Singles 11/14

Christgau, who got to Brandy Clark a year after release, rather delicately avoids judging 12 Songs a well-meaning snore. She and fellow out Nashville songwriter Shane McAnally appear in the credits for “Drunk Americans,” and while I hear little but the faintest of tweaks to Toby Keith’s approach I’m mesmerized by the idea of Clark schlocking her quilted No Depression plainspeak: less “Honesty,” more “Tell Her About It.” While she’s at it, she should invite FKA Twigs to join her. This year’s other Critical Phenomenon That Baffles Me (A War on Drugs is the other) mixes R&B and Knife-style atmospherics and before you get excited is vague about it too. Unfortunately so is Dawn Richard’s single – this time.

Click on links for full reviews.

St. Vincent – Rattlesnake (8)
Wiley – On a Level (6)
Dawn Richard – Blow (6)
Angaleena Presley – Ain’t No Man (6)
Toby Keith – Drunk Americans (6)
Rae Sremmurd – No Type (6)
Future Brown ft. Tink & 3D Na’Tee – Wanna Party (Remix) (6)
Zara Larsson – Rooftop (6)
Big Sean ft. E-40 – I Don’t Fuck With You (5)
FKA Twigs – Video Girl (4)
Lamb – We Fall in Love (4)
Kwabs – Walk (4)
Epik High – Born Hater (4)
Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud (2)
Meghan Trainor – Lips Are Movin’ (2)

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