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CD Reviews:
New Music: Sara Bareilles, Khalid, Brooks & Dunn, Reba McEntire and more...
 

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

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



Album of the Week: After the Broadway triumph of "Waitress," Sara Bareilles returns with the topically focused "Amidst the Chaos" (Epic), her first set of new material in six years, produced by T Bone Burnett and featuring a duet with John Legend on "A Safe Place to Land."



Album Title of the Week: Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, "Gnomes & Badgers" (MRi)



Didja know?: Slash, Sammy Hagar, Joe Satriani, Grateful Dead co-founder Bob Weir and the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith guest on "American Rock 'n' Roll" (BMG) from former Eagles guitarist Don Felder.



New & Noteworthy: Brooks & Dunn, "Reboot" (Arista Nashville); Infamous Stringdusters, "Rise Sun" (Tape Time); Khalid, "Free Spirit" (Right Hand Music Group/RCA); Reba McEntire, "Stronger Than the Truth" (Rockin' R/Big Machine); Mike + the Mechanics, "Out of the Blue" (BMG); Todd Rundgren's Utopia, "Live at the Chicago Theatre" (Cleopatra); Gino Vanelli, "Wilderness Road" (ILS); Betty Who, "Betty" (self-released);



Also Out: Circa Waves, "What's It LIke Over There?" (Prolifica); Amanda Cook, "Point of No Return" (Mountain Fever); The Drums, "Brutalism" (ANTI-/Epitaph); Ecce Schnak, "Joke Oso" (Man); Glen Foster Group, "Party Out There Tonight" (self-released); Idlewild, "Interview Music" (Empty Words); JT Larsen, "Southern Indian Nights" (self-released); Lissie, "When I'm Alone: The Piano Retrospective" (Cooking Vinyl); Quiana Lynell, "A Little Love" (Concord Jazz); Rod Malancon, "Pinkville" (Blue Elan); Manx Marriner Mainline, "Hellbound For Heaven" (Stony Plain); Jimbo Mathus, "Incinerator" (Big Legal Mess); Monsta X, "Take.2 We Are here" (Starship); OMA, "E in Motion" (Infinite Companion); Quelle Chris, "Guns" (Mello); Sataray, "Nocturnum" (Scary); Kendrick Scott Oracle, "A Wall Becomes a Bridge" (Blue Note); Luke Sital-Singh, "A Golden State" (Raygun/The Orchard); Skold, "Never Is Now" (Cleopatra); Ryan Smith, "Gettin' Gone" (self-released); Suitcase Junket, "Mean Dog, "Trampoline" (Signature Sounds); SUMif, "Kinda Real" (Dancing Avocado Songs); Molly Tuggle, "When You're Ready" (Compass); Weyes Blood, "Titanic Rising" (Sub Pop); Jai Wolf, "The Cure to Loneliness" (Mom+Pop);



From The Vaults: David Bowie, "Spying Through a Keyhole" (Rhino/Parlophone); Love Unlimited Orchestra, "The 20th Century Records Albums (1973-1979)" (Mercury/UMe); New Order, "Movement (Definitive Edition)" (Rhino/Warner Bros.); Various artists, "Cleveland Rocks" (Cleveland International)



Soundtracks: "Dumbo (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)" (Walt Disney)

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