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Going Steady: New Singles Reviewed 8-18-17 – 8-24-17

Usta Be – 2Edge – Christian rap makes much better than Christian rock, this isn’t up to Lecrea’s standards, I can imagine it paleing over and album, but for a song it is a steady little rap trap – B-

9-24-700 – Action Bronson, Rick Ross – The bit where his daughter teaches Action to “nae nae” is cute, and Ross gets all of his verse – B

Plimsoll Punks – Alvvays – Pop punk, catchy but bland – C+

All On My Mind – Anderson East – Blue eyed soul up to nothing much – C

Money – Anna Of The North – Norwegian electro-pop woman, it’s been a quiet year for the Robyn disciples though this is a little too slow to count, if catchy enough– B

American Attraction – Anti-Flag – Typical bamboozle grunge emo – C

Feels Like Heaven – Ariel Pink – I think I’ve figured out my problem with the art-popper –I don’t like his voice – C

Feels So Good – A$AP Mob – That beat is really addictive, it carries the verses with ease – B

Type Of Shit – Buddy, Wiz Khalifa – A terrific backing track and not bad rap – B

Big Man Skank – Chase And Status, Mr. Vegas – Drums N Bass duo from the UK take a Jay- Z samle and have their way with it – B-

Hell If I Know – Chase Bryant – Hard charging country rock – B

Build My Life – Christy Nockels – Blah CCM, if you can call this living – C-

Never Swim Alone – Death From Below 1979 – Drums and bass and synth duo, loud rumble – C

Skywalker – Denzel Curry – The reggae side of Soundcloud rap, not bad – B-

Technicolor – Elijah Blake – Ordinary but smart r&b – B-

There She Go – Fetty Wap, Monty – Love that hook, though not idea had they worked out that wiggle. The rap ain’t much – B-

The Sky Is A Neighborhood – Foo Fighters – Just, absolutely… no, just no. One big sinkhole of a bottom which sucks the entire thing down the center: awful – D

Olive Garden Daydream #47 – Futurebirds – Like Rick Nelson fronting the Byrds only less so… still, how bad can that be? – B

Berlin – Gill Landry – This guy is a member of the Old Crow Medicine Show, where he doesn’t suck as much as he does here…

I Get The Bag – Gucci Mane, Migos – How can this be such superior trap rap, that rap is Guc and it is smart and fast and smooth and the hook is indelible. Hard to believe it is the same who was so terrible at Jones Beach – Single Of The Week – B+

Cologne – Haux – Sounds like James Blake – B-

The Answer – Jeremy camp – Yeah, we know, Jesus is… got it – C-

3AM – Jesse And Joy – Pretty good Latin American dance pop – C+

Unhaunted – John Mark McMillan – As worship goes, this is worship goes Americana – C+

Appointments – Julien Baker – One of those art girls better in theory than in practice, this is theoretically a haunting beauty of a track, in practice it is deadly boring – C

You Know Me Better – J Roddy Walston & The Business – I saw em open for the Hold Steady back in the day and they were a lot better than this and this is pretty good new wave rockiness – B

Friends – Justin Bieber, BloodPop – Of the Bieber tracks this year, this is the least… that still doesn’t mean the dance ballad won’t be in the top ten next week, just not # 1, Bloodpop owes Skrillex royalties – B

Low Key – Kari Faux – Well, it’s different rap mood music – B-

Czech One – King Krule – when I saw him at Bowery ballroom a coupla years I was surprised how compelling such quiet music can be, this takes some listening, and if I wasn’t already a fan I might not do it, but since I am I did and I find it hypnotic and boring at the same time – B

Blonde – Kip Moore – Following in Luke bryan’s footsteps, here his hand claps finger snaps amount to a bummer – C+

Tonite – LCD Soundsystem – Did you read where james was badmouthing nyc AGAIN –I guess we are still bringing him down… – B+

All The Trouble – Lee Ann Womack – bluesy snore – C

2nd Fiddle – Leikeli47 – This isn’t interesting enough to justify her pretentiousness, you know refusing to show her face. It is still good, the beat is maybe the best of the week, but the song doesn’t click – B-

Water Me – Lizzo – Pretty good neo-new wave dance track – B

Drip – Luke James – Ordinary r&b – B-

Know No Better – Major Lazer, Camila Cabello – Bad Bunny –who I am seeing tomorrow did an ace job on the deep house meets Latin beats – B

Younger Now – Miley Cyrus – So she’s a singer songwriter this week? Better than a flaming lipped hippie – B

War – Mutemath – Prog rock – C

Brujas – Princess Nokia – Very impressive self-portrait from the Cuban great now all about the Bronx – B+

Broken Glass – Rachel Patten – Live by the anthem die by the anthem – C

So Wrong For So Long – Ringo Starr – Sodden sentimental journey – C

The May Queen – Robert Plant – Sounds like Jack White in Americana vein though with a much better singer – B

Swingin’ With y Eyes Closed – Shania Twain – A real dog, wish I hadn’t bought a ticket to see her next year – C

Refugee – Skip Marley – Oh great, a new generation of bloodsuckers swillin’ on Bob’s name… of course, his Grandson so you think but whatever, I’d forgive any of them if they were great, even good – C-

Raining – The Front Bottoms – OK, I’m well sick of these guys indie dumbass… sorry I love you but no fucking way – C

Up All Night – The ar On Drugs – Sign to a major and become the next biggish thing, I bet Warner have been knee deep in the upcoming release… even so, really good – B+

There, There – The wonder years – The class of 2014 are losing their touch – C+

Grave – Thomas Rhett – The worst of the three – C

Mexican Finder – Weezer – These guys have released a good song since, I dunno, “Dope Nose”? That was 2002 if you’re counting – C

Solo Mia – Yandel, Maluma – Nice beat, but a little on the slow side – C+

Mary And The Little Lamb – Yusuf/Cat Stevens – About as harmless as babies lukewarm bath water, and while that isn’t a compliment, it isn’t the insult it seems to be: there is something sweet and calming, like the last of the comfort – B-

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