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CD Reviews:
The Listening Room: Derek Smalls, Jason Aldean, John Prine, Snoop Dogg

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

Posted: Monday, April 16, 2018

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

• Album of the Week: Derek Smalls, “Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing)” (BMG): Harry Shearer brings his Spinal Tap alter ego out of the plastic stage pod again with a turn-it-up-to-11 guest list and new “classics” such as “Butt Call,” “Hell Toupee,” “When Men Did Rock” and more.

• Album Title of the Week: Behemoth, “Messe Noir” (Metal Blade);

New & Noteworthy: Jason Aldean, “Rearview Town” (Broken Bow); Breaking Benjamin, “Ember” (Hollywood); Nels Cline, “Currents, Constellations” (Blue Note); The Damned, “Evil Spirits” (Spinefarm); Pentatonix, “PTX Presents Top Pop, Vol. 1” (RCA); John Prine, “The Tree Of Forgiveness” (Oh Boy); Snoop Dogg, “220” (Doggystyle); Tinashe, “Joyride” (RCA);

• Also Out: A Place To Bury Strangers, “Pinned” (Dead Oceans); Augury, “Illusive Golden Age” (The Artisan Era); Blu & Nottz, “Gods In The Spirit, Titans In The Flesh” (Coalmine); Brazilian Girls, “Let’s Make Love” (Six Degrees); Christafari, “Original Love” (Lion Of Zion); Eliane Elias, “Music From Man Of La Mancha” (Concord Jazz); Bill Frisell, “Music Is” (Music On Vinyl); Graveshadow, “Ambition’s Price” (M-Theory); Juliana Hatfield, “...Sings Olivia Newton John” (American Laundromat); Beth Hart, “Front And Center Live From New York” (Provogue); Jesse Kinch, “I’m Not Like Everybody Else” (Curb); King Tuff, “The Other” (Sub Pop); Roc Marciano, “Rosebud’s Revenge 2: The Bitter Dose” (Marci); Mouse On Mars, “Dimensional People” (Thrill Jockey); Meshell Ndegeocello, “Ventriloquism” (Naive); Mackenzie Nicole, “The Edge” (Strange Music); Moondoggies, “A Love Sleeps Deep” (Hardly Art); Prof, “Pookie Baby” (Rhymesayers); Queen Kwong, “Love Me To Death” (Edison Sound); Rich The Kid, “The World Is Yours” (Interscope); Josh Rouse, “Love In The Modern Age” (Yep Roc); Stone Broken, “Ain’t Always Easy” (Spinefarm); The Tiptides, “Visitors” (Requiem Poor Twister); U-Ziq, “Challenge Me Foolish” (Planet Mu); Laura Veirs, “The Lookout” (Raven Marching Band); Ally Venable, “Puppet Show” (Connor Ray); Wrong, “Feel Great” (Relapse);

• From The Vaults: Louis Armstrong, “Pops Is Tops: The Verve Studio Albums” (Verve); Glen Campbell, “The Astounding 12-String Guitar of...” (Greyscale); Andy Gibb, “The Very Best Of...” (Capitol); Kittie, “Origins/Evolution” (Lightyear); Doug Sahm, “Live From Austin, TX” (New West); The Sir Douglas Quintet, “Live From Austin, TX (New West); Nino Tempo, “Purveyor Of Balladry: The Best Of Nino Tempo On Atlantic” (Omnivore); Barry White, “The Complete 20th Century Records Singles 1973-1979” (Mercury)

• Soundtracks: Various Artists, “Baby Driver Volume 2: The Score For A Score” (Columbia); Graham Coxon, “The End Of The F***ing World” (self-released); Jonny Greenwood, “You Were Never Really Here” (Lakeshore);

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