Going Steady: New Singles Reviewed 6-9-17 – 6-15-17

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Perfect Mistake – 311 – Nothing great hardcore rap-sing, it sounds like the Red Hot Chili Pepper’s ancestor it is… still not bad for the genre – C+

That Far – 6lack – Wasn’t impressed when I saw him open for The Weeknd and I don’t think all of Universal’s money will make a dent. This is alright, semi-trap like Beats with the slightest of patois – C+

Mind On Fire – Aisha Badru – Gorgeous acoustic singer songwriter move with a terrific hook “hoo hah”, plus completely solipsistic and yet keeps on letting you in – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – B+

What You Do To Me – ATTLAS – Another DJ, another dollar, not enough bounce for House – C+

In the South – Big Boi, Gucci Mane, Pimp C – frontline southern raps with a catchy ode to the old sod, and, well well, Pimp C –cool – B

2U – David Guetta, Justin Bieber – The least of the three, Bieber sings it well but the songs beyond average and sounds more like half house, half MOR pop – B-

Freeze Me – Death From Above 1979 – DFA are the acceptable face of hard rock, and here they aren’t even that. A typical mix of emo and core – C-

If You Need To, Keep Time On Me – Fleet Foxes – Slow, piano folk rock for hipster and even so it clicks in a Harvest sort of way eventually – B

While We’re Young – Jhene Aiko – Another Drake protogee with another slow and blue electronic song – C

Legends – Kelsea Ballerini – A Taylor Swift wannabe who never got out of Tay’s “Tim McGraw” period. Catchy country pop but a little banal – C+

City Music – Kevin Morby – The former Woods guy returns to Cali from Brooklyn with skills intact, the song is all texture and pace dynamics – C+

Boss – Lil Pump – The Floridian is sweet sixteen and it shows on this wildly repetitive dance track – C-

The Cold – Manchester Orchestra – Indie guys with beards and this song makes it to the end – C+

SWERLK – MDDR, Scissor Sisters – “The song has been released in celebration of Pride Month and in honor of the one-year anniversary of the mass shootings at Pulse nightclub in Orlando. Proceeds from the single are being donated to Contigo Fund, a non-profit established in the wake of the Pulse mass shooting to “fund community organizations working to heal, educate and empower LGBTQ and Latinx individuals, immigrants, and people of color.” Disco as usual and upped a bit gradewise because it is for a good cause – B+

Yellow Light – Pharrel Williams – It’s no “Happy,” but what is? Quirky ping pong of a song – C+

Girl Like You – Toro y Moi – It’s an indie kinda week, not bad little dance indie track – B-

Marquee Sign – Sara Evans – Country goes pop but why? – C

Free me – Sia – She definitely has a voice but the fire seems dimmed – C+

Rain Come Down – Vince Staples – Maybe Vince peaked early… C+

Yuk Foo – Wolf Alice – Obstreperous full tilt rocker and an odd choice to break the sophomore curse – B

African Bad Gyal – Wixkid, Chris Brown – Reggae tempo to dub beats that are more house – C+

The Devil You Know – X Ambassadors – Garage rocker unlike their more soulful Americana electronic pop sound – B-

 

 

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