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CD Reviews:
New Music: J Dilla, Foo Fighters, Danny Kroha, Hayley Williams 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: Album of the Week: Major Motor City music history is revisted with "Welcome 2 Detroit: 20th Anniversary Edition" (BBE Music), an expanded edition of the late producer-artist J Dilla's debut album, spotlighting home city guests such as Dwele, Elzhi, Frank-N-Dank and more. The new edition, packed as a 7-inch viny box set, features two brand new tracks, instrumentals, alternative mixes and outtakes, along with an oral history of the sessions.



Album Title of the Week: Sarah Mary Chadwick, "Me and Ennui are Friends, Baby" (Ba Da Bing)



Did Ya Know?: Foo Fighters' new "Medicine at Midnight" album features backing vocals by frontman Dave Grohl's 14-year-old daughter Violet on the opening track, "Making a Fire."



New & Noteworthy:



A.J. Croce, "By Request" (Compass);



Rodney Crowell & Friends, "Songs From Quarantine" (Bandcamp);



Deacon Blue, "Riding on the Tide of Love" (earMUSIC);



Fleet Foxes, "Shore" (Anti-/Epitaph);



Aaron Lee Tasjan, "Tasjan! Tasjan! Tasjan!" (New West);



Danny Kroha, "Detroit Blues" (Third Man);



Bob Marley, "Songs of Freedom: The Island Years" (Tuff Gong/Island/UMe);



The Staves, "Good Woman" (Atlantic);



The Weeknd, "The Highlights" (XO/Republic);



Hayley Williams, "Flowers For Vases / Descansos" (Atlantic)



Also Out:



Angelus Apatrida, "Angelus Apatrida" (Century Media);



Taylor Ashton, "Romanticize" (Signature Sounds);



Black Country, New Road, "For the First Time" (Ninja Tune);



Paul Cardall, "The Broken Miracle" (Anthem);



Cardioid, "Crystal Lattice Lullabies" (self-released);



John Carpenter, "Lost Themes III: Alive After Death" (Scared Bones);



Sarah Mary Chadwick, "Me and Ennui Are Friends, Baby" (Ba Da Bing!);



CNCO, "Deja Vu" (Sony Music Latin);



Cult of Luna, "The Raging River" (Red Creek);



Downes Braide Association, "Halcyon Hymns" (Cherry Red);



Hounds, "Cattle in the Sky" (BMG);



The KLF, "Come Down Dawn" (KLF Communications);



Korpiklaani, "Jylhä" (Nuclear Blast);



Todd La Torre, "Rejoice in the Suffering" (Rat Pak);



Sarah Mary Chadwick, "Me and Ennui are Friends, Baby" (Ba Da Bing);



Miss Grit, "Imposter" (self-released);



Lauren Monroe, "Under the Wolf Moon" (self-released);



Nubyan Twist, "Freedom Fables" (Strut);



Odette, "Herald" (EMI);



Popa Chubby, "It's a Mighty Hard Road" (Dixiefrong);



Puma Blues, "In Praise of Shadows" (Blue Flowers);



Miguel Rios, "Slaughterhouse Road" (Laughing Outlaw);



Ryla Rose, "How Far" (self-released);



Sarin, "You Can't Go Back" (Prosthetic);



Shovels & Rope, "Busted Jukebox, Volume 3" (Dualtone);



slowthai, "Tyron" (Method/AWGE/Interscope);



Smith & Burrows, "Only Smith & Burrows is Good Enough" (PIAS America);



Nick Schofield, "Glass Gallery" (Backward Music);



The Telescopes, "Songs of Love and Revolution" (Tapete);



Terminal, "Blacken the Skies" (Metropolis);



Transatlantic, "The Absolute Universe" (InsideOut Music)



TV Priest, "Uppers" (Hand in Hive);



Vampire Weekend, "40:42" (Spring Snow/Columbia);



VanJess, "Homegrown" (Keep Cool/RCA);



Aaron Watson, "American Soul" (Big Label);



The Weather Station, "Ignorance" (Fat Possum);



John Williams, "In Vienna (Live Edition)" (Deutsche Grammophon);



Nana Yamato, "Before Sunrise" Dull Tools);



From The Vaults:



Arcade Fire, "Reflektor" (Legacy);



Ricky Banda, "Niwanji Walwa Amwishyo" (Now-Again);



Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, "Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown -- Rocks" (Bear Family);



Michael Chapman, "The Decca Years 1974-1977" (Secret);



Curved Air, "The Albums 1970-1973" (Esoteric/Cherry Red);



Fine Young Cannibals, "Fine Young Cannibals (Expanded Edition)" and "The Raw & The Cooked (Expanded Edition)" (London);



Eddie Fisher, "Songs From Stage & Screen" (Sepia);



Grateful Dead, "Dave's Picks Volume 37: Colle of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA 4/15/18" (Deadnet);



Femi Kuti and Made Kuti, "Legacy +" (Partisan);



Longstocking, "Once Upon a Time Called Now" (Jealous Butcher);



Charlie Parker, "His Finest Recordings" (Enlightenment);



Nancy Sinatra, "Nancy Sinatra: Start Walkin' 1965-1976" (Boots Enterprises/Light in the Attic);



Dusty Springfield, "The Complete Atlantic Singles" (Real Gone);



Norma Tanega, "Walkin' My Cat Named Dog (Expanded Edition)" (Real Gone);



New Home Video:



"A Man Called Adam" (KL Studio Classics);



Anna Lucasta" (KL Studio Classics);



Petty Lee, "Things Are Swingin': Her Greatest Songs" (MPI)

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