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CD Reviews:
New Music: Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Ringo Starr, James Blunt, Old Dominion 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: Neil Young saddles up Crazy Horse again for its first album in seven years, and first with Nils Lofgren on board since 1982, with "Colorado" (Reprise), recorded earlier this year in the Rocky Mountains.



Album Title of the Week: Dry Cleaning, "Boundary Road Snacks and Drinks" (It's OK);



Did'ya Know?: Ringo Starr's 20th solo album, "What's My Name" (Ringo Starr/UMe), features a guest appearance by Beatles mate Paul McCartney on a version of John Lennon's "Grow Old With Me," as well as a cover of Barrett Strong's Motown hit "Money (That's What I Want)."



New & Noteworthy: James Blunt, "Once Upon a Mind" (Custard/Atlantic); Harry Connick Jr., "True Love: A Celebration of Cole Porter" (Verve); Gallant, "Sweet Insomnia" (Mind of a Genius/Warner); Jinjer, "Macro" (Napalm); Van Morrison, "Three Chords & the Truth" (Exile Productions); Old Dominion, "Old Dominion" (RCA Nashville); Grace Potter, "Daylight" (Fantasy/Concord); Bruce Springsteen, "Western Stars -- Songs From the Film" (Columbia); Kanye West, "Jesus is King" (GOOD Music/Def Jam);



Also Out: Aephanemer, "Prokopton" (Napalm); Airbourne, "Boneshaker" (Spinefarm); Jan Akkerman, "Close Beauty" (Music Theories/Mascot); Anna of the North, "Dream Girl" (Honeymoon/+1/300 Entertainment); Bad Wolves, "N.A.T.I.O.N."( Eleven Seven); Black Marble, "Bigger Than Life" (Sacred Bones); Joe Bonamassa, "Live at the Sydney Opera House" (J&R Adventures); Brightness, "Brightness" (I OH YOU); The Brook & the Bluff, "First Place" (self-released); Phil Campbell, "Old Lions Still Roar" (Nuclear Blast); Cigarettes After Sex, "Cry" (Partisan); The Cordial Sins, "In Memory" (Diversion);Mikal Cronin, "Seeker" (Merge); Dearly Beloved, "Times Square Discount" (Aporia); Drifting in Silence, "Away" (Labile); Dry Cleaning, "Boundary Road Snacks and Drinks" (It's OK); Fink, "Bloom Innocent" (R'Coup'D); Fit For an Autopsy, "The Sea of Tragic Beasts" (Nuclear Blast); FKAjazz, "Beautifully Awkward" (Purpose/NIA); Kinky Friedman, "Resurrection" (Echo Hill); GON, "Diagonal Fields" (CEN); Myles Goodwyn, "Friends of the Blues 2" (self-released); Guided By Voices, "Seating the Plague" (GBV); Julia Haltigan, "Trouble" (self-released); Iguana Death Cult, "Nude Casino" (Innovative Leisure); The King Dukes, "Numb Tongues" (Paratone); King Princess, "Cheap Queen" (Zelig/Columbia); Langston Hughes III, "Dream Expedited" (30 Global); Little Kruta, "Justice" (Chesky); Locket, "All Out" (Fearless); Longwave, "If We Ever Live Forever" (Bodan Kuma); Lost Kings, "Lost Angeles" (Disruptor/RCA); Zachary Lucky, "Midwestern" (self-released); Magic Kingdom, "MetAlmighty" (AFM); Bob Margolin, "This Guitar and Tonight" (VizzTone); The Mariachi Ghost, "Puro Dolar" (Paper Bag); Mayhem, "Daemon" (Century Media); Jamie McDell, "The Botox EP" (self-released); Alison Moorer, "Blood" (Autotelic/Thirty Tigers); Negativeland, "True False" (Seeland); Norma Jean, "All Hail" (Solid State); Mike Osborn, "Unbroken" (self-released); Lucky Petersen, "50 -- Just Warming Up!" (Jazz Village); Rainforest Band, "Peace to the Planet" (San Francisco); Anthony Ramos, "The Good & the Bad" (Republic); Reuben and the Dark" "un/love" (Arts & Crafts); Rex Orange County, "Pony" (Rex Orange County/SME); Calvin Richardson, "Gold Dust" (Shanachie); Saint Asonia, "Flawed Design" (Spinefarm); Skinlab, "Venomous" (Art Is War); Slothrust, "Peach" (Dangerbird); Bruce Soord, "All This Will Be Yours" (Kscope); Stereophonics, "Kind" (Parlophone); Swans, "leaving meaning" (Young God); Tank, "Elevation" (R&B Money/Atlantic); Underworld, "Drift Songs" (Smith Hyde Productions); Various Artists, "NOW That's What I Call Music! 72" (NOW Music); Walk Off the Earth, "Here We Go!" (Golden Carrot/RED); John Patrick Walker, "Welcome to the Edge Times" (self0released); Jackson Wang, "Mirrors" (Western & 6th); Sam Weber, "Everything Comes True" (Sonic Unyon); Conchita Wurst, "Truth Over Magnitude" (RCA); Zack Walther Band, "The Westerner" (TuneCore)



