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CD Reviews:
New Music: BTS, Norah Jones, Anderson.Paak, Bruce Hornsby and more...

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

Posted: Saturday, April 13, 2019

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

Album of the Week: The cool kids will all be checking out Record Store Day's big releases this weekend, but the real kids will be going gaga for Korean boy band BTS' sixth EP, "Map of the Soul: Persona" (Big Hit Entertainment), seven tracks of high concept (yeah, right) that includes a collaboration with Halsey on the track "Boy With Luv."

Album Title of the Week: Taylor Alexander, "Good Old Fashioned Pain" (self-released);

Fast Fact: Bonnie Tyler's first new album in six years, "Between the Earth and the Stars" (earMUSIC), features guest appearances by Rod Stewart, Cliff Richard and Status Quo's Francis Rossi

New & Noteworthy: Anderson.Paak, "Ventura" (Aftermath/12 Tone); Emma Bunton, "My Happy Place" (BMG); T Bone Burnett, Jay Bellerose and Keefus Cianca, "The Invisible Light: Acoustic Space" (Electro Magnetic Corporation/Verve); Jackie Evancho, "The Debut" (Jackie Evancho); Bruce Hornsby, "Absolute Zero" (Zappo/Thirty Tigers); Norah Jones, "Begin Again" (Blue Note); LSD, "LSD" (Records LLC/Columbia); John Paul White, "The Hurting Kind" (Single Lock)

Also Out: Taylor Alexander, "Good Old Fashioned Pain" (self-released); Trey Anastasio, "Ghosts of the Forest" (Rubber Jungle/ATO); Band of Skulls, "Live is All You Love" (Silva Oaks); Bibio, "Ribbons" (Warp); Andy Black, "The Ghost of Ohio" (Lava/Republic); Mack Brock, "Greater Things" (Sparrow); Broken Social Scene, "Let's Try the After (Vol. 2)" (Arts & Crafts); The Budos Band, "V" (Daptone); Adam Carroll, "I Walked in Them Shoes" (self-released); The Chemical Brothers, "No Geography" (Astralwerks); Amanda Cook, "Point of No Return" (Mountain Fever); Shane Dwight, "No One Loves Me Better" (Red Parlor); Escort, "City Life" (Escort); Melissa Etheridge, "The Medicine Show" (Concord); Chris Forsyth, "All Time Present" (No Quarter); Tim Gartland, "Satisfied" (Taste Good Music); Danny Gokey, "Haven't Seen It Yet" (Sparrow); Glen Hansard, "The Wild Willing" (Anti-/Epitaph); Damien Jurado, "In the Shape of a Storm" (Mama Bird); Aaron Lewis, "State I'm In" (Valory Music Co./Big Machine); Nicholas Mudd, "Nicholas Mudd" (self-released); Graham Parker, "Squeezing Out Sparks: Solo Acoustic 40th Anniversary" (100% Records); Eli "Paperboy" Reed, "99 Cent Dreams" (Yep Roc); Emily Reo, "Only You Can See It" (Carpark); Shovels & Rope, "By Blood" (DualTone); Silverstein, "Redux: The First 10 Years" (Rise); Tom Spreight, "Collide" (Tom Spraight Music);

From the Vaults: "Beck, Bogert & Appice" (Music on CD); Natalie Cole, "Greatest Hits Volume 1" (Concord); Billy "Crash" Craddock, "Boom Boom Billy: The Rock 'n' Roll Years" (Jasmine); Anais Mitchell, "Hadestown" (Wilderland); Freddie King, "Stumble: The Cotillion Years" (Warner Music Group/X5); Love, "Alone Again Or" (Warner Music Group/X5); "Pearl Harbor and the Explosions" (Blixa Sounds); "The Sylvers" (Mr. Bongo); Various Artists, "Hallelujah: The Songs of Leonard Cohen" (Ace); Various Artists, "Three Day Week: When the Lights Went Out 1972-1975" (Ace);

Soundtracks: PJ Harvey, "All About Eve" (Lakeshore); "The Cher Show: Original Broadway Cast Recording" (Warner Bros.)

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