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Going Steady: New Singles, Tuesday, April 7th, 2020 Reviewed

Held Down – Laura Marling – This is the new Laura? All that guff about it being for her daughter -which she doesn’t gave, about what it means to be a girl? Sounds like the same meh, Americana meets classic Joni-ish melodic stuff before Joni went jazz. The vocals are beautiful, multi-layered glory but the sentiments (about not holding a love down) are bland, her language isn’t what it was -did she really write “Goodbye England (When It Snows”)?-  and while the sophistication is clear, the sensibility is bland though the song isn’t bad. Just look at her mealy mouthed press release: “I’m old enough to have a daughter now…” As she was  ten years ago – B-

We Wait – Other Lives –  Jesse Tabish: “When I was 15, I formed the All American Rejects. This was my high school band. Always there in our everyday life were Tommy and Jennifer, a member’s older sister and brother-in-law. Tommy was the older brother I never had. Kind and wise, he was my mentor and family to me. Tommy was shot and killed at the age of 25, on the morning of 30th November. Jennifer, his wife, had hired his murderer. This event completely devastated and shattered my reality. I quit the Rejects and was very lost. I soon found the piano and started moving towards a deeper place inside, artistically, which has shaped me to this day. For many years, I had avoided this trauma and couldn’t touch the subject. I pushed it out, only for it to haunt me more recently. Writing this song is the way for me to heal and remember my old pal, Tommy.” A western Americana sound about Tommy being long gone – B

Brooklyn Bridge To Chorus – The Strokes – easily the best of the three we’ve heard, a terrific pop rock per Strokes song and a great joke, when he sings “break” he waits a beat and the band go into it – B+

We’ll Meet Again – Vera Lynn, Sailors, Soldiers & Airmen of Her Majesty’s Forces, Roland Shaw & His Orchestra – I was ragging on the current pop scenes inability to produce a song like this, mentioned in Elizabeth Rex II’s speech to her nation. But how could they? Who could? Written by Ross Parker and Hughie Charles  (they also wrote “There’ll Always Be An England). Nice singalong by you can read who in the title – A+


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