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CD Reviews:
New Music: Alicia Keys, Keith Urban, Yusuf/Cat Stevens, Run the Jewels 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: Delayed nearly six months, Alicia Keys' seventh studio album "Alicia" (RCA) finally drops -- a self-produced set featuring guest appearances by Miguel and Khalid and collaborations with husband Swizz Beats, Ed Sheeran, Ryan Tedder and others.



Album Title of the Week: Grace and Rachel, "Hello Weakness, You Make Me Strong" (Righteous Babe);



Did Ya Know?: Yusuf/Cat Stevens returns to one of his most successful albums with "Tea For the Tillerman 2" (UMe), reimagining the 1970 original for its 50th anniversary and dueting with his younger self on the track "Father and Son."



New & Noteworthy: Black Thought, "Streams of Thought Vol. 3: Kane & Able" (Republic); Nick Cordero, "Live Your Life: Live at Feinstein's/54 Below" (Broadway); Ace Frehley, "Origins Vol. 1" (eOne); Ziggy Marley, "More Family Time" (Tuff Gong); Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets, "Live at the Roundhouse" (Nick Mason Music Ltd./Legacy); Run the Jewels, "RTJ4" (Jewel Runners/BMG); Mike Shinoda, "Dropped Frames, Vol. 3" (Warner); Keith Urban, "The Speed of Now: Part 1" (Hit Red/Capitol Nashville); Neil Young, "The Times" (Reprise)



Also Out: AaRON, "Anatomy of Light" (Birds in the Storm); Blake Aaron, "Color and Passion" (Innervision); Jake Aaron, "Color and Passion" (Innervision); Ace of Cups, "Sing Your Dreams" (High Moon); The Apartments, "In and Out of the Light" (Talitres); Arthur Brothers, "Nine" (Declared Goods/Clearlight); Jenny Banai, "couchwalker" (self-released); Best Coast, "Live at World Cafe" (Concord); Body Double, "Milk Fed" (Zum); Brandy, "The Gift of Repetition" (Total Punk); Bright Light Bright Light, "Fun City" YSKWN!); Charli XCX, "How I'm Feeling Now" (Atlantic); Conway The Machine, "From King to A GOD" (Shady); AG Cook, "Apple" (PC Music); Crafty 893, "Induction EP" (Tru Thoughts); CrowJane, "Mater Dolorosa" (Kitten Robot); Cults, "Host" (Sinderlyn); Dig Nitty, "Reverse of Mastery" (Exploding in Sound); Eivor, "Segl" (The Orchard/Kobalt); Paul Epworth, "Voyager" (self-released); Facing the Gallows, "MMXX" (Out of Line); The Faith, "Live at CBGB's" (Out Battery); Finntroll, "Vredesvavd" (Century Media); Fires in the Distance, "Echoes From Deep November" (Prosthetic); Fit For a King, "The Path" (Solid State); Flying Colors, Third Stage: Live in London" (Music Theories); Liam Gallagher, "MTV Unplugged (Live at Hull City Hall)" (Warner); GA-20, "Live Vol. 1" (Karma Chief/Coleman); Zach Gill, "Cocktail Yoga" (Brushfire/Reprise); HAAi, "Rotating in Unison" (Mute); Koryn Hawthorne, "I Am" (RCA Inspiration); Hirie, "Bonfire" (self-released); Ice Cream, "Simply Glowing/Swung Out" (self-released); Stephie James, "These Days" (self-released); Jealous of the Birds, "Peninsula" (Canvasback/Atlantic); Lloyd Jones, "Tennessee Run" (VizzTone); Saunder Jurriaans, "Beasts" (Decca); Killer Whale, "Tastes Like Yesterday" (Sideways/Devil in the Woods); Brennen Leigh, "Prairie Love Letter" (self-released); Lido, "Peder" (Because Music); Simon Lunhe, "Never Knew the Night" (Travers); Ava Max, "Heaven & Hell" (Atlantic); Movements, "No Good Left to Give" (Fearless); Alicia Nugent, "The Old Side of Town" (Hillbilly Goddess); John Oates, "Live From Nashville" (PS); Joan Osborne, "Trouble and Strife" (Womanly Hips/Thirty Tigers); OSees, "Protean Threat" (Castle Face); KC Ortiz, "The Campground" (self-released); Pimmit Hills, "Heathens & Prophets" (self-released); Rakes, "Rakes" (Deer Lodge); Reckless Night Ensemble, Reckless Night Plays Lalo Guerrero" (self-released); Bart Ryan, "Starlight and Tall Tales" (Blackbird); Smith, Lyle & Moore, "EP I" (self-released); Sugar Ray & the Bluetones featuring Little Charlie, "Too Far From the Bar" (Severn); Gregory Tardy, "If Time Could Stand Still" (WJ#); 10 Years, "Violent Allies" (Mascot); Varg, "Zeichen" (Napalm); Voracious Scourge, "In Death" (Massacre); Anjimile Shares, "Giver Taker" (Father/Daughter); The White Swan, "Nocturnal Transmission" (War Crime); Whitton, "Backwards" (self-released); James Williamson and Deniz Tek, "Two To One" (Cleopatra); Winnetka Bowling League, "Congratulations" (RCA); Yours Truly, "Self Care" (UNFD);



