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2017: The year in singles

Every year I write, “I’ve never written about so many songs!” but this record of the songs I reviewed at The Singles Jukebox, my home for a decade and beyond, speaks for itself. Next week we return to the grind. … Continue reading

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Singles 12/15

Russian synth pop, Norwegian melancholo-pop, Thundercat putting — get this — Kenny ‘n’ Michael through the paces as if it were 1979, Frank Ocean, and a misconceived Randy Newman song that sounded worse than it did in August — thus … Continue reading

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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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