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CD Reviews:
The Listening Room: "Escape To Margaritaville," Pp Evil, Barndi Carlie, The Plot In You

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

Posted: Friday, February 16, 2018

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Checking out this week’s new music releases...

Album of the Week: “Escape To Margaritaville: The Musical” (Mailboat), the companion to Jimmy Buffett’s latest stage project -- which just opened on Broadway -- features cast recordings of favorites from his catalog, including medleys that will have any fan craving a cheeseburger in paradise.

Title of the Week: Belle and Sebastian, “How To Solve Our Human Problems” (Matador)

New & Noteworthy: Laurie Anderson & the Kronos Quartet, “Landfall” (Nonesuch); Brandi Carlile, “By The Way, I Forgive You” (New Elektra); Lee DeWyze, “Paranoia” (Shanachie); Ali McManus, “Unbreakable” (Desert Dreams); Neal Morse, “Life & Times” (Metal Blade); The Plot In You, “Dispose” (Fearless); ; Pop Evil, “Pop Evil” (eOne); Michael W. Smith, “A Million Lights” (Rocketown)

Also Out: Andy Sheppard Quartet, “Romaria” (ECM); Angra, “Omni” (earMusic); Born Ruffians, “Uncle, Duke & The Chief” (Yep Rock); Car Seat Headrest, “Twin Fantasy” (Matador); Eyes Set To Kill, “Eyes Set To Kill” (Century Media); I’m With Her, “See You Around” (Rounder); Harvey McLaughlin, “Tabloid News” (Rough Trade); Marion Meadows, “Soul City” (Shanachie); David Murray, “Blues For Memo” (Motemo); Nipsey Hustle, “Victory Lap” (Atlantic); Alva Noto and Ryuichi Sakamoto, “Glass” (Hoton); Ought, “Room Inside The World” (Merge); Pianos Become The Teeth, “Wait For Love” (Epitaph); The Plot In You, “Dispose” (Fearless); Ride, “Tomorrow’s Shore” (Wichita); Sainted Singers, “Back With A Vengeance” (El Puerto); Senses Fail, “If There Is Light, It Will Find You” (Pure Noise); Shannon & the Clams, “Onion” (Nonesuch); Michael W. Smith, “A Million Lights” (Rocketown); Sun Kil Moon, “Ghosts Of The Great Highway” (Rough Trade); Superchunk, “What A Time To Be Alive” (Merge); Visions Of Atlantic, “The Deep & The Dark” (Napalm); Wild Beasts, “Last Night All My Dreams Came” (Domino); J.D. Wilkes, “Fire Dream” (Big Legal Mess); Marlon Williams, “Make Way For Love” (Dead Oceans); The Wrecks, “Panic Vertigo” (RED)

From The Vaults: The Choir, “Artifact: The Unreleased Album” (Omnivore); John Corabi, “Live 94 (One Night In Nashville)” (Rat Pak); Kendrick Lamar, “Damn: Collector’s Edition” (Aftermath/Interscope); Testament, “The Gathering (Remastered)” (Nuclear Blast)

Soundtracks: Roque Banos, “The Commuter” (Varese Sarabande); Danny Elfman, “Fifty Shades Freed -- Original Score” (Backlot); Various Artists, “Zombies: Original TV Movie Soundtrack” (Walt Disney)

New Music Videos: Van Morrison, “In Concert” (Eagle Rock)

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