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CD Reviews:
New Music: Kenny Chesney, JR JR, Drake, Dierks Bentley 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 deep introspection of 2018's "Songs for the Saints," Kenny Chesney lightens up on the uptempo "Here and Now" (Blue Chair/Warner Music Nashville) -- which could become his 15th consecutive No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart.



Album Title of the Week: JR JR, "August and Everything Prior" (EZ Records)



Did Ya Know?: The band Hot Country Knights comes out Friday, May 1 -- is fronted by Dierks Bentley and joined by guests Travis Tritt and Terri Clark on its debut album "The K is Silent" (Capitol Nashville).



New & Noteworthy: American Aquarium, "Lamentations" (New West); Garth Brooks, "The Road I'm On" (A&E Home Video); Chicano Batman, "Invisible People" (ATO); Colton Dixon, "Colton Dixon" (Atlantic); Drake, "Dark Lane Demo Tapes" (self-released); Dramarama, "Color TV" (Pasadena); Jojo, "Good to Know" (Clover Music/Warner); Andy Patalan, "Eyes Like Damn" (self-released); Ride, "Clouds in the Mirror" (Wichita Recordings); The Sounds, "Things We Do For Love" (Arnioki); Mike Tramp, "Second Time Around" (Target)



Also Out: Baby Plug, "Topic" (Records/Epic); Alina Baraz, "It Was Divine" (Mom+Pop); Boston Manor, "Glue" (Pure Noise); Car Seat Headrest, "Making a Door Less Open" (Matador); Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards, "Bitter Better" (Compass); Samantha Crain, "A Small Death" (Ramseur/Thirty Tigers); John Doyle, "The Path of Stones" (Compass); Elevation Worship, "Graves Into Gardens" (Elevation Worship/Provident); Felixity, "Love Sick" (Komplex); half-alive, "inFlorescence" (RCA); Heads or Heads, "Low Angles" (self-released); Joan as Police Woman, "Cover Two" (Sweet Police); Caleb Landry Jones, "The Mother Stone" (Sacred Bones); Damien Jurado, "What's New, Tomboy?" (Mama Bird Recording Co.); KO, "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" (RCA);John Primer & Bob Corritore, "The Gypsy Woman Told Me" (VizzTone); Jeff Scott Soto, "Loud & Live in Milan 2019" (Frontiers); Two Feet, "Pink" (Republic); Various Artists, "NOW That's What I Call Music 74" (UMG/Sony); James Robert Webb, "James Robert Webb"



From the Vaults: Neil Diamond, "All-Time Greatest Hits" (Capitol/UMe); King Diamond, "Them" (Metal Blade); Nkem Njoku & Ozzobia Sound, "Ozzobia Special" (BBE Music); Todd Rundgren's Utopia, "Benefit For Moogy Klingman" (Cleopatra); This Will Destroy You, "Variations & Rarities: 2004-2019" (Dark Operative); Various Artists, "NOW That's What I Call Yacht Rock Volume 2" (UMG/Sony); Zero 7, "The Garden (Special Edition)" (New State Entertainment)

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