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CD Reviews:
New Music: Boomtown Rats, Niall Horan, Al Di Meola, Code Orange and more...

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

Posted: Saturday, March 14, 2020

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

Album of the Week: The Boomtown Rats return on the record for the first time since 1984 with the rocking "Citizens of Boomtown" (BMG), featuring Bob Geldof and three other original members -- including bassist Pete Briquette, who produced the set.

Album Title of the Week: Early James, "Singing For My Supper" (Easy Eye/Nonesuch);

Did'ya know?: Dave Simonett's "Red Tail" (Thirty Tigers) is the first solo project from the Trampled By Turtles member under his own name. Simonett also leads a side project called Dead Man Winter.

New & Noteworthy: Circles Around the Sun, "Circles Around the Sun" (Royal Potato Family); Code Orange, "Underneath" (Elektra); Deap Lips, "Deap Lips" (Deap Lips/Cooking Vinyl); Al Di Meola, "Across the Universe" (earMUSIC); Grouplove, "Healer" (Canvasback/Atlantic); Niall Horan, "Heartbreak Weather" (Neon Haze/Capitol); Sass Jordan, "Rebel Moon Blues" (Stony Plain); Chaka Khan, "Homecoming" (BMG); Raul Midon, "The Mirror" (Mack Avenue); Monophonics, "It's Only Us" (Colemine); Roomful of Blues, "In a Roomful of Blues" (Alligator);

Also Out: The Bombpops, "Death in Venice Beach" (Fat Wreck Chords); Nili Brosh, "Spectrum" (self-released); The Burrito Brothers, "The Notorious Burrito Brothers" (Store For Music); Circa Waves, "Sad Happy" (Prolifica); Circles Around the Sun, "Circles Around the Sun" (Royal Potato Family); Coco Rosie, "Put the Shine On" (Marathon Artists); Dark Fortress, "Spectres from the Old World" (Century Media); The Districts, "You Know I'm Not Going Anywhere" (Fat Possum); Formosa, "Danger Zone" (Metalville/Rough Trade); Gerry Gareau, "Feet Off the Brakes" (self-released); Deitrick Haddon, "TIME (Truth is My Energy)" (DH Visions/eOne); King Solomon Hicks, "Harlem" (Provogue/Mascot);Human Impact, "Human Impact" (Ipecac); Invent Animate, "Greyview" (Tragic Hero); Eileen Ivers, "Scatter the Light" (Musical Bridge); Jah9, "Note to Self" (VP); Maria McKee, "La Vita Nuova" (AFAR); Ryan Perry, "High Risk, Low Reward" (Ruf); Peter Bjorn and John, "Rusty Nail" (Ingrid); Porches, "Ricky Music" (Domino); Rachel Reinert, "Into the Blue" (Green Iris); Rookie, "Rookie" (Bloodshot); The Shires, "Good Years" (BMG); Caitlyn Smith, "Supernova" (Monument); Snarky Puppy, "Live at Royal Albert Hall" (GroundUP Music); Stitched Up Heart, "Darkness" (self-released); Two Feet, "PINK" (Republic); Trope, "Eleutheromania" (self-released); WOLF, "Feeding the Machine" (Century Media); Hilary Woods, "Birthmarks" (Sacred Bones); Yumi Zouma, "Truth or Consequences" (Polyvinyl);

From the Vaults: Herb Alpert, "From Legal Eagles to Tijuana Brass 1958-1962" (Jasmine); Michael Chapman, "Plaindealer + Twisted Road" (Secret); Clannad, "In a Lifetime" (BMG); Floyd Cramer, "The Floyd Kramer Collection 1953-62" (Acrobat); Dion & the Belmonts, "The Singles & Albums Collection 1958-62" (Acrobat); Ella Fitzgerald, "The Complete Piano Duets" (Verve/UMe); Annette Funicello, "The Annette Funicello Collection 1958-62" (Acrobat); Nils Lofgren, "Cry Tough" (Music on CD); Gordon MacRae, "The Gordon MacRae Collection 1945-62" (Acrobat); Johnny Mathis, "Gold" (Crimson/Demon); Matt Monro, "Stranger in Paradise: The Lost New York Sessions" (Capitol/UMe); Allan Sherman, "Live at the Hollywood Bowl" (Liberation Hall); Spoon, "A Series of Sneaks" (Matador); Big Joe Turner, "The Complete Boss of the Blues" (Bear Family); Various Artists, "Putumayo Presents Celtic Women" (Putumayo); The Ventures, "Long-Lost Honkers & Twangers" (Ace)

Soundtracks: "Death Stranding (Songs from the Video Game)" (Sony Masterworks); "Emojiland the Musical (Original Off-Broadway Cast Recording)" (Broadway); “Trolls: World Tour" (RCA)

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