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CD Reviews:
New Music: Taylor Swift, Logic, Kanye West, X and more...

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

Posted: Friday, July 24, 2020

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

Album of the Week: Surprise! During her time in quarantine Taylor Swift quietly recorded her sixth studio album, "folklore" (Republic), a 16-song set featuring a duet with Bon Iver ("exile") and production collaborations with Jack Antonoff and the National's Aaron Dessner. (Republic)

Album Title of the Week: Neon Trees, "I Can Feel You Forgetting Me" (Thrill Forever)

Did Ya Know?: On what he says will be his final album before retiring to concentrate on fatherhood, rapper Logic is going out with "No Pressure" (Def Jam/Visionary), a 15-song set featuring guest appearances by Eminem, Wiz Khalifa, Gucci Mane, G-Easy, Will Smith and more as well as a reunion with producer No I.D.

New & Noteworthy: Lupe Fiasco and Kaelin Ellis, "HOUSE" (First & 15th/Thirty Tigers); Ronan Keating, "Twenty Twenty" (Decca); Bill Kirchen, "The Proper Years" (Last Music Company); Lori McKenna, "The Balladeer" (CN/Thirty Tigers); Misterwives, "Superbloom" (Fueled By Ramen); Diana Ross, "Supersonic Mixes" (Motown/UMe); Kanye West, "Donda" (GOOD Music/Def Jam); X, "Alphabetland" (Fat Possum)

Also Out: The Acacia Strain, "Slow Decay" (Rise); Courtney Marie Andrews, "Old Flowers" (Fat Possum); Liza Anne, "Bad Vacation" (Arts & Crafts); Arca, "KiCki" (XL); Roberto Aussel and Juan Maria Solare, "Elogio de la relarana" (Janus); Devendra Banhart, "Vast Ovoid" (Nonesuch); Nicolas Bougaieff, "The Upward Spiral" (Mute); Eliot Bronson, "Empty Spaces" (New Pain); Jonatha Brooke, "The Sweetwater Sessions" (Bad Dog/PRA); Cinder Well, "No Summer" (Free Dirt); Cub Sport, "Like Nirvana" (Cub Sport/Believe); Jesse Dayton, "The Gulf Coast Sessions" (Blue Elan); Katie Dey, "Mydata" (Run For Cover); Jim Gaffigan, "The Pale Tourist" (Comedy Dynamics); Haken, "Virus" (InsideOut); Paul Hardcastle, "Hardcastle 9" (Trippin N' Rhymin); Jon Hassell, "Seeing Through Sound (Pentimento Volume Two)" (Ndeya); Heathcote Hill, "The Stories We Were Told" (311 Music); Kyle Kinane, "Trampoline in a Ditch" (800 Pound Gorilla); Louisiana's LeRoux, "One of Those Days" (Gulf Coast); Morse/Portnoy/George, "Cov3r to Cov3r" (InsideOut); The Naked and Famous, "Recover" (Somewhat Damaged Ltd.); Neck Deep, "All Distortions Are Intentional" (Hopeless); No Age, "Goons Be Gone" (Drag City); Primal Fear, "Metal Commando" (Nuclear Blast);"Metal, Meat & Bone: The Songs of Dyin' Dog" (Cryptic Corporation); Robert Miller's Project Grand Slam, "East Side Sessions" (Cakewalk); Chevel Shepherd, "The Letter" (Country Sweetheart); Simon Deeley's Blue Haze, "Afan's Dance" (Bandcamp); Casper Sun, "Sad Summer" (self-released); Thin Lear, "Wooden Cave" (EggHunt); Too Slim & the Taildraggers, "The Remedy" (VizzTone)

From the Vaults: ABBA, "The Studio Albums" (Capitol/UMe); Doris Day, "Gold" (Crimson/Demon); The Five Keys, "The Five Keys Collection 1951-58" (Acrobat); Jerry Garcia and John Kahn, "GarciaLive Volume 14, January 27th 1986 The Ritz" (ATO); Andrew Gold, "Lonely Boy: the Asylum Years Anthology" (Esoteric/Cherry Red); Bob Marley, "Legend (Picture Disc)" (Tuff Gong/Island/UMe); William Masselos, "The Complete RCA & Columbia Album Collection" (Sony Classical); Morse/Portnoy/George, "Cover to Cover," "Cover 2 Cover" and "Cover To Cover Anthology, Vol. 1-3" (InsideOut); Anthony Phillips, "The 'Living Room' Concert" (Esoteric); Straitjacket Fits, "Hail" (Flying Nun); Big Mama Thornton, "The Singles Collection 1951-61" (Acrobat); Various Artists, "Sun City: Artists United Against Apartheid" (UMe)

New Home Video: Various Artists, "An Accidental Studio" (Image); Various Artists, "InstaBAND" (Gravitas Ventures)

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