM, a bit heavier on the beats than usual – C+

When I’m With Him – Perfume Genius Cover – Empress Of, Perfume Genius, Jim-E Stack – Gone is the down and dirty 808, separated by a slower, quieter, more disturbing backing sound and a dream, slow, heartache – B+

Apple Berry Nana – Eric Bellinger – Pro r&b songwriter strikes out on his own, nice arrangement though the song is a little lax – C+

Trippin Baby – Fetty Wap – Fetty’s work habits were iffy when they needed to be disciplined, the result was a major pop trap career dismantled. This is a terrific song, he does it with an impressive ease, but is it enough? – B

Women – Florida Georgia Line, Jason Derulo – Let’s hope this country, pop beats mish mash isn’t the future of country… it is pleasant and insulting at the same time – C+

Bones (feat. OneRepublic) – Galantis, OneRepublic – The unacceptable sound of disco pop featuring the unspeakable OneRepublic – C-

That’s What’s Up – Gary Wilson – He has been doing his obtuse yet still straight soul sound since folks were debating whether or not Gary was new wave, and yet again he releases a vocal gymnastic of a track with an ace female backing singer like r&b track that puts everybody else to wondering how the hell he can do it – B+

God And Country Music – George Strait – “…like Johnny Cash with his arms around Billy Graham”? What would Florida Georgia Line say? – B

Apologize – grandson – rock meets moron and then starts whistling  – C

We Appreciate Power – BloodPop® Remix – Grimes, BloodPop®, HANA  – So the third remix and Hana is her protege and Bloodpop used to be Blood Diamonds… this is a nothing special remix – B-

One Call – Gunna – Gunna is the real deal on stage, his flow is exceptional and his voice the best in class 2018 from anybody not known Lil Baby (his friend) … here Gunna invites nobody’s help and doesn’t need it as he double tracks himself on this straight up word on beat beauty self-portrait but without the swagger – B+

Could’ve Been (Remix) (feat. Tone Stith) – H.E.R., Tone Stith – Tone heavies up the bass without loosing the chill – B

Fine Mess – Interpol – Obstreperous rave up, quite a pleasure from the usually dowdy band – B

Passing Afternoon – Demo – Iron & Wine – Sure it’s a great song, it was great in 2004 on the dreamily named Our Endless Numbered Days, this is less a demo and more a rough take with vocals not perfected and no piano and  works less but works still – B+

Thursday (feat. H.E.R.) – Jess Glynne, H.E.R. – Jess is huge and yet she doesn’t move me, H.E.R. moves me and once you hit her verse I can hear the song, the first time that’s happened with Jess in literally years – B+

Old Black Magic – Josh Ritter – Blah Americana rocker produced by Jason Isbell – C+

I’ve Been Waiting (w/ ILoveMakonnen & Fall Out Boy) – Lil Peep, ILoveMakonnen, Fall Out Boy – I love both FOB and ILM, but Lil Peep’s posthumous releases just haven’t sounded right and this is way too upbeat for the moody, druggy emo rapper – C+

Racks on Racks – Lil Pump – Can one song make a career? If that song is “Gucci Gang” it can, and “Racks On Racks” is a testament to the simple greatness beyond a doubt power of a straight up repetition hook added to the usual braggadocio… plus let’s hear it for Diablo on the beat – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – B+

Genius (with Lil Wayne, Sia, Diplo & Labrinth – Lil Wayne Remix) – Sia, Diplo, Labrinth, LSD, Lil Wayne – It was a goodie anyway but Weezy slaughters his opening verse – B+

La Vie En Rose – Lucy Dacus – I’m guessing you don’t wanna hear this,  but Lucy is better on stage than Phoebe or Julien, on record not so much. Who wants a rocked out Edith Piaf? – C+

Love And Trust – Live – Mavis Staples – She was excellent the last coupla times I saw her, but live cuts are, for the most part, live – B

Lawrence of California – Mekons – One of the last, and certainly the best now that Pete is dead, class of ’77 does what you think they’re gonna do -a swinging western sound with collaborative vocals,  they can’t go wrong as they build to a background howl – B+

I Need You – Octo Octa – Pitchfork called this nine minutes of electronica sound dreamscape the song of the week. Docked a notch because Pitchfork called this nine minutes of electronica sound dreamscape the song of the week – C+

Who’s Been Having You Over – Single Mix – Peter Doherty & The Puta Madres – when pop song writers skills begins to erode, the first thing they lose is their ability to write tunes… everything else, including Pete’s singing, is ace – B

Five Months Later – Prince Fox -Another behind the boards guy coming out in front, the hook is gorgeous, a haunting sound made from… well, I’m not sure, but still – B

Rhythm Of The Drum – Shift K3Y – Very house-y – B

Be Seeing You – Soccer Mommy – Non LP b-Side – C+

Blossom – Demo – Soccer Mommy – Wasting both our time, maybe I overestimated her – C+

Being There – T Bone Burnett, Jay Bellerose, Keefus Ciancia – Did I ever tell you about the time Joe Stevens and I met T Bone? He seemed very nice though I was paralytically drunk… here he goes electronic and all are punished  – C-

Alien Angel – The Faint – Saddle Creek old times with a strong 80s style synth plonk rocker – B

Younger – The Mountain Goats – Never, ever, ever begin a song with a drum solo – C

Locationships – YBN Cordae – A standout from the second best member of the North Carolina collective, this has a catchy tune sung by Cordae and sweet backing tracks about girls and where they are – B

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