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CD Reviews:
The Listening Room: Vance Joy, Shawn Colvin, the Doors, Al Di Meola and more...

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

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Checking out this week’s new music releases...

• Album of the Week: Australian singer-songwriter (aka the “Riptide” guy) gives love a good name on his sophomore album. “Nation Of Two” (Atlantic);

• Album Title of the Week: Big Shoes, “Step On It!” (Biglittle)

• Also Out: Shawn Colvin, “The Starlighter” (SLC); Darlingside, “Extralife” (More Doug); The Doors, “Live At The Isle Of Wight Festival 1970” (Eagle Rock); Al Di Meola, “Opus” (Earmusic); Legend of the Seagullmen, “Legend of the Seagullmen” (Dine Alone); John Mayall, “Three For The Road” (Forty Below); Danielle Nicole, “Cry No More” (Concord); Porcupine Tree, “Fear Of A Blank Planet” (KScope);

Also Out: Alterbeast, “Feast” (Unique Leader); Courtney Marie Andrews, “No One’s Slate Is Clean” (House Arrest); Audrey Assad, “Evergreen” (Fortunate Fail); Tony Banks, “Five” (BMG); Jekalyn Carr, “One Nation Under God” (New Day); Cavo, “Bridges” (Pavement); Patrick Coman, “Tree Of Life” (self-released); Dess, “Chime” (Doomtree); Dukes of the Orient, “Dukes of the Orient” (Frontiers); Fever Ray, “Plunge” (Mute); Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Polina Leschenko, “Deux” (Alpha); Michael Landau, “Rock Bottom” (Provogue); Shiraz Lane, “Carnival Days” (Frontiers); Lo Moon, “Lo Moon” (Sony); The Low Anthem, “The Salt Doll Went To Measure The Depths Of The Sea” (Joyful Noise); Janiva Magness, “Love Is An Army” (Blue Elan); Migos, “Culture II” (Quality Control); Necrophobic, “Mark Of The Necrogram” (Century Media); New Years Day, “Diary Of A Creep” (Century Media); Guy Penrod, “Blessed Assurance” (Gaither); Grant-Lee Phillips, “Widdershins” (Yep Roc); Professor and the Madman, “Disintegrate Me” (Fullertone); Reggie and the Full Effect, “41” (Pure Noise); The Regrettes, “Attention Seeker” (Warner Bros.); Revertigo, “Revertigo” (Frontiers); Rockabye Baby, “Lullaby Renditions Of Johnny Cash” (Rockabye Baby); Alfredo Rodriguez, “The Little Dream” (Mack Avenue); Ed Romanoff, “The Orphan King” (self-released); Caroline Rose, “Loner” (New West); Michael Schenker, “A Decade Of The Mad Axeman -- Michael Schenker Fest” (Inakustik); Screaming Females, “All At Once” (Don Giovanni); Michael W. Smith, “Surrounded” (Rocketown);Big SMO, “Special Reserve” (Edge Music); Turnstile, “Time & Space” (Roadrunner); Under The Lake, “Jazz, Groove & Attitude” (Overdrive); Unruly Child, “Unhinged, Live From Milan” (Frontiers);Various Artists, “African Cafe” (Putumayo); Dita Von Teese, “Dita Von Teese” (Record Maker)

• From The Vaults: Airbourne, “Diamond Cuts -- The B-Sides” (Nettwerk); Glen Campbell, “Amazing Grace: 14 Hymns And Gospel Favorites” (Gaither); Coreleoni, “The Greatest Hits Part 1” (Frontiers); Jerry Garcia, “GarciaLive Volume Ten: May 20th, 199 Hilo Civic Auditorium” (Round); Grateful Dead, “Dave’s Picks: Volume 25...Binghamton, NY -- November 6, 1977” (Dead.net); Various Artists, “Concert For George” (Craft); Various Artists, “Yiddish Glory: The Lost Songs From World War II (Six Degrees); Johnny Winter, “Live Bootleg Series Volume 14 -- It’s Johnny’s Birthday” (Friday Music)

• Soundtracks: “Once On This Island: The Musical (New Broadway Cast Recording)” (Broadway); “The Band’s Visit (Original Broadway Cast Recording)” (Ghostlight)

• New Music Videos: One Republic, “Live In South America” (Eagle Rock)

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