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CD Reviews:
The Listening Room: Avenged Sevenfold, Kenny Chesney, the Piano Guys, Iggy Pop and more...
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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

Avenged Sevenfold, "The Stage" (Capitol): The hard rockers, welcoming new drummer Brooks Wackerman, announced their epic, nearly 74-minute-long seventh studio album on the eve of its release.

Kenny Chesney, "Cosmic Hallelujah" (Blue Chair/Columbia Nashville): The country stalwart's 17th studio album includes his chart-topping "Setting The World On Fire" duet with Pink.

Alejandro Escovedo, "Burn Something Beautiful" (Fantasy): The much-revered singer-songwriter has all-star support on his latest release, including co-producers Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey as well as players from Los Lobos, the Decemberists, Sleater-Kinney, the Fastbacks and more.

The Legal Matters, "Conrad" (Ominivore): The Detroit power pop group gets an assist from Verve Pipe drummer Donny Brown on its second album.

The Piano Guys, "Uncharted" (Portrait): The YouTube sensations are in fine, cross-pollinating form on this new set, with their original "Okay" joining recent online "hits" such as "Fight Song/Amazing Grace," "Jungle Book/Sarabande" and "Indiana Jones and the Arabian Nights."

Iggy Pop, "Post Pop Depression Live at The Royal Albert Hall" (Eagle Rock): The rock icon and Michigan native chronicles his dynamic 2016 tour with this CD and DVD set recorded in London.

Tove Lo, "Lady Wood" (Island): The Swedish pop singer's second album includes guest appearances by Wiz Khalifa and Joe Janiak.

* Also Out: Dirkschneider, "Live -- Back To The Roots" (AFM); Dope, "Blood Money Part 1" (eOne); Helmet, "Dead to the World" (earMusic); Kurt Baker Combo, "In Orbit" (Wicked Cool); Memphis May Fire, "This Light I Hold" (Rise); Obake, "Draugr" (RareNoiseRecords); Rance Allen Group, "Live From San Francisco" (Tyscot); Rockabye Baby, "Lullabye Renditions of Iron Maiden" (Rockabye Baby); Katherine Rondeau, "New Hope Chateau" (self-released); Dee Snider, We Are the Ones" (Red River); Vinnie Paz, "The Corner Shop" (Enemy Soil); Serpentine Dominion, "Serpentine Dominion" (Metal Blade); Suntrodden, "II" (self-released); Testament, "Brotherhood Of The Snake" (Nuclear Blast); Theocracy, "Ghost Ship" (Ulterium); Upon a Burning Body, "Straight From the Barrio" (Sumerian); Peter White, "Groovin'" (Heads Up)

* From The Vaults: Roy Orbison, "The Ultimate Collection" (Roy's Boys/Legacy); Thomas Rhett, "Tangled Up Deluxe" (Big Machine)

* Soundtracks: "Outlander Season 2" (Madison Gate); "Strange Things Vol. 1" (Lakeshore)

* New Holiday Albums: Brett Eldridge, "Glow" (Atlantic Nashville); Kurt Elling, etc., "The Beautiful Day: Kurt Elling Sings Christmas" (Okeh); Jackie Evancho, "Some Day At Christmas" (Portrait); Jennifer Nettles, "To Celebrate Christmas" (Big Machine); Jordan Smith, "'Tis The Season" (Republic); Straight No Chaser, "I'll Have Another...Christmas Album" (Atlantic)

* New Music DVDs: "No Direction Home: The Bob Dylan Documentary" (Capitol)



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