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CD Reviews:
The Listening Room: Mike Posner, Rick Springfield, Panic! at the Disco and more...

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

Posted: Friday, January 26, 2018

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• Album of the Week: Mike Posner shows off his spoken word skills on “I was born in detroit on a very, very, very, very, very, very, very cold day” (Island), a concert set featuring poems he wrote especially for those specific shows with backing from his live band.

• Album Title of the Week: Philip Anselmo & the Illegals, “Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue” (Housecore);

• New & Noteworthy: Delta Deep, “East Coast Live” (Frontiers); Mary Gauthier, “Rifles & Rosary Beads” (In The Black); Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa, “Black Coffee” (J&R Adventures); Panic! at the Disco, “All My Friends, We’re Glorious: Death Of A Bachelor Tour Live” (Fueled By Ramen/WEA); Joe Purdy and Amber Rubarth, “American Folk: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” (American Folk); Rick Springfield, “The Snake King” (Frontiers); Steep Canyon Ranchers, “Out In The Open” (Ramseur); Various Artists, “Strange Angels: In Flight With Elmore James” (Sylvan Songs);

• Also Out: Ammunition, “Ammunition” (Frontiers); Backtrack Blues Band, “Make My Home In Florida” (Harpo); Ben Miller Band, “Choke Cherry Tree” (New West); Calexico, “The Thread That Keeps Us” (Anti-/Epitaph); Phil Campbell & the Bastard Sons, “The Age Of Absurdity” (Nuclear Blast); Hans-Christian and Capation of Sorry, “Racetrack Babies” (Musikministeriet); Stephen Clair and the Pushbacks, “Stephen Clair and the Pushbacks” (self-released); Cornelius, “Mellow Waves” (Rostrum); Chris Dave and the Drumhedz, “Chris Dave and the Drumhedz” (Blue Note); Django Django, “Marble Skies” (Ribbon Music); Mark Erelli, “Mixtape” (self-released); Evidence, “Weather Or Not” (Rhymesayers); Nils Frahm, “All Melody” (Erased Tapes); Jeffrey Gaines, “Alright” (Omnivore); Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, “Clear Skies” (Provident); Steve Hackett, “Wuthering Nights: Live in Birmingham” (InsideOut); Hooded Menace, “Ossuarium Silhouettes Unhallowed” (Season Of Mist); Jane Lee Hooker, “Spiritus” (Ruf); Michael Johnathon, “Pirate” (PoetMan); Kraunghbin, “Con Tudo El Mundo” (Dead Dreams); Loudness, “Rise To Glory” (Earmusic); Machine Head, “Catharsis” (Nuclear Blast); Nightmares On Wax, “Shape Of The Future” (Warp); Orphaned Land, “Unsung Prophets And Dead Messiahs” (Century Media); Portal, “Ion” (Profound Lore); Christine Rosander, “Been A Long Time” (Devcat); Jamison Ross, “All For One” (Concord); Ty Segall, “Freedom’s Goblin” (Drag City); Matthew Stubbs and the Antiguas, “Matthew Stubbs and the Antiguas” (self-released); Lynn Taylor, “Staggered” (self-released); Tribulation, “Down Below” (Century Media); Various Artists, “A Few Good Men” (Gaither); Various Artists, “Country Roots And Gospel Favorites” (Gaither); ‘Various Artists, “Hamlisch Uncovered” (Broadway); Various Artists, “Wow Gospel 2018” (RCA Inspiration);

Mark Wakefield & Nomad, “Time To Fly” (Maresie)

• From The Vaults: Alestorm, “Captain Morgan’s Revenge: 10th Anniversary Edition” (Napalm); Serge Chaloff, “Buvette Club, Rock Island, February 1953” (Uptown Jazz); Wes Monstgomery, “In Paris: The Definitive ORTF Recording” (Resonance)

New Music DVDs: Celtic Woman, “Homecoming: Live From Ireland” (Manhattan)

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