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CD Reviews:
The Listening Room: "A Star is Born," Steve Perry, Eric Church, Twenty One Pilots 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: Lady Gaga and co-star/director Bradley Cooper are the stars on this companion to the new film remake, but a cadre of ace collaborators -- Mark Ronson, Jason Isbell, Lukas Nelson and more -- insures that it's more than a mere vanity project.



Album Title of the Week: Behemoth, "I Loved You At Your Darkest" (Metal Blade)



New & Noteworthy: Doyle Bramhall II, "Shades" (Provogue); Cat Power, "Wanderer" (Domino); Eric Church, "Desperate Man" (EMI Nashville); Electric Six, "Bride Of The Devil" (Metropolis); Steve Perry, "Traces" (Fantasy); Joe Strummer, "Joe Strummer 001" (Ignition); T.I., "Dime Trap" (Epic); Twenty One Pilots, "Trench" (Fueled By Ramen/WEA);



Also Out: Atmosphere, "Mi Vida Local" (Rhymesayers); Author & Punisher, "Beastland" (Relapse); Blood Orange, "Negro Swan" (Domino); Coheed and Cambria, "The Unheavenly Creatures" (Roadrunner); Sheryl Crow, "Live at the Capitol Theatre" (Cleopatra);Cursive, "Vitriola" (15 Passenger); Echo & the Bunnymen, "The Stars, The Oceans & The Moon" (BMG); For King & Country, "Burn The Ships" (Word); Jackie Greene, "The Modern Lives: Vol. 2" Blue Rose); Gunship, "Dark All Day" (Horsie in the Hedge); Hilary Hahn, "...Plays Bach" (Decca); Kristen Hersh, "Possible Dust Clouds" (Fire); High on Fire, "Electric Messiah" (Metal/eOne); Will Hoge, "My American Dream" (EDLO/Thirty Tigers); Ice Nine Kills, "The Silver Scream" (Fearless); Gregory Alan Isakov, "Evening Machines" (Dualtone); Jakob Bro Trio, "Bay Of Rainbows" (ECM); Jim James, "Uniform Clarity" (ATO); Leah, "The Quest" (Inner Wound); Gregg Kallor and others, "Kallor: The Tell-Tale Heart" (Single Noon); Marcus King Band, "Carolina Confession" (Fantasy); mewithoutyou, "[Untitled] Album" (Run For Cover); Idina Menzel, "idina:live" (Arts Music); Lucia Micarelli, "An Evening With..." (Arts Music); Moonshine Bandits, "Gold Rush" (MSB Entertainment); Matt Nathanson, "Sings His Sad Heart" (Acrobat); Phosphorescent, "C'est La Vie" (Dead Oceans); Rebel Rampage, "Divided We Fall" (self-released); The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band, "Poor Until Payday" (Family Owned); Sylar, "Seasons" (Hopeless); Tantric, "Mercury Retrograde" (Pavement); KT Tunstall, "Wax" (Rostrum); Windhand, "Eternal Return" (Relapse)



From the Vaults: Lindsey Buckingham, "Solo Anthology: The Best of Lindsey Buckingham" (Rhino) Aretha Franklin, "Essential Recordings 1956-62" (New Continent); Grateful Dead, "Road Trips Vol. 4 No. 1 -- Big Rock Pow Wow '69" (Deadnet); John Lennon, "Imagine: The Ultimate Collection," "Imagine: The Ultimate Mixes" (Capitol); Joe Simon, "Step By Step: The Complete Pop Hits" (Real Gone)



Soundtracks: "Girl From The North Country: Original London Cast Recording" (Legacy); "Smallfoot" (WaterTower); "Venom (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)" (Sony Classical)



New Music Videos: John Lennon and Yoko Ono, "Imagine and Gimme Some Truth" (Eagle Rock);

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