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CD Reviews:
New Music: Brendan Benson, Awolnation, Wiz Khalifa, Luncida Williams 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: Hot off last year's Raconteurs outing, Brendan Benson returns with "Dear Life" (Third Man), his first solo album in seven years and one made nearly entirely by himself.



Album Title of the Week: Whitney Rose, "We Still Go to Rodeos" (MCG).



Did Ya Know?: "Aquamadre" (Fisica Moderna/AWAL) is the second album from Victoria Reed, Detroit-born daughter of Bob Seger's Silver Bullet Band saxophonist Alto Reed.



New & Noteworthy: Awolnation, "Angel Miners & the Lightning Riders" (Better Noise); Ana Cristina Cash, "Shine" (Avondale); Cherie Currie, "Blvds of Splendor" (Blackheart); Danzig, "Danzig Sings Elvis" (Cleopatra); Wiz Khalifa, "The Saga of Wiz Khalifa" (Taylor Gang/Rostrum); Pam Tillis, "Looking For a Feeling" (Stellar Cat); The Used, "Heartwork" (Big Noise/Hassle); Various Artists, "Ella 100: Live at the Apollo" (Concord Jazz); Lucinda Williams, "Good Souls Better Angels" (Highway 20/Thirty Tigers); Trivium, "What the Dead Men Say" (Roadrunner); X, "Alphabetland" (Bandcamp)



Also Out: Carl Anderson, "You Can Call Me Carl (Additional Content For The Algorithm)" (Tone Tree Music); Mariea Antoinette, "All My Strings" (Infinity/Maasai); Pete Bernhard, "Harmony Ascension Division" (Kahn); Alexia Bomtempo, "Suspiro" (Ropeadope); Ian Carey, "Fire in My Head: The Anxiety Suite" (Slow & Steady); Dance Gavin Dance, "Afterburner" (self-released); Diners, "Leisure World" (Lauren); 8 Ball Aitken, "Swamo Blues 2" (IndieExtreme/RedRocker); Andy Frasto & the U.N., "Keep On Keepin' On" (SideOneDummy); Roger Street Friedman, "Rise" (Rock Ridge); Future Hits, "Future Hits and the Power of Discovery" (self-released); Scott Godwin, "Dirty" (self-released); Will Hawkins, "In My Heart" (Southside); July A.D., "Missing" (Ceccagone); Katatonia, "City Burials" (Peaceville); mxmtoon, "Dawn" (self-released); Lindsay Munroe, "I Am Kind: Songs For Unique Kids" (Troubadour Music); The Nighthawks, "Tryin' to Get To You" (EllerSoul); Roger O'Donnell, "2 Ravens" (99X/10 Records/Caroline); OTR, "Lost at Midnight" (Astralwerks); Picturesque, "Do You Feel OK?" (Equal Vision); Quella Chris & Chris Keys, "Innocent Country 2" (Mello Music Group); Vanessa Peters, "Mixtape" (Little Sandwich Music); Lennon Stella, "Three, Two, One" (Records Label LLC/Columbia); Victor Wainwright and the Train, "Memphis Loud" (Ruf)



From The Vaults: Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, "More Than Just Amadeus: Celebrating 60 years" (Decca); America, "Heritage II: Demos/Alternate Takes 1971-1976" (Omnivore); Cilla Black, "Cilla Sings a Rainbow," "Day By Day With Cilla," "Sweet Inspiration," "Images" (Expanded Edition)" (SFE/Cherry Red); Andrew Gold, "Something New: Unreleased Gold" (Omnivore); Mobb Deep, "The Infamous (Expanded Edition)" (Certified Classics/Legacy); New Riders of the Purple Sage, "Field Trip" (Omnivore); The Revillos, "Stratoplay: The Box Set" (Cherry Red); Judie Tzuke, "The Chrysalis Recordings" (Cherry Red); Snowy White, "Lucky Star: An Anthology 1983-1994" (Esoteric/Cherry Red);



Soundtracks: Ezra Furman, "Sex Education" (Bella Union); Amanda Jones, "Twenties" (Lakeshore)

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