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CD Reviews:
New Music: Nick Jonas, Selena Gomez, Rob Zombie, CeCe Winans, 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: There's a reason Nick Jonas has been on a media blitz ("Saturday Night Live," "The Voice") recently -- his third solo album, "Spaceman" (Island). The 11-song set was produced and co-written with Grammy Award winner Greg Kurstin (Foo Fighters, Sia, Paul McCartney, Greta Van Fleet), while the Clash's Mick Jones has a writing credit on "Deeper Love."



Album Title of the Week: Valerie June, "The Moon and the Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers" (Fantasy/Concord);



Did Ya Know?: Selena Gomez returns to her Latin side for the first time in more than a decade -- when she fronted the Scene -- with "Revelacion," a seven-song EP, recorded remotely and featuring guest appearances by Myke Towers, DJ Snake and Raw Alejandro.



New & Noteworthy:



Blackmore's Night, "Nature's Light" (earMUSIC);



DJ Muggs the Black Goat, "Dies Occidendum" (Sacred Bones);



Kate Hinote Trio, "Near" (self-released);



Lake Street Dive, "Obviously" (Nonesuch);



Pino Palladino and Blake Mills, "Notes With Attachments" (New Deal/Impulse!/Verve);



Rose, "R" (YG/Interscope);



CeCe Winans, "Believe For It" (Fairtrade Services/PureSpring Gospel);



Rob Zombie, The Lunar Injection Kool Aid Eclipse Conspiracy" (Nuclear Blast)



Also Out:



The Anchoress, "The Art of Losing" (KScope);



Ronnie Atkins, "One Shot" (Frontiers);



Blue Water Highway, "Paper Airplanes" (Start Swimming);



Caribou, "Suddenly Remixes" (Merge);



Charles Lloyd & the Marvels, "Tone Poem" (Blue Note);



Allie Crow Buckley, "Moonlit and Devious" (self-released);



Coma Culture, "Camouflage" (Repost Network);



Conan, "Live at Freaky Valley" (Napalm);



Dead Poet Society, "-!-" (Spinefarm);



Do Nothing, "Glueland" (Exact Truth);



Eyehategod, "A History of Nomadic Behavior" (Century Media);



Gizmachi, "Omega Kaleid" (CEN/The Orchard);



Tom Grennan, "Evering Road" (Insanity);



Grouplove, "This Is This" (Atlantic);



Heart Healer, "The Metal Opera by Magnus Karlsson" (Frontiers);



Gary Hughes, "Waterside" (Frontiers);



ISSA, "Queen of Broken Hearts" (Frontiers);



Valerie June, "The Moon and the Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers" (Fantasy/Concord);



Chez Kane, "Chez Kane" (Frontiers);



Katie Knipp, "The Well" (Heart Songs);



Vivian Leva & Riley Calcagno, "Vivian Leva & Riley Calcagno" (Free Dirt);



James Levy "Soldier" (Side Hustle/The Orchard);



Charles Lloyd & the Marvels, "Tone Poem" (Blue Note);



Joyner Lucas, "Evolution" (Twenty Nine Music Group);



Lushlife, "Redamancy" (Fortune Tellers);



Marianas Rest, "Fate Morgana" (Napalm);



Jane Monheit, "Come What May" (Provident);



Lauren Murphy, "Psychedelics" (self-released);



Israel Nash, "Topaz" (Desert Folklore);



Sean Paul, "Live N Livin" (Dutty Rock);



The Paper Kites, "Roses" (Nettwerk);



Saga, "Symmetry" (earMUSIC)



Secret Sphere, "Lifeblood" (Frontiers);



Philippe Cohen Solal and Mike Lindsay, "Outsider" (iYa Basta!);



The Sound Field, "This Moment of the Storm" (Rocker Chick Media);



Strawbs, "Settlement" (Esoteric/Cherry Red);



Sunstorm, "Afterlife" (Frontiers);



Dulcie Taylor, "Rediscovered" (Mesa/Bluemoon);



Mike Tiano, "Creetisvan" (self-released);



Turbulence, "Frontal" (Frontiers);



Butch Walker, "American Love Story (Live and Quarantined)" (Ruby Red);



White Void, "Anti" (Nuclear Blast)



Witch Camp, "I've Forgotten Now Who I Used to Be" (Six Degrees);



Various Artists, "Down Where the Valleys Are Low: A Tribute to Judee Sill" (StorySound);



From The Vaults:



Brand New Heavies, "Shibuya 357: Live in Tokyo 1992" (Acid Jazz);



Giveobn, "When It's All Said and Done...Take Time: Deluxe" (Epic);



Gary Hughes, "Decades" (Frontiers);



Kreator, "Under the Guillotine" (Noise);



Madness, "Our House: The Very Best of Madness" (BMG);



Buck Owens, "The Complete Capitol Singles, 1957-1975" (Omnivore);



The Roots, "Do You Want More ?!!!??! (Deluxe Edition)" (Geffen/Ume);



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



Johnny Smith, "The Classic Roots Album Collection" (Enlightenment);



UB40, "Signing Off" (EMI/UMe);



The Wiggles, "We're All Fruit Salad! The Wiggles' Greatest Hits" (ABC)

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