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CD Reviews:
The Listening Room: Bob Seger, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, SZA, Sia and more...
 

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

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Album of the Week: Bob Seger may be laid up convalescing from back surgery, but his 18th studio album, “I Knew You When” (Capitol) arrives on time, dedicated to the late Glenn Frey and featuring covers of Lou Reed’s “Busload Of Faith” and Leonard Cohen’s “Democracy.”

Album Title Of The Week: Morrissey, “Low In High School” (BMG)

• New & Noteworthy: Barenaked Ladies, “Fake Nudes” (Vanguard); Black Sabbath, “The End” (Eagle Rock); Mike Love, “Unleash The Love” (BMG); Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, “Soul Of A Woman” (Daptone); Tim McGraw & Faith Hill, “The Rest Of Our Life” (Sony Music Nashville); Sia, “Every Day Is Christmas” (Atlantic) Mavis Staples, “If All I Was Was Black” (Anti-/Epitaph); SZA, “Ctrl” (RCA); Various Artists, “A Tribute To Dan Fogelberg” (BMG);

• Also Out: Pablo Alboran, “Prometo” (Warner Music Latina); Kevin Brett, “Johnny Goldtooth And The Chevy Casanovas” (Stony Plain); Cavalera Conspiracy, “Psychosis” (Napalm); Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters, “The Luckiest Man” (Stony Plain); Electric Wizard, “Wizard Bloody Wizard” (Spinefarm); Charlotte Gainsbourg, “Rest” (Atlantic); Galactic Cowboys, “Long Way Back To The Moon” (Music Theories); Godflesh, “Post Self” (Shellshock); Virgil & Steve Howe, “Nexus” (InsideOut); Iron Maiden, “The Book Of Souls: Live Chapter” (Sanctuary); Syleena Johnson, “Rebirth Of Soul” (Shanachie); Talib Kweli, “Radio Silence” (Javotti Media/3D); Jeff Lynne’s ELO, “Wembley Or Bust” (Columbia); Eric Johnson, “Collage” (ILS); Katharine McPhee, “I Fall In Love Too Easily” (BMG); The Railsplitters, “Jump In” (self-released); Chase Rice, “Lambs & Lions” (Broken Bow);w Scott Bradley’s Postmodern Jukebox, “The New Classics” (Concord); Buffy Sainte-Marie, “Medicine Songs” (True North); Steven Wilson, “Get All You Deserve” (KScope)

• From The Vaults: Luther Allison, “A Legend Never Dies” (Ruf); America, “Heritage: Home Recordings/Demos 1970-1973” (Omnivore); Jimmy Buffett, “Buried Treasure: Volume 1)” (Mailboat); The Doors, “Strange Days: 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition” (Rhino/Elektra); John Fogerty, “Blue Moon Swamp” (BMG); Aretha Franklin, “A Brand New Me: Aretha Franklin With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra” (Atlantic/Rhino); Grateful Dead, “Dave’s Picks: Volume 24 Berkeley Community Theatre -- Berkeley, CA -- August 25, 1972” (DeadNet); Green Day, “Greatest Hits: God’s Favorite Band” (Warner Bros.); Whitney Houston, “I Wish You Love: More From The Bodyguard” (Arista/Legacy); King Crimson, “Earthbound: 40th Anniversary Edition” (DGM); Moody Blues, “Days of Future Passed: 50th Anniversary Edition” (UME); Pink Floyd, “A Collection of Great Dance Songs,” “Delicate Sound of Thunder” (Columbia, vinyl); Queen, “News of the World: 40th Anniversary” (Hollywood); Skillet, “Unleashed Beyond” (Atlantic); Yardbirds, “Yardbirds ‘68” (Jimmy Page Music);

• Holiday Albums: Celtic Woman, “The Best Of Christmas” (Manhattan); Vince Guaraldi, “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (Craft Recordings vinyl); Pentatonix, “A Pentatonix Christmas Deluxe” (RCA); Sia, “Every Day Is Christmas” (Atlantic); Sistine Chapel Choir, “Vani Domine: Advent & Christmas At The Sistine Chapel” (Deutsche Grammophon); Tarja, “From Spirits And Ghosts: Score For A Dark Christmas” (Earmusic); Us The Duo, “Our Favorite Time Of Year” (Alvarado); Various Artists, “A Capitol Christmas, Volume Two” (Capitol);

• Soundtracks: “Blade Runner 2049” (Epic); “Chasing Trane” (Verve/UMe); Lady Bird” (Lakeshore); “Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You” (Epic); “Saturday Night Fever: Deluxe Edition” (Capitol/UMe);

New Music Videos: Black Sabbath, “The End” (Eagle Rock); “Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary” (Verve/UMe); Jeff Lynne’s ELO, “Wembley Or Bust” (Columbia); Pearl Jam, “Let’s Play Two: Pearl Jam Live at Wrigley Field” (Republic)



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