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Going Steady: New Singles Reviewed 2-2-18 – 2-8-18

Muted Beatings – Albert Hammond, Jr. – Were the Strokes ever all that? I remember watching em blow the White Stripes off stage at Radio City… but not in a long time. This is an interesting beat, a weird half disjointed beat… – C+

Turn It Up – Alice Bag – A smart signing by Don Giovanni, Alice sounds more like mid-period Sleater Kinney than Bikini Kill, a warrior’s call to arms – B+

Whatever You Do – Brandi Carlile – My fave Brandi song is her cover of “Murder In The City,” so what do I know? The woman has a voice that drips with feelings and this is another song off her forthcoming album that does just that. She needs to write a little better – B-

Get It – Busta Rhymes, Missy Elliott – Catchy beat, though a little pointless, and while Busta has a flow always worth listening to, it is wasted here. Missy’s verse is great – B

Get Out – CHVRCHES – The definition of overrated, this is an electro pop bore – C+

I Wanna Be Everybody – Hockey Dad – I love those clangy dangly guitars from the acceptable face of indie pop rock that has morphed itself decades later from the Byrds to here – B-

Old Fashioned Gal – Kat Edmonson – Still love her voice, still love her variations on classic American songbook, this isn’t a very good song – C+

Drink About You – Kate Nash – She has stopped music for acting for years (and qute successfully) but the years have lost nothing from a thrilling songwriter with a version of the world so unique it is almost like a Liver Birds come to life, sorta post-feminist Bridgety Jones vibe with songs that really get to you. Like this one, which includes the bridge you’ve waited for the world to create – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – A-

Savior – Iggy Azalea, Quavo – Wow, this sucks. remember when Iggy was fun? I think we wore her down – MUST TO AVOID  – C-

Us – Jennifer Lopez – Just dreadful EDM Latin beats going nowhere… – C-

Firepower – Judas Priest – Business as usual 70s metal and business is good – B

I Can Only Imagine – The Movie Session – MercyMe – I kinda liked the first 30 seconds, but let me ask them something: how do they think JC will have the time for these wankers? I can only imagine… – D+

Hey Mama – Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – Why do all these would be Americana classicist sound like fakes? I mean, they must be sincere or why bother? The horns are plentiful, they escaped from a 90s Van Morrison album… but it ain’t enough – C+

El Farsante – Remix – Ozuna, Romeo Santos – People think that I just read a Spanish title and I wet my pants. Not true, I have no taste for Bachata -too lame for me, even the best, which means Romeo Santos, who is up to nothing here – C-

Festival – RaeLynn – Country pop, good voice but overwrought – C

Florida Boy – Rick Ross, T-Pain, Kodak Black – If you are going to save n iffy track, save by the rapping, which this does: both misogynist Rock and child endangering Kodak sound good, and T-Pain sounds really good on the chorus – B+

Re-Make/Re-Model – Live – Roxy Music – I thought the deluxe was out on Friday… I guess they’ve held it up. Be That as it may, this is the best version I have ever heard – A+

 

Azukita (Steve Aoki, Daddy Yankee, Play-N-Skillz & Elvis Crespo) – Steve Aoki – Not bad, but it shouldn’t be bad at all… I’ve lost track if Crespo over the years, always a pleasure to hear from him – B

Roll Me Under – Stone Temple Pilots – Generic as fuck, Jeff Gutt is terrible – D+

Pray For Me (with Kendrick Lamar) – The Weeknd – Now that Pitchfork is owned by Conde Naste hating them is much less fun. They hated this so needless to say – B+

Saturday Sun – Vance Joy – Brutal, brutal, brutal… painful blather – D+

Alex – Wild Child – What’s with having children say the first line? Knock it off OR ELSE, docked a notch for creepiness  – B-

Don’t Stay – X Ambassadors – Awful electronic soul – D+

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