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CD Reviews:
New Music: The Chicks, Pretenders, Bush, Fiona Apple and more...

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

Posted: Friday, July 17, 2020

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Checking out this week's new releases (all subject to change) ...

Album of the Week: The Chicks no longer wish they were in Dixie; Now the Texas trio releases "Gaslighter" (Columbia), its first new album in 14 years, with production (and nine song co-writes) by Jack Antonoff of Bleachers, formerly of fun. and collaborator with Taylor Swift, Lorde, Lana Del Rey and others.

Album Title of the Week: Fiona Apple, "Fetch the Bolt Cutters" (Epic);

Did Ya Know?: Pretenders' new album "Wait For Sale" (BMG) marks the first time original drummer Martin Chambers since 2002's "Loose Screw."

New & Noteworthy: Bacon Brothers, "The Way We Love" (Forosoco Music); Bush, "The Kingdom" (BMG); Ellie Goulding, "Brightest Blue" (Interscope); Kansas, "The Absence of Presence" (InsideOut); Lianne La Havas, "Lianne La Havas" (Nonesuch); Dave McMurray, "Black Light Collective" (Ropeadope); Protomartyr, "Ultimate Success Today" (Domino); The Texas Gentlemen, "Floor It!!" (New West); Vampire Weekend, "Live in Florida"

Also Out: The Aces, "Under My Influence" (Red Bull); Angel Dust, "Lil House" (Roadrunner); The Bobby Lees, "Skin Suit" (Alive Naturalsound); Graham Bramblett, "The Great InBetween" (self-released); Grayson Capps, "South Front Street" (Royal Potato Family); Alessia Cara, "This Summer: Live Off the Floor" (EP Entertainment/Def Jam); Samantha Crain, "A Small Death" (Ramseur/Thirty Tigers); Dehd, "Flower of Devotion" (Fire Talk); Gang of Four, "ANTI HERO" (Gill Music Ltd.); The Get Right Band, "Itchy Soul" (self-released); Johnny & the Mongrels, "Creole Skies" (self-released); Jump the Fall, "Ten Year Guilt: Part 1" (Pavement); Vic Kastel, "Time Traveler" (self-released); Livingston, "Lighthouse" (Elektra); David Ramirez, "My Love is a Hurricane" (Sweetworld/Thirty Tigers); Satellite Mode, "Robots vs. Party Girls" (AntiFragile); Yo La Tengo, "We Have Amnesia" (Matador)

From The Vaults: Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers, "Just Coolin'" (Blue Note); The Foundation, "Gold" (Crimson/Edsel); Goo Goo Dolls, "Miracle Pill (Deluxe Edition)" (Warner); Grateful Dead, "Dave's Picks Volume 35: April 20, 1984, Philadelphia Civic Arena" (Deadnet); Level 42, "Essential Level 42" (Spectrum/UM3); Mark Lindsay, "The Complete Columbia Singles" (Real Gone); David Sanborn, "Anything You Want: The Warner-Reprise-Elektra Years 1975-1999" (SoulMusic/Cherry Red); Swervedriver, "Petroleum Spirit Daze" (Bandcamp); Meghan Trainor, "Treat Myself (Deluxe Edition)" (Epic); Tammy Wynette, "Gold" (Crimson/Edsel);

Various Artists, "Surrender to the Rhythm: The London Pub Rock Scene of the Seventies" (Grapefruit)

Soundtracks: "Animal Crackers: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack" (Sony Music Masterworks); "Rags: London Cast Album" (Ghostlight)

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