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CD Reviews:
New Music: Katy Perry, Metallica, KEM, Record Store Day and more...
 

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

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Checking out this week’s new music releases (all subject to change)…



Album of the Week: Daughter Daisy Dove isn't Katy Perry's only new arrival this week. The singer's sixth studio album, "Smile" (Capitol) comes out Friday, Aug. 28, with help from an army of producers that includes Zedd, Stargate, Charlie Puth, Dreamlab and more. It comes as a 12-song standard set and a 16-track "Fan Edition."



Album Title of the Week: lovelytheband, "conversations with myself about you" (Another Century);



Did Ya Know?: The title of Seether's new album "Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum" (Fantasy/Concord) means "if you want peace, prepare for war in English. Someone's been watching the news, eh?







New & Noteworthy: Avett Brothers, "The Third Gleam" (Loma Vista); Toni Braxton, "Spell My Name" (Island); Sheryl Crow, "Threads" (Big Machine); Halsey, "Badlands: (Live From Webster Hall)" (Capitol); KEM, "Love Always Wins" (Motown); Bettye LaVette, "Blackbirds" (Verve); Seth MacFarlane, "Great Songs From Stage & Screen" (Republic/Verve); Metallica, "Metallica and San Francisco Symphony: S&M2" (Blackened); Jason Mraz, "Look For the Good" (BMG); My Morning Jacket, "The Waterfall II" (ATO); Jaden Smith, "CTV3: Cool Tape Volume 3" (MSFTS Music/Roc Nation);



Also Out: Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, "AXION" (Ropeadope/Stretch Music); Arca, "KiCk i" (XL); Allman Betts Band, "Bless Your Heart" (BMG); The Atomic Bitchwax, "The Atomic Bitchwax" (TeePee); Ricardo Bacelar, "Ao Vivo No Rio" (Bacelar Productions); Barrett Martin Group, "Scattered Diamonds" (Sunyata/Sony); Rich Brian, "1999" (88rising); David Broza, "en Casa Limon" (S-Curve/BMG); The Campbell Apartment, "Curmudgeon" (Mint400); Catholic Guilt, "This Is What Honesty Sounds Like" (Wiretap); Cavern, "Powdered" (self-released); Zella Day, "Where Does the Devil Hide" (Concord); Dianne Davidson, "Full Circle" (Perigon); Diamond Rexx, "Psyche Ward" (Diamond/Pavement); Disclosure, "Energy" (Capitol); Empty Hearts, "The Second Album" (Wicked Cool); Ezinma, "Beethoven Pleads the Fifth" (Decca); Nick Faber, "The Lost Highway Tapes: Something To Say" featuring Bnnan Wats" (Fabyl); Flavia, "Out Loud" (self-released); Julia Francis, "You Get What You Want" (self-released); From Ashes To New, "Panic" (Better Noise); The Ghost of Paul Revere, "Good at Losing Everything" (self-released); Hillsong Young & Free, "All of My Best Friends" (Hillsong); Hinayana, "Death of the Cosmic" (Napalm); Karen Jonas, "The Southwest Sky and Other Dreams" (Yellow Brick Road); Katrina, "Hearts, Loves & Babys" (Music Manager); Leo Kottke & Mike Gordon, "Noon" (Megaplum/ATO); Ledisi, "The Wild Card" (Listen Back Entertainment/BMG); Michael Leonhart and JSWISS, "The Alchemy EP" (self-released); Lynch Mob, "Wicked Sensation Reimagined" (Rat Pak); The Magic Gang, "Death of the Party" (Warner); Manticora, "To Live To Kill To Live" (ViciSolum); MC JessB, "3 Nights in Amsterdam" (self-released); R.B. Morris, "Going Back to the Sky" (self-released); Pj Morton, "Gospel According to Pj: From the Songbook of Pj Morton" (Morton Inspiration/Tyscot); Needtobreathe, "Out of Body" (Centricity/Elektra); Heidi Newfield, "The Barfly Sessions" (notfamousenough); Sephanian Ohora, "Listening to the Music" (Last Roundup); Angel Olsen, "Whole New Mess" (Jajjaguwar); Kelly Lee Owens, "Inner Song" (Smalltown Supersound); Pain of Salvation, "Panther" (InsideOutMusic); Jack Penate, "Noetics" (self-released); Dan Penn, "Living On Mercy" (The Last Music Company); Gregory Porter, "All Rise" (Blue Note); Powerman 5000, "The Noble Rot" (Cleopatra); Proteje, "In Search of Lost Time" (In.Digg.Nation Collective/Six Course/RCA); PVRIS, "Use Me" (Warner); Billy Raffoul, "International Hotel" (Interscope); Nicole Richie, "Unearthed" (self-released); Daniel Rodriguez, Sojourn of a Burning Sun (Renew); Bobby Rush, "Rawer Than Raw" (Deep Rush/Thirty Tigers); Savoy Brown, Ain't Done Yet" (Quarto Valley); The Score, "Carry On" (Republic); Spar Marta, "Spar Marta" (self-released);Charles Josefin Runsteen, Thank God, The Plague is Over (Arts & Crafts); Jayme Stone "Awake" (self-released); Rena Strober & Friends, "Imagine That! The Sesame Street Music of Joe Raposo & Jeff Moss" (self-released); Toots and the Maytals, "Got To Be Tough" (Trojan Jamaica/BMG); Walter Trout, "Ordinary Madness" (Provogue); Molly Tuttle, "...but i'd rather be with you" (Compass); Paul van Dyk, "Guiding Light" (Vandit); Various Artists, "At Home With Kids" (Atlantic); Various Artists, "Back to Paradise: A Tulsa Tribute to Oakie Music" (Horton); Various Artists, Talk - Action = Zero Vol. 2 (Bandcamp); Sarah Walk, "Another Me" (One Little Independent); Colter Wall, "Western Swing & Waltzes and Other Punchy Songs" (La Honda/Thirty Tigers); The Way Back Within, "The Way Back Within" (Bandcamp); Alan Williams, "Evidence Unearthed" (Blue Gentian); Wood & Wire, "No Matter Where It Goes From Here" (Blue Corn Music)



