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CD Reviews:
Listening Room: Rick Astley, Tom Bailey, Wiz Khalifa, Elvin Bishop and more...

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

Posted: Friday, July 13, 2018

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

• Albums of the Week: A couple of British 80s favorites are back with new works this week. Rick Astley follows the surprise success of 2016’s “50” with the buoyant “Beautiful Day” (BMG), while Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey sounds like no time has passed on his first-ever solo album, “Science Fiction” (BFD);

• Album Title of the Week: Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio, “Something Smells Funky ‘Round Here” (Alligator);

• New & Noteworthy: Rayland Baxter, “Wide Awake” (ATO); Between The Buried and Me, “Automata II” (Sumerian); Jon Cleary, “Dyna-Mite” (Fhq/Thirty Tigers); Cowboy Junkies, “All That Reckoning” (Redeye); Rodney Crowell, “Acoustic Classics” (self-released); DevilDriver, “Outlaws ‘Til The End, Vol. 1” (Napalm); The Jayhawks, “Back Roads And Abandoned Motels” (Sony Legacy); Wiz Khalifa, “Rolling Papers 2” (Atlantic Records); Rhonda Vincent with the Bluegrass Legends, “Live At The Ryman” (Upper Management);

• Also Out: A Flock Of Seagulls, “Ascension” (August Day); Black Fast, “Spectre of Ruin” (Metal/eOne); Body/Head, “The Switch” (Matador); Graham Bonnet, “Meanwhile Back In The Garage” (Frontiers); The Carters, “Everything Is Love” (Roc Nation); Chelsea Grin, “Eternal Nightmare” (Rise); Deafheaven, “Ordinary Corrupt Human Love” (Anti-/Epitaph); Destinia, “Metal Souls” (Frontiers); Dirty Projectors, “Lamp Lit Prose” (Domino); Drake, “Scorpion” (Cash Money); G-Mo Skee, “Chaly & the Filth Factory” (Majik Ninja); Jim Gaffigan, “Noble Ape” (Comedy Dynamics); Eliza Gilkyson, “Secularia” (Red House); Koryn Hawthorne, “Unstoppable” (RCA Inspiration); Hopesfall, “Arbiter” (Equal Vision); Gioeli-Castronovo, “Set The World On Fire” (Frontiers); Immortal, “Northern Chaos Gods” (Nuclear Blast); Kidz Bop Kids, “Kidz Bop 38” (Kidz Bop); Kissin’ Dynamite, “Ecstasy” (Metal Blade); The Martins, “Still Standing” (Gaither); Mr. Big, “Live From Milan” (Frontiers); The National, “Boxer Live In Brussels” (4AD); Obscura, “Diluvium” (Relapse); Amy Shark, “Love Monster” (RCA); Slightly Stoopid, “Everyday Life, Everyday People” (Stoopid); The Suffers, “Everything Here” (Shanachie); Vixen, “Live Fire” (Rat Pak); Wet, “Still Run” (Columbia)

• From The Vaults: The Beatles, “Yellow Submarine”/”Eleanor Rigby” (Capitol 7” vinyl); Ben Folds Five, “The Complete Sessions at West 54th” (Real Gone); Bobby Darin, “Go Ahead And Back Up -- The Lost Motown Tapes” (Real Gone); Erroll Garner, “Nightconcert” (Mack Avenue); Dexter Gordon, “Tokyo 1975” (Elemental Music); The Grateful Dead, “Anthem of the Sun: 50th Anniversary Edition” (Grateful Dead); Jason Isbell, “Sirens Of The Ditch” (New West); King Crimson, “The Elements Tour Box 2018” (DGM); Peter Murphy, “5 Albums” (Beggars Banquet);The Rolling Stones, “From the Vault Series: No Security - San Jose 1999” (Eagle Rock); Woody Shaw, “Tokyo ‘81” (Elemental Music)

• Soundtracks: “Mama Mia! Here We Go Again: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” (Capitol); Rogers & Hammerstein’s Carousel: 2018 Broadway Cast Recording” (Craft);

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