Going Steady: New Singles Reviewed 4-17-17 – 4-23-17

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Electric Touch – ARIZONA – a new electro-pop band with a winning lead singer and a soulful sheen – B

Can’t Get You More Pregnant – Blink 182 – Abysmal but thank god it is only 34 seconds long – C-

Broken Halos – Chris Stapleton – More wretched oversung Americana, the bridge kills the song – C-

Shine On Me – Dan Auerbach – Bobby Fullerish riff and that’s good, but the song doesn’t happen and the chorus burns the verses – C+

Kissing Strangers – DNCE, Nicki Minaj – Nicki has had a pretty good year and DNCE have been on fire since the first single… but this is a dog – C

It Gets More Blue – Girlpool – These guys are improving fast on this lo fi yet energetic story of obsessive love, a major breakthrough – B+

Everybody’s Talkin’ – Glen Campbell – as the storm clouds circle the great man, this will do as an adieu on the other side, just perfect – B+

Laminated Cat – Jeff Tweedy – quiet and intense folk song, but it is Tweedy so it is also boring – C+

Truth – Kumasi Washington – I’m waiting for the Kumasi-Kendrick remix of “Humble.” -it should be coming up soon, right? However, Coltrane comparisons are insane, Kamasi Washington is to John Coltrane what John Mellencamp is to Woody Guthrie… – C+

Chained to The Rhythm (feat Lil Yachty) – Katy Perry – Whatever you might wanna say about Perry, her use of Lil Yachty here is vastly superior to Tay Tay’s use of Kendrick. This might not be much but it is sure what it sets out to be, a pure pop smash: Yachty’s autotuned verse is fabulous  – B

The Cure – Lady Gaga – Back to the dancefloor on a sub-Katy Perry electro-pop track – C+

Peek-A-Boo – Lil Yachty, Migos – Sure, the trap snare drums are a bore at this point, still the “peek-aboo” hook is first rate – B+

Harley – LIl Yachty – Again, too much snare and a touch too much autotune but a monster hook – B

Good Goodbye – Linkin Park, Pusha T, Stormzy – Pusha and Stormzy? Talk about overkill… a typical rock song circa right this minute plus rap, a lot of work for exceedingly little reward.- C

Black Spider Man – Logic – Jazzy hook morphs into a fast rap but Logic’s worst work in a couple of years on a turgid track- C

Despacito(Remix) – Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, Justin Bieber – Fonsi is a Latin American Justin Bieber and here Bieber, who knows a peer when he meets one, adds his voice along with the always eager Daddy Yankee. Catchy and bland – B-

Trap Paris (feat Kelly Quavo,  Ty Dolla $ign) – Ty is the poster boy for top forty hits… but not top ten hits, and Machine Gun should have been smarter than this trap by the numbers and instead of performing bad rap he could have  re-written “Bad things” – C+

Stay Together – Noah Cyrus – the drum roll is addictive and the electro pop is less showoff-y than her first single: definitely a pop mainstream move for Miley’s kid sister – B-

Lipstick Stains – Polica ,Boys Noize also provides a catchy drum roll hook and the song is a not untypical high goth EDM move – C+

Still Counts – Polica, Spank Rick – Buzzed experimentally bore – C

LOL – PWR BTTM – I thought “Answer My Text” was their breakthrough but the gayest band on earth have a coupla bigger songs in their arsenal and this newbie, while not as hot as “Text,” builds a steady head of stream – B

The Great Highway – Ray Davies – the voice is still great but the song is too much recycled Reg Presley – B

Nothing Left – Seethe – They haven’t learnt a thing in twenty years and nor should they, By the numbers grung-y rocker with high octave screamy chorus – B

Where Do I Begin – The Chemical Brothers – She loved Mozart and  Bach, the Beatles… and me. This is actually a really sweet piece of EDM, a repetitive line that becomes a hook and then resolves itself in a jailbreak segue and then runs its wheels deep into the ground for nearly seven minutes. Immensely rewarding, even the weird out last minute . Single Of The wWek – A-

Way back – TLC, Snoop Dogg – Snoop was a big mistake, he overwhelmed a mediocre return to music with an off the rack verse – C+

Omaha – toro Y Moi – a turn of the century type indie rock pop – C+




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