Going Steady: New Singles Reviewed 1-5-18 – 1-11-18

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Girlfriend – Anderson East – Blue eyed soul been knocking on this door awhile, not crazy about his voice – C+

Disillusioned – A Perfect Circle – Supergroup? Hardly. Disillusioned? These are the dicks who get you thrown out of their gigs every time you take a selfie. Terrible song as well – C-

Hearts Ain’t Gonna Lie (with Jonas Blue) – Arlissa – Strong voice has this UK r&b woman, but the song is a little by the numbers for someone who flaunts her independence, the hook sounds like it was crafted by Protools – B-

Bad Boys Need Love Too – Bahamas – Americana goes newo-R&B dance, etc, and a strange little tale of a man abandoned by his pop when just a nip and trying to forge a relationship with him… plus guitar solo – I know – B-

Bhad Bhabie – Both of Em – The cash you later girl just bought her Mom a house, and this rap track is hookier than hell and could turn her pop so Cash can buy her a mansion  – B

God Save Our Young Blood (with Lana Del Rey) – BØRNS – I’ve never cared for BØRNS till now, Lana is given the keys and the brooding late night dazzled by the sun Lana helps on a terrific song with a gorgeous strings based backing track – B+

Red Cold River – Breaking Benjamin – An unbearable band responsible for a lot of the sound of rock today, huge chorus screamed, emo-rock verse – D+

DYSYLM – Breathe Carolina & Sunstars – EDM duo meets Italian DJ on this addictive slice of power pop 2018 style -all beat and blow out – B+

Shoot Me Straight – Brothers Osborne – When you write a lick as catchy as the one that fuels this country rocker the song is secondary. Still,  it goes on for three minutes too long and it’s a shame the song is secondary – B

Finesse (Remix) [feat. Cardi B] – Bruno Mars – You know how Dave Chappelle was talking about how hookers had a only a certain number of fucks in them before they were done? Same is true of  albums, but hookers can be tricked into even more and so can albums. Bruno adds this year model Cardi B on her first called it in performance as he tries for additional fucks before 24K Magic is done – C-

If You Leave Me Now (feat. Boyz II Men) – Charlie Puth – Charlie is more a modern day Elton John then Ed Sheeran ever was, this  is a gorgeous trifle featuring the popular again vocal trio – B-

Don’t Delete The Kisses – Charli XCX x Post Precious Remix – Wolf Alice – Not bad sweet and discrete EDM remix, maybe this is what Wolf Alice need to jumpstart their career – B+

The Kids Are Alright – Chloe x Halle – Nice move by the youtube sensations who opened Beyonce’s European tour two years ago, very catchy – B

Endless Alleluia – Cory Asbury – CCM goes Americana, on Bethel Music so you know what to expect – MUST TO AVOID – D+

Symptoms – Devin Dawson – Country blues ho-hum – C

Come Out to LA – DON BROCO – UK rockers discover beats, and know how to sell em – B-

Echo – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – As in Echo and the Bunnymen I assume, and it works for them on this downbeat but lovely lo fi rocker – B+

Blame – Ekali – Talented DJ but this one won’t do – C

With You – Fetty Wap, KDL – If this hits the pop charts it will be Fetty’s biggest since “Trap Queen,” it certainly has a powerline hook… – B+

Landslide – Early Version – Fleetwood Mac – I have my eye on that Musicares gig at Radio City, but $400 for a nosebleed? Not so much? This adds not so much to the legend – B

My Song – H.E.R. – I love r&b as much as the next guy and more than you, but this an incredible bore – C+

Lightning Strike – Judas Priest – I guess if you can recover from coming out in the homophobic heavy metal world you can do it forever – B

Game To Lose – I’m With Her – Pretty, brilliant arrangement, and awesome harmonies, country blues, the song is missing a step – B-

Tell Me – Joan The Police Woman – The concept, punk meets soul, has always been a goodie, but by now it is more like soul meets soul on this fine slice of r&b – B

Filthy – Justin Timberlake – Timberlake, Timbaland,and Danja in this tempo twisting, mix and match that isn’t as far from “Can’t Stop The Feeling” as you might think. It also won’t be as big though it deserves to be huge, a masterclass on hook and funk – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – A

All The Stars (with SZA) – Kendrick Lamar – Kendrick’s problem has been that, with exceptions, A “Swimming Pools” here, a “DNA” there, he hasn’t found songs good enough for his raps. He has here, SZA sings the fuck out of the soulful verses and lifty chorus, and Kendrick who could rap between the lines of a scrap of paper, nails it. Though, not unlike Cardi, on “Finesse” it isn’t entirely integrated – A-

Tell Somebody – Kid Ink – From the most aptly named  singer in the world, this is fine till it gets to the rap which sucks – B-

For You (Fifty Shades Freed) – Liam Payne and Rita Ora – Following in the footsteps of The Weeknd (on the song that got him turnt) and Zayn and Taylor, (with a song bigger than anything on Reputation), this turkey is business as usual and so generic it should come with a whip – C-

Designer – Lil Pump – Nice hook, pretty excellent flow,  but it misses the sludge downward spiral of prime baby trap – B

Hand It Over – MGMT –  At his insistence, True Groove’s Tomas Doncker and I caught MGMT at the Panorama festival last year, and they were terrible. But this song is a first rate slice of pop-soul, so maybe Tomas was half right – B+

Rosie Carney – K. – Terrific cover of the Cigarettes After Sex by the 20 year old UK wunderkind – B+

Still The Same – Sugarland – Six years later, this is a little perfunctory but not bad…. I am looking forward to em playing locally  – B-

Over – SUMR CAMP – I like it when EDM is more E than the current spate of pop crossover wannabes. This is weirded out beats and all moving sounds and clicking parts. This anonymous DJ is the real deal – B+

I Can’t Quit – The Vaccines – If Icona Pop were a rock band, they’d be this rock band. That’s a compliment – B+

All Time What – They Might Be Giants – Cheerful break up song – B-

Number One (In New York) – Titus Andronicus – I know you know Patrick knows what he is doing, and his versing is fine, and it is his decision to give up on bridge and chorus (as Mike Holcombe noted) for ten minutes, but it doesn’t click and experiments shouldn’t be boring, at least not this boring – B

I just need U. – TobyMac – Capitol Christian Music Group? You live and learn, maybe it was Universal (the father company) who insisted he tap into his inner Justin Timberlake on this first rate piece of Christian dance rock which dallies on the edge of secular – B+


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