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Going Steady: New Singles Reviewed 9-13-19 – 9-19-19

(62 new singles reviewed -take that world at large. I start the day after I post Going Steady, compiling and reviewing new releases, and don’t stop till the day before I post it… IL )

Mood Swings – A Boogie Wit da Hoodie – the hook goes “Percocets, two time, Percocet, that new one comes” and the druggy r&b vibe matches – B

Spray Painted Walls – Agnostic Front – Hard ramming punks still ramming hard – B-

Can the Sub_Bass Speak? – Algiers – Post punk meets soul meets jazz meets… spoken word? “You don’t act like a nigger…” is one complaint somebody else says to  Franklin James Fisher, Franklin isn’t amused… not that I blame him – B

Stepdad – Alex Cameron – Snapshot of the singer songwriter’s private life, catchy and personal – B-

Lark – Angel Olsen – Convincing folk rock with heavy drums and heavier vibes from the critics darling   – B

Head Above Water (feat. We The Kings) – Avril Lavigne, We The Kings – Overblown rock ballad with the dreaded We The Kings – MUST TO AVOID – C-

Lucky Strike – Berhana – Synthy disco – B-

Intentions – Big Boi, Sleepy Brown, CeeLo Green – Nothing much dance r&b from the mighty now fallen – B+

LaLaLa – Black Coffee, Usher – Usher singing over a bass hook and dance beat – B

At The Back of The Pit – Bonnie “Prince” Billy – Popular folkie oddball, well, I guess you have to sing about something as he swings a strange one – B-

Alone, Together – Claire George – Acoustic ballad from the singer songwriter – B-

Alone, Together (Forever) – Claire George – The acoustic track done as a low key, electronic pop track – B

Mother – Charlie Puth – Typical Charli prime pop from piano on up – B

2099 (feat. Troye Sivan) – Charli XCX, Troye Sivan – Phasey, weirdness from the phasey weird Charli, taking us eighty years into the future (and 100 later than Prince and her other Troye duet) years in the future. I’m not much of a fan of Charli, but I am of Troye and this kicks off nice and weird when he joins in – B

Jersey Girl – Corinne Bailey Rae – A nice one from that women sing Tom Waits album – B+

holy terrain – FKA twigs, Future – Mood music. wall of electronic, featuring a strong vocal from Future in the background – B+

Dear Future Self (Hands Up) [feat. Wyclef Jean] – Fall Out Boy, Wyclef Jean – You’ll find FOB’s tour mates Green Day and Weezer elsewhere on this list, a strong track, dance rock supremo – B

From a Silver Phial (Version 4) – Gene Clark – Outtakes from No Other -sounds lovely to me, a little faster, the piano pounding hard, the vocal isn’t as good – B+

Silver Raven (Version 2) – Gene Clark – The original is folk country, this take is folk blues – B

Más Caro, que ayer – Gerardo Ortiz – Swinging horned rimmed corridos is a big time mover built to me danced to – B+

Salmon of Knowledge – Girl Band – Post punk Irish guitar band with noise and beats thrown in – B

Digger – Great Grandpa -indie rockers build to big, overwhelming choruses and then slide back – B

Father of All… – Green Day – Old school punk pop, a nice, simple and muscular track – B+

Richer Than Errybody (feat. YoungBoy Never Broke Again & DaBaby) – Gucci Mane, DaBaby, YoungBoy Never Broke – Tremendous trap beats, killer hook, and Gucci running circles round the opposition, classic stuff –  B+

Graveyard – Halsey – a finger picked acoustic guitar and a percolated drum pattern hearlds Halsey bumming again about a break up – B

Cross My Heart – Hogland, Philip Strand – I thought it was maybe indie pop till the drums kicked in – C+

Do It Without You – Jacques Greene – Electronica that merges into dance drums and synth accents  – B-

In Certain Orders – Jeffrey Lewis – Folk? Maybe, New York City style, but it sounds like punk meets new wave, guitar rock -the guitar bridge is especially good – B+

