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Report Card: Sam Smith Serenades, Young Thug Breathes Fire, SZA’s Sweeter Than Candy

And Makonnen is far better than I imagined, but I'll never play it again.

There is simply too much music and not enough hours.

Attempting to cover every notable and great album is difficult enough, but reviewing every notable and great song is simply impossible.

Instead of a futile attempt at covering everything, then, we’ve come up with the DJBooth Report Card: a simple, daily review of five recently-released records, using an A (incredible) to F (make it stop) letter grade system.

Along with a grade, each song will be accompanied by a brief sentence or two. Report Card isn't meant to be a deep dive nor profound analysis, but a daily appetizer for music scavengers seeking great recommendations and the newest, most notable songs to either bump or avoid.

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Sam Smith — "Too Good At Goodbyes" 

A beautiful song about emotional detachment and the fear of allowing another to enter your heart’s playground. Choirs should be considered the Konami Code of music features. Two years since we last heard his voice, Sam still sounds good―he always does―but the powerful backing vocals here lift his latest single to the next level. (B+)



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SZA — "Quicksand" 

“Quicksand” is so good I’m angered it wasn’t released as a bonus song for Ctrl. SZA sounds incredible. If her voice was candy, my teeth would rot. “Quicksand” is an irresistible vibe, a bop, a must-hear for anyone still celebrating SZA SZN. (B)

Young Martha (Young Thug & Carnage) — "Homie" ft. Meek Mill 

Young Thug breathes enough fire on “Homie” to be cast as a dragon in the next season of Game of Thrones. I swear he has more rap voices than Steve Harvey has suits. This is the kind of jackhammer banger that Meek glows upon, and his short appearance shines brighter than a Dreamchaser chain sunbathing. (B)

TOKiMONSTA — "NO WAY" ft. Isaiah Rashad, Joey Purp & Ambré 

Isaiah, Joey Purp, and Ambré run the kind of triangle offense that would make Phil Jackson proud. A song this smooth and pleasant is a perfect relaxer after a long week. (B)

iLoveMakonnen — "Love" ft. Rae Sremmurd 

I wasn’t ready for Makonnen’s return to full-fledged rock song maker. It’s shocking, especially because the song is far better than I imagined, but also the kind of song I’ll likely never play again. Rappers going rock star is truly bringing Lil Wayne’s Rebirth phase full circle. (C)

By Yoh, aka TOKyohMONSTA, aka @Yoh31



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