2018: The year in singles

As noted, I listened to more than five hundred singles in 2018, not counting the stuff I didn’t grade. None of the 9’s ended up getting the most phone play, a development I noted here. 9 Jessie Ware – Overtime Cassie – Don’t Play it Safe Laura Jean – Girls on the TV Lana DelContinue reading “2018: The year in singles”

Singles 12/14

Amnesty Week! Readers submitted their picks last week; now it’s the staff’s turn. As usual we ranged further afield. “Pearly Gates” struck me as no less thoughtful and fun than it did last February. I prefer Foxing excerpted, The Goon Sax with more energy, and “Imagine” not at all. Click on links for full reviews.Continue reading “Singles 12/14”

The best singles of 2018

Although The Singles Jukebox is still publishing through next week, I’ve heard enough of the forthcoming songs to know what works; also, I’m tapped out on the singles front, at least five hundred listened to, absorbed, and graded since January 2018, a new record. Unusually, I played the first six entries non-stop, keeping them onContinue reading “The best singles of 2018”

Singles 11/30

Comprising Lucy Dacus, Julien Baker, and Phoebe Bridgers, Boygenius rank high this week on the accretive power of their harmonies and simple riffs. What a contrast: Brad Paisley wails away as if afraid listeners are snoring through his recent material (we are). Click on links for full reviews. Boygenius – Bite the Hand (7) ShawnContinue reading “Singles 11/30”

Singles 11/23

TSJ reviewed some of the Latin Grammy nominees, most good to excellent as the scores reveal. I suggest giving Rosalía’s addictive “Malamente” a spin. I overrate Laura Jane Grace’s continued effort in holding on to her rage without it looking like a manner. Click on links for full reviews. Rosalía – Malamente (7) Twice –Continue reading “Singles 11/23”

Best singles of 2018, third quarter edition

I’m not ranking these yet, but these are the singles that have driven me mad in 2018. Jessie Ware – Overtime Cassie – Don’t Play it Safe Laura Jean – Girls on the TV Rae Sremmurd, Swae Lee, Slim Jxmmi ft. Juicy J – Powerglide Lana Del Rey – Mariners Apartment Complex Ariana Grande –Continue reading “Best singles of 2018, third quarter edition”

Singles 11/9

We showed Carly Rae Jepsen’s first single little love this week, while a Travis Scott track that has benefited from airplay won me over (I didn’t even cite “Sicko Mode” in my brief review last August). I’m taken with Julian Axlerod’s theory: Scott’s a huge dumbass who has somehow “stumbled into a series of minorContinue reading “Singles 11/9”