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CD Reviews:
New Music: Strokes, Future, Maddie & Tae, Joe Satriani 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 Strokes' first album in seven years was titled "The New Abnormal" (RCA) before the novel coronavirus pandemic and teams the hipster faves with veteran producer Rick Rubin.



Album Title of the Week: Pokey LaFarge, "Rock Bottom Rhapsody" (New West);



Did Ya Know?: The Sleep Eazys, whose debut album "Easy to Buy, Hard to Sell" (J&R Adventures) is just out, is an all-star troupe featuring Joe Bonamassa, Reese Winans, John Jorgenson and Anton Fig.



New & Noteworthy: Michelle Brooke, "Let the Light In" (self-released); Future, "56 Nights" (Epic); Eliza Gilkyson, "2020" (Red House); Local H, "Lifers" (AntiFragile); Maddie & Tae, "The Way It Feels" (Mercury Nashville); Joe Satriani, "Shapeshifting" (Legacy); Sparta, "Trust the River" (Dine Alone); Various Artists, "Motown: The Early Years 1959-62" (Acrobat); Watkins Family Hour, "brother sister" (Family Hour/Thirty Tigers); Webb Wilder, "Night Without Love" (Landslide)



Also Out: Acid Mothers Temple, "Revers of Rebirth Reprise" (Nod & Smile); John Anderson, "Years" (Easy Eye Sound/BMG); Cadet, "The Rated Legend" (Underrated Legends); Manatee Commune, "Crescent Lake" (Bastard Jazz); Dropout Kings, "GlitchGang" (Napalm); Wayne Everett, "Two Ghosts" (self-released); Jess Jocoy, "Such a Long Way" (self-released); Nightwish, "Human.:II: Nature" (Nuclear Blast); People Years, "Animalism" (Cornelius Chapel); Tinkers Lane, "The Noise is Beautiful" (Tinkers Lane);



From The Vaults: Paul Carrack, "Love Songs" (self--released); Herb Ellis, "The Early Years" (Enlightenment); Helen Forrest, "The Helen Forrest Hits Collection 1938-46" (Acrobat); Selena Gomez, "Rare (Deluxe Edition)" (Interscope); Ahmad Jamal, "At the Pershing and Other Live Recordings 1958-59" (Acrobat); The Jazz Messengers, "Classica Albums 1956-1963" (Enlightenment); Killing Joke, "The Unperverted Pantomime" (Cadiz); Plain White T's, "All That We Needed: 15th Anniversary Edition" (Craft Recordings); Andy Russell, "The Andy Russell Collection 1944-49" (Acrobat); Bobby Rydell, "The Singles & Albums Collection 1959-62" (Acrobat); Allan Sherman, "There is Nothing Like a Lox: The Lost Song Parodies of Allan Sherman" (Liberation Hall); Cat Stevens, Back to Earth: Super Deluxe Box" (Cat-O-Log/BMG); Sheb Wooley, "The Sheb Wooley Collection 1946-62" (Acrobat)

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