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CD Reviews:
New Music: Ringo Starr, Lana Del Rey, Justin Bieber, Loretta Lynn, 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: Ringo Starr has always gotten by with a little help from his friends -- and there are a lot of those on his new EP, "Zoom In" (UMe). Among the guests are Beatles mate Paul McCartney, brother-in-law Joe Walsh, Toto's Steve Lukather, Dave Grohl, Lenny Kravitz, Sheryl Crow, Finneas, the Black Puma's Eric Burton, Chris Stapleton, Ben Harper, Jenny Lewis and Yola -- and that's just on the first track "Here's to the Nights." Rest assured there's more Starr power on the other four, too.







Album Title of the Week: Lana Del Rey, "Chemtrails Over the Country Club" (Interscope)



Did Ya Know?: Loretta Lynn's 50th solo studio album, "Still Woman Enough" (Legacy), is a tribute to female contributions to country music, from the Carter Family to her own material ("I'm A Honky Tonk Girl," "Coal Miner's Daughter") with guest appearances by Reba McEntire, Carrie Underwood, Tanya Tucker and Margo Price.



New & Noteworthy:



Jon Batiste, "We Are" (Verve);



Justin Bieber, "Justice" (Def Jam);



Harry Connick Jr., "Alone With My Faith" (Verve);



Chris Cornell, "No One Sings Like You Anymore" (UMe);



Raul Malo, "Qurantunes Vol. 1" (Mondo Mundo);



David Olney and Ariana Kaye, "Whispers and Sighs" (Schoolkids);



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



Sting, "Duets" (CherryTree/A&M/UMe);



Serj Tankian, "Elasticity" (Alchemy);



Also Out (all subject to change):



Ryan Adams, "Wednesdays" (Pax Americana/Empire);



Ainur, "Spirit of Fire" (Rockshots);



Aversed, "Impermanent" (CENT/The Orchard);



Diego Baliardo, "Este Ritmo" (Moondo Music);



Gabby Barrett, "Live From the Goldmine" (Warner Music Nashville);



Bass Race, "Tender Vittles" (Ruby Railroad);



Bell Orchestre, "House Music" (Erased Tapes);



The Blue Stones, "Hidden Gems" (eOne);



Melissa Carper, "Daddy's Country Gold" (Mae Music);



The City Champs, "Luna '68" (Big Legal Mess);



Deniz Cuylan, "No Such Thing As Free Will" (Hush Hush);



Steve Earle & the Dukes, "J.T." (New West);



Ego Kill Talent, "The Dance Between Extremes" (BMG);



Andrew Farriss, "Andrew Farriss" (BMG);



Lo Talker, "A Comedy of Errors" (Arts & Crafts);



Depths of Hatred, "Inheritance" (Prosthetic);



Ego Kill Talent, "The Dance Between Extremes" (BMG);



Exist Immortal, "Act II: Gold" (Seek and Strike);



Michael Feuerstack, "Harmonize the Moon" (Forward Music Group)



Ghosts of Vroom, "Ghosts of Vroom 1" (Mod Y Vi);



Steve Gulley & Tim Stafford, "Still Here" (Crossroads);



Hedvig Mollestad Trio, "Ding Dong, You're Dead" (Rune Grammafon);



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



Jobbaloon, "The Invitation" (self-released);



Lo Talker, "A Comedy of Errors" (Arts & Crafts);



Mykey, "Witching Hour" (Warner);



Midland, "The Sonic Ranch" (Big Machine);



Sofia Kourtesis, "Fresia Magdalena" (Ninja Tune);



Lo Talker, "A Comedy Of Errors" (Arts & Crafts);



Michigander, "Everything Will Be OK Eventually" (C3);



Middle Kids, "Today We're the Greatest" (Domino);



Mono, "Beyond the Past -- Live in London with the Platinum Anniversary Orchestra" (Pelagic);



Morpheus Project, "Mozaick" (self-released);



Sylvan Paul, "America" (Wolf + Lamb);



Popa Chubby, "Itís a Mighty Hard Road" (Dixiefrong);



Ronna Reason, "Ronna Reason" (Damaged Disco);



Rivals, "Sad Looks Pretty on Me" (Smartpunk);



Saxon, "Inspirations" (Silver Lining/Militia Guard)'



Nitin Sawhney, "Immigrants" (Sony Classical);



Kabir Sehgal and Mari Incontrera, "Angela's Ring" (Tiger Turn);



Show Me the Body, "Survive" (Loma Vista);



Son of the Velvet Rat, "Solitary Company" (Fluff&Gravy);



The Snuts, "W.L." (New Elektra/Parlophone);



Tearjerker, "Deep End" (self-released);



Too Much Joy, "mistakes were made" (XO);



Triptides, "Alter Echoes" (Alive Naturalsound);



Trollfest, "Happy Heroes" (Napalm);



Chad VanGaalen, "World's Most Stressed Out Gardener" (Sub Pop);



Vegyn, "Like a Good Old Friends" (PLZ Make It Ruins);



Morgan Wade, "Reckless" (Ladylike/Thirty Tigers);



Yaima, "Earth Trilogy, Part 1" (self-released)



From The Vaults:



Awolnation, "Megalithic Symphony: Deluxe Edition" (Red Bull);



Green Day, "Insomniac: 25th Anniversary Edition" (Warner);



Kaleidoscope & Fairfield Parlour, "Sky Children: The Best Of..." (Think Like a Key Records);



Nils Lofgren, "Bonus Tracks" (Castle Track Road);



Lynyrd Skynyrd, "Nothing Comes Easy: 1991-2012" (Eagle Rock);



Papa Roach, "Greatest Hits Vol. 2 -- The Better Noise Years" (Better Noise);



Juan Carlos Quintero, "Caminando" Moondoo Music);



"Ringo Starr and His Third All-Star Band -- Volume 1" (Greyscale);



Ten Years After, "A Song in the Tale (Deluxe Edition)" (Deko Entertainment);



Various Artists, "NOW That's What I Call Music! Outlaw Country" (NOW Music);



Volbeat, "The Strength/The Sound/The Songs: 15th Anniversary Edition" (Mascot);



Bobby Womack, "The Poet" and "The Poet II" (ABKCO)

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