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CD Reviews:
New Music: Motley Crue, Aretha Franklin, Jenny Lewis, Luther Dickinson 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: They still claim they'll never tour again, but Motley Crue is back with the biopic adaptation of its band autobiography, "The Dirt," as well as "The Dirt Soundtrack" (Motley/Eleven Seven Music), which features four brand new songs -- including a cover of Madonna's "Like A Virgin" -- in addition to hits and deep cuts from the trash rock icons' catalog.



Album Title of the Week: Andrew Bird, "My Finest Work Yet" (Loma Visa/Concord)



News Flash: The self-titled debut album from the End Machine (Frontiers) features three original members of the band Dokken along with a new frontman and current Warrant singer Robert Mason.



New & Noteworthy: Bad Suns, "Mystic Truth" (Epitaph); Luther Dickinson and Sisters of the Strawberry Moon, "Solstice" (New West); Aretha Franklin, "Songs of Faith: Aretha Gospel" (Geffen/UMe) and "Amazing Grace: The Complete Recordings" (Atlantic/Rhino); Lambchop, "This (Is What I Wanted to Tell You)" (Merge); Jenny Lewis, "On the Line" (Warner Bros.); Carrie Newcomer, "The Paint of Arrival" (Available Light); Adam Sandler, "100% Fresh" (Warner Bros.); Robin Trower, "Coming Closer to the Day" (Provogue/Mascot);



Also Out: American Football, "American Football/(LP3)" (Polyvinyl); Dale Ann Bradley, "the Hard Way" (Pinecastle); Steven Curtis Chapman, "Deeper Roots: Where the Bluegrass Grows" (SCSEE Music/New Day); Dirty Honey, "Dirty Honey" (Black Box); Ex Hex, "It's Real" (Merge); Ibibio Sound Machine, "Doko Mien" (Merge); Mary Lattimore & Mac McCaughan, "New Rain Duets" (Three Lobed Recordings); David Leonard, "The Wait" (Integrity); Dean Lewis, "A Place We Knew" (Island); Tyler Meade, "Robbing the Nuclear Family" (Shaking Shanghai); Parting Gift, "Ensom" (Fearless) Orville Peck, "Pony" (Sub Pop); The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman, "Open Road" (Peak/eOne); Lucy Rose, "No Words Left" (Arts & Crafts); Jack Savoretti, "Singing to Strangers" (BMG); Sleeper, "The Modern Age" (Gorsky); John Smith, "Hummingbird" (Commoner/Thirty Tigers); Strand of Oaks, "Eraserland" (Dead Oceans); Taali, "I Am here" (Rainbow Blonde); Typical Sisters, "Hungry Ghost" (Outside In Music); Wallows, "Nothing Happens" (Atlantic); Nilufer Yanya, "Miss Universe" (ATO)



From The Vaults: Kate Bush, "The Other Sides" (Rhino); Iron & Wine, "Our Endless Numbered Days (Deluxe)" (Sub Pop); John Lennon & Yoko Ono, "Wedding Album" (Chimera/Secretly Canadian); Megadeth, "Warheads on Foreheads" (Capitol/UMe);Van Morrison, "The Healing Game (Deluxe)" (Exile/Legacy); Henry Townsend and Roosevelt Sykes, "Blues PIano and Guitar: Washington" (Omnivore); Leroy Jodie Pierson, "Rusty Nail" (Omnivore)



New Music Video: Randy Bachman, "Bachman" (FilmRise)

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