Going Steady: New Singles Reviewed 8-4-17 -8-10-17

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I Wanna Go Out – American Authors – The modern American rock band pasteurizes their sound again, so sound modern and simultaneously a little tinny, what saves them here is a catchy tune that they handle with aplomb – B

That’s It – Bebe Rexha with Gucci Mane and 2 Chainz – What’s the difference between this and a rap song? The percentage of rapping – B-

OMG – Camilla Cavo, Quavi – Former Fifth Harmony, singer on Machine Gun Kelly’s “Bad Things,” is going through the motions, and Quavo has mined Offset’s bad and bougie hook one time too often – C+

Bodak Yellow – Cardi B –  “I don’t dance now, I make money moves,” young Cardi notes and comes up with a thrilling rap about how to make it all the way through – Single Of The Week – A

Lose A Lover – Cassie, G Easy – Former Puff Daddy, what’s the word?, protege, by the numbers r&b despite the sleek vocal. G Eazy isn’t up to much – C+

Lips That Bite – Downtown Boys – From Don Giovanni Records to Sub Pop, the second law of thermodynamics. Still, about as good as punk gets, all declaimed vocals and well placed lick – B

Planet – Four Tet – The UK electronics former wiz kid has three hooks, one a sound effect, one a beat, and the other a vocal loop, when the guitar comes in it is all over – B+

Love Won’t Let Me Down – Hillsong Young And Free – Hillsong go EDM, shocking right, but better EDM then anthem rock by these CCM stalwarts – B-

Can’t See Straight – Jamie Lawson – The “Wasn’t Expecting That” Ed Sheeran sign up, the man can’t help himself, he can just write 70s style Soft rock life breathing – B

Insecure – Jazmine Sullivan, Bryson Tilson – Nice little r&b break up song, a dialogue take on suspicious types of minds – B+

Flood Watch – Juicy J, Offset – I know I thought Quavo was the brains of Migos, but Offset is better this week at least. The track is a real snooze – C+

Hymn – Kesha – My friends son co-wrote this one, and it is a goodie. Good enough for me to pull the trigger on seeing her live. Smart Imagineish lyric, “a hymn for the hymless” goes the hook and rhymes with “don’t need no forgiveness” – B

O.M.C. – Leikeli47 – Very good rap, a very smart beat on the bottom and she raps one classic rap round it – B+

The Brightside – Lil Peep – He just came out as bisexual, and this modern take on emo is worth fucking him for – B

Perplexing Pegasus – Rae Sremmurd – Mike WiLL Made-It follow up to “Black Beatle” and always tricky, but this should do the job, very good, very well rapped banger – B+

Forgetting All ABout You – Phoebe Ryan featuring Blackbear – SHe has been knocking on the pop charts for years now, but even a track on Britney Spear’s last album didn’t do it. This is a very good song, nothing over done, just a smooth sweet electronic track – B+

Edith Piaf (Said It Better Than Me) – Sparks – The 70s live on this thrilling little operatic and quaint song – B

Breaking Clean – Steve Angello – Ho hum dance track from the former Swedish House Mafia Domo – C

Gracefully Broken – Tasha Cobbs Leonard – Faith as masochism – C

What Have You Done For Me – The Cribs – If you must listen to UK rock, make it these guys who have the drum dynamics down and a good lead singer – B

Carin At The Liquor Store – The National – Piano based ballad of great power and sorrow – B+

Shake Your Lonely – Twin Peaks – Gorgeous So Cal sound – B

The Possibility – The Worriers – Terrific indie rockers with a concise intelligence on this excellent modern rock song, jey maybe it isn’t dead – B+


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