Tag Archives: Singles Jukebox (2017)

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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Singles 7/14

A strong week led by Playboi Carti, a rapper making a hash out of coherence and legibility but who nevertheless freestyles compellingly. The second best track is a drinkin’ song, and while recent entries in this subgenre have been the … Continue reading

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Singles 7/9

Bieber, Bieber, everywhere — not even Justin Timberlake had this cultural ubiquity this millennium. Get ready for “2U” to become as ubiquitous as “Despacito” and his other Khaled number. By the way — “Wild Thoughts” is next. Fortunately I have … Continue reading

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Singles 6/30

A rare Soto grade above a 7 for a collaboration between a British singer with interesting hair and a powerhouse of an American singer and songwriter. Beth Ditto and Little Mix also performed the hell out of their material. In … Continue reading

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Singles 6/23

Today I’d have awarded Halsey and Lauren Jauregui’s “Strangers” a 7 for the chorus hook, and what Eleanor Graham calls its “sophisticated” boringness, which I take as a compliment — most good synth pop boasts a boring blank at the … Continue reading

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Singles 6/16

I perhaps underrated “Perfect Places,” but the point deduction rested on how dead it sounds playing in the car; now that I’ve heard (and enjoy) Melodrama it’s an album track pretending to be a single. “Perfect Places” inspired good writing, … Continue reading

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Singles 6/9

Things are right peculiar when I’m enthusiastic about Aimee Mann, not a certain Canadian. Click on links for full reviews. Aimee Mann – Patient Zero (7) Gloria Trevi & Alejandra Guzmán – Cuando Un Hombre Te Enamora (6) Carly Rae … Continue reading

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Singles 5/26

In one of 2017’s most competitive weeks, Brooklyn punk-pop band beats longtime punk-pop trio from Tennessee for the top slot while two superb K-pop singles (“Palette,” “Night Rather Than Day”) bask in the knowledge that next week I’ll prefer them. … Continue reading

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