From The Vaults: Gary Allan, "Smoke Rings in the Dark (Deluxe Edition)" (MCA Nashville/UMe); Rex Allen, "America's Last Singing Cowboy" (Country Rewind/Select-O-Hits); Rick Astley, "The Best of Me" (BMG); Big Star, "In Space" (Omnivore); James Brown, "Live at Home with His Bad Self" (Republic/UMe); Doris Day, "Doris Day With Love" (Hindsight/Select-O-Hits); Editors, "Black Gold: Best of Editors" (PIAS America); Fleetwood Mac, "Rumors (Deluxe Edition)" (Rhino/Warner); Al Jarreau, "The Complete Reprise & Warner Albums" (Warner Music/X5); King Crimson, "In the Court of the Crimson King: 50th Anniversary Edition" (DGM); Tracy Lawrence, "The Complete Albums 1991-2001" (Warner Music/X5); Toby Keith, "Greatest Hits: The Show Dog Years" (Show Dog); The Kinks, "Arthur or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire (50th Anniversary Edition)" (BMG); Little Steven, "Voice of America" (Wicked Cool/UMe); Zubin Mehta, "The Complete Columbia Album Collection" (Sony Masterworks); Motorhead, "Overkill (40th Anniversary Edition), "Bomber" (40th Anniversary Edition" (Sanctuary); Gary Numan, "Replicas: The Frist Recordings," "The Pleasure Principle: The First Recordings" (Beggars Banquet); Kenny Rogers, "the Love of God (Deluxe Edition)" (John 3:16); Jim Sullivan, "If the Evening Were Drawn," "Jim Sullivan" and "U.F.O." (Light in the Attic); Texas Tornados, "Adios Mexico: the Reprise Years" (Warner Music/X5); Travis Tritt, "Blue Collar Man: The Complete Albums 1990-1998" (Warner Music/XF); Various Artists, "Across the Great Divide: Getting It Together in the Country 1968-74" (Grapefruit/Cherry Red); Various Artists, "The Bakersfield Sound: 1940-1974" (Bear Family); Various Artists, "Goodbye Boys, Goodbye! Girl Pop Gems Obscure & Unreleased (1963-1967) (Teensville); Various Artists, "NOW 100 Hits Forgotten 90s," "NOW That's What I Call 80s Hits & Remixes" (NOW Music); Clay Walker, "The Complete Albums 1983-2002" (Warner Music/X5); Frank Zappa, "Halloween 73" (Frank Zappa/UMe)



Soundtracks: "Alice By Heart (Original Cast Recording)" (Ghostlight); "Moulin Rouge! the Musical (Original Broadway Cast Recording)" (House of Iona/RCA);



New Holiday Albums: Jim Brickman, "A Christmas Celebration" (Gaither Music); Celtic Woman, "The Magic of Christmas" (Craft Recordings/Concord); Danny Gokey, "The Greatest Gift: A Christmas Collection" (Sparrow); Dave Koz, "Gifts of the Season" (Just Koz); Lea Michele, "Christmas in the City" (Sony Masterworks); Oak Ridge Boys, "Down Home Christmas" (Lightning Rod); Pentatonix, "The Best of Pentatonix Christmas" (RCA); Puss N Boots, "Dear Santa" (Blue Note)



New Music Video: David Crosby, "David Crosby: Remember My Name" (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)

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