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CD Reviews:
New Music: Jon Regen, Wilco, Brantley Gilbert, Avett Brothers and more...

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

Posted: Friday, October 4, 2019

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

Album of the Week: Treat yourself to some sophisticated and heartfelt music with singer-songwriter-keyboardist Jon Regen's new album, "Higher Ground" (Ropeadope), produced by Jamiroquai's Matt Johnson and featuring guest appearances by Duran Duran's Nick Rhodes, the Police's Andy Summers, Chuck Leavell (Rolling Stones, Allman Brothers Band, Sea Level) and Benmont Tench from Tom Petty's Heartbreakers.

Album Title of the Week: FEET, "What's Inside is More Than Just Ham" (Clapped)

Did'ya know?: It's been 20 years since hard rocker troupe Angel has released a new album, ending the wait with "Risen" (Cleopatra) featuring original members Punky Meadows and Frank Dimino.

New & Noteworthy: Avett Brothers, "Closer Than Together" (American/Republic); Charli XCX, "Charlie" (Vroom Vroom/Atlantic); City and Colour, "Pill for Loneliness" (Still/Dine Alone); The Darkness, "Easter is Cancelled" (Cooking Vinyl); deadmau5, "here's the drop!" (Mau5Trap); William DuVall, "One Alone" (DVL Recordings); Brantley Gilbert, "Fire & Brimstone" (Valory Music Co.); North Mississippi Allstars, "Up and Rolling" (New West); Old Crow Medicine Show, "Live at the Ryman" (self-released); Wilco, "Ode to Joy" (dBpm)

Also Out: Bayside, "Interrobang" (Hopeless); Laurie Berkner, "Waiting for the Elevator" (Two Tomatoes); Bonnie Bishop, "The Walk" (Plan BB/Thirty Tigers); Busy Signal, "Part of the Puzzle" (VP); Sabrina Claudio, "Truth Is" (SC Entertainment); Imani Coppola, "The Protagonist" (Ipecac); Flying Colors, "Third Degree" (Music Theories/Mascot); Bill Frisell, "Harmony" (Blue Note); Susan Gibson, "The Hard Stuff" (For The Records); Hiromi, Spectrum" (Telarc/Concord); Kacy & Clayton, "Carrying On" (New West); Dan Israel, "Social Media Anxiety Disorder" (self-released); Dermot Kennedy, "Without Fear" (Interscope); Lagwagon, "Railer" (Fat Wreck Chords); L'Orange & Meremiah Jae, "Complicate Your Life with Violence" (Mello Music Group); The Menzingers, "Hello Exile" (Epitaph); MIKA, "My Name is Michael Holbrook" (Casablanca/Republic); Dallas Moore, "Tryin' to Be a Blessing" (Sol); Gabby Morena and Van Dyke Parks, "Spangled!" (Noesuch); Jeb Loy Nichols and the Westwood All-Stars, "June is Short, July is Long" (Compass); Angel Olson, "All Mirrors" (Jagjaguwar); Katherine Penfold, "Sweetest Thing" (Justin Time/Nettwerk); Joshua Radin, "Here, Right Now" (Nettwerk); Anna Rose, "The Light Between" (White Pony/Soulspazm); San Fermin, "The Cormorant I" (Better Company/Sony Masterworks); Simple Minds, "Live in the City of Angels" (BMG); SuperM, "SuperM -- The 1st Mini Album" (SM Entertainment/Capitol); that dog., "Old LP" (That Dog/UMe); Anna Vogelzang, "Beacon" (Paper Anchor); Kelsey Waldon, "White Noise/White Lines" (Oh Boy/Thirty Tigers); Zach Williams, "Rescue Story" (Essential)

From The Vaults: Josie Cotton, "Everything is Oh Yeah" (Cleopatra); Epica, "Design Your Universe (Gold Edition)" (Nuclear Blast); Ali Farka Toure, "Savange" (World Circuit); Guillermo Portabales, "El Carretero" (World Circuit);Enrique Iglesias, "Greatest Hits" (Universal Music Latino); "It's Such a Good Feeling: The Best of Mister Rogers" (Omnivore); Omara Portundo, "Buena Vista Social Club" (World Circuit); Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, "Souvenir: The Singles Collection 1979-2019)" (Virgin/UMe); Radio Tarifa, "Rumba Argelina" (World Circuit); Sparks, "Paste Tense: The Best of Sparks" (BMG); Whitesnake, "Slip of the Tongue: 30th Anniversary Edition" (Rhino)

New Holiday Albums: Chicago, "Chicago Christmas" (Chicago); Los Lobos, "Llego Navidad" (Rhino); Various Artists, "NOW That's What I Call Country Christmas" (UMG/Sony);

Soundtracks: "Big Little Lies: Music From Season 2 of the HBO Limited Series" (ABKCO)

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