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CD Reviews:
New Music: Stone Temple Pilots, Green Day, Artificial Agent, Gil-Scott Heron and more...

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

Posted: Friday, February 7, 2020

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Checking out new music releases from the past two weeks...

Album of the Week: Stone Temple Pilots, now fronted by Macomb County's Jeff Gutt, releases its first acoustic-focused album, "Perdida" (Play Pen Music/Rhino), a set of 10 original tracks produced by P.R. Brown.

Album Title of the Week: Loathe, "I Let It In and It Took Everything" (SharpTone)

Did'ya Know?: Nearly nine years after his death Gil Scott-Heron gets his due twice this week -- with "I'm New Here (10th Anniversary Expanded Edition)" and Makaya McCraven, "We're New Again -- A Reimagining..." of the same album blending her performances with Heron's. (both on XL).

New & Noteworthy: Antibalas, "Fu Chronicles" (Daptone); Artificial Agent, "Death Ray" (Streamline); Green Day, "Father of All..." (Reprise); The Lone Bellow, "Half Moon Light" (Dualtone); Rapsody, "Eve" (Jamla/Roc Nation); Ben Williams, "I Am a Man" (Rainbow Blonde); Kesha, "High Road" (Kemosabe/RCA); Lil Wayne, "funeral" (Young Money/Republic); Louis Tomlinson, "Walls" (Syco); Meghan Trainor, "Treat Myself" (Epic)

Also Out: As geir, "Bury the Moon" (One Little Indian); Jim Brickman, "Romance" (Brockman Music/Green Hill); Demitasse, "Prefect Life" (Bedlam); Cadillac Three, "Country Fuzz" (Big Machine); Isobel Campbell, "There is No Other" (Cooking Vinyl); Cerrone, "DNA" (Malitgator Preference/Because Music); The Decay in the Universal Loop, "Inner Capitalism" (Bulbless); Delaine, "Apocalypse & Chyill" (Napalm); Drive-By Truckers, "The Unraveling" (ATO); Dustbowl Revival, "Is It You, Is It Me" (Medium Expectations/Thirty Tigers); Kat Edmonson, "Dreamers Do" (Spinnerette); Tinsley Ellis, "Ice Cream in Hell" (Alligator); Fat Tony & taydex, "Wake UP" (Carpark); Jose Feliciano, "Behind This Guitar" (Anthem); Frazey Ford, "U kin B the Sun" (Arts & Crafts); God Dethroned, "Illuminati" (Metal Blade); Godsticks, "Inescapable" (Kscope); Lynne Hansen, "Just Words" (self-released); Hauser, "Classic" (Sony (Classic); Richie Kotzen, "50 For 50" (Headeroom-Inc); La Roux, "Supervision" (Supercolour/Believe); Loathe, "I Let It In and It Took Everything" (SharpTone); Lisa Loeb, "A Simple Trick to Happiness" (Furious Rose); The Lone Bellow, "Half Moon Light" (Dualtone); The Lost Brothers, "After the Fire After the Rain" (Bird Dog); Trixie Mattel, "Barbara" (PEG/ADA); Richard Marx, "Limitless" (BMG); Christian McBride, "The Movement Revisited: A Musical Portrait of Four Icons" (Mack Avenue); Mighty Oaks, "All Things Go" (BMG); Sammy Miller and the Congregation, "Leaving Egypt" (self-released); John Moreland, "LP5" (Old Omens/Thirty Tigers); Jesse Munsat, "All Our Talks Are Silent" (self-released); Cristina Munsey, "for me, or for you" (self-released); Nada Surf, "Never Get Together" (Barsuk); Oh Wonder, "No One Else Can Wear Your Crown" (Island); OvO, "Miasma" (Artoffact); William Prince, "Reliever" (Glassnote); Prince Royce, "Alter Ego" (Sony Music Latin); SayGrace, "The Defining Moments of SayGrace..." (RCA); Andrea Sellers, "Far From Home" Aubrie Sellers/Soundly Music); Sepultura, "Quadra" (Nuclear Blast); Shopping, "All Or Nothing" (FatCat); Smoke Fairies, "Darkness Brings the Wonders Home" (Year Seven); Sniff 'n' the Tears, "Jump" (Chapel/Ace); Son Little, "aloha" (Anti-/Epitaph); Spanish Love Songs, "Brave Faces Everyone" (Pure Noise); Squarepusher, "Be Up a Hello" (Warp); The SteelDrivers, "Bad For You" (Rounder); Supersuckers, "Play That Rock-N-Roll" (Acetate); Svart Crown, "Wolves Among the Ashes" (Century Media); Sylosis, "Cycle of Suffering" (Nuclear Blast); Tangerine Dream, "Recurring Dreams" (Kscope); Theory of a Deadman, "Say Nothing" (Atlantic); Various Artists, "Seven Wonders" (Plug Seven); Kristine W, "Episode One: Love and Lies" (Fly Again Music); Ben Watt, "Storm Damage" (Unmade Road/Caroline); Ye Banished Privateers, "Hostis Humani Generis" (Napalm)

