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CD Reviews:
The Listening Room: Bettye LaVette, The Weeknd, Kacy Musgraves, U-God and more...

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com.@GraffonMusic on Twit

Posted: Thursday, April 5, 2018

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

• Album Of The Week: Detroit-raised singer Bettye LaVette lays her soulful pipes on a dozen selections from the Bob Dylan catalog for “Things Have Changed” (Verve), with guest contributions from the Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards and Trombone Shorty.

• Album Title Of The Week: Songs Of Kemet, “Your Queen Is A Reptile” (Impulse);

• New & Noteworthy: Mary Chapin Carpenter, “Sometimes Just The Sky” (Lambent Light); Glassjaw, “Material Control” (Century Media); Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite, “No Mercy In This Land” (Anti-); Kacy Musgraves, “Golden Hour” (MCA Nashville); Naked Giants, “Sluff” (New West); U-God, “Venom” (Gadfly); The Weeknd, “My Dear Melancholy” (XO/Republic); Rob Zombie, “Astro Creep 2000 Live...” (Geffen);

• Also Out: Amon Dunes, “Freedom” (Sacred Bones); Anna & Elizabeth, “The Original Comes To Us” (Smithsonian/Folkways); Apollo Brown and Ghostface Killah, “The Brown Tape” (Hello Music); Ricardo Bacelar, “Sebastiana” (Bacelar Productions); Czarface and MF Doom, “Czarface Meets Metal Face” (Silver Age); Escape The Fate, “I Am Human” (Eleven Seven); FM, “Atomic Generation” (Frontiers); Frankie Cosmos, “Vessels” (Sub Pop); Gang Of Youths, “Go Farther In Lightness” (SME); Ghost & The City, “Time” (self-released); Peggy Gou, “Once” (Ninja Tune); Ned Hill, “Six Feet Above Ground” (self-released); Adam Holzman, “Truth Decay” (Big Fun); I-Octane, “Love & Life” (Conquer The Globe); Jukebox The Ghost, “Off To The Races” (Priority); Hayley Kiyoko, “Expectations” (Atlantic); King Gizzard & Lizard Wizard, “Gumboot Soup” (ATO); Light The Torch, “Revival” (Nuclear Blast); Long Tall Jeb and Colin John, “Dragonfly” (VizzTone); The Manhattan Transfer, “The Junction” (BMG); Ashley McBryde, “Girl Going Nowhere” (Warner Music Nashville); Morbid Angel, “Kingdom Disdained” (Silver Lining); The Motels, “The Last Few Beautiful Days” (Sunset Blvd.); Napalm Death, “Coded Smears And More Uncommon Slurs” (Century Media); Orquesta Akokan, “Orquesta Akokan” (Daptone); Linda Ortega, “Liberty” (Soundly Music); Andrew Peterson, “Resurrection Letters Vol. 1” (Centricity); Rod Picott, “Out Past The Wires” (self-released); Primordial, “Exile Amongst The Ruins” (Metal Blade); Radiators, “Welcome to The Monkey House” (Radz); Red Sun Rising, “Thread” (Razor & Tie); Kim Richey, “Edgeland” (Yep Roc); The Shacks, “Haze” (Big Crown); Sonar and David Torn, “Vortex” (Rarenoise); Jesse Terry, “Natural” (Jackson Beach); The Vaccines, “Combat Sports” (Columbia); The Voidz, “Virtue” (RCA); Rob Zombie, “Astro Creep 2000 Live...” (Geffen);

• From The Vaults: Eric Andersen, “The Essential Eric Andersen” (Legacy); The Cars -- “Shake It Up,” “Heartbeat City” (Elektra/Rhino); Kittie, “Origins/Evolutions” (Lightyear) George Thorogood & the Destroyers, “Greatest Hits: 30 Years Of Rock” (Capitol/UMe)

• Soundtracks: “I Kill Giants: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” (Varese Sarabande); Various Artists, “Isle Of Dogs” (ABKCO); Various Artists, “Midnight Sun” (Lakeshore)

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