Tag Archives: Singles Jukebox (2015)

Singles 12/11

As we near the end of the year, The Singles Jukebox allows our most fervent readers to pitch songs. Because we’re a generous lot, we allow them to comment too. The willful eclecticism below is a tribute to our big … Continue reading

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Singles 12/4

Last summer I scrapped a review of Maddie & Tae’s debut because I had no wish to share faint praise. Relistening albums for list-making purposes, I heard several well sung, inhabited narratives about the conflict of holding on to teenage … Continue reading

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Singles 11/27

After years of indifferent singles that failed to catch anyone’s attention (I wasn’t fond of guest appearances on Fantasia and Janet Jackson singles either), Missy Elliott realizes that her strength is in minimalism. We rewarded her — and Pharrell’s not … Continue reading

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Singles 11/20

Latin Grammys week brought a slew of jams and ballads in the Best New Artist category, and it’s these kinds of foci that distinguish The Singles Jukebox from the competition. More English speaking artists, male and female, should perform goofy-sincere … Continue reading

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Singles 11/13

Wow — I can’t remember another day in which the gang achieved such comity. As my scores below indicate, this week was responsible for some of the year’s most exciting tracks. The radio-endorsed “Sorry” needs no further comment, but how … Continue reading

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Singles 11/6

Here’s a thought: One Direction’s album tracks are better than their singles, at least recent singles. The title track of 2013’s Midnight Memories, last year’s “Firepoof,” “Change Your Ticket” and “No Control” from Four, one of the most assured of … Continue reading

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Singles 10/30

A fivesome from Hokkaido recorded one of the year’s best rock songs using the simplest of means — “their name reflects a wish to act quickly and lightly, like fish in the water,” according to the Wiki. Hurrying the tempos … Continue reading

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Singles 10/23

“Comfortable” means what it says: a track with the hooks and relaxed vibe of a G-rated early nineties Dre production. I wish I could muster enthusiasm for “BURNITUP!,” but Janet Jackson gives the game away in the title: she’s faking … Continue reading

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Singles 10/16

We like Dawn Richard, and while “Dance” isn’t as amazing as the dense thickets of January’s Blackheart it boasts a rhythmic suppleness that I wish more producers tried. Her track is this week’s best, during which Sia’s all too human … Continue reading

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Singles 10/9

The year’s dullest week produced a couple of also-ran. It’s good to hear Big Boi again, but his Phantogram collaboration is nothing more than a blip on an EKG meter. Performances mattered: Stormzy’s assured reminder of grime’s relevance, Lizz Wright’s … Continue reading

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Singles 10/3

A gallery of also-rans: Tinashe and Babyface disappoint after releasing strong material all year; BTS crap out; and Bon Jovi reminds me of how badly they can suck when they work hard. I give Brad Shoup credit for forming a … Continue reading

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Singles 9/25

I hinted last week at the permutating little marvel called “Helevos,” created by Bat For Lashes’ singer from an Iranian funk track uncovered by Katherine St. Asaph. Here’s another week in which women reveled in lust by using tough talk. … Continue reading

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