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CD Reviews:
New Music: Tim McGraw, Nas, the Killers, Snow Patrol and more...

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

Posted: Friday, August 21, 2020

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Checking out this week’s new music releases…

Album of the Week: Tim McGraw touches ground with "Here On Earth" (Big Machine), his first solo album (rather than as a duo with wife Faith Hill) in five years. It’s his 16th album overall, and he co-produced with Byron Gallimore.

Album Title of the Week: Bright Eyes, "Down in the Weeds Where the World Once Was" (Dead Ocean);

Did Ya Know?: The new Snow Patrol and the Saturday Songwriters set "The Fireside Sessions" (Polydor/Republic) features five songs frontman Gary Lightbody composed with the assistance of fans on his Instagram Live "Saturday Songwrite" sessions.

New & Noteworthy: blackbear, "everything means nothing" (Beartrap/Alama/Interscope); Erasure, "Neon" (Mute); Future, "High Off Life" (Freebandz/Epic); The Killers, "Imploding the Mirage" (Island); Ethan Daniel Davidson, "Come Down Lonesome" (Blue Arrow); Dua Lipa, "Club Future Nostalgia: The Remix Album" (Warner); Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, "The Ever Fonky Lowdown" (Blue Engine); The Mavericks, "en Espanol" (Mondo Mundo/Thirty Tigers); Nas, "King's Disease" (Mass Appeal); Josh Turner, "Country State of Mind" (MCA Nashville)

Also Out: Ages, "Uncrown" (Black Lodge); Andres 123, "Hola, Amigo" (self-released); Juni Ata, "Saudade" (self-released); KJ Balla, "Resurrection" (Nothing/Polo Grounds/RCA); Bambi, "Unfolding" (self-released); Mandy Barnett, "A Nashville Songbook" (Melody Place/BMG); Al Basile, "Last Hand" (Sweetspot); Tucker Beathard, "King" (Warner Nashville); Black Elephant, "Seven Swords" (Small Stone); Blaqk Audio, "Beneath the Black Palms" (Rise/BMG); Blues Pills, "Holy Moly!" (Nuclear Blast); Brasstracks, "Golden Ticket" (EQT/Capitol); Bronte Fall, "Finishing School" (self-released); The Buckleys, "Daydream" (Petrol/UMG); Cidny Bullens, "Walkin' Through This World" (Blue Lobster); Bully, "Sugaregg" (Sub Pop); Cold War Kids, "New Age Norms 2" (CWKTWO/AWAL); Cut Copy, "Freeze Melt" (Cutters/The Orchard); Dan Croll, "Grand Plan" (Communion); The Dears, "Lovers Rock" (Dangerbird); Duckwrth, "Super Good" (Republic); elliot. (Elliot Nelson), "as he now appears" (self-released); Evangeline Gentle, "Evangeline Gentle" (self-released); Everything Everything, "Re-Animator" (self-released); Flavia, "Out Loud" (self-released); The Flowdowns, "yo-lk" (Ropeadope); The Front Bottoms, "In Sickness & In Flames" (Fueled By Ramen); Georgia Thunderbolts, "Georgia Thunderbolts" (Mascot); Nubya Garcia, "Source" (Concord Jazz); (hed) P.E., "Class of 2020" (Suburban Noize); I Like Trains, "Kompromar" (Atlantic Curve/Schubert); Idle Threat, "Nothing is Broken For Good" (Tooth & Nail); Incantation, "Sect of Vile Divinities" (Relapse); Ryland James, "Ryland James" (21/Republic); Katherine Jenkins, "Cinema Paradiso" (Epic); Jefferson Starship, "Mother of the Sun" (Secret Knock/UMG);Jerry Joseph, "The Beautiful Madness" (Cosmos Sex School/Soundly Music); Kill The Lights, "The Sinner" (Fearless); KMFDM, "In Dub" (Metropolis); The Lemon Twigs, "Songs for the General Public" (4AD); Lewis Del Mar, "August" (Fader); Lotus, "Free Swim" (self-released); Malike, "Spectrum" (ARTium Recordings); Dent May, "Late Checkout" (Carpark); Naked Giants, "The Shadow" (New West); Nils Lofgren Band, "Weathered" (Cattle Track Road); Terry McBride, "Callin' All Hearts"; Vic Mensa, "V Tape" (self-released); No Joy, "Motherhood" (Joyful Noise); Mulatto, "Queen of Da Souf" (RCA); Old 97's, "Twelfth" (ATO); Puerto, "Portugal" (Blind Owl); Chuck Prophet, "The Land That Time Forgot" (Yep Rock); Vex Ruffin, "LiteAce Frequency" (Stones Throw); Secret Machines, "Awake in the Brain Chamber" (TSM); The Sinner, "Kill The Lights" (Fearless); Troye Sivan, "In a Dream" (Capitol); KC Star, "Crushes" (Rainbow); Stephen, "Akrasia" (Heroic); Sun King Rising, "Delta Tales" (Peacock Sunrise); The Texicana Mamas, "The Texicana Mamas" (self-released); Charles Tolliver, "Connect" (Gearbox); Unleash the Archers, "Abyss" (Napalm); Dolly Valentine, "How to Be Good" (self-released); John Vanderslice, "Eeeeeeeep" (Tiny Telephone); Various Artists, "Willie Nile Uncovered" (Paradiddle); Wafia, "Good Things" (Atlantic); The Wailers, "One World" (Sony Music Latin); The Waterboys, "Good Luck Seeker" (Cooking Vinyl); X, "Alphabetville" (Fat Possum)

