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CD Reviews:
The Listening Room: Ryan Adams, Future, Charlie Wilson, Alison Krauss and more...
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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

Ryan Adams, "Prisoner" (PaxAm/Blue Note): The idiosyncratic American singer-songwriter's first set of original material in four years is a one-man effort featuring solid songcraft from start to finish.

Future, "Future" (A1/Freehandz/Epic): The Atlanta rapper announced his fifth studio album just three days before its release, with features from Migos, Tory Lanez, Kodak Black and more.

Alison Krauss, "Windy City" (Capitol): The singer-violinist's first new solo album in nearly 17 years features handpicked versions of classics made famous by Willie Nelson, Brenda Lee, Glen Campbell, Roger Miller and more.

Robert Randolph & the Family Band, "Got Soul" (Sony Masterworks): The sacred steel virtuoso and his gang are in fine thundering form on an uplifting set that includes guest shots from Darius Rucker, Anthony Hamilton and Snarky Puppy's Cory Henry.

Son Volt, "Notes Of Blue" (Transmit Squad/Thirty Tigers): Son Volt founder Jay Farrar straps on his electric guitar again for a blues/folks synthesis inspired by the likes of Skip James, Mississippi Fred McDowell and Nick Drake.

Otis Taylor, "Fantasizing About Being Black" (Trace Blues Festival): The Chicago blues singer delivers an opus about nothing less than the African American experience, from the slave ships to the Mississippi.

Charlie Wilson, "In It To Win It" (RCA): The former Gap Band singer's latest solo set features guest appearances from Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, T.I., Robin Thicke, Lalah Hathaway and others.

Pegi Young, "Raw" (Pegi Young Survivor): Wondering how she's feeling after her divorce from Neil Young? This 12-song rumination does not leave much to the imagination.

Also Out: Battle Beast, "Bringer Of Pain" (Nuclear Blast America); Black Sites, "In Monochrome" (Mascot); David Dunn, "Yellow Balloons" (Bec Recordings); Eisley, "I'm Only Dreaming" (Equal Vision); Eldenbridge, "The Great Momentum" (Steamhammer); Electric Guest, "Plural" (Downtown); Fat Joe and Remy Ma, "Plata O Plomo" (RNG); Gibson Brothers, "In The Ground" (Rounder); Benedikt Jahnel, "The Invariant" (ECM); Jidenna, "The Chief" (Epic); Nikki Lane, "Highway Qqueen" (New West); Phoebe Legere, "Heart of Love" (Optimistic Kitty); Jens Lekman, "Life Will See You Now" (Secretly Canadian); Middle Kids, "Middle Kids" (Domino); Nothington, "In The End" (Red Scare Industries); Once Human, "Evolution" (Earmusic); Loma Shore, "Flesh Coffin" (Cooking Vinyl); Scott Ramminger, "Do What Your Heart Says" (self-released); Maggie Rodgers, "Now That Light Is Fading" (Capitol); Strand Of Oaks, "Hard Love" (Dead Oceans); Jessie Smith, "Messy" (self-released); Tash Sultana, "Notion" (Mom + Pop); The SteelDrivers, "The SteelDrivers" (Rounder); Various Artists, "New Order Presents Be Music" (Factory Benelux); The Wild!, "Wild At Heart" (Metal/eOne)

From The Vaults: Golden Earring, "The Complete Studio Recordings" (Red Bullet); Grateful Dead, "Dave`s Picks: Volume 21 Boston Garden April 2, 1973" (Deadnet/Rhino); Jethro Tull, "Stand Up (Steven Wilson Remix)" (Rhino/Parlophone); Status Quo, "Keep 'Em Coming: The Collection" (Demon/Edsel)

Soundtracks: "A Cure For Wellness," Benjamin Wallfisch (Milan); "The Great Wall: Original Soundtrack Album," Ramin-Djawdi (Milan); "Halo 2 -- Original Game Soundtrack," Various Artists (Sumthing Else Music); "Silence," Various Artists (Rhino Warner Classics); "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (Remastered)" (Death Waltz)

New Music DVDs: "The Parrothead Documentary" (Gravitas Ventures)

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