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CD Reviews:
New Music: Taylor Swift, Missy Elliott, Brockhampton, Vince Gill and more...

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

Posted: Friday, August 23, 2019

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

Album of the Week: Taylor Swift delivers album number seven -- "Lover" (Republic) -- a packed 18-song set done mostly with Bleachers' Jack Antonoff and featuring team-ups with the Dixie Chicks and Panic! at the Disco's Brendon Urie.

Album Title of the Week: Queen of Jeans, "if you're not afraid i'm not afraid" (Topshelf);

Did'ya Know?: The title track of Jack Tempchin's "One More Time With Feeling" (Mailboat) is one of several remaining tracks the "Peaceful Easy Feeling" writer started with the late Glenn Frey.

New & Noteworthy: Brockhampton, "A Distant Call" (Question Everything/RCA); Missy Elliott, "Iconology" (Atlantic); Vince Gill, "Okie" (MCA Nashville); Machine Gun Kelly, "Hotel Diablo" (EST 19XX/Bad Boy/Interscope); Midland, "Let It Roll" (Big Machine); Robert Randolph & the Family Band, "Brighter Days" (Provogue/Mascot); Red Kross, "Beyond the Door" (Merge); The Rembrandts, "Via Satellite" (Blue Elan); The Rubinoos, "From Home" (Yep Roc); Raphael Saadiq, "Jimmy Lee" (Columbia); Tanya Tucker, "While I'm Livin'" (Fantasy/Concord);

Also Out: Aftermath, "There is Something Wrong" (The Label Group); David Benoit, "David Benoit and Friends" (Shanachie); Black Income, "unSOUND" (Tube IT); Ceremony, "In the Spirit World Now" (Relapse); Crobot, "Motherbrain" (Mascot); David Wax Museum, "Line of Light" (Nine Mile); The Dead Daisies, "Locked and Loaded: The Covers Album" (Steamhammer); Dead Feathers, "All is Lost" (Ripple Music); Freedom Call, "M.E.T.A.L." (Steamhammer); The 40 Acre Mule, "Goodnight & Good Luck" (State Fair); Noah Gunderson, "Lover" (Cooking Vinyl); The Hangmen, "Cactusville" (Acetate); Jason Hawk Harris, "Love & the Dark" (Bloodshot); Ty Herndon, "Got It Covered" (bFD/The Orchards); The Hollywood Stars, Sound City Jazzmela Horn, "Love & Liberation" (Concord Jazz); Seth James, "Good Life" Jay Som, "Anak Ko" (Polyvinyl); Lyfe Jennings, "777" (LJ Music); Juice, "Peace of Mind" (self-released); Knocked Loose, "A Different Shade of Blue" (Pure Noise); Shannon Lay, "August" (Bug Pop); The Legendary Pink Dots, "Angel in the Detail" (Metropolis); Mariachi Los Camperos, "De Aver para Siemore" (Smithsonian Folkways); Coco Montoya, "Coming in Hot" (Alligator); Moon Palace, "Shadowcast" (Moon Palace); Panoramics, "Bugle Colorate" (Artofact); The Po' Ramblin' Boys, "Toil, Tears & Trouble" (Rounder); Maxi Priest, "It All Comes Back to Love" (S-Curve); Powers Pleaseant, "Life is Beautiful" (Commission); Sail By Summer, "Casual Heaven" (Apolloon); Septicflesh, "In the Flesh -- Part 1" (Season of Mist); Sheer Mag, "A Distant Call" (Wilsuns RC); David G. Smith, "Who Cares" (Hey Dave); Them Coulee Boys, "Die Happy" (LoHi); Wingtips, "Exposure Therapy" (Artofact);

From the Vaults: America, "Archives Vol. 1" (America); Bread, "Baby I'm a-Want You" (Mobile Fidelity); C+C Music Factory, "Gonna Make You Sweat" (Music on CD); The Doors, "London Fog 1966" (Rhino/Elektra); The Emotions, "Don't Ask My Neighbors: The Columbia/ARC Recordings 1976-1981" (SoulMusic/Cherry Red); Arlo Guthrie, "Alice's Restaurant: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (50th Anniversary Edition)" (Omnivore); Hollywood Stars, "Sound City" (Burger); Massive Attack, "Mezzanine (Deluxe Edition)" (Virgin/UMe); Harold Melvin the Blue Notes, "Be For Real: The P.I.R. Recordings 1972-1975" (SoulMusic/Cherry Red); Elvis Presley, "American Sound 1969" (RCA/Legacy)

Soundtracks: "Chernobyl (Music from the HBO Miniseries)" (Deutsche Grammophon); "Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma! 2019 Broadway Cast Recording" (Decca Broadway)

Videos: "Clarence Clemons: Who Do You Think I Am" (Virgin); "Rocketman" (UPHE)

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