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CD Reviews:
New Music: Shawn Mendes, Steve Perry, Yungblud, Jeff Daniels 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: Canadian pop singer-songwriter (and Camilla Cabello boyfriend) Shawn Mendes drops his fourth album, "Wonder" (Island), already raising a ruckus with the Justin Bieber collaboration "Monster" as well as an aggrandizing Netflix documentary that premiered last month. And if you want more (sure ya do), "Wonder: The Experience" streams at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6; Details via WonderTheExperience.com.



Album Title of the Week: Gone Is Gone, "If Everything Happens For a Reason...Then Nothing Really Matters at All" (Clouds Hill);



Did Ya Know?: After releasing his first new album in 25 years, Journey alumnus Steve Perry recasts it with "Traces: Alternate Versions & Sketches" (Fantasy), a set of stripped-down versions of the songs that provide a more open showcase for his vocals.



New & Noteworthy:



Arctic Monkeys, "Live at the Royal Albert Hall" (Domino);



Jeff Daniels, "Alive and Well Enough" (Boomadeeboom);



Russell Dickerson, "Southern Symphony" (Triple Tigers);



King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, "K.G." (KGLW/ATO);



Rico Nasty, "Nightmare Vacation" (Sugar Trap/Atlantic);



Sigur Ros, "Odin's Raven Magic" (Krunk/Warner Classics);



The White Stripes, "Greatest Hits" (Third Man/Columbia);



Yungblud, "Weird!" (Locomotion/Geffen/Interscope);



Also Out:



Ad Infinitum, "Chapter 1 Revisited" (Napalm);



Doug Beavers, "Sol" (Circle 9);



Bon Bon Vivant, "Dancing in the Darkness" (Heroic Doses);



Deafheaven, "10 Years Gone" (Sargent House);



Dear-God, "1-844-Dear-God" (End Time/Terrible, Dine Alone);



Death Cab For Quitie "The Georgia EP" (Atlantic);



Lavender Diamond, "Now is the Time" (Petaluma);



Fish, "A Fish in the Lemon Tree" (self-released);



Fleet Foxes, "Shore" (Bandcamp);



Forester, "A Range of Light" (Palm Tree);



Gama Bomb, "Sea Savage" (Prosthetic);



Grandson, "Death of An Optimist" (Fueled By Ramen);



GOT7, "Breath of Love-Last Piece" (jYP Entertainment);



Peter Hesslein, "Night Drive" (Lucifer's/Cherry Red);



Hollywood Undead, "New Empire: Volume 2" (BMG/Dove & Grenade Media);



iamthenorning, "Counting the Ghosts" (self-released);



Joan of Arc, "Tim Melina Theo Bobby" (Joyful Noise);



Kelly Jones, "Don't Let the Devil Take Another Day" (Parlophone/Elektra);



Maginc Dance, "Remnants" (Frontiers);



Conor Mathews, "fool's elegy" (Altadina/Warner);



John McLean and Charles Barkatz, "Shadow Man" (Leaky Shoes);



McStine & Minnemann, "II" (self-released);



Mollo Rilla, "Viva El Camino" (Seeing Red);



Protomartyr, "Security By Shadow" (Domino);



Quarter-Life Crisis, "Quarter-Life Crisis" (Saddle Creek);



Rave the Reqviem, "Stigmata Itch" (Out of Line);



Rich the Kid & YoungBoy Never Broke Again, "Nobody Save" (Rich Forever Music/Empire);



Lee Ritenour, "Dreamcatcher" (The Players Club/Mascot);



Adam Rudolph, "Focus and Field" (Meta);



Sculptor, "Untold Secrets" (Frontiers);



Kalie Shorr, "Open Book: Unabridged" (TMWRK);



Skinshape, "Arrogance is the Death of Men" (Lewis);



Symba, "Don't Run From R.A.P." (Atlantic);



Technophobia, "Some of Us Are Looking at the Stars" (Working Order);



Topographies, "Ideal Form" (Funeral Party);



VRSTY, "Cloud City" (Spinefarm);



Craig Wedgren, "Sabbath Sessions Vol. 1" (self-released);



The Wildhearts, "30 Year Itch" (Round)



From the Vaults:



Blue Oyster Cult, "Live at Rock of Ages Festival 2016" (Frontiers);



Dave Brubeck Quartet, "Time OutTakes" (Brubeck Editions);



Lewis Capaldi, "Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent: Finale"



Bill Evans, "Live at Ronnie Scott's" (Resonance);



Lee Fields & the Expressions, "Big Crown Vaults Vol. 1" (Big Crown);



Jerry Garcia and Merle Saunders, "GarciaLive Volume 15: May 21st 1971, Keystone Corner" (Round);



Glitch Mob, "Drink the Sea (10 Year Anniversary Edition)" (Glass Air);



Ghost Brigade, "MMV-MMXX" (Seasons of Mist);



Gov't Mule, "Live at the Beacon Theater/New York City/December 31, 2017" (self-released);



The Gun Club, "Miami" (Extra Term Audio);



King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, "Live in San Francisco '16" (KGLW/ATO);



Little Richard, "Southern Child" (Omnivore);



Manowar, "Black Wind, Fire and Steel: The Atlantic Albums 1987-1992" (HNE/Cherry Red);



Mansun, "Closed For Business: Ultimate Mansun Collection" (Kscope);



Bob Marley & the Wailers, "The Complete Island Recordings" (Tuff Gong/Island/UMe);



Mudhoney, "Real Low Vibe: The Reprise Recordings 1992-1998" (Cherry Red);



Margo Price, "Perfectly Imperfect at the Ryman" (Loma Vista/Concord);



Rammstein, "Herzeleid (XXV Anniversary Edition -- Remastered)" (Island/UMe);



Rolling Stones, "Sticky Fingers (Spanish Version)," "Time Waits For No One: Anthology 1971-1979," "Made in the Shade," "Sucking in the Seventies," "Rewind (1971-1984)" (Interscope/UMe);



Sonny Rollins, Rollins in Holland: The 1967 Studio & Live Recordings" (Resonance);



Soft Cell, "Cruelty Without Beauty (2020 Expanded Edition)" (Big Frock);



Cat Stevens, "Mona Bone Jakon" and "Tea For the Tillerman" deluxe editions (A&M/UMe)



These New Puritans, "Hidden (MMXX)";



Township, "Life Starts Tonight" (Tee Pee);



Trans-Siberian Orchestra, "The Christmas Trilogy" (Atlantic);



Various Artists, "Halcyon Days: 60s Mod, $&B, Brit Soul & Freakbeat Nuggets" (Cherry Red);



Various Artists, "Leather Strip: The Zoth Ommog Years 1989-1999" (Cleopatra)



Various Artists, "The Unquiet Grave 2020" (Cleopatra/Bandcamp)



Amy Winehouse, "The Collection, "12x7: The Singles Collection" (Republic/UMe);



New Holiday Albums:



Tori Amos, "Christmastide" (Decca);



Blackmore's Night, "Here We Come a Caroling" (earMUSIC);



Jamie Cullum, "The Pianoman At Christmas" (Blue Note);



Tommy Emmanuel, "Live! Christmas Time"... (CGP Sounds/Cruzen Street);



Infamous Stringdusters, "Dust the Halls: An Acoustic Christmas Holiday" (Tape Time/Regime Music Group);



Jamie Jones, "Christmas at Home with Jamie Jones" (self-released);



Poppy, "A Very Poppy Christmas" (self-released);



Brad Rymer, "Angels in the Snow" (self-released)



Soundtracks:



"The Prom (Music From the Netflix Film)" (Sony Masterworks)

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