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CD Reviews:
New Music: Hootie & the Blowfish, ELO, Miranda Lambert, Mavericks and more...

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

Posted: Friday, November 1, 2019

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

Album of the Week: "Imperfect Circle" (Capitol Nashville), Hootie & the Blowfish's first new album in 14 years, shows the influence of frontman Darius Rucker's country career and features co-writing collaborations with Ed Sheeran and Chris Stapleton.

Album Title of the Week: Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, "I Shouldn't Be Telling You This" (Decca)

Did'ya Know?: Apollo Brown's "Sincerely, Detroit" (Mello Music Group) is a rapper's delight featuring guest appearances by Royce Da 5'9", Trick Trick, Black Milk, Elzhi, Slum Village and more.

New & Noteworthy: Cold War Kids, "New Age Norms" (CWKTWO/AWAL); Bob Dylan, "Travelin' Thru, 1967-1969: The Bootleg Series Vol. 15" (Columbia/Legacy); Gang Starr, "One of the Best Yet" (Gang Starr Enterprises); Booker T. Jones, "Note By Note" (Edith Street); Michael Kiwanuka, "Kiwanuka" (Interscope); Miranda Lambert, "Wildcard" (Vanner/RCA Nashville); Jeff Lynne's ELO, "From Out of Nowhere" (Columbia); The Mavericks, "The Mavericks Play the Hits" (Mono Mundo/Thirty Tigers); Montgomery Gentry, "Outskirts" (Average Joes);

Also Out: Jon Batiste, "Chronology of a Dream: Live at the Village Vanguard" (Verve); Black Stone Cherry, Back to Blues, Vol. 2" (Mascot); Black Violin, "Take the Stairs" (Di Versatile); Rocky Burnett, "Rock Solid" (Sunset Blvd.); Chris Catalena, "Chris Catalena" (Spaceflight); Cold War Kids, "New Age Norms" (CWKTWO/AWAL); The Deer, "Do No Harm" (Keeled Scales/Secretly); Elizabeth, "The Wonderful World of Nature" (self-released); Fire From the Gods, "American Sun," (Eleven Seven/Rise); Travis Green, "Broken Record" (RCA Inspiration); Highly Suspect, "MCID" (300 Entertainment); Brett Lucas, "Soul and Courage" (self-released); Natalie McMaster, "Sketches" (Linus Entertainment); Tosha Owens, "Right Side of Love" (self-released); Signe Marie Rustad, "When Words Flew Freely" (Die With Your Boots On); Selah, "Firm Foundation" (Integrity Music); Christine Smith, "Meet Me on the Far Side" (self-released); Taeyeaon, "Purpose" (SM Entertainment); Leif Vollebekk, "New Ways" (Secret City); Mike Zito, "Rock 'n' Roll: A Tribute to Chuck Berry" (Ruf)

From The Vaults: Blinky, "Heart Full of Soul: The Motown Anthology" (Real Gone); Garth Brooks, "The Legacy Collection" (Pearl); Casting Crowns, "Voice of Truth: The Ultimate Collection" (Beach Street/Provident); Nat King Cole, "Hittin' the Ramp: The Early Years (1936-1943)" (Resonance); The Damned, "Black is the Night: The Definitive Anthology" (BMG); The Doors, "The Soft Parade (50th Anniversary Edition)" (Rhino/Elektra); Keith Jarrett, "Munich 2016" (ECM); Murderdolls, "The Complete Albums" (Warner Music Group/X5); The Pop Group, "Y (Definitive Edition)" (Mute); R.E.M., "Monster: 25th Anniversary Edition" (Craft/Concord); Rolling Stones, "Let It Bleed: 50th Anniversary Edition" (ABKCO); Simple Minds, "40: The Best of -- 1979-2019" (Virgin/UMe); Social Distortion, "Mommy's Little Monster," "Mainliner," "Sex, Love and Rock 'n' Roll" (Craft/Concord); Sparks, "Past Tense: The Best of Sparks" (BMG); Van Halen, "The Japanese Singles 1978-1984" (Rhino/Warner); Various Artists, "Jon Savage's 1969-71: Rock Dreams on 45" (Ace)

New Holiday Albums: Mariah Carey, "Merry Christmas (Deluxe Anniversary Edition)" (Columbia/Legacy); Josh Rouse, "The Holiday Sounds of Josh Rouse" (Yep Roc); The Seekers, "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" (Decca); Phil Wickham, "Christmas" (Fair Trade Services/Columbia);

Soundtracks: "Charlie's Angels (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)" (Republic); "Hadestown (Original Broadway Cast Recording)" (Sing It Again); "Jay & Silent Bob Reboot (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)" (eOne)

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