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CD Reviews:
The Listening Room: Keith Urban, Godsmack, Janelle Monae, Chris Richards and the Subtractions 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: Keith Urban stays on the country/pop tip on his 11th album, “Graffiti U” (Capitol Nashville), working with a slew of new collaborators as well as duet partners Julia Michaels, Shy Carter, Kassi Ashton and Lindsay Ell.

• Album Title of the Week: Speedy Oritz, “Twerp Verse” (Carpark)

• New & Noteworthy: Dr. Dog, “Critical Equation” (We Buy Gold); Foreigner, “With the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus” (Earmusic); Godsmack, “When Legends Rise” (BMG); Janelle Monae, “Dirty Computer” (Bad Boy); Van Morrison and Joey DeFranceso, “You’re Driving Me Crazy” (Sony Legacy); Willie Nelson, “Last Man Standing” (Legacy); Post Malone, “beerbongs and bentleys” (Republic); Chris Richards and the Subtractions, “Peaks And Valleys” (Futureman);

• Also Out: Anne-Marie, “Speak Your Mind” (Warner Bros.); Anthrax, “Kings Among Scotland” (Megaforce); Dylan Carlson, “Conquistador” (Sargent House); Cicada Rhythm, “Everywhere I Go” (New West); Nick Colionne, “Just Being Me” (Trippin’ & Rhythm); Maranada Curtis, “Open Heaven -- The Maranda Experience” (Fair Trade Services); Kat Edmonson, “Old Fashioned Girl” (MRI); Kelontae Gavin, “The Higher Experience” (Tyscot); God Is An Astronaut, “Epitaph” (Napalm); Hawthorne Heights, “Bad Frequencies” (Pure Noise); Ingested, “The Level Above Human” (Unique Leader); Jean Grae & Quelle Chris, “Everything’s Fine” (Mello Music); Kobra and the Lotus, “Prevail II” (Napalm); Michael McDermott, “Out From Under” (Pauper Sky); Okkervil River, “In The Rainbow Rain” (ATO); Skindred, “Big Tings” (Napalm Records); Southern Halos, “Just Like In The Movies” (self-released); Riot, “Armor Of Light” (Nuclear Blast); Peter Rowan, “Carter Stanley’s Eyes” (Rebel); ,Tom Rush, “Voices” (Appleseed); Take 6, “Iconic” (ILS); Too Slim and the Taildraggers, “High Desert Heat” (VizzTone); Twin Shadow, “Caer” (Reprise); Varathron, “Patriarchs Of Evil” (Agonia); Vertical Worship, “Bright Faith, Bold Future”; Webb Wilder and the Beatnecks, “Powerful Stuff” (Landslide); Worldservice Project, “Serve” (RareNoise)

• From The Vaults: Chris Squire, “Fish Out of Water” (Cherry Red); Marillion, “Tumbling Down The Years: Live,” “Unplugged At The Walls: Live” (Earmusic); Massive Attack, “Helligoland” (Virgin); Steve Wynn, “Kerosene Man” and “Dazzling Display” (Omnivore)

• Soundtracks: Various Artists, “Hello Again” (Broadway); Fernando Velazquez, “Submergence” (Varese Sarabande)

• New Music Videos: “Late Blossom Blues: The Leo ‘Bud’ Welch Documentary” (Let’s Make This Happen/City Hall); Various Artists, “Nashville In Concert At The Royal Albert Hall” (Eagle Rock); Various Artists, “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: In Concert” (TimeLife)



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