From The Vaults: The Associates, "Perhaps" (Cherry Red); Avenged Sevenfold, "Diamonds in the Rough" (Warner); The Beloved, "Where It Is" (New State Entertainment); Box Tops, "The Letter-Neon Rainbow /Cry Like a Baby/Non-Stop/Dimensions" (BGO); Brothers of a Feather (Chris and Rich Robinson), "Live at the Roxy" (Silver Arrow); Jeremy Camp, "I Still Believe: The Greatest Hits" (Sparrow); Paul Carrack, "Live 2000-2020: The Independent Years" (Carrack K); Sam Cooke, "The RCA Albums Collection" (Music on CD); Cream, "Goodbye Tour Live 1968" (Polydor/UMe); Lana Del Ray, "Born To Die" (Interscope); Earth, Wind & Fire, "Illumination" (BMG); Bryan Ferry, "Live at the Royal Albert Hall 1974" (BMG); Al Jolson, "The Kraft Music Hall Years 1947-1949" (Sepia); Quincy Jones, "The Classic Albums 1956-1963" (Enlightenment); Mandisa, "Overcomer: Greatest Hits" (Sparrow); Johnny Mathis, "The Island" (Second Disc/Real Gone); Pixies, "Beneath the Erie Demos, Pt. 2" (self-released); John Prine, "The BBC Sessions: The Lost Broadcasts 1971-1973" (Sutra); Ulrich Schnauss, "Now is a Timeless Present -- A Retrospective" (Scripted Realities); Various Artists, "America's Greatest Hits 1946" (Acrobat); Various Artists, "Destination Lust: The World of Love, Sex and Violence" (Bear Family); Various Artists, "Disco Demands Part Six" (BBE Music); Various Artists, "The Great Tragedy: Winter Dance Party 1959-- No. 2" (Bear Family); Various Artists, "The 1960 R&B Hits Collection" (Acrobat); Various Artists, "Tea & Symphony: The English Baroque Sound 1968-1974" (Ace); Various Artists, "The Telstar Hot 100 December 22nd 1962" (Acrobat); Scott Walker and Jacques Brel, "Scott Walker Meets Jacques Brel" (Ace); Wilkinson Tri-Cycle, "Wilkinson Tri-Cycle" (Columbia/Legacy); Hank Williams, "Pictures From Life's Other Side: The Man and His Music in Rare Photos and Recordings" (BMG)

Soundtracks: "Birds of Prey: The Album" (Atlantic)

New Music Video: "Bad Company: A Film by Jon Brewer" (Filmrise); "Lil Peep: Everybody's Everything" (Gunpowder and Sky); "The Point: Ultimate Edition" (MVD); "I Got You Babe: The Best of Sonny & Cher" (Time-Life); "Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Concert (Collector's Edition)" (Time-Life)

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