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CD Reviews:
The Listening Room: Mansionz, Tuxedo, Paul McCartney, Trey Songz and more...
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Albums Of The Week: A pair of southeastern Michigan's nationally celebrated singers deliver new releases from side projects this. "Greatest Hitz" (Island) by manzionz, Southfield Grammy Award-nominee Mike Posner and collaborator Blackbear, is a quirky mash-up of pop, soul, hip-hop and electronic influences, while "Tuxedo II" (Stones Throw) is a soulful encore from Ann Arbor's Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One.

Album Title of the Week: Rich Minus, "The Son Is A Stranger To You" (Sausetx)

New & Notable: Art Of Anarchy, "The Madness" (Century Media); The Jesus and Mary Chain, "Damage And Joy" (Artificial Plastic); Jethro Tull, "Jethro Tull: The String Quartets" (BMG); Paul McCartney, "Flowers in the Dirt (Deluxe Edition)" (Capitol/UMe); Raekwon, "The Wild" (H2O); Night Ranger, "Don't Let Up" (Frontiers); Trey Songz, "Tremaine: The Album" (Atlantic); Andy Summers, "Triboluminescence" (Flickering Shadows)

Also Out: Betty Who, "The Valley" (RCA); Boondox, "The Murder" (Majik Ninja); Collabro, "Home" (Sony Masterworks); Jessi Colter, "The Psalms" (Sony Legacy); Billy Childs, "Rebirth" (Mack Avenue); Creeper, "Eternity In Your Arms" (Roadrunner); Guy Davis and Fabrizio Poggi, "Sonny & Brownie`s Last Train..." (M.C.); Colton Dixon, "Identity" (Sparrow); Eclipse, "Momentum" (Frontiers); Elaine Elias, "Dance Of Time" (Concord Jazz); Samantha Fish, "Chills & Fever" (Ruf); Five Alarm Funk, "Sweat" (self-released); Ruthie Foster, "Joy Comes Back" (Blue Corn); Eric Gales, "Middle Of The Road" (Provogue); Steve Hackett, "The Night Siren" (Inside Out); Edward Herda, "Goodnight Jaybird" (self-released); Drew Holcomb & Neighbors, "Souvenir" (Magnolia); House Of Lords, "Saint Of The Lost Souls" (Frontiers); The Kernal, "Light Country" (Single Lock); Me and That Man, "Songs Of Love And Death" (Cooking Vinyl); Memoriam, "For The Fallen" (Nuclear Blast); Takata Midori, "Through The Looking Glass" (We Release Whatever); Coco Montoya, "Hard Truth" (Alligator); Neal Morse, "Morsefest 2015..." (Metal Blade); OD, "One Desire" (Frontiers); Oddisee, "The Iceberg" (Mello Music); Pallbearer, "Heartless" (Profound Lore); Passion, "Worthy Of Your Name" (sixsteprecords); David Phelps, "Hymnal" (Gaither); Pimps of Joytime, "Third Wall Chronicles" (Sugar Road); RaeLynn, "WildHorse" (Warner Music Nashville); James Raferty, "Everything" (Serious Janitor); The Residents, "The Ghost Of Hope" (Cryptic); Kevin Ross, "The Awakening" (Motown); Kelley Ryan, "Telescope" (self-released); "Michael Schenker Fest Live, Tokyo International Forum Hall" (inakustik); Selah, "Unbreakable" (Curb); Steel Panther, "Lower The Bar" (Steel Panther Inc.); Various Artists, "The Suastex Variations Volume Three" (Saustex)

From The Vaults: Anthrax, "For All Kings" (Megaforce); Bill Evans Trio, "On a Monday Evening" (Fantasy); Pink Floyd, "Cambridge St/ation (1965-67)," "Germin/ation (1968)," "Dramatis/ation (1969)," "Devi/ation (1970)," "Reverver/ation (1971)" and "Obfusc/ation (1972)" (Columbia/Legacy);

Frank Zappa, "Joe's Corsage;" "Greasy Love Songs;" "Carnegie Hall; Roxy By Proxy;" "Joe's Camouflage," "Philly '76," "Hammersmith Odeon," "Congress Shall Make No Law," "Feeding the Monkies At Ma Maison," "Civilization Phaze III," "Everything Is Healing Nicely," "Dance Me This," "Frank Zappa Plays the Music of Frank Zappa," "Joe's Domage," "Joe's Xmasage," "Imaginary Diseases," "The MOFO Project/Object," "The Dub Room Special!," "Buffalo; Joe's Menage," "One Shot Deal," "A Token of His Extreme Soundtrack" (Zappa)

Soundtracks: "Come From Away: Original Broadway Cast Recording" (The Musical Company); "Final Fantasy XV" (Sony Masterworks)

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