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The Listening Room: Elton John tributes, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Blackberry Smoke, Johnny Cash and more...

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

Posted: Saturday, April 7, 2018

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

• Albums of the Week: Elton John gets the tribute treatment twice over this week with the pop- and rock-oriented Various Artists, “Revamp: Reimagining the Songs of Elton John and Bernie Taupin” and the country set “Restoration: Reimagining the Songs of Elton John and Bernie Taupin” (both Island). There’s plenty of starpower between the two of ‘em -- and enough listening to cover the three years John will be on the road for his farewell tour.

• Album Title of the Week: Dr. Octagon, “Moosebumps: An Exploration Into Modern Day Horripilation” (Bulk)

• New & Noteworthy: Blackberry Smoke, “Find a Light” (Thirty Tigers); Chicago, “Chicago: VI Decades Live (This Is What We Do)” (Rhino); The Dead Daisies, “Burn It Down” (Steamhammer); Rick Parfitt, “Over And Out” (Earmusic); Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, Memories in Rock II” (Eagle Rock); Sloan, “12” (Yep Roc); Thirty Seconds To Mars, “America” (Interscope); Various Artists, “Johnny Cash, The Music: Forever Words” (Sony Legacy)

• Also Out: The Aces, “When My Heart Felt Volcanic” (Red Bull); Ben de la Cour, “The High Cost of Living Strange” (Flour Sack Cape); Jackob Bro, “Returnings” (ECM); Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, “I Am Reminded” (Provident); CNCO, “CNCO” (Sony Latin); Eels, “The Deconstruction” (Pias America); En Vogue, “Electric Cafe” (Urban/eOne); Flatbush Zombies, “Vacation In Hell” (Glorious Dead); Hillsong Worship, “There Is More (Live in Sydney, Australia 2018)” (Hillsong); Hop Along, “Back Your Head Off, Dog” (Saddle Creek); Joy Ike, “Bigger Than Your Box” (self-released); Kalmath, “Palo” (Spinefarm); Kamelot, “The Shadow Theory” (Napalm); Various Artists, “Johnny Cash, The Music: Forever Words” (Sony Legacy); Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas, “Sound Prints: Scandal” (Greenleaf); Phil Madeira, “Providence” (self-released); Kylie Minogue, “Golden” (BMG); David Lee Murphy, “No Zip Code” (Reviver); Hawk Nelson, “Miracles” (Fair Trade); Oberon Rose, “Tell Me About It” (ThouArt); Renee Rosnes, “Beloved of the Sky” (Smoke Sessions); Salty Dog, “Lost Treasure” (Escape); Sara Shook the Disarmers, “Years” (Bloodshot); Lisa Stansfield, “Deeper” (EARmusic); Stars of the Lid, “Gravitational Pull vs. The Desire For an Aquatic Life” (Kranky); Ryan Stevenson, “No Matter What” (Gotee); Will Stewart, “County Seat” (Cornelius Chapel); Underoath, “Erase Me” (Fearless); Unknown Mortal Orchestra, “Sex & Food” (Jagjaguwar); The Wonder Years, “Sister Cities” (Hopeless); Alison Wonderland, “Awake” (Astralwerks); Wreckless Eric, “Construction Time & Demolition” (southern Domestic); Lix Xan, “Total Xanarchy” (Columbia)

• From The Vaults: Louis Armstrong, “Cheek To Cheek: The Complete Duet Recordings” (Verve); The Electric Flag, “Live From California 1967-1968” (Rockbeat); John Fogerty, “Centerfield” (BMG); Love, “Forever Changes: 50th Anniversary Edition” (Elektra/Rhino); Mike Ness, “Cheating At Solitaire” and “Under The Influences” (Craft)

• Soundtracks: Salem’s Lott, “Mask Of Mortality” (self-released); Lorne Balfe, “Pacific Rim Uprising” (Milan); Alan Silvestri, “Ready Player One” (WaterTower); Elvis Presley, “The Searcher (The Original Soundtrack)” (RCA/Legacy)

• New Music Videos: Terry Kath, “Chicago: The Terry Kath Experience” (FilmRise)

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