Going Steady: New Singles Reviewed 6-16-17 – 6-22-17

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Let Me Breathe – Action Bronson – a completely unique confusion rapper, he is much better than his competition and here he is old school, going right against what sounds like a drum beat, and while I don’t know what “White Range Rover blowing trees for a minute” means, it sounds Biggie good – B+

Give Love – Andy Grammer – Lunchmoney Lewis – Good to hear Lunchmoney, as sunshiny as Grammer in his own way, after a year of quiet, Lunchmoney is a match. Andy, a poor man’s Jason Mraz, is sweet and gentle on this  ode to hippieish good vibes – C+

Creature Comforts – Arcade Fire – A great song, AF style disco rock and first rate all the way plus a tricky lyric that equates famous with painless, and girls and boys nearing the end – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – A

Feels – Calvin Harris and Pharrell Williams – Pharrell has been the anti-Bieber this year, both his “Yellow Light” and this one are lousy – C-

All I Can Think About Is You – Coldplay – In 2017, music sounds greater than ever but the songs aren’t strong. Exhibit A: Coldplay’s worst in years is a blowout ballad with no structure attached – C

Solid – David Bierman Overdrive – Overdrive indeed, a full on garage blues rocker – B+

No Fear – Dej Loaf – There is so much to admire about Dej, she is an r&b new frontier of women singers, but this song isn’t up to her lofty standards. And what’s with all the autotune? – C+

Wild Thoughts – DJ Khalid, Rihanna, Bryson Tiller – First time I heard that “nakey, nakey, nakey” hook I could have sworn it was Nicki Minaj –catchy nonsense – B

The Arrival – Filthy friends – My favorite Sleater Kinney, Corin Tucker, and my favorite R. E.M., Peter Buck have formed a pretty excellent little garage rock band plus new wavy vibe and Corin sounding a helluva lot like Corin… nice done – B+

Don’t Matter Now – George Ezra – The “Budapest” guys return to the fray is a goodie about anxiety with a hook that sings better than it says, “I don’t worry About that stuff…” – B+

Word Of Life – Jeremy Camp –To paraphrase George Bernard Shaw, you’ll get much further with the Lord if you don’t offend his ear – D

Nothing 2 Lose – Lyle – Bubblegum trap, addictive – B

Girls Girls – Icona Pop – Similar DNA to “I Love You It” –a nice little bounce to it, it could break pop – C+

Walking The Wire – Imagine Dragon – Worse than Hillsong United, who they sound like, without the excuse of god exclusivity – C-

Move Too Fast – Iman Omari, Anna Wise – Arabic sounding world beats added to lo impact r&b – B-

Glorious – Macklemore, Skylar Gray – Back indeed, put a fork in him – C-

One I Want – Majid Jordan, PARTYNEXTDOOR – Majid Jordan’s best work since “Hold On, We’re Going Home”… perhaps there is life after Drake – B

The Way You Used To be – Queens Of The Stone Age – Mark Ronson adds some disco pizzazz to the riffarama and it works as well as you could ever hope it would, like Arcade Fire with a better guitarist but worse tunes – B

Life’s About To Get good – Shania Twain – Always a pleasure to hear from the country star -she’s been known to disappear. But this is nothing special -B-

Night call – Steve Aoki, Lil Yachty, Migos)  – Baby trap goes house – B-

The Man – The Killers – The third rock band performing disco, the Killers it comes natural to and this is a vey strong wail and throttle – B

 

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