Going Steady: New Singles Reviewed 12-1-17 – 12-7-17

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Cocaine Fever – Boosie Badazz  = You can take the rapper out of the hood but you can’t take the hood out of the rapper, and this disturbing song about the effects of coke on his family in the 80s never let’s go of the crack pipe – B

Blue Christmas – Brett Eldredge – Brett seldom uses his voice to boom this way and while this is one of those songs that Presley owns so thoroughly, who really cares about Brett, still Brett maintains a country vibe all the way to the end where he lets loose with a a fine outro – B-

Perfect Duet (Ed Sheeran & Beyoncé) – Ed Sheeran – According to Eddie, he played Divide for Bey before its release and this was her favorite song. In a year that saw Bey a little off her game, neither of her two earlier featured appearances were all that, she is perfection here though I wish Ed had given her the first verse, you find yourself breathlessly awaiting her verse. When she arrives, as the song nears the half way mark, it is so worth the wait as she caresses the song perfectly, reminding you that she wants played Etta james, you know. She has soul – A

Fireworks – first Aid Kit – The women have had an odd future, starting with one of their best songs, “it’s A Shame,” they downgraded to “Postcard” and this one is the worst if the three and the streams are proving. It is still a sweet song, very pretty stuff – B+

Cotton Candy – Jessie Reyez – This follow up to the Kiddo EP is as strong as anything on the album, a perfect new r&b lo fi soul love strucker – A-

Him & I – G-Eazy and Halsey – I wonder if I’d like this piece of crap if I didn’t know who made it? I don’t see how – C-

Kim K – K. Michelle – In its own way, this is the equal of “The Story Of O.J.” -that “Wish I could be a Kardashian so I could be black” is about as powerful a denouement as you will hear this year, and the “It’s just me and my bitches swear I just love when it don’t have to be ’bout no niggas,  I get to be in my feelings” is as clear an expression of the real life dynamics of the sexes as anything you might hear this year.” It’s a strange song, beyond reality TV, this is a true realness of social experience and racial dynamics – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – A

Broken People – Logic, Rag ‘N Bone Man” Logic and G-Eazy: who is worse? -MUST TO AVOID – D

Miss You – Louis Tomlinson – The One Direction least likely to arrives with his thick English accent layered over beats on a very catchy little pop track – B+

Out Of Nowhere Girl – Luke Bryan – The third piece of crap in a row – C-

So Far away – Martin Garrix, David Guetta – Two top DJs and not an original beat between them  C-

1000 – N.E.R.D., Future – a chant fest snooze – C

Rap Niggas – Nipsey Hustle – The hook is very obvious but it works so who cares – B-

No More – PRETTYMUCH, French Montana – They aren’t Backstreet Boys – I know that for sure because it’s French Mondatna who raps a verse – C

Runaway – Sasha Sloan – I like her voice, she is good on those high notes that she ululates around… the song sucks – B-

Something Foreign – SiR, Schoolboy Q – We haven’t heard much from Schoolboy Q this year, so we should have gotten more than this iffy verse – C

Whatyo City Like – Tee Grizley, Lil Durk – Baby trap, I was ready for it as well – B

Wifed Up – Xscape – Pretty good modern day Destiny’s Child – B

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