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New Music: Van Morrison, Ice Cub, Coldplay, "Mary Poppins Returns" and more...

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

Posted: Thursday, December 6, 2018

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

Album of the Week: Van Morrison's been on a roll recently, and he teams again with Joey DeFrancesco and his band on "The Prophet Speaks" (Caroline), blending new original tunes with hot covers of favorites by Willie Dixon, Solomon Burke, Sam Cooke and others.

Album Title of the Week: Metro Boomin', "Not All Heroes Wear Capes" (Republic);

New & Noteworthy: Jason Becker, "Triumphant Hearts" (Music Theories); Coldplay, "The Butterfly Package" (Atlantic); Ice Cube, "Everythangs Corrupt" (Interscope); LP, "Heart To Mouth" (BMG/Vagrant); "Mary Poppins Returns: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack" (Walt Disney); Paul McCartney and Wings, "Wild Life," "Red Rose Speedway" (Capitol/UMe); John Mellencamp, "Other People's Stuff" (Republic); Xxxtentacion, "Skins" (Bad Vibes Forever);

Also Out: Pepe Aguilar, "Fue Un Placer Conocerte/Gracias Juan Gabriel 1" (Morena); Alcatrazz, "Parole Denied -- Tokyo 2017" (Frontiers); Devil's Hand, "Devil's Hand" (Frontiers); Johnny Gioeli, "One Voice" (Frontiers); Mae, "Multisensory Aesthetic Experience" (Tooth & Nail); Magic Dance, "New Eyes" (Frontiers); Metal Church, "Damned If You Do" (Rat Pak); Morrissey, "Low in High School (Deluxe Edition)" (BMG); Pretty Young, "Ticket To L.A." (BMX); Rationale, "High Hopes" (Warner Bros.); 7horse, "Superfecta" (Bender Music Group); Steelheart, "Rock'n Milan" (Frontiers);

From The Vaults: Angels & Airwaves, "We Don't Need To Whisper" (SRC); The Carpenters, "With the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" (A&M/UMe); Dirty Heads, "Any Port in a Storm -- 10th Anniversary" (Five Seven Music); The Hold Steady, "Stay Positive (Deluxe Edition)" (Vagrant); Allan Holdsworth, I.O.U., "Live in Japan 1984" (Manifesto); Rolling Stones, "Beggars Banquet: 40th Anniversary Edition" (ABKCO); Slipknot, "All Hope Is Gone (10th Anniversary Edition)" (Roadrunner);

New Holiday Albums: Various Artists, "A Blue Elan Christmas to Benefit the Alliance for Children's Rights" (Blue Elan)

Soundtracks: "Green Book" (Milan); "Learner & Loewe’s Brigadoon: New York City Center 2017" (Ghostlight)

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