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CD Reviews:
New Music: Prince, Carrie Underwood, Public Enemy, War and Treaty 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: "Sign O' the Times," considered by many to be the late Prince's best album ever, gets a deluxe and super deluxe overhaul (Rhino/NPG/Warner) loaded with scores of rarities, unreleased tracks, demos and alternative versions, plus live 1987 performances from Utrecht and his Paisley Park headquarters.



Album Title of the Week: Sara Marie Barron, "Existential Glam" (self-released)



Did Ya Know?: Public Enemy's "What You Gonna Do When the Grid Goes Down?" (Def Jam) brings the legendary rap group back to Def Jam Recordings for the first time in more than 20 years, with guest appearances by Nas, Rapsody, YG, Jahi and the Roots' Questlove and Black Thought.



New & Noteworthy: Will Butler, "Generations" (Merge); deftones, "Ohm" (Reprise); Diana Krall, "This Dream of You" (Verve); Machine Gun Kelly, "Tickets to My Downfall" (Bad Boy/Interscope); Lou Reed, "New York (Deluxe Edition)" (Rhino/Warner); Carrie Underwood, "My Gift" (Capitol Nashville); Various Artists, "Blue Note Re:Imagined" (Blue Note/Decca); The War and Treaty, "Hearts Town" (Rounder)



Also Out: A Certain Ratio, "ACR Loco" (Mute); Action Bronson, "Only For Dolphins" (Loma Vista/Concord); The Backstage, "Isolation" (Reingold); Bald Man, "Music For the Rest of Us" (self-released); Barrett Anderson Band, "HypnoBoogie" (Whitaker Blues); Elvin Bishop and Charlie Musselwhite, "100 Years of Blues" (Alligator); The Buckleys, "Daydream" (Petrol/Universal/UMe); Tim Burgess, "Ascent of the Ascended" (self-released); Ricky Byrd, "Sobering Times" (Kayos); Thomas Csorba, "Thomas Csorba" (self-released); Diana DeMuth, "Misadventure" (Creaky Gate/Thirty Tigers); Douaumont, "String Quartet No. 8" (Pale Noise Media); Ecorse Creek Orchestra, "Tales From the Watershed" (self-released); Extra Medium Pony, "Traffic" (self-released); Fleet Foxes, "Shore" (Anti-); Kirk Fletcher, "My Blues Pathway" (Cleopatra); Charlie Garmendia, "La China de la Gasolina" (Mississippi); Amber Garza, "When I Was You" (self-released); Natalie Grant, "No Stranger" (Curb/World); Trevor Hall, "In and Through the Body" (3 Rivers); Tom Heidecker, "Fear of Death" (Spacebomb); Zach Henckendorf, "Hawk Talk" (Organically Elevated/Missing Piece); Opie Hendrix, "Unhappy People" (self-released); Hexx, "Entangled in the Sun" (High Roller); The Hives, "The Hives Live at Third Man Records" (Third Man); Jadu Heart, "Hyper Romance" (VLF); Yves Jarvis, "Sundry Rock Song Stock" (Anti-/Epitaph); Joe Stam Band, "The Good & the Crooked (& the High & the Horny)" (self-released); Joji, "Nectar" (88rising); Thomm Jutz, "To Live in Two Worlds, Volume 2" (Mountain Home); Khotin, "Finds You Well" (Ghostly International); Shannon LaBrie, "Building" (Moraine Music); Rachel Lark, "Sex and Balances" (self-released); Left at London, "Transgender Street Legend Vol. 2" (self-released); Ben Lesser, "Choose Love" (BMG); Lydia Loveless, "Daughter" (Honey, You're Gonna Be Late); Simon Lunche, "Never Knew" (self-released); Christian Machado, "Hollywood & Sycamore" (Coconut Bay/Chesky); Tommy Marz, "Chasing Light" (self-released); Maatvei, "Voices" (Kitsune); Mike McClure, "Looking Up" (Crow and Gazelle); Makaya McGraven, "Universal Beings E&F Sides" (International Anthem); MBNel, "Child Of The Trenches 2" (Muddy Boyz/EMPIRE); The Menzingers, "From Exile" (Epitaph); Justin Moore, "Live at the Ryman" (Valory Music Co.); Thurston Moore, "By the Fire" (Daydream Library Series); Motor!k, "Motor!k 2" Out of Line); Bob Mould, "Blue Hearts" (Merge); Roisin Murphy, "Roisin Machine" (Skint); Yola Nash, "Touched By Love" (self-released); Nasty, "Menace" (Century Media); Neffex, "New Beginnings" (12Tone Music); The Neighbourhood, "Chip Chrome & the Mono-Tones)" (Columbia); The Neptunas, "Mermaid A Go Go" (self-released); niiice., "Internet Friends" (Brace Cove/Chatterbot); Danny O'Keefe, "Looking Glass & the Dreamers" (self-released); Opus Vitae, "Gramercy" (self-released); Painted Doll, "How to Draw Fire" (Tee Pee); The Pretty Things, "Bare As Bone, Bright As Blood" (Madfish Music); Realize, "Machine Violence" (Relapse); Rock Maifa, "Songs For the Eternal Optimist Vol. 2" (12Tone Music); Ryan and Pony, "Moshi Moshi" (Pravda); SAD13, "Haunted Painting" (Wax Nine); Bette Smith, "The Good, The Bad and the Bette" (Ruf); Granger Smith, "Country Things, Vol. 1" (BBR); Chris Smither, "More From the Levee" (Signature Sounds); Squirrel Nut Zippers, "The Lost Songs of Doc Souchon" (self-released); Suicide commando, "Mindstrip Redux" (Out of Line); Sufjan Stevens, "The Ascension" (Asthmatic Kitty); Super M, "Super One" (SM Entertainment/Capitol); Sylvan Esso, "Free Love" (Loma Vista); Jordan Tice, "Motivational Speakeasy" (Padiddle); 2Chainz, "So Help Me God" (Def Jam); The Waymaker, "The Waymaker" (Melodic Passion); Bella White, "Just Like Leaving You" (self-released)



