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CD Reviews:
New Music: Whitey Morgan, Robyn, Lukas Graham, Flint Eastwood and more...

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

Posted: Friday, October 26, 2018

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

Album of the Week: He may have traded Flint for bucolic northern California, but Whitey Morgan hasn't lost any of his home town grit on "Hard Times and White Lines" (Whitey Morgan Music), his latest release with his band the 78's. The set features eight Morgan originals along with a cover of ZZ Top's "Just Got Paid," with high-profile guests such as Larry Campbell and Jim "Moose" Brown chipping in.

Album Title of the Week: Flint Eastwood, "This Is A Coping Mechanism For A Broken Heart" (Assemble Sound);

New & Noteworthy: Andrea Bocelli, "Si" (Decca); Blackberry Smoke, "The Southern Ground Sessions" (3 Legged); Boy George & Culture Club, "Life" (BMG); David Crosby, "Here If You Listen" (BMG); Lukas Graham, "3: The Purple Album" (Warner Bros.); Robyn, "Honey" (CherryTree); Mitch Ryder, "Christmas (Take A Ride)" (Cleopatra); William Shatner, "Shatner Claus: The Christmas Album" (Cleopatra); The Struts, "Young & Dangerous" (Interscope); Thom Yorke, "Suspiria: Music For The Luca Guadagnino Film" (XL);

Also Out: Francesca Battistelli, "Own It" (Curb); Bloodbath, "The Arrow Of Satan Is Drawn" (Peaceville); Apollo Brown & Joell Ortiz, "Mona Lisa" (Mello Music); Celtic Woman, "Ancient Land" (Manhattan); Jim Clements, "A Failure" (self-released); Daughters, "You Won't Get What You Want" (Ipecac); Colin Edwin and Lorenzo Feliciati, "Twinscapes Vol. 2: A Modern Approach to the Dancefloor" (RareNoise); Tommy Guerrero, "Road To Nowhere" (Too Good); Charlie Haden & Brad Mehldau, "Long Ago And Far Away" (Impulse); Haken, "Vector" (Century Media); John Hatchett Band, "Mother Nature Wins Again" (self-released); Hate Eternal, "Upon Desolate Sands" (Season of Mist); Julia Holter, "Aviary" (Domino); Into Eternity, "The Sirens" (M-Theory); Keith Jarrett, "La Fenice" (ECM); Joji, "Ballads 1" (88rising/12 Tone); King Crimson, "Meltdown: Live In Mexico City" (DGM): Roc Marciano, "Behold A Dark Horse" (Marci); Christian McBride, "Christian McBride's New Jawn" (Mack Avenue); Cary Morin, "When I Rise" (Maple Street Music); Tom Odell, "Jubilee Road" (RCA); Aaron Parks, "Little Big" (Ropeadope); Partisan, "Sodom" (Steamhammer); Lucas Pino, "That's a Computer" (Outside in Music); Belle Plaine, "Malice, Mercy, Grief & Wrath" (self-released); Carter Sampson, "Lucky" (Horton); Sirenia, "Arcane Astral Aeons" (Napalm);Skinny Puppy, "Cleans, Fold and Manipulate" (Nettwerk); 6lack, "East Atlanta Love Letter" (LVRN); Keith Sweat, "Playing For Keeps" (SME); Chris Tomlin, "Holy Roar" (Sparrow); Josh Turner, "I Serve A Savior" (MCA Nashville); Unleashed, "The Hunt For White Christ" (Napalm); Various Artists, "Muscle Shoals -- Small Town, Big Sound" (BMG); Various Artists, "Now! That's What I Call Music 68," "Now!...20th Anniversary (NOW); Joe Louis Walker, Bruce Katz and Giles Robson" "Journeys To The Heart Of The Blues" (Alligator); Yarrow, "The Deep Dark Woods" (Six Shooter)

From the Vaults: The Action, "Shadows and Reflections: The Complete Recordings 1964-1968" (Grapefruit); Chevelle, "12 Bloody Spies: B-Sides And Rarities" (Epic); The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, "The Crazy World of Arthur Brown (Deluxe Edition)" (Cherry Red); The Kinks, "The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society" (Sanctuary); NRBQ, "All Hopped Up" (Omnivore); Maggie Roche, "Where Do I Come From" (StorySound); This Mortal Coil, "Filigree & Shadow" (4AD); Various artists, "Harmony In My Head: UK Power Pop & New Wave 1977-1981" (Cherry Red); Barry White, "The 20th Century Records Albums (1973-1979)" (UMe)

New Holiday Albums: Jessie J, "This Christmas Day" (Lava); John Legend, "A Legendary Christmas" (Columbia); Mike Love, "Reason For The Season" (BMG); Ingrid Michaelson's Songs For The Season" (Cabin 24); Joel Paterson, "Hi-Fi Christmas Guitar" (Bloodshot); Pentatonix, "Christmas Is Here!" (RCA); Gwen Stefani, "You Make It Feel Like Christmas (Deluxe Edition)" (Interscope);

Soundtracks: "The Nutcracker and the Four Realms" (Walt Disney); "Pretty Woman: The Musical (Original Broadway Cast Recording)" (Atlantic);

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