Going Steady: New Singles 6-22-18 – 6-28-18 Reviewed

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Switch – 6lack – It didn’t take long for the power of fame to turn to a bluish shade of black as 6lack  imagines switching lives for a day with none of the pleasures Lil Dicky discovered. “To get away from all the cameras, I’m over it” 6lack claims on this lovely piece of neo-r&b, a subtle and moody winner – B+

the light is coming (feat. Nicki Minaj) – Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj – Chun Li’s opening rap is a winner, and Ariana is so beat oriented in her singing she seems to be replicating the beats exactly without stretching, Grandeing em, at all – B+

Dust – Charles Lloyd & The Marvels, Lucinda Williams – “Dust” was the opening track on Lucinda’s 2016 The Ghost Of Highway 20, it was great there and this version which adds a jazzy lushness where Americana vibes were. and some sweet sax – B+

Only You – Cheat Codes, Little Mix – Although they are the featured guests, this is about the return of Little Mix which will make this resolutely ordinary pop song a huge hit… in the UK – C+

Fernando – From “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” – Cher, Andy Garcia -Cher sounds like a drag queen impersonating Lauryn Hill and Andy Garcia doesn’t sound much – MUST TO AVOID – C-

Sober – Demi Lovato – one, she looks so much better with long hair and two this song about alcoholism is very moving, a plain, straightforward, piano ballad – B

Let’s Get Ill – DJ Snake, Mercer – Two French EDM producers do nothing much more than straight up house – B

Big God – Florence + The Machine – Seven years after “Shake It Off” and time to ‘fess up, the song was a fluke and Welch is an overwrought bore – C

Drop – G-Eazy, Blac Youngsta, BlocBoy JB – Now that the Halsey reassessment is over, this is a pretty hit reworking of “Drop It While It’s Hot” with a coupla Drake buddies and Halsey’s mister, getting almost a positive review – B-

Hollywood (feat. Snoop Dogg & Jamie Principle) – Gorillaz, Snoop Dogg, Jamie Principle – Jamie Principle brought song to Chicago house in the 80s, and Snoop nails a verse – B

GHOST – Jaden Smith – It is like wealthy mumble rap – B

Legends – Juice WRLD – Written after XXXtentacion’s death, this is a snapshot of a scene in crises and Juice Wrld as the prophet and the man standing right now singing “What’s the 27 Clu-u-u-ub? We ain’t making it past 21, ” after the loss of Lil Peep and XXX, perhaps sorrow and despair are the only things worth celebrating. “All legends fall in the making” is a great American truism – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – A

World Rage – Lil Skies – People down talk mumble rap, or Broward County rap, or Soundcloud rap, whatever you wanna call it, but it is already the sound of the Trump era, dark, sad, violent, sexist  and dead or dying. This is another terrific neo-rap track – B+

Boys – Lizzo – Lizzo likes em -from the playboys to the gay boys – B+

ALL THE WAYS – Meghan Trainor – Meghan is a truly great songwriter, and this is a terrific song, but her production sucks and her urge to be the next pop tart seriously undercuts her skills – B

Soweto – Michael Brun, Shirazee – The Haitian shouts out the capital of Johannesburg on this beautifully crafted mix and match of deep house and South African rhythms –  B

Boom Goes The Cannon… – Mobb Deep – Another “Hamilton” cover and it sounds great, a year after Prodigy’s death – B+

Another Lifetime – Nao – neo-r&b via London, and a good one as well, Nao has a lovely voice and this has some of the tilt you find on a Solange song – B

Quien Sabe – Natti Natasha – Where Latin pop and black r&b meet, a supple beat and a fine vocal performance – B

Come On To Me – Paul McCartney – Nothing would make me happier than this hard flirt of a track with  a terrific horns break, and  one of the great outro shoutouts the “yes I will, yes I will now… uh huh,” breaking pop. A great song – A-

I Don’t Know – Paul McCartney – A sad little ballad  – C+

Summer on You – PRETTYMUCH – The first song by this Simon Cowell  boy band to leave an impression, a pretty little r&b track – B-

Our Country – Ray Davies – Quite possibly the worst song Ray has ever written, it is not “Freedom” and sure, it isn’t mindless jingoism as he settles into the doubt we all feel, but it is prosaic by a poet and moldy mess – MUST TO AVOID – D+

Oklahoma USA – Ray Davies – Sure, it is his song, and one of his greatest from a career that includes many to choose from, but this is not only useless, it loses Vicki Brown’s astonishing backing vocals and can’t replace them – C-

I Love Hip Hop – Redman – Old school rapper always had a sense of humor and over the years he has begun to sound like Chuck D, the chorus is masterful  – B+

Green Gucci Suit – Rick Ross, Future – Maybach music, sweet… no really, Rick and Future sound very good together – B

Oh Child – Robin Schulz, Piso 21 – That whistling is really annoying but just consider it a nod of the head to Avicii – C+

I’ve Been Loving You – The Milk Carton Kids – I vastly prefer this country folk band more when I think about them than when I listen to em, this is bathetic bummerdom – C+

Seventeen – Tomberlin – Truly beautiful acoustic plus oboe track that aches with a sadness which could be dubbed ineffable except she expresses it clearly – B+

Talk To Me (with Rich The Kid) – Tory Lanez, Rich The Kid – Did you know that Rich The Kid was the victim of a house robbery and got the shit beaten out of him. No way was that Lil Uzi. This is a terrific song, both rappers sound good – B+

Me Likey – Trippie Redd – He always sound Dancehall to me, in a good way here – B

 

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