From the Vaults: Brian Bromberg, "Bromberg Plays Hendrix" (Artistry/Mack Avenue); Roy Clark, "Greatest Hits" (Craft); John Coltrane, "Giant Steps (60th Anniversary Edition)" (Rhino/Atlantic); Fleewood Mac, "Then Play On (Expanded Edition)" (BMG); Little Richard, "The Rill Ting" (Omnivore); L7, "Smell the Magic" (30th Anniversary Edition)" (Sub Pop); Ozzy Osbourne, "Blizzard of Ozz: 40th Anniversary Edition" (Sony); Richard & Linda Thompson, "Hard Luck Stories (1972 to 1982" (Island/UMe; Gillian Welch, Boots No. 2: The Lost Songs (Acony);



Soundtracks: Various Artists, "The Devil All the Time: Music From the Netflix Film" (ABKOCO)



New Home Video: Ozzy Osbourne, "Live & Loud" and "Live at Budokan" (Sony)



New Singles: Anitta, "Me Gusta" featuring Cardi B.; Beabadoobee, "Worth It"; Andy Bell, "I Was Alone"; Laila Bialli, "Anthem"; Justin Bieber, "Holy" featuring Chance the Rapper; Black Stone Cherry, "Ringin' in My Head"; Joseph Black and Luh Kel, "Homesick"; Bon Jovi and Jennifer Nettles, "Do What You Can"; Boy Willows with Dylan Minnette, "Fila"; Ian Brown, "Little Seed Big Tree"; Danny Burns, "Many Moons Ago" featuring Sarah Jarosz; Will Butler, "Bethlehem"; Mel C, "Fearless" featuring Nadia Rose; Chance the Rapper, "Found You" featuring Ludacris; Pearl Charles, "What I Need"; Cobalt Chapel, "Our Angel Polygon"; contradash "cat out the bag"; Deftones, "Genesis"; Diamond Head, "It's Electric"; Mike Edel, "Good About Everything"; Evildead, "The Descending"; Foreign Air, "Ultra Mega Love"; Future Islands, "As Long As You Are"; Daemon Grey, "I Don't Wanna Grow Up"; Healy, "Back in Time" featuring Public Library Commute; Afta Hill, "Vibin"; Kadeema, "Ordinary World"; Bobby Keller, "Light Bearer"; King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, "Straws in the Wind"; Kygo x Donna Summer, "Hot Stuff"; iDKHOW, "Razzmatazz"; Jack Klatt, "Tennessee Blues"; LANY, "Cowboy in L.A."; Chris Lanzon, "Everest"; Lilbootycall, "Do or Die" featuring Liana Banks; Lusyv, "Riding My Own Wave"; Maple Glider, "As Tradition"; Maximo Park, "Child of the Flatlands"; Ron Miles, "The Rumor"; Monolink, "Otherside"; Mountain Goats, "Get Famous"; Ian Munsick, "Long Haul"; Powderfinger, "Day By Day"; Prince, "I Need a Man"; Rico Nasty, "Own It"; Andy Nicholson, "Goldteeth" featuring Murkage Dave; Nothing, "Say Less"; Nothing But Thieves, "Impossible"; Nothing, Nowhere, "Pretend"; The Nude Party, "What's the Deal?"; Pendulum, "Nothing For Free"/"Driver"; Pentatonix, "Mad World"; Pom Poko, "My Candidacy"; Porridge Radio, "7 Seconds"; Puma Blue, "Velvet Leaves"; Pup, "Rot"; Purple Witch of Culver, "Trig"; Puscifer, "Underwhelming"; Bino Rideaux, "Mismatch (Remix)" featuring Youg Thug; Rise Against, "Broken Dreams, Inc."; Joel Ross, "Gato's Gift"; RoZY, "Pretty Little Lies"; Susan Santo, "Fall For That" featuring Gary Clark Jr.; Justin Lee Schultz, "Do I Do"; Sir Sly, "Material Boy"; Slowthai, "feel away" featuring James Blake and Mount Kimbie; Sam Smith, "Diamonds"; Marc Scibilia,



Good Times"; Sontaag, "Beyond Forever" and "Back To My Soul"; Sufjan Stevens, "Sugar"; Bruce Sudano, "Doin' What You're Doin'"; Sunflower Bean, "Moment in the Sun"; Kaidy Superville, "Unconditional Love"; THEY., "STCU" featuring Juicy J; Troops of Doom, "The Confessional"; Jeff Tweedy, "Love is the King" and "Guess Again"; 2KBaby, "Mad"; Eddie Vedder, "Cartography"; Faye Webster, "Better Distractions"; Wizkid, "No Stress"; Jamila Woods, "Sula (Hardcover); Yellow Lazarus, "Quarantine"; Young Nudy, "All White"; Your Grandparents, "Tomorrow"; Yungblud, "God Save Me, But Don't Drown Me Out"

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