Singles 12/25

Taking place during Christmas and often beyond, Readers Week allows us to review suggestions. This year, in keeping with the unexpected rush of song, we had more choices than ever. “Bad Friend” had a resonance transcending the pandemic. “Guess we fell out/what was that all about?” — hell yes, chilling. I wish the arrangement had more pep, though. This failing was a strength in Ichiko Aoba’s “Porcelain.”

Click on links for full reviews.

Ichiko Aoba – Porcelain (7)
Allie X & Mitski – Susie Save Your Love (7)
The Birthday Massacre – The Last Goodbye (7)
Rina Sawayama – Bad Friend (6)
HAIM – The Steps (6)
Raveena – Headaches (5)

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