From The Vaults: Chubby Checker, "Dancin' Party: The Chubby Checker Collection (1960-1966)" (ABKCO); Bruce Cockburn, "True North: A 50th Anniversary Box Set" (True North); Coolio, "Gangsta's Paradise (25th Anniversary Edition)" (Tommy Boy); Earth, Wind & Fire, "Gold" (Crimson Productions/Demon); Barbara Lewis, "Don't Forget About Me: The Atlantic & Reprise Recordings" (Soul Music/Cherry Red); Lil Wayne, "The Carter V: Deluxe Edition" (Young Money/Republic); Barbara Lynn, "The Complete Atlantic Recordings" (Real Gone); Rolling Stones, "Steel Wheels Live (From Atlantic City New Jersey 1989)" (Eagle Rock); Diana Ross & the Supremes, "...Sing and Perform 'Funny Girl' -- The Ultimate Edition)" (Second Disc/Real Gone); Slade, "Cum On Feel the Hitz: The Best of Slade" (BMG); Dusty Springfield, "A Brand New Me: The Complete Philadelphia Sessions (Expanded Edition)," "Come For a Dream: The UK Sessions 1970-71" (Real Gone); Bryson Tiller, "Trapsoul (Deluxe)" (Trapsoul/RCA); Various Artists, "Looking Though a Glass Onion, "The Beatles Psychedelic Songbook 1966-72" (Grapefruit/Cherry Red)



New Holiday Albums: Terri Clark, "It's Christmas...Cheers" (Mercury Nashville); Peggy Lee, "Ultimate Peggy Lee Christmas" (Capitol/UMe); Carrie Underwood, "My Gift" (Capitol Nashville)



