Going Steady: New Singles Reviewed 1-19-18 – 1-25-19

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Sunrise – Arty, April Bender – Arty is a DJ who ruins this terrific song which would be a beauty if the big bang boom chorus wasn’t so naff – C+

Burn So Bright – Bella Thorne – Big time YA actress with a lousy song to her name – C

Alfie’s Song (Not So Typical Love Song) –  Bleachers – So now Jack and Lena have broken up, who gets custody of Taylor? – C

Miss You – Cashmere Cat, Major Lazer, Tory Lanez – Really, three heavy hitters trying to make something out of nothing and failing – C

Dura – Daddy Yankee, Juan G. Rivera “Gaby Music” – With J. and Luis eating his lunch, it’s great to hear Daddy Yankee go back to his roots on this upbeat, swinging reggaeton – B+

Heart Beat Here – Dashboard Confessional – Emo goes Americana – B-

The Deconstructionists – Eel – Moondy downbeat experimental art pop with an eye on the song itself, the strings are Beatley – B-

Woman, Amen – Dierks Bentley – Dierks should seriously consider taking on Christian Contemporary Music, this ode to the uxorious could be easily refitted as the best anthem Hillsong have never come close to – B+

God’s Plan – Drake – The state of the Drake 2018, not the exciting switch up of his last mixtape, but a smart self portrait plus the money line “I only love my bed and my momma…” – B

Diplomatic Immunity – Drake – Those strings are pretty great, a Wu Tang sample – B

Bloodshot Red Eyes – Everything Is Recorded – XL owner Richard Russell is first rate on this gorgeous and soulful song – B

Paradise – George Ezra – This sounds like the Proclaimers – B

Walk in Circles – Grant-Lee Phillips – Remember his band from the 90s, Grant Lee Buffalo, they were great and so is this ace melody piece of belief on shared sustenance for the soul. “A  declaration of dependence … on the earth, on peace, and ultimately, each other,” claimed Mr. Buffalo, but don’t let that bother you – SINGLE OF THE WEEK –   A-

Machika – J Balvin – The drums are so loud and large, they shake the song like a leaf – B

Mannish Boy – Jimi Hendrix – Off the upcoming new outtakes album, here is an early rehearsal with Band Of Gypsys, all rhythmic jerkiness and a terrific vocal by Hendrix, never released before  – A-

Supplies – Justin Timberlake – EDM meets Americana, great vocal but the song doesn’t click – B-

How Many Ways – Keith Sweat, K-Ci – Keith in terrific voice, great back up by K-Ci – B+

Parallel Line – Keith Urban – Another guy who can’t do what he did, on this mushy soul country mashup – C

Dancing – Kylie Minogue – The Aussie superstar popster has moved to Nashville, still this ain’t country but rather a catchy upbeat track with a side view of mortality – B+

Best Days – Lissie – “Best Days’ is a song of hope: “That our best days aren’t behind us, that in the present moment we are inside of ‘the good old days’ and that life is full of all kinds of exciting surprises and adventures to come! Don’t stop believing that the best is yet to come. ” Written at her Midwest farm – C

Catch A Body (feat. Quavo) – Livvia – Why do I get a feeling that if Quavo does have a verse on a new song at least once a week he feels as though his life isn’t complete – C

Addictions – Lucy Dacus  – Picked to click in 18, this is a folk pop singer songwriter move but with a rock band behind it, the horns are an original touch  – N

Street Kings (feat. Meek Mill) – YFN Lucci – Philadelphia is where it’s at for PnB Rock buddy YFN, not to mention Meek Mill main man. The famously incarcerated city of lover Meek adds a verse and it’s great to hear his voice though from exactly when I couldn’t say – B-

No Name – NF – The suddenly popular NF sounds like a young Eminem on this piece of self-congratulations where success has changed him – B

I’m Gon Make U Sick O’Me – Parliament, Scarface – That chorus is George Clinton 101, the rap is a little lower case – B-

Melanin Magic (Pretty Brown) – Remy Ma, Chris Brown – Streets are saying Rema Ma sucks on this, I dunno, she sounds like a Foxy Brown while Chris Brown, well, I’m thoroughly sick of him – C+

Land of the Blind – Rick Springfield – sorta classic rock Americana Bob Dylanish lyric, nice try but I wish that he had Jessie’s Girl – C+

These Days (feat. Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen) – Rudimental – If you must hear Macklemore, this is the place for it. Jess sounds fine, song is a little bland – B-

New York – Kelly Lee Owens Remix – St. Vincent – Mixed down to a heart beat, this minimal revisionism sods off the melody for a wasteland of rhythm and verse – B

Keep It Lit – Tegan Marie – Pleasant country bubblegum – B

Sick Boy – The Chainsmokers – Just what the world needs, a woke Chainsmokers so dumb they think the civil war is between East and West when it is about Blue and Red. Still, their first release since Memories broke so big is pretty good – B

Severed – The Decemberists – I have never been a fan so except for a pretty good live show two years back, I have no horse in this race. Even by indifference standards, this synth rock stuff sucks – MUST TO AVOID – C-

Cheetah Tongue – The Wombats – sounds like a low key “Greek Tragedy” – C

Queen – Tracey Thorn – That beat and synth thing sounds a bit generic, except it was Everything But The Girl that invented the gene – B-

18 (feat. Trippie Redd & Baauer) – Kris Wu – K-Pop boy toy gets jiggy wit it – C+

The Good Side – Troye Sivan – Queer banner boy gets his Sufjan Stevens on – B-

Out of the Pool – Yo La Tengo – One of four new songs they released last week, sounds like Trip Hop -you sit around waiting for Tricky – C+

In My View – Young Fathers – Always moving these guys, this is a piece of mood music with a kicker: “when I leave they’ll be dancing on my grave” – B

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