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New Music: Pet Shop Boys, Breaking Benjamin, Black Lips, Elton John and more...

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

Posted: Friday, January 24, 2020

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

Album of the Week: The synth-pop Boys -- Pet Shop Boys, that is -- are back with their 14th studio album, "Hotspot" (X2/Kobalt), recorded in Berlin, London and concluding a trilogy of albums made with producer Stuart Price.

Album Title of the Week: Black Lips, "Sing in a World That's Falling Apart" (Fire);

Did'ya Know?: Breaking Benjamin's "Aurora" (Hollywood) features new versions of the group's biggest hits, with guest appearances from Cold's Scooter Ward, Underoath's Spencer Chamberlain, former Flyleaf frontwoman Lacey Sturm and others.

Also Out: Sarah Mary Chadwick, "Please Daddy" (Sinderlyn); COIN, "Dreamland" (The Committee for Sound & Mind); Dirty Shirley, "Dirty Shirley" (Frontiers); Ethan Gruska, "En Garde" (Warner); Higher Power, "27 Miles Underwater" (Roadrunner)l; The Lil Smokies, "Tornillo" (The Lil Smokes/United Interests); Nektar, "The Other Side" (Esoteric Antenna/Cherry Red); Pet Shop Boys, "Hotspot" (X2); Revolution Saints, "Rise" (Frontiers); James Steinle, "What I Came Her For" (Shotgun House); Davey Suicide, "Rock Ain't Dead" (Out of Line Music/Ingrooves); Victims of Circumstance, "Five" (Financial); Tauren Wells, "Citizen of Heaven" (Essential/Provident); Wolf Parade, "Thin Mind" (Sub Pop); The Wood Brothers, "Kingdom in My Mind" (Honey Jar/Thirty Tigers);

From The Vaults: Blue Oyster Cult, "Hard Rock Live Cleveland 2014," "Cult Classic" (Frontiers); Dave Clark Five, "All the Hits" (BMG); Bobby Goldsboro, "The Very Best of Bobby Goldsboro" (Not Now); The Honeycombs, "Have I The Right? The Complete 60s Albums & Singles" (RPM/Cherry Red); Elton John with Ray Cooper, "Live From Moscow 1979" (Mercury/UMe); Mass Production, "Welcome to Our World of Merry Music -- The Definitive Collection" (Robinsongs/Cherry Red); Supergrass, "The Stronger Ones: 1994-2008" (The Echo Label/BMG);

Music Videos: John Fogerty, "50 Year Trip: Live at Red Rocks" (BMG); "Leonard Bernstein's Young People's Concerts with the New York Philharmonic Vol. 2" (Unitel Edition)

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