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The Listening Room: Ed Sheeran, John5, Temples, Judy Collins and more...

Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

Posted: Saturday, March 4, 2017

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

Judy Collins, "A Love Letter To Stephen Sondheim" (Wildflower): One of music's still-great voices does more than justice to one composer's landmark song catalog.

Colin Hay, "Fierce Mercy" (Compass): The former Men At Work frontman's 13th solo album is among his most personal and collaborative yet.

John 5, "Season of the Witch" (60 Cycle Hum): The latest solo outing by the Detroit-born guitar shredder and regular Rob Zombie sideman.

Temples, "Volcano" (Fat Possum): The British quartet's second full-length album is a bit more contemporary but still boasts the psychedelic flavor of its 2014 debut.

Ed Sheeran, "Division" (Atlantic): The multi-platinum British troubadour swore off social media during the making of his third album, but fortunately did not eschew strong melodies and clever arrangements.

X Japan, "We Are X" (Legacy): There's been quite a bit of recent buzz over this veteran Japanese heavy metal band, and the soundtrack to the 2016 documentary of the same name provides an able introduction to the hype.

Also Out: Blank Maas, "World Eater" (Sacred Bones); The Books, "The Lemon Of Pink" (Temporary Residence); Chicano Batman, "Freedom Is Free" (ATO); Danko Jones, Wild Cat" (AFM); Russell Dickerson, "Yours," (Triple Tigers); Emmure, "Look At Yourself" (Sharptone); Bela Fleck, "Juno Concerto" (Rounder); Dia Frampton, "Bruises" Nettwerk); Grandaddy, "Last Place" (Columbia); Hollyn, "One Way Conversation" (Gotee); Eric Hutchinson, "Easy Street" (Let's Break); Ibbio Sound Machine, "Uyai" (Merge); Matt Jaffe, "California`s Burning" (self-released); Laurence Juber, "LJ Can't Stop Playing The Beatles!" (Hologram); Tim Kasher, "No Resolution" (15 Passenger); Nina Massar, "Watch Me" (CSP); William McDowell, "Sounds Of Revival, Part Two" (Delivery Room/eOne); Minus The Bear, "Voids" (Suicide Squeeze); Moonshine Bandits, "Baptized In Bourbon" (Average Joe's); Noam Pikelny, "Universal Favorite" (Rounder); The Real McKenzies, "Two Devils Will Talk" (Fat Wreck); Save Ferris, "Checkered Past" (Withyn); Senses Fail, "In Your Absence" (Pure Noise); Laura Story, "Open Hands" (Fair Trade Services); Sleaford Mods, "English Tapas" (Rough Trade); Livingston Taylor, "Safe Home" (Chesky); The Tossers, "Smash The Windows" (Victory); The Waifs, "Ironbark" (Compass); Within The Ruins, "Halfway Human" (eOne)' Wolfheart, "Tyhjyys" (Century Media); Darlene Zschech, "Here I Am Send Me" (Integrity)

From The Vaults: Artful Dodger, "The Complete Columbia Recordings" (Real Gone); Guy Clark, "The Best Of The DualTone Years" (DualTone); Ann Margaret, "The Definitive Collection" (Real Gone); Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, "The Fever: Remastered Epic Recordings" (Epic/Legacy); The Rascals, "The Complete Singles A's & B's" (Real Gone)

Soundtracks: "John Wick: Chapter 2" (Varese Sarabande); "Spamilton: American Parody" (eOne/DRG); "The Thing," Ennio Morricone (Waxwork); "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me" (Death Waltz)

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