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CD Reviews:
The Listening Room: Kings Of Leon, JoJo, Phil Collins, Jerry Garcia and more...
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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This week's new and noteworthy music releases include...

Blackberry Smoke, "Like An Arrow" (3 Legged/Rounder): The Southern rockers' fifth studio album includes a collaboration with Gregg Allman on the closing track, "Free On The Wing."

Phil Collins, "The Singles" (Rhino): Yes, he had enough hits to fill a three-disc set -- although a two-disc version is also available.

Johnnyswim, "Georgica Pond" (Big Picnic): The sophomore outing from the husband-wife team features a teamup with Vince Gill on "Lonely Night In Georgica."

JoJo, "Mad Love" (Atlantic): The pop singer ends an eight-year wait since her second album, with help from Wiz Khalifa and Alessia Cara.

Kings of Leon, "WALLS" (RCA): The title of the seventh studio album from the Followill brothers and cousins stands for "We Are Like Love Songs" -- whatever that might mean.

The Mavericks, "All Night Live Volume 1" (Mono Mundo): Sublime as they are in the studio, the Mavericks are even better on stage. Don't believe us? Check this concert set out.

Conor Oberst, "Ruminations" (Nonesuch): The seventh album by the leader of Bright Eyes (and so many others) under his own name is a truly solo effort, with 10 songs -- recorded in a 48-hour span -- featuring only Oberst on vocals, guitar, piano and harmonica.

Various Artists, "Dear Jerry: Celebrating the Music of Jerry Garcia" (Rounder): The legendary Grateful Dead icon is celebrated on this live set featuring performances by Peter Frampton, Jimmy Cliff, Eric Church, Widespread Panic, O.A.R. Allen Toussaint, Grace Potter, the surviving Dead members and more.

Also Out: After 7, "Timeless" (eOne); Sabrina Carpenter, "EVOLution" (Hollywood); David Bromberg Bamd. "The Blues, The Whole Blues and Nothing But the Blues" (Red House); Dillinger Escape Plan, "Dissociation" (Cooking Vinyl); Mike Doughty, "The Heart Watches While The Brain Burns" (Snack Bar); Hardline, "Human Nature" (Frontiers); Hillsong Worship, "Let There Be Light" (Hillsong); Colin James, "Blue Highways" (True North); Kidz Bop Kidz, "Kidz Bop 33" (Kidz Bop); Davy Knowles, "Three Miles From Avalon" (WYAN); Jaar Nicolas, "Sirens" (Other People); T Sisters, "T Sisters" (Three-Headed Sounds); Two Door Cinema Club, "Gameshow" (Glassnote)

From The Vaults: Justin Hayward, "All The Way" (Eagle Rock); Oasis, "Be Here Now: Deluxe Edition" (Big Brother)

New Holiday Albums: Various Artists, "Christmas On The Lam And Other Songs From The Season" (Red House); Chris Young, "It Must Be Christmas" (Sony Music Nashville);

New Music Videos: Peter Gabriel, "Growing Up Live & Unwrapped + Still Growing Up" (Eagle Rock)

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