Going Steady: New Single Releases Reviewed 12-22-17 – 12-28-17

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One At A Time (with T-Pain) – Alex Aiono – The Youtube sensation Alex is of Māori & Samoan descent which pretty much deaks with all those 400 pound linebacker cliches once and for all, this is a sweet piece of autotuning plus T-Pain morsel of a pop move – B-

Vai malandra (feat. Tropkillaz e DJ Yuri Martins) – Anitta – Translation from the Portuguese: “It’s crazy, you’re playing with your butt…” Anitta is a 24 year old Brazilian stunner signed to Justin Bieber’s management company, but this pervy nursery rhyme won’t help her stateside and the English verse won’t help – C+

The Last One – Black Veil Brides – Heavy metal ho hum – C

Thorns – Le Youth Remix – Bonnie McKee –  McKee can write a song, from Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” to Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite” -so EDM pop heavy on the synth is her thing, but this song ain’t good enough to get her back on the charts – C+

Bartier Cardi (feat. 21 Savage) – Cardi B – Once you get past the drop trop of it all, what you get is a terrific and original rap (21 is 21 Savage of course):

Cardi took your man, you upset, uh
Cardi got rich, they upset, yeah (from what?)
Cardi put the pussy on Offset (say what?)
Cartier, Cardi B brain on Offset (21)
Cardi took your man, you upset, uh
Cardi got rich, they upset, yeah (21)
Cardi put the pussy on Offset (Cardi)
Cartier, Cardi B brain on Offset (Cardi)

It’s like little daggers spat at you with swing and humor. Much like her recent response to a sextape hiting the internet: with self assurance to burn – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – A

Awful Things – Good Charlotte – I have nothing against rock and roll, quite the opposite, I’m old school. But nobody knows how to do it anymore and you are left with terrible stuff like this song – MUST TO AVOID – D

Thunder / Young Dumb & Broke (with Khalid) – Medley – Imagine Dragons – I’ve seldom said a nice word about Imagine Dragons, so here is a nice word: that segue from “young dumb” to “young gun” is witty – C+

This Is Me (From The Greatest Showman) – Kesha – Awful batho inflicted crapola – D

Bonita – Remix – J Balvin – It takes a nation of stars to make this song bad because the beat itself sure won’t do it. Featured performers including everyone from Nicky Jam to both Wisin and Yandel, join forces with the second greatest  Medellín, Colombia, export… but this is just a pattern, the song is MIA – C+

Magneto – Madison Mars – An old school dance track… no really – C

Stir Fry – Migos – I am not a big Pharrell fan and here he overdoes the overlapping beats and weakens the structure, what I like about Migos is the the three rappers over cymbals, hi hats, starkness… – C+

Santa Claus Goes Straight To The Ghetto 2017 – Snoop Dogg. Boys II Men – Awful Christmas song, I’ve had it with this turkey – D+

Never Left – Swoope – Christian songwriter Natalie Lauren steals it from under Swoope’s nose on this pretty good Christian rap track – B

Electric Heart – Tofer Dolan – The return of Asher Roth (remember “I Love College”) and producer Oren Yoel on a pleasant but a little boring electronic rock song… they could get lucky with it – B

Temperature – Tyga – I haven’t liked Tyga just about ever, but this is autotuned old school r&b moves, not much but not bad – B-

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