Tag Archives: The Singles Jukebox – 2013

Singles 12/19 — Christmas Valedictory Edition

Reader’s Amnesty Week! If I don’t get to Beyonce, these will be my last reviews of 2013. Our readers have catholic tastes; may I continue to learn from them. Happy holidays. Click on links for full reviews. Maître Gims – … Continue reading

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Singles 12/13: Amnesty Week

For the last seven days and through next week we review songs we missed all year, the most important of which for me is “Pieces,” a hunk o’ corn made edible by Gary Allan’s yearning and an ear-catching guitar/organ chug. … Continue reading

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Singles 12/6

We love Javiera Mena so much that “Luz de Piedra de Luna” got the highest score of 2012 despite a 2010 release. I wasn’t tickled about its placing, although Brad Shoup reminded me of Pazz and Jop’s year-of-impact clause. The … Continue reading

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Best R&B radio hits of 2013: Shipley edition.

Al Shipley posts his twenty best R&B radio hits of 2013. I like “Body Party” “Suit and Tie,” and “Without Me” less than he does, but persuaded me to give Sevyn Streeter f/ Chris Brown’s “It Won’t Stop (Remix)” another … Continue reading

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Todd Terje – Spiral

This Norwegian producer’s greatest talent is timing: knowing the moment at which to drop a four-note hook after umbaumbaumba sequencer have already greased the percussion thuds. A rote track re-imagined.

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Singles 11/29 – Thanksgiving edition

I have older friends who admit to shock when they learn I like post-Gabriel Genesis, so when I became aware of Mariah Carey fandom in 2005 or so I figured turnaround was fair play. No sense in hating her, not … Continue reading

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Singles 11/22

I’ve got friends who are crazy about Best Coast, and what I heard on their new EP sparkles enough to force a momentary rethink, but I’m not crazy about the idea of extra-sparkly Rilo Kiley. The bulk of this weeks’ … Continue reading

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Ciara, Eric Church, Em-Rihanna…and Lilly Allen in this week’s Singles Jukebox

The disjunction between critical appreciation of Eminem and his continued mass commercial success is one of the most fascinating phenomena in American pop music. Only Robert Christgau has defended the post-Eminem Show catalogue, and while these four albums might sound … Continue reading

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New Taylor Swift, Britney, Omar Souleyman — this week’s singles reviewed

No fan of Red or the ill-named fun., I was prepared to dismiss “Sweeter Than Fiction.” Turns out it’s an excellent confection: ideal length, decent hired solo. Not as much of a leap as accepting Britney as balladeer in 2013 … Continue reading

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Singles 11/1

Lots of 7’s. The Monáe-Miguel track that I filed as listenable but middling suddenly opened its petals. The Gaga-Kelly collaboration works in spite of itself too. Click on links for full reviews. Janelle Monáe ft. Miguel – Primetime (7) K. … Continue reading

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Singles 10/26

The modest charms of “Breakfast Can Wait,” Prince’s best song since “Chelsea Rodgers,” shine in this week’s compendium of mediocrity (I might like the Braxton-Bayface if heard now). Melt-Banana also demonstrate the utility of keepin’ on keepin’ on. Click on … Continue reading

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Singles 10/18: Kacey Musgraves, TLC, Eminem, Los Campesinos!

Anthony Easton is right about “Follow Your Arrow.” It’s too correct, allergic to sleaze. He’s wrong too. Musgraves, inhabiting the song, transcends the creative writing class conceit. The rest of the week is okay: TLC with a decent new single … Continue reading

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