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CD Reviews:
New Music: Eminem, Halsey, Mac Miller, Grammy nominees, more...

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

Posted: Friday, January 17, 2020

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Checking out this week’s new music releases:

Album of the Week: In what was supposed to be a big day for Halsey (“Manic” (Capitol)) or the late Mac Miller (the posthumous “Circles” (Warner), Eminem drops the surprise “Music to Be Murdered By” (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope), his follow-up to 2018’s “Kamikaze” with guest appearances from Ed Sheeran, the Roots’ Black Thought, the late Juice WRLD, Anderson.Paak, Q-Tip, Skylar Grey and more, along with Detroit pals Royce da 5’9” and Denaun Porter.

Album Title of the Week: BT, “Everything You’re Searching For is on the Other Side of Fear” (Black Hole)

Did’ya Know?: The supergroup Sons of Apollo – whose new album “MMXX” (InsideOut) is just out – features a potent lineup of Mike Portnoy, Derek Sherinian, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, Billy Sheehan and Jeff Scott Soto.

New & Noteworthy: Anti-Flag, “20/20 Vision” (Spinefarm); “Bad Boys For Life: The Soundtrack” (We the Best/Epic); British Lion, “The Burning” (Explorer); Marshall Crenshaw, “Miracle of Science (Deluxe Edition)” (Shiny-Tone/Megaforce); Chelsea Cutler, “How to Be Human” (Republic); G. Love, “The Juice” (Philadelphonic/Thirty Tigers); Robert Glasper, “F*** Ya Feelings” (Loma Vista/Concord); Marcus King, “El Dorado” (Fantasy/Concord); Little Big Town, “Nightfall” (Capitol Nashville); Various Artists, “2020 Grammy Nominees” (Warner);

Also Out: A Girl Called Eddy, “Been Around” (Elefant); Algiers, “There is No Year” (Matador); Gabrielle Aplin, “Dear Happy” (Never Fade/AWAL); …And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead,” “X: Godless Void and Other Stories” (Dine Alone); The Big Moon, “Waiting Like We Do” (Fiction); Black Moon, “Rise of Da Moon” (Duck Down); Blood the Sky, “This Way Lies Madness” (Art is War); Bombay Bicycle Club, “Everything Else Has Gone Wrong” (Mmm…/Caroline); Bonded, “Rest in Violence” (Century Media); Brand-Maid, “Conqueror” (JPU); Courteeners,” More Again, Forever” (Ignition); Criteria, “Years” (15 Passenger); Della Mae, “Headlight” (Rounder); Seamus Egan, “Early Bright” (Thl); Ether Coven, “Everything is Temporary Except Suffering” (self-released); Bill Fay, “Countless Branches” (Dead Oceans); Pia Fraus, “Empty Parks” (Seksound); Judy Gold, “Conduct Unbecoming” (800 Pound Gorilla); Hi-Tone & Steelz, “#MOOD” (TFC Music Group/Empire); Hot Tuna, “2019-09-08 Red Rocks Amphitheatre” (Hot Tuna Ltd.); Mark Hummel, "Wayback Machine" (Electro-Fi); The Innocence Mission, “See You Tomorrow” (Therese); Emily King, “Sides (Acoustic); Louise, “Heavy Love” (Lil Lou/Warner); Dustin Lynch, “Tullahoma” (Broken Bow); John McLaughlin, Shankar Mahadevan and Zadir Hussain, “Is That So?” (Abstract Logix); Mura Masa, “R.Y.C. (Raw Youth Collage)” (Anchor Point/Polydor); Of Montreal, “UR FU” (Polyvinyl); Pinegrove, “Marigold” (Rough Trade); The Professionals, “The Professionals” (Madlib Medicine Show); Brian Simson and Steve Oliver, "United" (Shanachie); Alexander Tharaud, “Pesson, Abrahamsen & Stasney” (Erato); Whyte Horses, “Hard Times” (CRC)

From The Vaults: Paul Carrack, “Live: The Independent Years, Volume One (2000-2020” (self-released); Chubby Checker, “Twistin’ USA: The Singles As & Bs 1959-1962”Jasmine); Erroll Garner, “That’s My Kick” (Mack Avenue); Janis Ian, “Unreleased 1: Mary’s Eyes” (Rude Girl); Stonewall Jackson, “That’s Why I’m Walkin’: Singles As & Bs 1957-1962” (Jasmine); Ben E. King, “The Singles & Albums Collection 1960-62” (Acrobat); Lightnin’ Slim, “The Complete Singles As & Bs 1954-62” (Acrobat); New Riders of the Purple Sage, “Bear’s Sonic Journals: Dawn of the New Riders of the Purple Sage” (Owsley Stanley Foundation); Buck Owens, “The Capitol Singles & Albums 1957-62” (Acrobat); Pale Saints, “The Comforts of Madness (30th Anniversary Reissue)” (4AD); Ernest Tubb, “Half a Mind: Complete Singles As & Bs 1955-1958” (Jasmine); Sarah Vaughan, “The Complete Columbia Singles As & Bs 1949-53” (Acrobat)

Soundtracks: “Bliss (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)” (Relapse); “Doolittle” (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)” (Back Lot Music); “Octet (Original Cast Recording)” (Nonesuch)

New Home Videos: Bluebird” (Cleopatra)

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