Tag Archives: Singles Jukebox (2017)

Singles 10/13

A strong week during which Shakira returned at the peak of her powers and several Latin artists excelled at balladry and tejano. If we saw controversy, it was over Morrissey’s best single in over a decade, not that it means … Continue reading

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Singles 10/6

Every few weeks around this joint a single rips the hinges off my little shelter like the whirring wonder of “Akanamali” did last weekend; it’s our second favorite single of 2017. It compensates for our staff’s having to mourn over … Continue reading

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Singles 9/30

Several big names return with singles not much different from the tried and true, and much worse. At least Ne-Yo remembers what made me swoon in the late 2000s. Click on links for full reviews. EXO – Power (7) Ne-Yo … Continue reading

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Singles 9/22

A disappointing week marked by middling singles by some of my favorite acts. Click on links for full reviews. Hyuna – Babe (7) Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug – Havana (6) Jazmine Sullivan x Bryson Tiller – Insecure (6) Stormzy … Continue reading

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Singles 9/15

In three years, Lee Ann Womack has become a necessary adjunct to my life. Steeped in blues verities, “All the Trouble” would be wallpaper at a country fair were it not for producer-husband Frank Liddell’s sympathetic settings and Womack’s aversion … Continue reading

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Singles 9/9

This sobering article explains the grim state of play for R&B women. ““Because of the amount of acceptance white artists get, they tend to get a lot more … but when it comes to urban acts, especially female ones, it’s … Continue reading

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Singles 8/25

Enough of a rarity to get a pass, Kele Okereke and Olly Alexander’s ballad sung by and to gay men works on its own merits anyway: a theater-influenced performance piece, and I emphasize the penultimate adjective; being gay often means … Continue reading

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Singles 8/18

If I were Skepta, I might work with Mick Jagger too. If I were Mick Jagger, I would not record solo albums, or, indeed, any albums. But I am not Mick Jagger. Expect to hear more about The War on … Continue reading

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Singles 8/11

After two stellar weeks, I’ve got solid Kesha and Charli performances, an earful of corn by Billy Currington that country radio won’t let go of, and more post-1D swill. Welcome to August! Click on links for full reviews. Kesha ft. … Continue reading

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Singles 8/4

Another excellent week: chewy K-pop, synthy Romeo Santos, truculent Tyler. Click on link for full reviews. Red Velvet – Red Flavor (8) Tyler, the Creator ft. A$AP Rocky – Who Dat Boy (7) Romeo Santos – Imitadora (7) Mura Masa … Continue reading

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Singles 7/28

The year’s strongest week produced several songs likely to make The Singles Jukebox’s top ten; even I found five songs worth rewarding, although I’d downgrade the Kesha song this morning. I keep forgetting Trent Reznor, creator of yet another indelible … Continue reading

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Singles 7/21

R&B fans remember “Breakin’ My Heart (Pretty Brown Eyes),” which went top ten pop in spring ’92 and introduced Mint Condition as a band. Their lead singer Stokley Williams’ new single deserves more than the 6 I awarded it: a … Continue reading

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