Going Steady: New Singles reviewed 1-26-18 – 2-1-18

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The Mess Inside – Amanda Palmer – In which she adds ukulele to a lo fi  Mountain Goat song  – B-

Just The Same – Charlotte Lawrence – Teen infatuation plus beats – B

I Miss You – CID – Here’s two words you seldom see together: New York DJ. House beats hook laden, upped a notch for hometown advantage – B-

Existence – Deorro –  The “Five Hours” DJ offers a mountain of electronic buzziness – C+

DANCE – DNCE – From handclaps and beat moves to Beatley-y (or maybe we mean Isley Brothers-y) vocal harmonies, this is everything and the kitchen sink – B

How Simple – Hop Along – About as typical a Saddle Creek release as you’ll ever see… indie pop rock confessional – C+

Overland – I’m With Her – Three up and comers if not arriviste popsters, folk harmonies with a touch of country – C+

Corporation – Jack White _ if this rhythmic funk workout is what we can expect from the upcoming album, perhaps he should beg audiences to distract themselves with iphones as much as humanly possible – C-

You Make It Easy – Jason Aldean – ABC Network: “Country singer Jason Aldean releases 1st new music since Las Vegas massacre marred his performance…” Marred? – C

Breathe – Jax Jones, Ina Wroldsen – Smart hook, good singer in Ireland’s Ina, but not really up to much – C+

Sativa – Jhene Aiko, Rae Sremmurd – another ode to weed, Aiko sounds steamy but the heat might just be from the high  – C+

Heaven – Julia Michaels – Slow and sweet ballad, her best since “Issues” – B+

Say Something – Justin Timberlake, Chris Stapleton – Hand it to Justin, he has managed to reimagine Americana as dance music, it should be better but it certainly isn’t bad… if you are keeping score at home, that gives him 2 out of 3… B+

Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?) – Piano Version – Lady Gaga – Put a fork in her, what a moldy, boring piece of crap – MUST TO AVOID – D

Love Heals (with Alison Krauss) – Levi Hummon – I loved Alison last year, till an iffy live performance Radio City put me off, Hummon is a typical Nashville songwriter, perhaps a little worse – C

Alive (with Offset & 2 Chainz) – Lil Jon – Awesome crunk, hoarse and ready banger of epic proportions, an early contender for single of the year and a definite SINGLE OF THE WEEK- A

Ancient Names (Part I) – Lord Huron – Sure, “Until The Night Turns” was excellent, so that makes one – C

Wrote My Way Out (Remix) [feat. Aloe Blacc] – Royce Da 5’9″ – Nas did the initial remix of “Hurricane,” Royce and Aloe follow it up with a remix of the remix – B

No Matter What (feat. Bart Millard of MercyMe) – Ryan Stevenson – based on the scripture in 2 Corinthians 12 verses 9 and 10, those CCM guys sure do live – C

Sweet Holy Honey – Sango, Xavier Omar – neo soul with smooth jazz tones – B-

Helium (Sia vs. David Guetta & Afrojack) – Sia – Great vocal, nothing special song, two DJs overdo it – B-

Don’t Make Me Wait (with Shaggy) – Sting – Back to his reggae roots, with the estimable Shaggy along for the ride – C+

QYURRYUS – The Voidz – Middle Eastern vibes and fascinating synth samples. Hey, it’s better than anything the Strokes have done in years and I know I promised never to use the word woozy, but, hey, that’s what Casablancas vocal is  – B

Standing On The Edge Of Tomorrow – The Damned – Not only did the Damned agree to go on when the Sex Pistols were banned on the Anarchy In The UK tour, they’ve also done a total of two good albums and two great songs. This overblown, symphonic crap is not one of them – D+

The Sword – Deadly Nightshade – Rock isn’t dead, it exists, but the majority is stuff like this awful melodic metal – D+

The Mountain – Three Days Grace – Brutally bad hard rock -that vocal is everything wrong with rock in a voice, stop fucking climbing mountains and sing a song well – D

Dangerous Night – Thirty Seconds To Mars – I swear it’s not me, this is awful, Three Days Grace might be terrible, but at least they aren’t self important with it – D

Tiësto, Gucci Mane, Sevenn – BOOM – Nicely done drop the boom is the bass and while Guc doesn’t break a sweat, he still sounds good – B+

The Middle – Zedd, Maren Morris – Country pop meets EDM – C+

U2 – Get Out Of Your Own Way (Afrojack Remix) – A terrific song and a pretty good remix, it does just enough to up the beat level…. it still won’t chart – B

 

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