Tag Archives: Singles Jukebox (2014)

Singles Jukebox – Amnesty Week

The last regular week of the year is also Amnesty Week, wherein our writers suggest ignored songs; but that fact alone doesn’t explain the number of songs I liked. Count’em: eight 7s, two of which would be easy 8s if … Continue reading

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Singles 12/12 – Readers Week

As we approach the twilight of the Singles Jukebox’s 2014 session, we turned to a tradition we call Reader’s Week, during which we listen to suggestions. It speaks to the diversity and global reach of this readership that I recognized … Continue reading

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Singles 12/5

We were at our jaundiced and piss-elegant best holding our noses while Adam Levine struck curious poses, although David Moore gets my vote for truest blurb. The rest of the week, as we approach the end of the year and … Continue reading

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Singles 11/28

There isn’t one Bruno Mars single I could stomach before this week’s Mark Ronson collaboration, so I have a remedy: less falsetto, more chalk. As in, chalky vocals. The Brown-isms didn’t grate last week but you watch as this thing … Continue reading

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Singles 11/21

We liked the #1 song in the United States, in my case a lot — my favorite Swift single since “Mean.” Azealia Banks’ continuing strength also surprised us. If you haven’t heard Shamir, by all means. “On the Regular” has … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Singles 11/7

Note the row of 4’s and 5’s — it was that kinda week. I liked Roudette’s insinuating number more than my colleagues, thanks to a sumptuous production (“Gorgeous Balearic lounge music,” Will Adams wrote). Mexican singer Ximena SariƱana also triumphed … Continue reading

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Singles 10/31

Lots of winners this week: Sleater Kinney’s assured return, Mick Jenkins’ dense hip-hop, and Flying Lotus’ swirling and equally dense backing track for a worthwhile Kendrick Lamar performance, and, my favorite, Tamar Braxton. Although SK ranked first in number of … Continue reading

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Singles 10/24

“Jealous” isn’t as exciting as the blurb suggests. The high notes are awful, and the thing is no “Pom Poms,” but I saw how this week’s crop would score, and couldn’t tolerate as winner John Rich’s mediocre diversion from Tea … Continue reading

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Singles 10/17

Ambivalence over Nancy Whang dominated the “A Simple Design” blurbs, as they did my review a few weeks ago. I’ve come around. The song delivers on the title promise: elegant, boasting a pleasing circularity, onomatopoetic hook. Enthusiasm for “Quarterback” didn’t … Continue reading

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Singles 10/10

Suspicious of Lorde a year ago, I think I understand her manipulations of mechanized late nineties spook rock (think Smashing Pumpkins’ Adore and Garbage album tracks). I may overrate “Yellow Flicker Beat” in the manner of a fella shouting about … Continue reading

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Singles 10/3

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 … Continue reading

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