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CD Reviews:
The Listening Room, Kendrick Lamar, John Mayer, Flint Eastwood, Barenaked Ladies and more...

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

Posted: Friday, April 14, 2017

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Album Of The Week: Rapper Kendrick Lamar follows 2015’s lauded “To Pimp A Butterfly” with “DAMN” (Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope), a 14-song set confirmed just a week prior to its release and featuring collaborations with Rihanna, U2, Dr. Dre and Zacari.

Album Title Of The Week: Lillie Mae, “Forever And Then Some” (Third Man);

New & Noteworthy: Andre Cymone, “1969” (Blindtango); Flint Eastwood, “Broke Royalty” (Neon Gold); “Ladies and Gentlemen: Barenaked Ladies and the Persuasions” (Sessions X/Pledgemusic); John Mayer, “The Search For Everything” (Columbia); “Billy Porter Presents...The Soul Of Richard Rodgers” (Masterworks Broadway); Chris Shiflett, “West Coast Town” (SideOneDummy); String Cheese Incident, “Believe” (SCI Fidelity).

Also Out: Norman Brown, “Let It Go” (Shanachie); Dead Rabbits, “This Emptiness” (Tragic Hero); El Michels Affair, “Return To The 37th Chamber” (Big Crown); Enterprise Earth, “Embodiment” (Stay Sick); Diamanda Galas, “At Saint Thomas The Apostle Harlem” (Intravenal Sound); Khalid, “American Teen” (RCA); Richie Kotzen, “Salting Earth” (self-released); Little Hurricane, “Same Sun Same Moon” (Mascot); Low Roar, “Once In A Long, Long While...” (Nevado); Steve Nelson, “Brothers Under The Sun” (HighNote); Novembers Doom, “Hamartia” (The End); Sam Outlaw, “Tenderheart” (Six Shooter); Special EFX, “Deep As The Night” (Trippin’ & Rhythm); Tomasz Stanko New York Quartet, “December Avenue” (ECM);

From The Vaults: Allman Brothers Band, “The Fox Box” (Peach); Mayday Parade, “A Lesson In Romantics (Anniversary Edition)” (Fearless); Michael Nesmith, “Infinite Tuesday: Autobiographical Riffs” (Rhino); Sun Ra, “Secrets Of The Sun” (Greyscale); Various Artists, “Naxos 30: The Anniversary Collection” (Naxos Classics)

Soundtracks: “The Fate Of The Furious: The Album” (Artist Partner Group); The Get Down II: Original Soundtrack From The Netflix Series” (House of Iona/RCA);

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