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CD Reviews:
The Listening Room: The Temptations, Shinedown, Royce da 5'9", Leon Bridges and more...

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia,com @GraffonMusic onTwit

Posted: Sunday, May 6, 2018

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

• Album of the Week: Motown legends the Temptations end an eight-year wait for new music with “All The Time” (UMe), featuring three new tracks and covers of favorites from Michael Jackson, Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, the Weeknd, Sam Smith and more.

• Album Title of the Week: Holly Golightly & the Brokeoffs, “Clppity Clop” (Megaforce);

• New & Noteworthy: Leon Bridges, “Good Thing” (Columbia); Rita Coolidge, “Safe In The Arms Of Time” (Blue Elan); Shakey Graves, “Can’t Wake Up” (Dualtone); Lake Street Dive, “Free Yourself Up” (Nonesuch); Matt and Kim, “Almost Everyday” (Fader); Parker Milsap, “Other Arrangements” (Okrahoma); Royce Da 5’9”, “Book Of Ryan” (Urban/eOne); Shinedown, “Attention Attention” (Atlantic);

Also Out: Joey Alexander, “Eclipse” (Motema); Belly, “Dove” (self-released); Birds Of Chicago, “Birds Of Chicago” (Signature Sounds); Ivar Bjornson & Einar Selvik, “Hugsja” (By Norse); Black Moth Super Rainbow, “Panic Blooms” (Rad Cult); Dimmu Borgir, “Eonian” (Nuclear Blast); Brian Eno, “Music for Installations” (Astralwerks); Eleanor Friedberger, “Rebound” (Frenchkiss); The Glitch Mob, “See Without Eyes” (Glass Air Records); Eddie Henderson, “Be Cool” (Smoke Sessions); Jon Hopkins, “Singularity” (Domino); Ihsahm, “Amr” (Spinefarm); Vincent Ingala, “Personal Touch” (Shanachie); Mat Kearney, “Crazytalk” (Tomorrow Music);Kenny Barron Quintet, “Concentric Circles” (Blue Note); The Lacs, “Dirt Rock” (Dirt Rock Empire); Leftover Salmon, “Something Higher” (Soundly Music); Sam Lewis, “Loversity” (self released); London Symphony Orchestra, “John Williams: A Life In Music” (Decca); Middle Kids, “Lost Friends” (Domino); Nik Bartsch’s Ronin, “Awase” (ECM); Parkway Drive, “Reverence” (Epitaph); Jeff Plankehorn, “Sleeping Dogs” (Spike Street); Michael W. Smith, “Lullaby” (Nurturing Steps); Shonen Knife, “ALIVE! In Osaka” (Good Charamel) Suite Street, “The Pedal Steel Guitar Album” (Wounded Bird); Trampled By Turtles, “Life Is Good On The Open Road” (Banjodad); Frank Turner, “Be More Kind” (Interscope); Various Artists, “NOW That’s What I Call Music 66” (Now); Eric Wollo, “Threshold Point” (Projekt); The World Alive, “Violent Noise” (Fearless)

• From The Vaults: The Aquabats, “The Fury Of The Aquabats (Expanded)” (Kings Road); Roy Buchanan, “Live At Town Hall 1974” (Real Gone); J. Dilla, “Ruff Draft: Dilla’s Mix” (Pay Jay); Liz Phair, “Exile In Guyville (25th Anniversary)” and “Girly-Sound To Guyville (The 25th Anniversary Box Set)” (Matador); Frank Sinatra, “Standing Room Only” (UMe); Tom Verlaine, “Cover (Expanded Edition)” (Wounded Bird)

• Soundtracks: Agatha Kaspar, “Kodachrome” (Varese Sarabande)

Robert Duncan, “Timeless: Music From The Original Series” (Varese Sarabande)

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