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The best singles of 2017

In a miserable year whose conclusion promises even worse for 2018, I sought pleasure in onomatopoeia, bold colors, and well-wrought angst. Outside adult R&B cirles Sevyn Streeter remains an unknown. This singer-songwriter of exquisite finesse released a disappointing album from … Continue reading

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Singles 12/8

Her name is Putochinomaricón, the biggest discovery for me in one of the better Reader’s Weeks in recent memory: take a look at those shimmering 7s. I may have underrated Thea & and the Wild and the excellently titled “Every … Continue reading

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Singles 12/1

A large measure of Dolly Parton’s greatness stems from her considerateness — she has written few vituperative songs, and even those are tinged with I-will-always-love-you. She could have written “Diane,” written from the point of view of Jolene’s rival; instead, … Continue reading

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Singles 11/24

The week’s biggest singles boasted three superb female rap performances. Long may they, etc. Click on links for full reviews. Migos ft. Nicki Minaj & Cardi B – Motor Sport (7) Nadia Rose – Big Woman (7) SZA – The … Continue reading

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Singles 11/17

Click on links for full reviews. Tune-Yards – Look at Your Hands (7) Malu Trevejo – Luna Llena (7) Krept & Konan ft. Stormzy – Ask Flipz (7) Kip Moore – More Girls Like You (6) N.E.R.D. ft. Rihanna – … Continue reading

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Singles 11/10

How appropriate — the week’s pair of bests are yummy sex jams. The third best is Pitbull’s courtly love number. Click on links for full reviews. Playboi Carti ft. Lil Uzi Vert – wokeuplikethis* (8) Fever Ray – To The … Continue reading

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The best singles of 2017, third quarter

It’s too early to place these fifty-plus singles in order, but I can tell you the first fifteen or so are the ones I’m most zealous about. Sevyn Streeter – Before I Do Playboi Carti ft. Lil Uzi Vert – … Continue reading

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Singles 11/3

The internet monster devoured my Amber Mark post, so I’m posting the blurb-less score. Although not a strong week, it’s worth noting to what degree Arcade Fire and Nick Jonas are recording similarly greasy dance anthems. Click on links for … Continue reading

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Singles 10/27

After a desultory performance at Pitchfork a couple years ago touring behind the anniversary of Last Splash or something, the Breeder return with the sort of comeback single meant to reassure – they can rock, it’s fun, and so on. Shania … Continue reading

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Singles 10/20

Jack Antonoff, whose beats powered 1989, does yeoman’s work on St. Vincent’s latest, but I’m not sure he could’ve saved “…Ready for It?” from ignominy. In a week when Sparks and Yaeji strove for aural spritz, I settled for Toni … Continue reading

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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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