Soundtracks: "Hackers (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack): 25th Anniversary Edition" (Varese Sarabande); "The Marvelous Mr. Maisel (Music From Season Three" (UMe)



New Music Video: "Hip Hop: The Songs That Shook America" (Image Entertainment)



New Singles: Jake Allen, "On the Run"; Ashbury Heights, "Spectres From the Black Moss"; Blu Detiger, "Cotton Candy Lemonade"; Boy Pablo, "Leave Me Alone"; Bastille, "Survivin'"; Matt Berninger, "One More Second"; The Brummies, "Fever Dream"; Camina, "Se Puede"; Color of Light, "My World Ends"; Luke Combs, "Without You" featuring Amarnda Shires; The Cribs, "I Don't Know Who I Am" featuring Lee Ranaldo; Jean Dawson, "Starface"; Jay Diener, "Stardust"; Vin Diesel, "Feel Like I Do"; Isaac Dunbar, "miss america"; Noga Erez, "You So Done"; Fantastic Negrito, "Searching For Captain Save a Hoe"; Ruby Fields, "Pretty Grim"; Five Finger Death Punch, "Wrong Side of Heaven (Acoustic)"; The Flower Kings, "The Grand"; Gazpacho, "Fireworker"; Grandson, "Dirty"; Sammy Hagar & the Circle, "Sympathy For a Human"; Hands Like Houses, "Dangerous"; Corey Hart, "Culture Head"; Tim Heidecker, "Oh How We Drift Away" featuring Weyes Blood; Ashton Irwin, "Superbloom"; Keep Shelly In athens, "I See In Your Mind"; King Parrot, "Nor Is Yours" featuring Philip Anselmo; Richie Kotzen and Mike Portnoy, "Raise the Cain"; Larkin Poe, "Nights in White Satin"; Brandon Lay, "Startin' Young"; Left Field Messiah, "AM Moonlight"; Leon III, "Fly Mitigator"; Lunatic Soul, "The Passage"; Matt Maeson, "Hallucinogenics" featuring Lana Del Rey"; Zayn Malik, "Better"; Scotty McCreery, "You Time"; Metz, "Blind Youth Industrial Park"; Midnight Oil, "First Nation"; Tim Minchin, "Airport Piano"; Kylie Minogue, "Magic"; Joey Molland, "Rainy Day Man"; Kevin Morby, "Don't Underestimate Midwest American Sun" and "Wander"; Mustafa, "Air Forces"; ARO aka Aimee Osbourne, "House of Lies"; Osees, "Electric War"; Pixies, "Hear Me Out"; Polo G, "Epidemic"; Tyler Ramsey, "Tomorrow on the Runway"; Michael Ray, "Whiskey and Rain"; Ring Van Mobius, "Illuminati"; Roberto, "Up in the Sky"; Clint Roberts, "Nero's Waltz"; Royal Blood, "Trouble's Coming"; Bree Runway, "Little Nokia"; Saygrace, "Used To"; Scenic Route to Alaska, "Polarized"; Travis Scott, "Franchise" featuring Young Thug and M.I.A.; The Shings, "The Great Divide"; Slotface, "Doctor"; Smashing Pumpkins, "Confessions of a Dopamine Addict" and "Wraith"; Bruce Springsteen, "Ghosts"; Starwolf, "Make You Mine"; Rob Stone, "With Me Tonight"; Tiesto, "The Business"; Bryson Tiller, "Always Forever"; Tune-Yards, "Nowhere Man"; Tyag, "Money Mouf" featuring Saweetie and YG; Jarreau Vandal, "Golden Ticket"; Kurt Vile, "How Lucky" featuring John Prine; Emily Weisband, "Dumber"; Wild Feathers, "Blue"; Steven Wilson, "Eminent Sleaze"; Alison Wonderland, "Bad Things"; Yo La Tengo, "Bleeding"; You Me At Six, "Beautiful Way"; Zero 7, "Outline";

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