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CD Reviews:
The Listening Room: Sting and Shaggy, A Pefect Circle, Brothers Osborne, Lord Huron and more...

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

Posted: Friday, April 20, 2018

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

• Album of the Week: Sting and Shaggy may seem like an odd couple pairing, but their collaborative album “44/876” (CherryTree/Interscope) shows there’s plenty of common, and potent, musical and philosophical ground between them.

• Album Title of the Week: Melvins, “Pinkus Abortion Technician” (Ipecac);

• New & Noteworthy: A Perfect Circle, “Eat The Elephant” (BMG); Brothers Osborne, “Port Saint Joe” (EMI Nashville); J. Cole, “KOD” (Dreamville/Roc Nation/Interscope); The Longshot, “Love Is For Losers” (self-released); Lord Huron, “Vide Noir” (Republic); Ashley Monroe, “Sparrow” (Warner Music Nashville); Old Crow Medicine Show, “Volunteer” (Columbia Records Nashville); Thievery Corporation, “Treasures From The Temple” (ESL); Various Artists, “Playing For Change: Listen To The Music” (Motema)

• Also Out: A Big Yes and a small no, “Mise En Abyme” (Royal Potato); Marcia Ball, “Shine Bright” (Alligator); Bishop Briggs, “Church Of Scars” (Island); Black Stone Cherry, “Family Tree” (Mascot); Bonfire, “Temple Of Lies” (AFM); Bullet, “Dust To Gold” (Steamhammer); Benjamin Cartel, “Flickering Light” (Motherwest); Charlie Crockett, “Lonesome As A Shadow” (Son Of Davy); Dokken, “Return to the East Live 2016” (Frontiers); From Ashes to new, “The Future” (Better Noise); Gus G, “Fearless” (AFM); Hellung, “Lifa” (Season of Mist);

Killer Dwarfs, “Live No Guf!” (EMP); Kimbra, “Primal Heart” (Warner Bros.); Larkin Poe, “Peach” (Tricki-Woo); Parker Longbough, “Left On Tri (Wilderhood); My Indigo, “My Indigo” (BMG); Joyann Parker, “Hard To Love” (Hopeless Romantic); Pennywise, “Never Gonna Die” (Epitaph); The Promise Ring, “Nothing Feels Good” (Epitaph); Stryper, “God Damn Evil” (Frontiers); Tesseract, “Sonder” (KScope); Neil Young + Promise of the Real, “Paradox” (Warner Bros.) John Zorn, “Insurrection” (Tzadik)

• From The Vaults: Cheech & Chong, “Up In Smoke: 40th Anniversary Deluxe Collection” (Rhino); The Flaming Lips, “Seeing the Unseeable: The Complete Studio Recordings of the Flaming Lips 1986-1990” and “Scratching the Door: The First Recordings of the Flaming Lips” (Rhino/Rykodisc); Jethro Tull, “Heavy Horses (Steven Wilson Remix)” (Rhino/Parlophone); New York Dolls, “Personality Crisis: Live Recordings & Studio Demos 1972-1975” (Cherry Red); Pete Townshend, “Who Came First: 45th Anniversary Expanded Edition” (UMe); Todd Rundgren/Utopia, “The Road To Utopia: The Complete Recordings 1974-82” (Friday Music); Donna Summer, “Summer: The Original Hits” (Mercury); The Who, “Live at the Fillmore East 1968” (MCA/Ume)

• Soundtracks: “Prince Of Broadway: Original Cast Recording” (Ghostlight)

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