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CD Reviews:
New Music: Down 'n' Outz, Mike Posner, Lil' Kim, Fantasia 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: The third album from Down 'n' Outz -- "This Is How We Roll" (UMe) -- fronted by Def Leppard's Joe Elliott, veers away from Mott the Hoople and Mott covers for a full set of original tunes, including the David Bowie tribute "Goodnight Mr. Jones"



Album Title of the Week: Spyro Gyra, "Vinyl Tap" (Amherst)



Did'ya Know?: "Sonic Ranch" (Gregg Rolie Music/Megaforce), Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Gregg Rolie's first solo album in 18 years, reunites him with former bandmates Michael Shrieve from Santana and Neal Schon from Journey, along with current Ringo Starr's All-Starr Band cohort Steve Lukather of Toto.



New & Noteworthy: Art Alexakis, "Sun Songs," (The End/BMG); Danny Brown, "uknowwhatimsayin?" (Warp); Fantasia, "Sketchbook" (BMG); Kim Gordon, "No Home Record" (Matador); Harlem Gospel Travelers, "He's On Time" (Colemine); Chris Knight, "Almost Daylight" (Drifters Church/Thirty Tigers); Lacuna Coil, "Black Anima" (Century Media); Lil' Kim, "9" (Queen Bee/eOne); Steve Miller, "Welcome to the Vault" (Sailor/Capitol/UMe); Mike Posner, "Keep Moving" (Island)



Also Out: Allah-Las, "LAHS" (Mexican Summer); Joseph Arthur, "Come Back World" (Moonage Rebel); Babymetal, "Metal Galaxy" (Babymetal/Cooking Vinyl); Big Thief, "Two Hands" (4AD); Stephen Clair, "Strange Perfume" (Rock City); Chick Corea, Christian McBride and Brian Blade, "Trilogy 2" (Concord Jazz); Helene Cronin, "Old Ghosts & Lost Causes" (self-released); The Devil Wears Prada, "The Act" (Solid State); 808 State, "Transmission Suite" (808 State); Elbow, "Giants of All Sizes" (Polydor/Verve); Illiterate Light, "Illiterate Light" (Atlantic); Cody Jinks, "After the Fire" (Late August); Justus Brothers, "The Justus Brothers" (Memphis International/Select-O-Hits); Jonas Kaufmann, "Wien" (Sony Classical); Chris Knight, "Almost Daylight" (Drifters Church/Thirty Tigers); Life of Agony, "The Sound of Scars" (Napalm); The Lilac Time, "Return to Us" (BMG); Mike Duke Project, "...took a while" (Little Village Foundation); Malin Pettersen, "Alonesome" (Die With Your Boots On); Pat Smillie, "Lonesome For a Long Time" (Fat Bank Music); Juan Maria Solare, "Alone For a Moment" (Janus Music & Sound); Michael Sweet, "Ton" (Frontiers); Waterparks, "Fandome" (Hopeless); Wildlife, "Take the Light With You" (Culvert Music);



From The Vaults: Booker T. & the MG's, "The Complete Stax Singles Vol. 1 (1962-1967)" (Real Gone); David Bowie, "VH1 Storytellers: Live at Manhattan Center" (Rhino/Parlophone); The Dukes of Stratosphear, "Psurroundabout Ride" (APE house); Highway 101, "Highway 101"/"Highway 101 2"/"Paint the Town" (Morello/Cherry Red); Mel & Kim, "The Mel & Kim Singles Box Set" (Cherry Pop); Freddie Mercury, "Never Boring" (Hollywood), "Mr. Bad Guy (Special Edition)" (Hollywood); Steve Miller, "Welcome to the Vault" (Sailor/Capitol/UMe); Frank Sinatra, "My Way (50th Anniversary Edition)" (Capitol/UMe); The Three Degrees, "The Roulette Years" (Warner Music Group/X5); Various Artists, "For Lovers Only: Cruisin' Classics 1955-1960" (Dynamic); Link Wray, "Link Wray Rocks" (Bear Family)



Soundtracks: "Beetlejuice (Original Broadway Cast Recording)" (Ghostlight/Warner)



New Holiday Albums: Chicago, "Chicago Christmas" (Rhino);

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