Best Of 2017: Singles Through February
At The Purchasers Option – Rhiannon Giddens – Based upon an advert dating from the time of slavery where a woman was being sold with her baby optional, Rhiannon imagines the decency of the slave in question. A true insight into the hell of slavery and a work of Americana that makes sense of the terrible genre. Also, just musically, that chorus is killer.
How Would You Feel (Paean) – Ed Sheeran – A classic rock ballad, the equal of “Have I Told You Lately That I Love You” and a simple tune with a heartfelt lyric. Exemplary.
Issues – Julia Michaels – Justin Trantner’s partner in writing is ready to step out and if this is the quality of song she os writing, there should be zero problems. A tuneful, well rhymed, excellently drum motifed, minimal beat brilliance. A terrific song and if she has many more like this for the album (ad she should), expect Julia to be our net big pop star.
River In The Rain – Alison Krauss – The Roger Miller song is remade into a sad and thoughtful song and survives “Big River” to sound like an instant classic
Napalm – Conor Oberst – That famous vomiting of lyrics Dylan invented provides Conor with his best song in years. The bon mots are relentless; “I lost my inhibitions, I think I may have lost my wallet too”, “I guess I should defend your virtue but the truth is I’m still on the fence”… really just about every couplet is quotable, plus the song rocks and the tune is a kicker.
To Be Without You – Ryan Adams – Off the best album of the year so far, a terrific Neil Young soundalike that sounds like Ryan Adams.
Big For Your Boots – Stormzy – Stormzy is as angry as rap ever gets, the London grime star is a titan and a figurehead for black UK -where they are a minority (3% of the country, 7% of London) and this lead single off the excellent album is a storm warning.
Shape Of You – Ed Sheeran – The doctored piano motif is excellent and the song is a huge hit as it hooks you ten ways to sundown. This is the way you push yourself back in.
Bad And Boujee – Migos – The raindrop drop trop hook is so strong it made them superstars overnight.
Swalla – Jason Derulo, Nicki Minaj – Completely intoxicating and addictive reworking of ODB’s masterpiece
Paris – The Chainsmokers – The reason this EDM duo is so popular is because, like “Closer”, their songs are very good. The chorus here is killer.
Somethin’ I’m Good At – Brett Eldredge – A barnstormer of a country rocker.
Make Love – Gucci Mane and Nicki Minaj – Gucci sounds good, Nicki is great.