From The Vaults: Back Street Crawler, "Atlantic years 1975-1976" (HNE/Cherry Red; Barclay James Harvest, "Barclay James Harvest and Other Short Stories (Expanded and Remastered)" (Esoteric/Cherry Red); Solomon Burke, "The King of Rock 'N' Soul: The Atlantic Recordings (1962-1968)" (SoulMusic/Cherry Red); Jeremy Camp, "The Story's Not Over (Deluxe Edition)" (Silver Lining Music); Dokken, "The Lost Songs 1978-1981" (Silver Lining Music); JoJo, "good to know (Deluxe Edition)" (Clover Music/Warner); Elliott Smith. "Elliott Smith: Expanded 25th Anniversary Edition" (Kill Rock Stars); The Tremeloes, "The Complete CBS Recordings 1966-72" (Grapefruit/Cherry Red); Various artists, "1978: The Year the U.K. Turned Day-Glo" (Cherry Red); Various Artists, "The Land of Sensations & Delights: The Psych Pop Sounds of White Whale Records (1965-1970)" (Craft/Concord); Roy Wood & Wizard, "Main Street (Expanded & Remastered Edition)" (Esoteric/Cherry Red)



Record Store Day: The first of three Record Store Day "drops" takes place on Saturday, Aug. 29, with special titles -- mostly vinyl -- from Elton John, Alice Cooper, Billie Eilish, Bob Marley and more. The full list and participating stores at recordstoreday.com.



New Singles: Taylor Ashton, "Skeletons By the Sea"; Fredo Bang, "Clock Out;" Belle Mt., "Hollow"; Big Sean, "Deep Reverence" featuring Nipsey Hussle"; Blackpink, "Ice Cream" featguring Selena Gomez; Black Thought, "Good Morning" featuring Pusha T, Killer Mike and Swizz Beatz; Briqueville, "Akte XII"; Briston Maroney, "Deep Sea Diver"; Celesete, "Little Runaway"; Clipping, "Say the Name"; Dangerous Hippies, "Contagious Dangerous"; Raheem DeVaughn, "Marvin Used to Say"; Disclosure with Kehlani and Syd, "Birthday"; Doves, "Cathedrals of the Mind"; DREGG, "I'm Done"; Nick D'Virgilio, "I Know the Way;" Ecorse Creek Orchestra, "Run Runaway"; Escape The Fate, "Walk On"; Fates Warning, "Scars"; Froogle, "Patience"; Gandalf's Fist, "Stakes At Low Tide"; Zach Gill, "King Dancer's Delight"; Girl In Red, "Rue"; Jay Ham, "Woah There, Buddy"; Billy Hammer, "Mirage"; Calvin Harris, "Over Now" featuring The Weeknd; Hxliday SZN, "Save Me"; Imanos and c. wong, "Like Loving You"; Killer Whale, "Drop Out"; Kyd the Band, "Corridors"; Shannon LaBrie, "Good to Be King"; Laren Lakis, "Fear of God"; Left at London, "Safety First"; Fenne Lily, "Solipsism"; Maggie Lindemann, "Kinfe Under My Pillow"; Lonely The Brave, "Open Door"; The Midnight Preachers, "Pusher Woman"; Nao, "Woman" featuring Lianne La Havas; OKAN, "Mercedes"; Dolly Parton and Michael Buble, "Cuddle Up, Cozy Down Christmas"; Red Ribbon, "The Document" and "The Document (Alternate Version)"; Kronos Quartet, "Which Side Are You On?"; Rence, "Strawberry Blonde"; Rusty Eye, "This Is Permanent"; St. Vincent and Yoshiki, "New York"; Sasha Sloan, "House With No Mirrors"; Shamir, "Running"; Mike Skill, "'67 Riot" featuring Wayne Kramer (vinyl); SK8, "How It Be"; Smashing Pumpkins, "Cyr" and "The Colour of Love"; The Struts, "Another Hit of Showmanship"; Suicide Commando, "Dein herz, mein gier"; Jazmine Sullivan, "Lost One"; Tenille Townes, "Hallelujah"; Travis, "The Only Thing" featuring Susanna Hoffs; Tricky, "I'm In the Doorway" featuring Oh Land; Ty Dolla $ign, "Expensive" featuring Nicki Minaj; Neil Young, "The Times They Are a-Changin'"; Zhala, "Holes";

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