Beloved Jukebox stars like Mary J and Jessie Ware take hits this week. Maxwell’s blurb got the most attention, and in a way he’s right. As soon as a star refers to him/herself by royal title (Queen of Soul, King of Pop), serious criticism gets less serious and complacency on all sides kicks in. I like Blige’s early singles but have trouble with the cluttered and inconsistent albums she recorded before Mary. As a collection of songs released in the last fifteen years I love Growing Pains best, notably the Stargate and Tricky Stewart tracks (“Fade Away,” “Roses,” “Come to Me,” “Just Fine”). But I have mild confidence about the new one.
About Kendrick Lamar radio might persuade me to rate it higher the way it did in early 2013 with “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe.” As I suggested in my blurb, I may have lost Kendrick’s funny voices. I didn’t point out that the Isley Brothers interpolation sounds as hamhanded as Nicki Minaj’s Sir Mix a Lot one, although at least the latter is thematically apposite.
Download the Kleerup single though.
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Kleerup ft. Susanne Sundfør – Let Me In (7)
Dej Loaf – Try Me (7)
Mary J. Blige – Therapy (6)
Neon Bunny – Lost in Love (6)
Nerina Pallot – Love Electric (5)
Kendrick Lamar – i (5)
Jessie Ware – Say You Love Me (4)
DJ Khaled ft. Chris Brown, August Alsina, Future & Jeremih – Hold You Down (4)
Joel Compass – Girlfriends (4)
Kid Ink ft. Usher & Tinashe – Body Language (4)
Sigma ft. Paloma Faith – Changing (2)
Labrinth – Let It Be (1)
Arty ft. Angel Taylor – Up All Night (1)