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The Listening Room: U2, Chris Stapleton, Neil Young, Twiztid and more...

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

Posted: Friday, December 1, 2017

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Album of the Week: If there was any residual ill will from the giveaway stunt for 2014’s “Songs Of Innocence,” U2 washed them away with this year’s “The Joshua Tree” anniversary celebration. And it’s certainly not giving the stellar new “Songs of Experience” (Interscope) away for free this time.

• Album Title of the Week: Miguel, “War & Leisure” (RCA);

• New & Noteworthy: Action Bronson, “Blue Chips 7000” (Atlantic); Van Morrison, “Versatile” (Legacy); Gregory Porter, “Nat King Cole & Me” (Blue Note); Rolling Stones, “On Air” (ABKCO); Chris Stapleton, “From A Room, Vol. 2” (Mercury Nashville); Various Artists, “Twiztid Presents: Year Of The Sword” (Majik Ninja); Cindy Wilson, “Change” (Kill Rock Stars); Neil Young and Promise of the Real, “The Visitor” (Warner Bros.)

• Also Out: Joey Alexander, “Joey. Monk. Live!” (Motema); Daniel Bradbury, “I Don’t Believe We’ve Met” (BMX); Deuce, “Invincible” (Better Noise); Down N Outz, “The Further Adventures Of...” (Frontiers); Eisley/Goldy, “Blood, Guts and Games” (Frontiers); The Faceless, “In Becoming A Joke” (Sumerian); Four Tet, “New Energy” (Temporary Residence); Glassjaw, “Material Control” (Century Media); Morbid Angel, “Kingdoms Disdained” (Silver Lining); Operation: Mindcrime, “A New Reality” (Frontiers); Pretty Boy Floyd, “Public Enemies” (Frontiers); Wisin, “Victory” (Sony U.S. Latin);

• From The Vaults: Bryan Adams, “Ultimate” (A&M); Alan Parsons Project, “Eye in the Sky: 35th Anniversary Edition” (Arista/Legacy); Atomic Rooster, “Sleeping For Years: The Studio Recordings 1970-74” (Cherry Red); John Denver, “The Windstar Greatest Hits” (Windstar); Ella Fitzgerald, “Ella At Zardi’s” (Verve); Five Finger Death Punch, “A Decade Of Destruction” (Prospect Park); Pitbull, “Greatest Hits” (RCA); Minnie Riperton, “Perfect Angel” (Capitol); Rush, “A Farewell To Kings: 40th Anniversary Edition” (Mercury/UMe); Saxon, “Decade Of The Eagle” (Union Square); George Strait, “Strait Out Of The Box, Part 2” (MCA Nashville); Wilco, “A.M.,” “Being There” (Warner Bros./Rhino)

• Holiday Albums: The Minus 5, “Dear December” (Yep Roc); Leslie Odom Jr., “Simply Christmas” (S-Curve); The Wiggles, “Wiggly, Wiggly Christmas” (ABC)

• Soundtracks: “Ferdinand” (Island); “Smokey & the Bandit (40th Anniversary)” (Varese Sarabande)

New Music DVDs: Tragically Hip, “Long Time Running” (Eagle Rock)

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