Going Steady: New Singles Reviewed 3-15-18 – 3-22-18

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Blazes Of Glory – Anna Lovoa – First rate EDM pop from Australia  with a great hook – B

Ya Es Hora – Ana Mena, Becky G, De La Ghetto – Becky G is the Offset of Latin Pop, De La Ghetto kills on his rap, and I don’t know Ana… but I sure do like her… – B

Done For Me (feat. Kehlani) – Charlie Puth – The one man NSYNC is pretty good as piano men goes, quite the soul man… the song is a little iffy – C+

I Want Love – Chris Stapleton – The guitar at the intro is an homage to George Harrison, the song is a nightmare – C-

Bonita – CNCO – Latin pop boy band but no Grupo Mania, they are a little soft for my taste – C+

Duke Dumont (featuring Ebenez)  – Inhale – UK EDM, a little bland by a guy who is usually great – C+

Echosmith – Over My Head – I thought they sucked live, this overearnest indie crappola blows – C+

Nowhere Fast – Extended Version – Eminem, Kehlani – Kehlani ain’t Rihanna, and Eminem 2018 is not Eminem 2010 -thanks, woke Eminem aka mister obvious – C

Japan – Famous Dexter  – Rich The Kid’s buddy, he got flow but is neither nor skillswise, the dreadlocks are ace – C

There’s Nothing Left Pt. 2 – Flogging Molly – The second best Irish American band, have the sound and great bagpipes but not a great song – C+

Alone – Halsey. Big Sean, Stefflon Don – Pretty bad though Big Sean is infinitely better than G-Eazy, the verse ain’t much though it is better than the song – C+

Curious – Hayley Kiyoko – Two types of women are all over modern music, the Julien Baker queer identified indie popsters and the seriously bi EDM pop chicks, this is the latter – C+

Rearview Town – Jason Aldean – Just awful country rock blues crappola – D+

Showers – Junglepussy – That’s her  3-year-old nephew Zachary rapping along to the hook… isn’t their child labor laws? Pretty catchy r&b from the Brooklyn MC and rapper – B

Cold as Stone – Kaskade, Charlotte Stone – This DJ has made  dough performing EDM so lame it makes trance sound vivid and alive. One of their worst – MUST TO AVOID – D+

Loca [Bad Bunny Remix] – Khea – Pretty good Latin Trap, some good featured artists, and Bad Bunny has been studying his Gucci Mane 2009.

Remind Me to Forget – Kygo, Miguel – Miguel is a real soul guy, not great, but, unlike, say, The Weeknd, he isn’t playing both sides. The song isn’t great, it is both sparse and busy, but Miguel is a great singer and Kygo no longer sounds like he is trolling Sting – C+

Bet Ain’t Worth the Hand – Leon Bridges – 80s soul ballad, or is that 70s? Stylistic style  song without the harmonies – C+

Freaky Friday (feat. Chris Brown) – Lil Dicky – Lil Dicky and Chris Brown switch bodies and therefore Lil Dicky gets to say the n word: “”Can I really say the N-word? What up my n****r? What up my n****r? Big ups my n****r. We out my n****r, you p***y-ass n****r. Man, f**k y’all n****rs, ’cause I’m that n****r. N****r, n****r, n****r, n****r – I’m that n****r!” – Funny, right? – B-

Betrayed (Remix) – Lil Xan  featuring Yo Gotti and Rich The Kid – Sex and romance from the Cali emo rapper – C+

Memorized – Mat Kearney – “Listening to sade, sipping on your latte…” Adult oriented rock for WASP-y women with big hearts – and yuppies watching the clock – C+

NAV – Freshman List – The Punjabi-Canadian singer-rapper is like the Weeknd without all the drugs – B-

Can’t Deny Me – Pearl Jam – Terrible song, protest music must get better than this – C

Portugal. The Man – Live in the Moment – “Weird Al” Yankovic Remix – Add accordion to  everything and remix – C+

Antidote – Preoccupations – The former Viet Cong, a terrific post-punk band, who go on three minutes too long on this mid-paced rocker – C+

El Clavo – Prince Royce – As a non Bachata fan, I am somewhat impressed by this small beauty – B

Don’t Go Breaking My Heart – Q-Tip, Demi Lovato – Jazzy disaster version – MUST TO AVOID – C-

Early Morning Trappin – Rich The Kid, Trippie Redd – Smart trap track by two rappers with terrific, complementing flows – B+

I Wanna Know – RL Grime, Daya – Talented DJ brings it on this expansive EDM ballad that veers into house beats and big feels – B+

Alien – Sabrina Carpenter – The 18 year old wunderkind needs to come up with something better than this recycled EDM pop – C+

Cruzin’ – Snakehips, St. Rulez – UK DJs go soulful on the dance song – C+

Human For – Sunflower Bean – “Music and art is the religion for the non-religious. It gives life meaning and purpose. It keeps us alive. This song is a rallying cry for our purpose, and a rejection of the way other people think you must define your life.” I see… This is a lively, psychedelic guitar based rocker whose pleasures are real –  SINGLE OF THE WEEK – B+

Everybody Hates Me – The Chainsmokers – In which the duo for a stupid lifestyle but still, they are without a doubt the catchiest electronic pop guy, hated but who knows why? – B+

Sex & Cigarettes – Toni Braxton – I loved her circa “Un-Break My Heart” but that was then, this isn’t pretty enough – C+

David Ashley Parker From Powder Springs – Travis Denning – Country song premiere about buying beer with a fake ID, could be worse – B

Me and You – Willie Nelson – This is a lively little song about two faced friends that is so pretty it is a pleasure, second goodie off the upcoming album – B+

Right Or Wrong (feat. Future) – YoungBoy Never Broke Again – Isn’t this guy back in prison for beating up his girlfriend? Great rap auto tune vocal, good rap from Future – B+

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