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The Listening Room: GRiZ, Thornetta Davis, Shawn Mendes, Bruce Springsteen and more...

Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

Posted: Thursday, September 22, 2016

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This week's new and notable new music releases include...

Luke Bryan, "Farm Tour..."Here`s To The Farmer" (Capitol Nashville): The country star co-write three of the five songs on this themed EP that accompanies his annual autumn Farm Tour outing.

Kristin Chenoweth, "The Art Of Elegance" (Concord): After musical forays into country, Christian and Christmas, the actress-singer tries her hand at the Great American Songbook for her latest release.

Thornetta Davis, "Honest Woman" (self-released); The Detroit singing great's latest is more than four years in the making, with some of the city's best blues and R&B musicians in tow on these 13 fiery tracks.

GRiZ, "Good Will Prevail" (All Good): The saxophone-playing electronic artist from Southfield's fifth studio album features collaborations with Eric Krasno, Big Gigantic, Son Little and Eli "Paperboy" Reed.

Shawn Mendes, "Illuminate" (Island): The sophomore album from the Canadian singer-songwriter-heartthrob, which has already spawned the hit "Treat You Better."

Idina Menzel, "idina." (Warner Bros.): The Broadway star's fifth album is her most personal yet, featuring "aspirational and authentic" songs drawn from her own life and experiences.

Bruce Springsteen, "Chapter and Verse" (Columbia): This companion compilation to his "Born To Run" memoir features five previously unreleased early songs recorded with his groups the Castiles, Steel Mill and the Bruce Springsteen Band.

Dwight Yoakam, "Swimmin` Pools, Movie Stars..." (Sugar Hill): The veteran country star gives a bluegrass reworking to some favorites from his own catalog, as well as a remake of Prince's "Purple Rain." -- Gary Graff

Also Out: Airbourne, "Breakin' Outta Hell" (Spinefarm); Joe Bonamassa, "Live At The Greek Theatre" (J&R Adventures); Billy Bragg & Joe Henry, "Shine A Light: Field Recordings From The Great American Railroad" (Cooking Vinyl); Crowder, "American Prodigal" (sixsteprecords); Every Time I Die, "Low Teens" (Epitaph); Steve Gadd, "Way Back Home" (Bfm Jazz); William Clark Green, "Live at Gruene Hall" (self-released); Grim Reaper, "Walking In The Shadows" (Dissonance); Insomnium, "Winter`s Tale" (Century Media); Kansas, "The Prelude Implicit" (InsideOut); Lady Wray, "Queen Alone" (Big Crown); Lang Lang, "New YOrk Rhapsody" (Sony Classical); Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials, "The Big Sound Of..." (Alligator); Hamilton Leithauser, "I Had A Dream That You Were Mine" (Glassnote); Neurosis, "Fires Within Fires" (Neurot); Operation: Mindcrime, "Resurrection" (Frontiers); Passenger, "Young As The Morning Old As The Sea" (Nettwerk); Pete RG, "Tender Souls" (self-released); Reckless Kelly, "Sunset Motel" (No Big Deal); Timothy B. Schmit, "Leap of Faith" (Lost Highway); John Scofield, "Country For Old Men" (Impulse); Jake Shimabukuro, "Nashville Sessions" (JS Records); Matthew Skoller, "Blue Immigrant" (self-released); Vangelis, "Rosetta" (Decca); Various Artists, "Wow Hits" (Deluxe Edition)" (WOW); Wilson's Reservoir, "The Last Will and Testament of Buck Baker" (self-released)

From The Vaults: David Bowie, "Who Can I Be Now? (1974-1976)" (Rhino/Parlophone); Extreme, "Pornograffitti Live 25/Metal Meltdown" (Loud & Proud); Fleetwood Mac, Mirage (Deluxe)" (Warner Bros./Rhino); My Chemical Romance, "The Black Parade/Living With Ghosts (10th Anniversary Edition)" (Reprise); Pink Floyd, "Meddle," "Atom Heart Mother" and "Obscured By Clouds" (vinyl reissues) (Legacy)

New Music DVDS: Justin Hayward, "Live in Concert at the Capitol Theatre" (MVD)

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