ADHD – Joyner Lucas – Emo backing to some terrific flow – B-

Beta Male Strategies – JPEGMAFIA – experimental weirdness, but the guy can rap and the backing track will stop you in your tracks – B

Air BnB – Kim Gordon – Sonic Youth were one of those bands you should love but don’t, and Kim was the cornerstone of experimental art rock, but this is her third good single from her upcoming album so who knows? – B

Panini – DaBaby Remix – Lil Nas X, DaBaby – That “Hey panini don’t you be a meanie” rhyme cracks me all the way, Da Baby does not phone it – B+

Over Drinking – Little Big Town – That sweet swing in the break helps a mediocre but not in a bad way song – B

1, 2 Many – Luke Combs, Brooks & Dunn – Let’s just throw up our hands and give in to Luke’s amazing skills as a songwriter, no wonder he is so popular. A great little rave up with the great Brooks And Dunn joining in – B+

Que Calor – Major Lazer, J Balvin, El Alfa – salsa mover plus beats – B-

Big Girls – Masego – EDM meets rap hook – B-

My Family – from “The Addams Family” – Migos, KAROL G, Snoop Dogg, Rock Mafia – Migos have been releasing boring songs for years now, but “My Family” to be featured in the animated “The Addams Family” movie next month, includes featured guests Snoop Dogg (who voices Cousin It!) and Karol G, and takes extreme advantage of one of the great hooks of all time while adding an addition flourish flute bridge

Rainbow Of Colors – Neil Young, Crazy Horse – Awful campfire song when all we want is 30 minutes of “Ramada Inn” – C

Camelot – NLE Choppa – Gangsta as nursery rhyme – B

A Dream Is All I Need To Get By – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Noel compared it to a Smiths B Side, I guess so: at least it isn’t EDM – B-

Skeleton Key – Omni – Post punk, angular, guitar oriented from… Atlanta?? – B

Eye in the Wall – Perfume Genius – wooshy synths plus goth brooding and tom toms – B

Dreamland (feat. Years & Years) – Pet Shop Boys, Years & Years – 80s synth come down from up on high and sweep away the usual anemic disco – C

10/10 – Rex Orange County – Bedsitland pop from the UK – B

Two Halves – Richard Dawson – English folkie singing about soccer – B-

1937 – Pussy Riot – Their first good song since their whispered exertion from 2016, “Make America Great Again,” is a sweet little tech popper heralding the coming of the Third Reich – B+

Psycho – slowthai, Denzel Curry – Yes, folks, one new guy, one very new guy, rapping to those screech violins, somewhere Bernard Harmann is scratching his head – B

One Kind Of Solomon – The New Pornographers – nice pop rocker from the Vancouver collective – B-

Ball and Chain – The Who – The keyboards enter and it could be ANY Who post Who’s Next song, and the vicious opening line, “Down in Guantanamo, we’ve still got a ball and chain” snarled by Roger, suggest there is an edge the septuagenarian Pete Townshend still holds. That the conservative fans of the  2010s Who will be singing along to Pete’s revulsion at people being held in prison for eighteen years without a trial, makes it that much funnier – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – A-

The Amputees – Tindersticks – They always hit me as a poor man’s Prefab Sprout but this is more like Scott Walker hours before he went solo – B

Deflector – Touché Amoré – Screamo goes dance – B-

Makes Me Wonder – Tricky, Marta – A sad and beautiful song about lost love (and that “heartache won’t go” line suggests the Tricky kid is also considering his tragic daughter), a stunning and valid heartbreaker – A-

Drop It – Tujamo, Lukas Vane – The it being the bassline – B

Oh Mama – Twin Peaks – Great little rocker, and the “wooh” hook is money in the bank – B+

Sludge – Vivian Girls – The third single is the best of the lot, a wall of mood guitars and vocal harmonies – B+

Applaud – Yves Tumor, Hirakish, Napolian, ANTHEM – Way out there, experimental psyche rock – B-

The End of the Game – Weezer – Cuomo aims for the charts on this bubblegum rocker – B-

The Child – Wynonna – That’s some voice of Judd, but the song is moldy country blues – C+

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