Tag Archives: Singles Jukebox (2018)

Singles 7/13

Often I lose interest in singles after my initial enthusiasm, hence my insistence on downloading singles to my phone. “Girls on the TV” retains its breathy tension: Australian singer Laura Jean shares a story about what sounds like a doomed … Continue reading

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Singles 7/6

I don’t doubt Florida Georgia Line would have sold records a decade ago too, and their moronic videos would have streamed in the millions. In this political moment, however, the insistence on the simple-is-simplistic and their antebellum videos strike me … Continue reading

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I’m usin’ my wisdom teeth: the best pop music of 2018 — first half report

In no order: ALBUMS Cupcakke – Ephorize U.S. Girls – In a Poem Unlimited Mr. Fingers – Cerebral Hemispheres Toni Braxton – Sex & Cigarettes Ravyn Lenae – Crush Tracy Thorn – Record Migos – Culture II The Breeders – … Continue reading

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Singles 6/29

Let’s hear it for the triumph of non-white artists in this week’s top songs. What, ya think Post Malone stood a chance? Bolbbalgan4 – Travel (7) Shakira & Maluma – Clandestino (7) GAC – Sailor (6) Kyle ft. Kehlani – … Continue reading

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Singles 6/22

Indifferent at best to Hayley Kiyoko, I was moving fairly briskly to “What I Need from the get-go, impressed by the queer frisson generated by do-no-wrong Kehlani. After a week’s distance I realize I overrated Kesha and Selena Gomez and … Continue reading

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Singles 6/15

Few groups divide The Singles Jukebox like The 1975. The probity with which they approach their caddishness, delivered in a dense capsule of lightly synthesized funk pop, is a turnoff for many of our female critics. 2016’s I Like It When … Continue reading

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Singles 6/1

I can’t complain about a week with excellent showings by Tirzah, Mitski, Nicki Minaj, and Róisín Murphy, not to mention solid stuff by Arctic Monkeys and #1-in-goddamn-America BTS. The comments section for “Chun-Li” has a strong discussion about Minaj’s history … Continue reading

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Singles 5/26

Suspicious of the young man because he styled his hair before he’d lived a little, I approached “Bloom” with caution. When I’m cranky it sounds wan. So rarely do we get songs about being on the receiving end of anal … Continue reading

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Singles 5/18

In which we covered the #1 song in America and every other writer did a better job summoning his or her mixed emotions than I did. On the other hand, I liked a new Celine Dion song! Click on links … Continue reading

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Singles 5/11

Two singles featuring British rapper Yxng Bane, two J. Cole appearances, one single featuring Taylor Swift, not enough Miguel (in presence and spirit; “Come Through and Chill” is uninhabited), and the returns of Ne-Yo and Christina Aguilera. That’s right: a … Continue reading

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Singles 5/4

Fewer blurbs this week thanks to MoPOP last Saturday, but given the middling scores it’s just as well. I hope radio play opens up to my ears the okay Ariana Grande dance pop number. Click on links for full reviews. … Continue reading

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Singles 4/27

From Korean group Twice to Janelle Monae, the artists below could hide neither their ebullience nor a determination to explain themselves, garishly, intensely, or sketchily, as the case requires. Click on links for full reviews. Twice – What Is Love? … Continue reading

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