From The Vaults: America, "Half Century" (America Archives); Anthrax, "Persistence of Time: 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition" (Megaforce); Roger Joseph Manning Jr. "The Land of Pure Imagination," "Catnio Dynamite, "Glamping" (Label Logic); Esther Phillips, "Brand New Day: The Lenox/Atlantic & Roulette Recordings (1962-1970)" (SoulMusic/Cherry Red); Pilot, "The Albums" (7T's/Cherry Red); Stoned Jesus, "First Communion" (Napalm); Various artists, "Peephole In My Brain: The British Progressive Pop Sounds of 1971 (Grapefruit); White Lion, "All You Need is Rock 'n' Roll: The Complete Albums 1985-1991" (HNE/Cherry Red)

New Home Video: Gordon Lightfoot, "Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind" (Greenwich Entertainment, Aug. 25)

New Singles: Apocalyptica, "Talk to Me" featuring Lzzy Hale; Artists For Recover, "Maybe It's Time"; Steve Azar, "Coldwater" featuring Cedric Burnside; Bazzi, "Crazy"; Body Language, "Perfection"; BTS, "Dynamite"; Will Butler, "Close My Eyes"; Cabaret Voltaire, "Vasto"; Mariah Carey, "Save the Day" featuring Lauryn Hill; Chynna, "stupkid"; Clean Bandit and Mabel, "Tick Tock" featuring 24KGOLDN; Carcass, "The Living Dead at the Manchester Morgue"; Greyson Chance, "Bad To Myself"; Cloud Baby, "Blocks"; AG Cook, "Oh Yeah"; Cherie Currie & Brie Darling, "Black Hole Sun" (benefit for Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation); Deftones, "Ohms"; Dirty Projectors, "Holy Mackerel"; Duplic8, "Fade Away"; Father John Misty, "To R." and "To S."; Foxy Shazam, "Dreamer"; Jeremy Gara, "L_06"; Lukas Graham, "Share That Love" featuring G Eazy; Joe Hanson, "Broken If It Don't Break"; Headie One, "Ain't It Different" featuring Stormzy and AJ Tracey; The Imaginaries, "Other Side"; Jay-Z and Pharrell, "Entrepreneur"; Carly Rae Jepsen, "Me and the Boys in the Band"; Jet Trash, "So High"; Latriot., "Don't Give Up"; Lauv, "If I Were You" featuring blackbear; Lisel, "Die Trying"; Le’Andria Johnson, "Hold On"; London Grammar, "Baby It's You"; Love Regenerator x Steve Lacy, "Live Without Your Love (Mark Broom Remix); Steve Lukather, "Run To Me" featuring Joseph Williams and Ringo Starr; Briston Maroney, "Deep Sea Diver"; James Vincent McMorrow, "I Should Go" with Kenny Beats; Tate McRae, "don't be sad"; METZ, "Hail Taxi"; Mipso, "Hey Coyote"; Janelle Monae, "Turn Tables"; Chloe Moriondo, "I Want to Be With You"; Mors Subita, "Into Eternity"; PJ Morton, "Repay You"'; The Ocean, "Oligocene"; Madison Olds, "3'S a Crowd"; Angel Olsen, "Waving, Smiling"; Alro Parks, "Hurt"; Phoenix, "Identical"; Protoje, "A Vibe" featuring Wiz Khalifa; Dizzee Rascal, "L.L.L.L. (Love Life Live Large)"; Raven Black, "5 Feet Underground"; Rock Mafia, "Get Back Up"; Tyler Shaw, "Remember"; Susanna, "Longing For Nothingness"; Tiana Major9, "Think About You"; TSHA, "Sister"; Turkuaz, "You Never Give Me Your Money"; TV Priest, "This Island"; Twice, "More & More"; United Shapes, "Peppermit"; Wake The Sun, "Tell 'em All Again"; Tauren Wells, "Trenches" featuring Donald Lawrence & Company; Whitton, "Cars Mars"; You Me At Six, "MAKEMEFEELALIVE"; Neil Young, "Looking For a Leader 2020"; Younger Hunger, "Pray For You"

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