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The Listening Room: Queens of the Stone Age, PVRIS, Fifth Harmony, Lukas Nelson and more...

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

Posted: Friday, August 25, 2017

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Album of the Week: Queens of the Stone Age, “Villains” (Matador): The seventh studio album and first in four years from the onetime stoner rock faves -- including Royal Oak native Dean Fertita -- was produced by pop-savvy Mark Ronson and is the first to feature the band itself, sans guests.

Album Title of Week: PVRIS, “All We Know Of Heaven, All We Need Of Hell” (Rise);

New & Noteworthy: The Cadillac Three, “Legacy” (Big Machine); Cage The Elephant, “Unpeeled” (RCA); Fifth Harmony, “Fifth Harmony” (Epic); Iron & Wine, “Beast Epic” (Sub Pop); Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, “Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real” (Fantasy); Old Dominion, “Happy Endings” (Sony Music Nashville); Brendon Small, “Galaktikon II: Become The Storm” (Megaforce);

Also Out: Josh Abbot Band, “Until My Voice Goes Out” (Pretty Damn Tough); Akercoke, “Renaissance In Extremis” (Peaceville); Patrick Bradley, “Intangible” Song Factory); Bill Carter, “Bill Carter” (Forty Below); Eli Cook, “High Dollar Gospel” (C.R.8.); Filthy Friends, “Invitation” (Kill Rock Stars); Tasha Cobbs Leonard, “Heart. Passion. Pursuit” (Motown Gospel); Gogol Bordello, “Seekers and Finders” (Cooking Vinyl);Leprous, “Malina” (Inside Out); Brian McKnight, “Genesis” (Independent Label Services); Najee, “Poetry In Motion” (Shanachie); The New Tony Williams Lifetime featuring Allan Holdsworth, “Live At the Village Gate” (Hi Hat); The Oh Sees, “Orc” (Castleface); Ozuna, “Odisea” (SME U.S.); The Savage Poor, “The Grown Ups” (self-released); Savoy Brown, “Witchy Feelin’” (Ruf); Jack Tempchin, “Peaceful Easy Feeling - The Songs Of Jack Tempchin” (Blue Elan); Richard Thompson, “Acoustic Classics II” (Beeswing); 21 Savages and Metro Boomin’, “Savage Mode” (Slaughter Gang); 2 Cellos, “Score...And More” (Sony Masterworks); Vijay Iyer Sextet, “Far From Over” (ECM); The War on Drugs, “A Deeper Understanding” (Atlantic)

From The Vaults: Alex Chilton, “A Man Called Destruction” (Omnivore); Enya, “The Very Best Of Enya” (Reprise); Nick Lowe, “Nick Lowe & His Cowboy Outfit,” “The Rose Of England” (Yep Roc); Motley Crue, “XXX: 30 Years of Girls, Girls, Girls” (Motley); Underworld, “Beaucoup Fish” (UMe);

Soundtracks: “Dear Evan Hansen; Original Broadway Cast Recording” (Atlantic)

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