Tag Archives: Singles Jukebox (2018)

Singles 9/21

Since the early 2000s Dierks Bentley has released at least one track that pricked my ear. Unusual for a country artist his album tracks are often stronger than singles: play the title track from The Mountain after washing the gormless … Continue reading

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Singles 9/14

Doja Cat sounds like a delightful person, so it’s no surprise she does better when singing and rapping about farmyard animals in the week’s most memorable track. In one of those serendipitous moments in which The Singles Jukebox specializes, “Mooo!” … Continue reading

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Singles 9/7

I may have misinterpreted, per Joshua Kim’s comments, A$AP’s intentions in “Potato Salad” — the rapper is “flipping the complaint.” Perhaps. I know it’s his best track since 2015, certainly the track I’ve played most this week. Azealia Banks complicates … Continue reading

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Singles 8/31

Travis Scott’s label sensibly releases his okay album’s best track, while Jake Shears and Paul McCartney write, as aging lotharios are wont to do, unerotic sex jams. I raise my glass to Roselia, Red Velvet, and TVXQ. Click on links … Continue reading

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Singles 8/24

After an estimable return in 2014, Neneh Cherry led my pack of singles this week, most of which are in the okay to eh range. This, plus our Aretha Franklin coverage. Click on links for full reviews. Neneh Cherry – … Continue reading

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Singles 8/17

A blah week, and I’m sorry I couldn’t review Carly Pearce’s “Hide the Wine,” one of the stronger Shania Twain pastiches of recent years; I would’ve awarded it a 7. “It’s a dangerous thing, pouring alcohol on an old flame” … Continue reading

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Singles 8/3

It’s a good week when we can swat aside a thing by Twenty One Pilots they call “Jumpsuit” and Sheryl Crow + St. Vincent don’t sound as mismatched as I’d thought (and better than David Byrne + St. Vincent). This … Continue reading

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Singles 7/27

A diverse top five below, crowned by Tamia, known by white audiences for 2002’s “Stranger in My House.” This lite disco wonder sounds like it could’ve been released a decade before that one; I’ve been singing “fire, fire, fire” to … Continue reading

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Singles 7/20

Here’s a rare week when I reviewed every single. I’ve noticed that 6’s proliferate with the more singles I review. Mitski and Pusha got the expected huzzas, and I wish Chaka Khan had released a banger instead of what Ian … Continue reading

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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 tUnE-yArDs – I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life Ravyn Lenae – Crush … Continue reading

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