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CD Reviews:
New Music: Prince & the Revolution, Chase Rice, Jason Isbell, Moby and more...

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

Posted: Friday, May 15, 2020

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

Album of the Week: Prince is gone but far from forgotten, which makes the arrival of "Live" (Warner) -- reissuing a hot 1985 show from Syracuse with the Revolution at the end of the Purple Rain Tour -- a welcome return. The 20-song set features mostly material from "1999" and "Purple Rain," along with some older favorites.

Album Title of the Week: Perfume Genius, "Set My Heart On Fire Immediately!" (Matador)

Did Ya Know?: Champlin Williams Friestedt, "II" (Black Lodge) is a teaming of former Chicago/Sons of Champlin singer Bill Champlin and Toto's Joseph Williams, with Michael McDonald among the guests.

New & Noteworthy: Asking Alexandria, "Like a House on Fire" (Sumerian); Lewis Capaldi, "To Tell the Truth I Can't Believe We Got This Far" (Vertigo/Universal/Capitol); Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, "Reunions" (Southeastern/Thirty Tigers); Moby, "All Visible Objects" (mute); Nahko and Medicine for the People, "Take Your Power Back" (Medicine Tribe/SideOneDummy); Willie Nile, "New York at Night" (River House); Chase Rice, "The Album Part II" (BBR Music Group); Sweet Water Warblers, "The Dream That Holds This Child" (self-released); Roy Woods, "Dem Times" (OVO/Warner)

Also Out: Alma, "Have U Seen Her?" (RCA); Zeshan B, "Melismatic" (Minty Fresh); Marshall Chapman, "Songs I Can't Live Without" (Tallgirl); The Dears, "Lovers Rock" (Dangerbird); Sara Evans, "Copy That" (Born to Fly); Ruthie Foster, "Live at the Paramount" (Blue Corn Music); Hanni El Khatib, "Flight" (Innovative Leisure); King Buzzo featuring Trevor Dunn, "Gift of Sacrifice" (Ipecac); Magnetic Fields, "Quickies" (Nonesuch); Maita, "Best Wishes" (Kill Rock Stars); margo, "Solo" (margo); Jonah Mutono, "Gerg" (True Panther/EQT); Paradise Lost, "Obsidian" (Nuclear Blast); Gretchen Peters, "The Night You Wrote That Song: The Songs of Mickey Newbury" (Scarlett Letter); Polo G, "The Goat" (Columbia); Pharis & Jason Romero, "Bet On Love" (self-released); Evelyn Rubio, "Crossing Borders" (SeaSpeed Productions); She Hates Emotions, "Melancholic Maniac" (Out of Line); Sleaford Mods, "All That Glue" (Rough Trade); Moses Sumney, "grae" (jagjaguwar); Two Feet, "Pink" (Republic); Western Addiction, "Frail Bray" (Fat Wreck Chords); Ric Wilson and Terrace Martin, "They Call Me Disco" (Free Disco/Empire/Sounds of Crenshaw)

From the Vaults: NRBQ, "High Noon: a 50-Year Retrospective" (Omnivore); Patrice Rushen, "Posh" (Strut); Various Artists, "The Best 80s Album in the World...Ever" (UMC); Various Artists, "Pacific Breeze 2: Japanese City Pop, AOR & Boogie 1972-1986" (Light in the Attic)

Soundtrack: "Scoob!: The Album" (Atlantic)

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