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CD Reviews:
Listening Room: Chic, Tom Petty, Lil Wayne, Cher, Rod Stewart 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: It's been more than 25 years since Nile Rodgers and Chic released a new album, but the aptly titled "It's About Time" (Virgin) has arrived, featuring guest appearances by Elton John, Lady Gaga, Anderson.Paak, Vic Mensa, Hailee Steinfeld and more.



Album Title of the Week: Israel Houghton, "Road to DeMaskUs" (RCA Inspiration)



New & Noteworthy: Jon Batiste, "Hollywood Africans" (Verve); Cher, "Dancing Queen" (Warner Bros.); Cypress Hill, "Elephants On Acid" (BMG); Dave Grohl, "Play" (RCA); Angelique Kidjo, "Remain In Light" (Kravenworks); Lil Wayne, "Tha Carter V" (Young Money/Republic); Loretta Lynn, "Wouldn't It Be Great" (Sony Legacy); Tom Petty, "An American Treasure" (Warner Bros.); Amy Ray, "Holler" (Daemon); Rod Stewart, Blood Red Roses" (Republic/Decca)



Also Out: Against The Current, "Past Lives" (Fueled By Ramen); Marsha Ambrosius, "Nyla" (ADA); Anaal Kathrakh, "A New Kind Of Horror" (Metal Blade); Bayside, "Acoustic Vol. 2" (Hopeless); Beartooth, "Disease" (Red Bull); John Butler Trio, "Home" (Nettwerk); Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, "Distant Sky Live in Copenhagen" (Bad Seed); E-40, "The Gift Of Gab" (Heavy on the Grind); The Earls of Leicester, "Live at the CMA Theater..." (Rounder); Elevation Worship, "Hallelujah Here Below" (Provident); Father John Misty, "Live At Third Man Records" (Third Man); David Guetta, "7" (Atlantic); Paul Hardcastle, "Hardcastle VIII" (Trippin' N Rhythm); Horrendous, "Idol" (Season of Mist); Billy Idol, "Vital Idol: Revitalized" (Capitol); Jose James, "Leon On Me" (Blue Note); The Joy Formidable, "AAARTH" (Frontiers); Lynyrd Skynyrd, "Live In Atlantic City" (Earmusic); Mudhoney, "Digital Garbage" (Sub Pop); Palaye Royale, "Boom Boom Room Side B" (Sumerian); Vinnie Paz, "The Pain Collector" (Enemy Soil); Revocation, "The Outer Ones" (Metal Blade); Riverside, "Wasteland" (Inside Out); 'Roosevelt, "Young Romance" (City Slang); Cecile McLorin Salvant, "The Window" (Mack Avenue); John Scofield, "Combo 66" (Verve); Terror, "Total Retaliation" (Pure Noise); Vreid, "Lifehunger" (Season of Mist); Tony Joe White, "Bad Mouthin'" (Yep Roc); The Willis Clan, "Speak My Mind" (Willis Clan); Jim Wilson, "Remembrance" (Willow Bay); Wolfheart, "Constellation Of The Black Light" (Napalm)



From The Vaults: Blackfield, "Open Mind: The Best of Blackfield" (KSCOPE); Phil Collins, "Plays Well With Others" (Rhino); Fall Out Boy, "The Complete Studio Albums" (Island); Aretha Franklin, "The Atlantic Singles Collection" (Atlantic Catalog Group); Glenn Frey and J.D. Souther, "Longbranch/Pennywhistle" (Geffen); Led Zeppelin, "Led Zeppelin x Led Zeppelin," "An Introduction To Led Zeppelin," "50th Anniversary Interviews" and "Rock And Roll (Sunset Sound Mix)" (Atlantic/Rhino Digital); Charles Munch, "The Complete Warner Bros. Recordings" (Warner Classics); Pink Floyd, "A Foot in the Door: The Best of Pink Floyd" (Sony Legacy); Pixies, "Come On Pilgrim...It's Surfer Rosa" (4AD); Alexander Skip Spence, "AndOarAgain" (Modern Harmonic); Joe Strummer, "Joe Strummer 001" (Ignition);



Soundtracks: "Crazy Rich Asians" (WaterTower Music); "DC's Dark Nights: Metal Soundtrack" (Warner Bros.); "The Rick and Morty Soundtrack" (Sub Pop)

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