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Going Steady: New Singles Reviewed 9-27-19 – 10-3-19

Indigo – 88rising, NIKI – 88rising is the Asian conglom of musical performs, here Tik Tok listeners zeroed in on the hook… whatever you might think about the small video app, I love it, it is very useful in locating the hook – B+

Summertime – Ariel View – Sisters, whining melodic about dead end relationship – B

Sunlight Follows The Night – Ben Watt – The everything in everything but the girl with a slow drop bummer – C

Why Not? – Boys Noize, Francis and the Lights – Easily Boys Noize worst work today, especially disappointing coming after his work with Skrillex. Francis The Light can make any song on earth more studious and pompous – C

FREEDOM RINGS – Brandy – Celebrating her 25th Anniversary, though the death of her producer LaShawn Daniels leads to a bit of a downer as celebrations go – B-

Live – Casanova, Giggs – Giggs is having a big year, grime is also having a big year as well… just not on this gangsta as usual – C+

Secretary – Cate le Bon, Bradford Cox – Gothy weirdness about… being a secretary? – C+

Haunted Heart – Christina Aguilera – Another Addams Family, a bit more fun when you know that – B-

Marigolds – Cursive – overblown indie brooder by an overblown band, about someone who is paralyzed?  – C

Bloodshot – Dove Cameron – Breathy dance pop – B-

From Out of Nowhere – Electric Light Orchestra – Same ol’ pop orchestrated ELO – C+

Stay Strong – Eternal Erection – The worst named  band ever are a funk powerhouse, and on this arty, funky workout the horns skronk, the vocals teeter between soul and estrogen, and the band rocks the fuck out persuasively with Sam Huber singing lead – B+

Into the Surf – Foals – broody prog bore – C-

Writing on the Wall (feat. Post Malone & Cardi B) – French Montana, Rvssian, Post Malone, Cardi B – French is one of those guys who when DJ Khaled invites him on stage during his opening for Beyonce set, your heart sinks… neither Cardi nor Post change it though the latter is great – C+

Ride Your Horse 騎你的馬 – Gong Gong Gong 工工工 – Chinese guitar impresario go western – C+

Do You Feel Nothing? – Greet Death – melodic metal, slow and sludgy – C+

Losst And Founnd – Harry Nilsson – Big find from the long gone Harry, but not that great a MOR rocker with 60s production -you keep expecting gogo dancers in boots and bikinis – C+

Slide – H.E.R., YG – Why did H.E.R. let YG get away with “I need my bitch in an apron, booty all out cookin’ bacon,” on the otherwise excellent neo-R&B ? – B+

All The Way (Stay) – Jimmy Eat World – Top emo band with a rousing rocker -terrific chorus – B

If I Didn’t Mind – Josienne Clarke – It says poetic melancholy here, a beautiful songwriter – B+

Hold On – Lil Tjay – Catchy rap pop – B-

I’ll Be There for You (“Friends” 25th Anniversary) – Meghan Trainor – A fair interpretation including a bridge I wasn’t aware of – B

Lonely – Noah Cyrus – a boring, somewhat quirky bummer piano track – C

Fendi (feat. Nicki Minaj & Murda Beatz) – PnB Rock, Nicki Minaj, Murda Beatz – Nicki Minaj out of, three weeks after she went in to, retirement, with a verse about her fashionwear and her boo – B

Lafayette Room 408 – Prince Fox – Thrilling tech instrumental – B

Ceres in Emerald Streams – Obsequiae – Progcore ruralisms via Minneapolis – C+

Burn One With John Prine – Roger Harvey – Kacey Musgraves has, bafflingly, never released her “Burn One With John Prine” so it is left to roots rocker Roger Harvey to un-twang it and provide a more than credible take – A-

When You Love Somebody – Robin Thicke – The problem is, as a committed lover Robin lacks, how you say credibility, and as a songwriter, his only great moment was plagiarized, this song kinda sucks though he has a sweet falsetto – C

Never Said – Samia – The old Liz Phair song is slowed down to a honey drip, beautifully sung, lo fi, but strong impact… and clean as a whistle. Samia performed in the city last Saturday night and I wouldn’t have gone because it was in Brooklyn but… I would have definitely thought about it if I had heard about it  – A-

Crisis – Saudade – Highly dramatized, wall of sound, theme to a nervous breakdown with jazzed out piano – B

Pretty Okay – Screaming Females – An early B Side, punkier than you think of em – B+

Si Te Vas – Sech, Ozuna – Urbano braggadocio from the Panamanian reggaeton star plus big featured guest – B

Trampoline (with ZAYN) – SHAED, ZAYN – First catching our attention in the Macbook commercial, this is exactly the same only the vocals were re-recorded with the former 1D with the sweetest voice – B

Stretch You Out (feat. A Boogie Wit da Hoodie) – Summer Walker, A Boogie Wit da Hoodie- Strong neo r&b – B

Your Hands My Pockets – Team Dresch – Excellent, hard rock, fuzzed out guitars for the melodic song by the QueerCore pioneers – B+

I’ll Be Gone – The Milk Carton Kids – Flamenco style guitar stylings with the boys taking the voice of a woman leaving – B

Get High and Listen to The Cure – The Mountain Goats – Great idea, poorly executed – C+

Passaic 1975 – The Mountain Goats – Has there ever been a band that has sung more exposition? Here he sings of Ozzy Osbourne as dangerous rock avatar – C+

History of Violence – Theory of a Deadman – Canadian, modern day rockers with a terrible song – MUST TO AVOID – D+

Serpent – TNGHT, Lunice, Hudson Mohawke – Pure tech DJing strange sounds, is that Hudson Mohawke I see before me? – B

Fun City – True Groove All-Stars, Tomas Doncker – A remake of the concluding song off Big Apple Blues, was always a strong, banging end to Yusuf and Tomas’ travel album from the South to the North. The remake speeds it up, turns the bridge into disco, and the verses (yes verses) into a party anthem and the last few seconds some barely heard horns.  No wonder the True Groove Allstars have been ending their sets with it – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – A-

I Think I Luv Her – Tyla Yaweh, YG – YG’s second appearance and at least he doesn’t hurt the teenage West Coaster – B-

Nauseous / Devilish – Vegyn, JPEGMAFIA – JPEGMAFIA is having one helluva year, his album was one of the best of the year, and here with Frank Ocean buddy, they continue what they started on JPEG’s album -experimental rap sounds – B

Caught Lookin’ – Young Guv – soulful pop from the other guy in Fucked Up – B-


  1. John Duffin on October 1, 2019 at 9:28 pm

    Your Robin Thicke critique is Priceless!!!

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