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CD Reviews:
The Listening Room: Jay-Z, TLC, CAlvin Harris, Beach Boys and more...
 

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

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Album Of The Week: Jay Z "4:44" (Roc-A-Fella/Roc Nation): The rap icon and entertainment impresario (not to mention Mr. Beyonce) releases his 14th studio album on short notice, produced solely by No I.D. and being released first to Sprint and Tidal customers. A companion film is coming alongside.

Album Title Of The Week: Mayhem, "De Mysteriis Dom Santhanas Alive" (Mayhem AS);

New & Noteworthy: The Beach Boys, "1967 -- Sunshine Tomorrow" (Capitol/UMe); The Cash Box Kings, "Royal Mint" (Alligator); The Dear Hunter, "Act I, II & III" (Triple Crown); Calvin Harris, "Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1" (Columbia); Stone Sour, "Hydrograd" (Roadrunner); TLC, "TLC" (852 Musiq); ZZ Ward, "The Storm" (Hollywood); Young Wicked, "The Return Of The Prodigal Son" (Majik Ninja);

Also Out: The Acacia Strain, "Gravebloom" (Rise); Don Barnes, "Ride The Storm" (Melodic Rock); Carpenter Brut, "Trilogy" (Caroline); Cellar Darling, "This Is The Sound" (Nuclear Blast); Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers, "Native Heart" (Emmajava); The Dear Hunter, "Act I, II & III" (Triple Crown); Danny Elfman, "Rabbit & Rogue (Original Ballet Score)" (Sony Masterworks); Floating Points, "Reflections: Mojave Desert" (Luaka Bop); Jackiem Joyner, "Main Street Beat" (Artistry Music); Sonny Landreth, "Recorded Live In Lafayette" (Provogue); LANY, "LANY" (Interscope); Laurel Halo, "Dust" (Hyperdub); Roscoe Mitchell, "Bells For The South Side" (ECM); Origin, "Unparalleled Universe" (Nuclear Blast); Peter Perrett, "How The West Was Won" (Domino); Propaganda, "Crooked" (Fair Trade Services); Sons Of the Palomino, "Sons Of The Palomino" (BFD); Sworn In, "All Smiles" (Fearless); Tuesday The Sky, "Drift" (Inside Out); Julian Vaughn, "Bona Fide" (Trippin' & Rhythm); Washed Out, "Mister Mellow" (Stones Throw); John Zorn, "Midsummer Moons" (Tzadik); Z-Ro, "No Love Boulevard" (1 Deep)

From The Vaults: Bryan Adams, "Wembley Live 1996" (Eagle Rock); Beach House, "B-sides And Rarities" (Sub Pop); Chris Bell, "Looking Forward" (Omnivore); Beau Brummels, "The Very Best Of The Beau Brummels" (Varese Sarabande); The Cure, "The Greatest Hits" (Elektra Catalog Group); Steve Howe, "The Relativity Years" (Gonzo); Art Pepper, "Art Pepper Presents West Coast Sessions Vol.3: Lee Konitz" and "Vol. 4: Bill Watrous" (Omnivore); R.E.M., "Live At The Olympia" (Craft Recordings); "The Velvet Underground & Nico: 50th Anniversary" (Polydor/UMe)

Soundtracks: "Bandstand: A New Musical (Original Broadway Cast Recording)" (Broadway); "Big Little Lies (Music From The HBO Limited Series)" (ABKCO); "House Of Cards 5 -- Music From The Netflix Original Series" (Varese Sarabande); "Master Of None Season 2 (A Netflix Original Series Soundtrack)" (Lakeshore)

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