Whew! After almost three months of indolence, I compiled the singles I’ve reviewed at TSJ, taking advantage of what has been an unusually fallow period of new blurbs. Some of these singles I reviewed so many eons ago that I forgot how they went. “Kalyna” remains fresh, and the Ukrainian electro-folk and Eurovision act’s hereContinue reading “Singles 6/4”
I must say, I increasingly agree with poster Micha Cavaseno about Pusha T: “I can’t tell you in all honesty he’s a better artist than Fabolous.” A master of a vocalizing style that grabs listeners by the neck to hear what nihilistic bon mot for which he wants to be acclaimed as a realist, heContinue reading “Singles 3/13”
I give up. Squandering his real melodic gifts on passive aggressive twaddle, Ed Sheeran writes another contribution to his list of chart achievements, here joined by a Taylor Swift as self-involved as a medieval potentate. Give me the studied anonymity of “Make Me Feel Good” and Hatchie’s “Quicksand.” Click on links for full reviews.
I’ve played “Pushin P” more often than any song in 2022, according to my phone. Familiar, replete with a confidence that skeptics will call laziness, this tripartite pact between Gunna, Young Thug, and Future finds a hook they picked up on the street and introduces to a whiter/wider audience. A couple of the lesser lyricsContinue reading “Singles 2/13”
I bundled two weeks of songs, loving not many of them. Maren Morris sounded most convincing, hence herself, in collaboration with the Highwomen; “Circles Around This Town” is Going Circles in Songwriting. I prefer other tracks on The Weeknd’s latest installment of neon-bright signs illumining the scale of his obsession with Toto in 1982. AndContinue reading “Singles 1/29”
The Singles Jukebox returns for its first full week of 2022 with a slew of — well, a slew of okay tracks. Nigerian singer Tems’ “Crazy Tings” stands out amid fair to middling sound BBC Sound of…selections.