Going Steady: New Singles Reviewed 3-10-17 – 3-16-17

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It’s A Vibe – 2 Chainz, Ty Dolla $ign, Trey Songz, Jhene Aiko – A lotta major new r&b guys and they ride a strong hook to nowhere as the song is just too bland to sustain it – C+

Drowning (Featuring Kodak Black) – A Boogie Wit A Hood – More new r&b, pretty mood music but not much more – C+

Wild Love – Elle King – Elle goes nuovo calypso cum reggae sound, but doesn’t exactly use her voice to its best, and in the end she sounds more like every other girl singer going the pop route than she needs to or should – C+

Stardust – Bob Dylan – I am becoming more and more convinced that Dylan was made to sing the American songbook, a perfect rendition of a song with the slightest slip to his voice and an embrace of the melody -it is not true that there is nothing to add to the classics, Dylan adds the gravity of his 50 odd years at the top of popular music – B+

Total Entertainment Forever – Father John Misty – Maybe it is his singing voice that puts me off so much, I used to think it was his beard but now he’s switched it to a ‘tache, maybe not – C-

You Are The Problem Here – First Aid Kit – The harmonies remain, but the melodic gift ain’t here on this crappy song – C-

Third of May / Ōdaigahara – Fleet Foxes – According to Pitchfork “What begins as a traditional Fleet Foxes song slowly transforms into a mournful, mystical instrumental..” Translation: it’s a bore that goes on forever though the edited to 4 minutes is better – C+

Break My Heart – Hey Violet – Nice back beat and a strange sound that seems to take a dream of a trap drum and morph it to mainstream pop rock  – B-

Sweet – Little Dragon – The same weird Korean-y mashed into mush sound we know and love, but it doesn’t grab hard enough – C+

Liability – Lorde – I made the mistake of underestimating Lorde when you first came out so I might as well do it again, the song of self-love is a very clever thing while being a boring piano ballad: sounds like Regina Spektor  – C+

Girl At Coachella – Matoma featuring D.R.A.M. – rhyming “girl for me” with “took her to the VIP,” on this Norwegian’s EDM track with a nothing much rap in the middle – C

No Fraud – Nicki Minaj, Drake, Lil Wayne – First tier rappers and the chorus is very good for one thing and Drake’s verse is so strong, all accelerating tempo,  it pushes the song into the very good column – B+

No Such Thing As A Broken Heart – Old Dominion – First rate country rockers nail it on this very clever piece of self-help –

Hey Ma – Pitbull, J Balvin, Camila Cabello – Very good, surprisingly good Latin EDM (not reggaeton) that has one of the craftiest beats of the year and what is that hook? Part of the latest “Fast And Furious” soundtrack and should hit way big – B+

Waterfall – Stargate, Sia, Pink – Stargate is a Norwegian production duo, Diplo has a hand in it, but really is this all they’ve got? That “uh huh”ing is dreadful. What a waste… unless it’s a hit of course – C

Stacks – Yellow Claw, Quavo, Tinie Tempah – House meets rap with lotsa catchy nonsense and nasty sexism – B+

Real Thing – Zac Brown Band – At least he isn’t singing about his daddy on this silly little rah rah for whisky, woman and a good song – C



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