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CD Reviews:
The Listening Room: Ann Wilson Thing, Celtic Thunder, Justin Moore, Young The Giant and more...
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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This weeks new and noteworthy music releases...

Ann Wilson, "The Ann Wilson Thing! #2: Focus" (Rounder): The Heart singer releases a second EP from her solo side project, this one highlighted by a rendition of Jimi Hendrix's "Manic Depression."

Blind Pilot, "And Then Like Lions" (ATO): The Oregon indie rockers hopped over the border to record its third album at Bear Creek Studios in nearby Washington state.

Celtic Thunder, "Legacy, Vol. 2" (Legacy): The traditional troupe dips into its abundant collection of favorites for a second collection of performances, from standards to renditions of songs by Neil Sedaka and Leonard Cohen.

DJ Khaled, "Major Key" (We The Beat/Epic): The hip-hop persona's ninth studio album is the usual guest-filled affair, including Jay Z, Drake, Future, Big Sean and a slew of others.

Justin Moore, "Kinda Don't Care" (Valory): The fourth studio album, and first in three years from the Arkansas-born country singer.

Young the Giant, "Home Of The Strange" (Fueled By Ramen): The California modern rockers' third album has already spawned the singles "America" and "Something To Believe In."

Also Out: The Amity Affliction, "This Could Be Heartbreak" (Roadrunner); Atmosphere, "Fishing Blues" (Rhymesayers); John "Papa" Gros, "River's On Fire" (self-releaed); Cody Jinks, "I'm Not The Devil" (Cody Jinks Music); Kenia, "On We Go" (Mooka); Ruby The Rabbitfoot, "Divorce Party" (Normaltown); Sabaton, "The Last Stand" (Nuclear Blast); Mike Smith, "Always You And Me" (EMS)

From The Vaults: Beach Boys, "Independence Day Party 1981" (All Access); Jerry Garcia with John Kahn, "Lonesome Prison Blues" (Sutra); Prince, "Naked In The Summertime" (Hobo)

Soundtracks: "Castlevania" (Mondo); "Funny Girl: The Original London Cast" (imoprt)



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