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CD Reviews:
New Music: Hayley Williams, Detroit Dreamers, NAV, Blake Mills 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: Paramore singer Hayley Williams goes solo with "Petals For Armor" (Atlantic), a 15-song set co-produced with Paramore guitarist Taylor York.



Album Title of the Week: Kahlani, "It Was Good Until It Wasn't" (SNMI/Atlantic);



Did Ya Know?: Martin Kierszenbaum and Tony Lake -- Grammy Award-winning principals of Detroit Dreamers, who's self-released EP is out May 8 on the former's Cherrytree Records -- have combined credits that include projects with Sting, Shaggy, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Robyn and others.



New & Noteworthy: Chris Brown and Young Thug, "Slime & B" (RCA); Mark Lanegan, "Straight Songs of Sorrow" (Heavenly/PIAS); Lettuce, "Resonate" (Round Hill); Blake Mills, "Mutable Set" (Vanishing Twin); Nav, "Good intentions" (XO/Republic); Butch Walker, "American Love Story" (Ruby Red)



Also Out: Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards, "Bitter Better" (Compass); Grant Dermody, "My Dony" (Thunder River); Endless Forms, "More Than Candy" (self-released); David Haerle, "Death Valley" (Edendale); Myq Kaplan, "A.K.A." (Blonde Medicine); Peter Karp, "Magnificent Heart" (Rose Cottage); Riz La Vie, "Feed" (self-released); Evan Myall, "Evan Myall" (Royal Oakie); RAC, "Boy" (Counter); Slow Soak, "Mostly Fine" (Waterfall of Colours); The Sweater Set "Fly on the Wall" (Local Woman); snny, "Otito" (self-released); Various Artists, "NOW That's What I Call Music! 105" (NOW Music); Winterfylleth, "The Reckoning Dawn" (Candlelight/Spinefarm)



From the Vaults: David Blue, "These 23 Days In September," "Stories," "Nice Baby and the Angel," "Cupid's Arrow" (Morello); The Hollies, "Words and Music of Bob Dylan" (Epic/Legacy); Mind Garage, "Mind Garage" (RCA/Legacy); John Stewart, "Old Forgotten Altars: The 1960s Demos" (Omnivore); Richard Thompson, "Live at Rock City, Nottingham November 86" (Angel Air); Various Artists, "The Best From Buddha" (Buddha/Legacy)



Soundtracks: "Rags -- The Musical (Original London Cast Recording)" (Ghostlight)

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