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CD Reviews:
New Music: Kings of Leon, Drake, Paul Stanley, Quinn XCII, 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: Kings of Leon follows up 2016's "Walls" -- the first No. 1 album of its career -- with "When You See Yourself" (RCA), an 11-track set recorded at Nashville's Blackbird Studios, returning to "Walls" Grammy award-wining producer Markus Dravs.



Album Title of the Week: Damien Jurado, "The Monster Who Hated Pennsylvania" (Maraqopa)



Did Ya Know?: After a quick sell-out (less than 24 hours) for its initial run in November, Neil Young's 10-disc "Archives, Vol. II (1972-1976)" (Reprise) surfaces again in both its opulent original packaging and a smaller (and less costly) "retail edition."



New & Noteworthy:



A Day to Remember, "You're Welcome" (Fueled By Ramen);



Chevelle, "NIRATIAS" (Epic);



Drake, "Scary Hours 2" (OVO Sound/Republic);



Elizabeth & the Catapult, "sincerely, e" (Compass);



Fruit Bats, "The Pet Parade" (Merge);



Judith Hill, "Baby, I'm Hollywood"



Jimbo Mathus and Andrew Bird, "These 13" (Wegawam Music Co./Southern



Paul Stanley's Soul Station, "Now and Then" (UMe);



Quinn CXII, "Change of Scenery II" (Columbia)



Also Out:



Susan Anders, "13 Women" (Zanna Discs);



Arab Strap, "As Days Get Dark" (Rock Action);



Badlands, "Djinn" (RITE);



Annicia Banks, "Up Front" (Raw Vue);



Laurie Berkner Band, "Let's Go" (Concord);



Camilo, "Mis Manos" (Sony Music Latin/Hecho a Mano);



Chase Atlantic, "Beauty In Death" (Fearless);



Chiasm & John Fryer, "Missed the Noise" (COP International);



Croc Shop, "Perpetual Sequence" (Metropolis);



Demon Hunter, "Songs of Death and Resurrection" (Solid State);



DMA's "Live at Brixton" (I Oh You/Infectious Music);



dodie, "Build a Problem" (doddleoddle);



Adam Douglas, "Better Angels" (Compro);



Jaz Elise, "The Golden Hour" (Digg Nation Collective/Six Course Music/RCA);



Fastest Land Animal, "Fastest Land Animal" (Listen);



Gabrielle, "Do It Again" (BMG);



Ron Gallo, "Peacemeal" (New West);



Jay Gonzalez, "Back to the Hive" (Middlebrow);



Tom Grennan, "Evering Road" (Insanity);



Joy Harjo, "I Pray For My Enemies" (Sunyata/The Orchard);



Ken Hensley, "My Book of Answers" (Cherry Red)



Judith Hill, "Baby, I'm Hollywood" (The Regime);



Johnny Ironsights, "Murder Mountain" (Flamma);



Conrado Isasa, "Isasa" (self-released);



iskwe, "The Stars" (iskwe Music);



Kash'd Out, "Casual Encounters" (LAW);



Zara Larsson, "Poser Girl" (Black Butter/Epic);



Charlotte Lawrence, "Charlotte" (Atlantic);



Leon III, "Antlers in Velvet" (Monosonic);



Joe Macre, "Bullet Train" (self-released);



Sandy McKnight with Fernando Perdomo, "San Fernando Beat" (self-released);



Billy Nomates, "Emergency Telephone" (self-released);



Painted Shrines, "Heaven and Holy" (Woodist);



Charlie Peacock, "Trout Creek Ranch" (Twenty Ten Music);



Anna Phoebe, "Icons" (Eat the Peach);



Photay, "On Hold" (Mexican Summer);



The Reasoning, "Battles Fought and Conquests Won" (self-released);



The Record Summer, "Lay It Bare" (Bodan Kuma);



Jason Ringenberg, "Rhinestoned," (Courageous Chicken);



Nacho Szulga 5, "Entramados Homeostaticos" (ears&eves);



SOM, "Awake" (Blood Blast/Pelagic);



Garrison Starr, "Girl I Used to Be" (self-released);



Ian Sweet, "Show Me How You Disappear" (Polyvinyl);



Thirdface, "Do It With a Smile" (Exploding in Sound);



Tigers Jaw, "I Won't Care How You Remember Me" (Hopeless);



Alyssa Trahan, "Baby Blues & Stilettos" (self-released);



The Vaccines, "Cozy Karaoke Vol. 1" (Super Easy);



Various Artists, "Gang Affiliated" (4Hunnid/Epic);



Visionist, "A Call to Arms" (Mute);



William the Conqueror, "Maverick Thinker" (Chrysalis);



Witherfall, "Curse of Autumn" (Century Media);



Wolfheart, "Skull Soldiers" (Napalm);



Youth Code x King Yosef, "A Skeleton in the Doors of Depression" (self-released)



From The Vaults:



Hasaan Ibn Ali, "Metaphysics: The Lost Atlantic Album" (Omnivore);



Black Sabbath, "Heaven and Hell: Deluxe Edition," "The Mob Rules: Deluxe Edition" (Rhino/Warner);



Brandy Clark, "Your Life is a Record (Deluxe)" (Warner);



Georgia Satellites, "Ultimate Georgia Satellites" (Lemon)



Japan, "Quiet Life (Box Set)" (BMG);



My Morning Jacket, "At Dawn (20th Anniversary Edition)" (Daria);



Todd Rundgren, "A Wizard, A True Star...Live" (Cleopatra);



Stereolab, "Electrically Possessed (Switched Vol. 4)" (Warp)



Tokyo Police Club, "Champ (10th Anniversary Edition)" (Mom + Pop);



Various Artists, "Greg Belson's Divine Funk" (Cultures of Soul)

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