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CD Reviews:
The Listening Room: Joan Baez,Moby, Randy Bachman, Andrew W.K. and more...

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

Posted: Friday, March 2, 2018

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

• Album of the Week: To set up for her last full-scale concert tour, folk icon Joan Baez takes on songs by Tom Waits, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Josh Ritter and others on “Whistle Down the Wind” (Bobolink/Razor & Tie), which was produced by Rochester Adams graduate Joe Henry.

• Album Title of the Week: Titus Andronicus, “A Productive Cough” (Merge);

• New & Noteworthy: Randy Bachman, “By George By Bachman” (UMe); The Breeders, “All Nerve” (4AD); Celtic Thunder, “Celtic Thunder X” (Legacy); Buffalo Tom, “Quiet & Peace” (Schoolkids); Moby, “Everything Was Beautiful, And Nothing Hurt” (Mute); Various Artists, “Michael Schenker Fest: Resurrection” (Nuclear Blast); Jonathan Wilson, “Rare Birds” (Bella Union); Andrew W.K., “You’re Not Alone” (Sony)

• Also Out: Above & Beyond, “Common Ground” (Anjunabeats); Black Moth, “Anatomical Venus” (Spinefarm); Casting Crowns, “Glorious Day: Hymns Of Faith” (Reunion); Cut Chemist, “Die Cut” (A Stable Sound); Lucy Dacus, “Historian” (Matador); Fanny Walked The Earth, “Fanny Walked The Earth” (Blue Elan); Sue Foley, “The Ice Queen” (Stony Plain); Kathy Guillen & the Girls, “Remember What You Knew Before” (VizzTone); Arna Von Hausswolff, “Dead Magic” (City Slang); I Am They, “Trial & Triumph” (Provident); Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette, “After The Fall” (ECM); Lucius, “Nudes” (Mom+Pop); Marvin & Gentry, “Songs From Gholson Road” (self0released); Marco Mendoza, “Viva La Rock” (Mighty Music); Mt. Joy, “Mt. Joy” (Dualtone); The Nouveaux Honkies, “Loud In Here” (self-released); O.C., “A New Dawn” (DITC); Oceans Of Slumber, “The Banished Heart” (Century Media); Matthew Shipp, “Sonic Fiction” (ESP); Chris Smither, “Call Me Lucky” (Signature Sounds); Soccer Mommy, “Clean” (Fat Possum); Superorganism, “Superorganism” (Domino); The Ten Tenors, “Wish You Were Here” (Sony Classical); Tracey Thorn, “Record” (Merge); Jonathan Wilson, “Rare Birds” (Bella Union); Andrew W.K., “You’re Not Alone” (Sony)

• From The Vaults: Jackie DeShannon, “Stone Cold Soul: The Complete Capitol Recordings” (Real Gone); Jethro Tull, “Heavy Horses: New Shoes Edition” (Parlophone/Rhino); Johnny Mathis, “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head,” “Sings The Music Of Bacharach & Kaempfert” (Real Gone); MercyMe, “I Can Only Imagine: The Very Best Of MercyMe” (Fair Trade Services); The Oak Ridge Boys, “When I Sing For Him...” (Real Gone); Pet Shop Boys, “Actually: Further Listening 1987-1988,” “Please: Further Listening 1988-1989,” “Introspective: Further Listening 1988-1989” (Parlophone/Rhino)

• Soundtracks: “Working: A Musical (Original London Cast Recording)” (Ghostlight)

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