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CD Reviews:
The Listening Room: David McMurray, Five Finger Death Punch, James Bay, BTS and more...

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

Posted: Saturday, May 19, 2018

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

Album of the Week: Highly credentialed Detroit saxophonist Dave McMurray (Was (Not Was), Kid Rock, KEM, Johnny Hallyday and and more) brings out his new “Music Is Life,” featuring his take on favorites such as the White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army” and George Clinton’s “Atomic Dog” alongside a batch of originals.

• Album Title of the Week: John Wesley Harding, “Greatest Other People’s Hits” (Omnivore);

• New & Noteworthy: Courtney Barnett, “Tell Me How You Really Feel” (Mom+Pop); James Bay, “Electric Light” (Republic); Joe Bonamassa, “British Blues Explosion Live” (J&R Adventures); BTS, “Love Yourself: Tear” (BigHit); Burn The Priest, “Legion: XX” (Epic); Five Finger Death Punch, “And Justice For None” (Prospekt Park); Ray LaMontagne, “Part Of The Light” (RCA); Ziggy Marley, “Rebellion Rises” (Tuff Gong); Parquet Courts, “Wide Awake!” (Rough Trade); Matthew Sweet, “Tomorrow’s Daughter” (MRI); Kelly Willis, “Back Being Blue” (Premium)

• Also Out: Gerald Albright, “30” (Bright Music); Alkaloid, “Liquid Anatomy” (Season of Mist); Amorphis, “Queen Of Time” (Nuclear Blast); Joan Armatrading, “Not Too Far Along” (BMG); At The Gates, “To Drink From The Night Itself” (Century Media); The Bird and the Bee, “Interpreting The Masters, Vol. 1: A Tribute To Daryl Hall And John Oates” (Slow Down Sounds); Jason Boland & the Stragglers, “Hard Times Are Relative” (Proud Souls); Bombino, “Deran” (PTKF); Brad Mehldau Trio, “Seymour Reads The Constitution!” (Nonesuch); Elina Duni, “Partir” (ECM); Esbjorn Svensson Trio, “Live In London” (Act Jazz); Diane Fuchs, “Love Lives On” (Get A Long); Gas, “Rausch” (Kompakt Germany); Trent Harmon, “You Got ‘Em All (Big Machine); Iration, “Iration” (3 Prong); Low Cut Connie, “Dirty Pictures (Part 2)” (Contender); Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, “Sparkle Hard” (Matador); Maluma, “F.A.M.E.” (Sony U.S. Latin); Nellie McKay, “Sister Orchid” (Palmetto); Alice Merton, “No Roots” (Mom+Pop); Jason Nelson, “Answer” (RCA Inspiration); New Found Glory, “Makes Me Sick Again” (Hopeless); Now, Now, “Saved” (Trans); Overkill, “Live in Overhausen” (Nuclear Blast); Gretchen Peters, “Dancing With The Beast” (Scarlet Letter); Dug Pinnick, “Tribute To Jimi (Often Imitated But Never Duplicated” (Rat Pak); Ike Reilly, “Crooked Love” (Rock Ridge); Patty Smith, “Goodbye To You! The Best Of The 80s Live” (Rockbeat); Henry Threadgill, “Double Up Plays Double Up Plus” (Pi); Steve Tibbetts, “Life Of” (ECM); Ryley Walker, “Deafman Glance” (Dead Oceans);

• From The Vaults: Against All Logic, “2012-2017” (Other People); Stephen Bishop, “Red Cab to Manhattan” (Blixa Sounds); Dire Straits, “The Studio Albums 1978-1991” (Warner Bros./Rhino); Paul McCartney, “New,” “Chaos and Creation in the Backyard,” “Thrillington” and “Wings Greatest” (Capitol); Pink Floyd, “Relics, “Pulse: Live” (Columbia/Legacy); Otis Redding, “Dock Of the Bay Sessions” (Atlantic Catalog); Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, “Are YOU One of Jay’s Kids?: The Complete Bizarre Sessions 1990-1994” (Manifesto); Bruce Springsteen, The Album Collection Vol. 2, 1987-1996” (Columbia/Legacy); Steve Miller Band, “Complete Albums Volume 1 (1968-1976)” (Capitol/UMe); Various Artists, “Battleground Korea: Songs And Sounds Of America’s Forgotten War” (Bear Family)

• Soundtracks: Alan Silvestri, “The Avengers: Infinity War” (Hollywood); Ludwig Goransson, “Black Panther” (Hollywood); Various Artists, “Deadpool 2” (Columbia); Tyler Bates, “Deadpool 2: Original Motion Picture Score” (Sony Classical); Patrick Doyle, “Sgt. Stubbly: An American Hero” (Varese Sarabande);

• New Music Videos: Jeff Beck, “Still on the Run: The Jeff Beck Story” (Eagle Rock); Joe Bonamassa, British Blues Explosion Live (DVD)

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