Going Steady: New Singles Reviewed 9-15-17 – 9-21-17

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The Gate – Bjork – “I care for you…” Apparently Bjork has recovered from the break up that made Vulnicura such an intense experience, though at six minutes plus, Bjork might not be “Stonemilker” strong, she is still a perfect facsimile of fragmented emotions coming of age in the light of day, new love as religious experience – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – B+

Little Thing Gone Wild – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – UK rockers, I can’t take em over an album but over a single they sound like Brian Jonestown Experience only smarter – B-

Boda – BLR –  Addictive old school ping pong electronica – C+

This Night Back – Canaan Smith – Rock anthem chorus, country bro verses – C+

Tu Me Elevas – Chyno Miranda – Venezuelan Spanish language pop star with a very sweet tooth track – B+

Heartline – Craig David – Time has passed this electronic pop by – C

Black Rainbows – Cut Copy – Fine indie electronica via Australia, this is as good as most things on the new LCD Soundsystem – SINGLE OF THE WEEK –  B+

The Last Of The Real Ones –  Fall Out Boys –  The most ordinary song they’ve released in two years, business as usual electronic emo rock hard rock blah blah blah – C+

So Much More Than This – Grace Vanderwaal – I really liked her last year at Jingle Ball, this is dance pop ordinary – C

Curve – Gucci Mane, The Weeknd – This is what a lousy gig will do for you, I still haven’t recovered from that dreadful Billboard fest set. Still, the Weeknd runs off with the track and the subtlety of Gucci’s vocals will never be replicated on stage – B-

Hola – Hollyn – Christian pop, nothing much – C+

Me Voy – Ibeyi, Mala Rodriguez – Sounds like Latin pop with Arabic-World underpinnings – C+

Think About That – Jessie J – Straight up r&B, cashed out in beats – C+

Beautiful Scars – Kevin Gates, PnB Rock – The chorus carries it, not Kevin’s best rap – C+

Either Way – K. Michelle, Chris Brown – Not bad dance track by two talented folks, one of whom beats up women – B-

Dum Surfer – King Krule – This guy is usually so heavy in the dubby beats, like Massive Attack without songs or tricky without funk, but this is a killer track with a heart throb to it and a liveliness we don’t usually hear from KK – B+

Us4ever – Kedesi,  BJ The Chicago Kid – I know you expect rapper plus r&b chorus, or r&b singer plus rap bridge, this is neither, a straight up neo-soul track – B

Broke – Lecrae – easily the biggest Christian rap star around, this is an excellent track – B+

I Believe In Us – Leon – Norwegian poster girl  piano ballad, pretty stuff – B-

Homemade Dynamite – Lorde, Khalid, Post Malone, Post Malone, SZA – Nice mix and match vocals – B+

Kind God – Marvin Sapp – If it is between Marvin and fellow Commissioned vet Fred Hammond, Hammond isn’t half as sappy, makes “Go Tell Somebody” sound like “Victory” – C

Run – Matt Dash – Old school, as in 2010 never happened, house – B-

Spent The Day In Bed – Morrissey – It’s no “Speedway” and the hook is repeated ad nauseum and isn’t it a little obvious? Plus where’s this scratching I keep on hearing about? – B-

In My Way – MUNA – Lesbian indie rock, but better than you thin: there’s a Haim like folkie tilt – B-

Madeleine – New Politics – jaunty in an annoying way – C

Find You – Nick Jonas – So it is official, Joe is the one to keep an eye out for – C+

Too Much To Ask – Niall Horan – This is the shower of cunts 1D, with a crappy song – C+

rockstar – Post Malone, 21 Savage – Ugh, what a drag bore this crap is – C-

It was A Very Good Year – Seal – Not that good, awful and overblown – D+

We Got Something They Don’t – Shania Twain – Not much and probably won’t do the job though it tries hard – C

Don’t Trip – Shigeto, Silas Green – Addictive beats – C+

Rainbow – Sia – Sia for children – B

Bless Yo Trap – Smokepurpp – baby trap and a goodie simple but effective ode – B+

Best Friend – Sofi Tukker, NERVO, The Knocks – More jungle pop, they’ve lost nothing on this analog-y horns meets beats – B

Some Kind Of Love – The Killers – Old school Coldplay soundalike – C

Subterranean Homesick Blues (feat Andrew Bird) – The Lumineers – Bird has a nice violin (not a euphemism) but otherwise, why exactly? – C+

Deadwood – Toni Braxton – A bore – C

Bust Down – Trippie Redd – Catchy sing-songy rap – C+

You’re The Best Thing About Me – U2, Kygo – Really? Kygo? – C

Brian Boys – Weezer – I think we can now officially include Rivers in the most disappointing musicians of all time, along with Rosanne Cash and Steve Earle – MUST TO AVOID – D






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