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CD Reviews:
New Music: Ariana Grande, LCD Soundsystem, Metallica, "Roma" and more...

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

Posted: Friday, February 8, 2019

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

Album of the Week: Ariana Grande blends heartbreak and defiance on "Thank U, Next" (Republic), her producer-packed fifth studio album.

Album Title of the Week: John Diva & the Rockets of Love, "Mama Said Rock is Dead" (Steamhammer)

New & Noteworthy: Michael Bolton, "A Symphony of Hits" (Montaigne/eOne); LCD Soundsystem, "Electric Lady Sessions" (DFA/Columbia); Colin Linden and Luther Dickinson, "Amour" (Stony Plain); Julian Marley, "As I Am" (Ghetto Youths International); Metallica, "Helping Hands...Live & Acoustic" (Blackened); Bob Mould, "Sunshine Rock" (Merge); Mavis Staples, "Live in London" (Anti-Epitaph); Various Artists, "Music Inspired by the Film 'Roma'" (Columbia);

Also Out: Beast in Black, "From Hell With Love" (Nuclear Blast); Bright Light Social Hour, "Jude Vol. 1" (Modern Outsider); Layale Chaker & Sarafand, "Inner Rhyme" (In A Circle); Michael Chapman, "True North" (Paradise Bachelors); Jeremy Denk, "c.1300-c.2000" (Nonesuch); Deuter, "Mirage" (New Earth); John Diva & the Rockets of Love, "Mama Said Rock is Dead" (Steamhammer); Charlie Faye & the Fayettes, "The Whole Shebang" (self-released); Herman Frank, "Fight The Fear" (Afm); Frontline Assembly, "Wake Up the Coma" (Metropolis); Galactic, "Already Ready Already" (Tchoup-zilla); Eric Gales, "The Bookends" (Provogue); Miho Hazama, "Dancer in Nowhere" (Sunnyside); Henry Jamison, "Gloria Duplex" (Akita); John Pizzarelli Trio, "For Centennial Reasons: 100 Year Salute to Nat King Cole" (Ghostlight); Marley's Ghost, "Travelin' Shoes" (Sage Arts); Cass McCombs, "Tip of the Sphere" (Anti-/Epitaph); Mercury Rev, "Bobbie Gentry's The Delta Sweet Revisited" (PTKF); Gurf Morlix, "Impossible Blue" (Rootball); Panda Bear, "Buoys" (Domino); Pezzettino, "Resin" (self-released); Jessica Pratt, "Quiet Signs" (Mexican Summer); Sister Hazel, "Fire" (Average Joe's);

From The Vaults: John Anderson, "40 Years and Still Swingin'" (Bayou Boys); Alex Chilton, "Songs From Robin Hood Lane" and "From Memphis to New Orleans" (Bar/None); Humble Pie, "Joint Effort" (Cleopatra);

Soundtracks:"Unbreakable: Original Cast Recording" (Ghostlight); "Wicked -- The Original Cast Recording: 15th Anniversary Edition" (Verve)

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