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CD Reviews:
New Music: Bruce Springsteen, Ty Dolla $ign, Major Lazer, Gorillaz and more...

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

Posted: Saturday, October 24, 2020

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Checking out this week’s new music releases (all subject to change)…

Album of the Week: Bruce Springsteen put the (E Street) band back together for four days of recording last November in New Jersey and came out with "Letter To You" (Columbia), a sentimental and stock-taking 12-track set that resurrects early 70s legends "Janey Needs a Shooter," "If I Was the Priest" and "Songs for Orphans." It's accompanied by a documentary of the same name, also bowing on Friday, Oct. 23 via AppleTV+.

Album Title of the Week: Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, "Just Dropped in to See What Condition My Rendition Was In" (Daptone);

Did Ya Know?:"Music is the Weapon" (Mad Decent) is Major Lazer's first new set in five years and features guest appearances by Khalid, Nicki Minaj, French Montano, Alessia Cara, Marcus Mumford and more.

New & Noteworthy: Joe Bonamassa, "Royal Tea" (J&R Adventures); The Cadillac Three, "Tabasco & Sweet Tea" (Big Machine); Gorillaz, "Song Machine Season One: Strange Times" (Warner); Ben Harper, "Winter is For Lovers" (Anti-); Kidz Bop Kids, "Kidz Bop 2021" (Kidz Bop); Pearl Jam, "MTV Unplugged" (Epic/Legacy); Smith & Myers, "Vol. 2" (Atlantic); Jeff Tweedy, "Love is the King" (dBpm); Ty Dolla $ign, "Featuring Ty Dolla $ign" (Atlantic)

Also Out: Actress, "Karma & Desire" (Ninja Tune); Alright Alright, "Crucible" (self-released); Sam Amidon, "Sam Amidon" (Nonesuch); Armored Saint, "Punching the Sky" (Metal Blade); Steve Azar, "My Mississippi Reunion" (Ride); Julia Bhatt, "2 steps back" (self-released); blackstarkids, "Whatever, Man" (Dirty Hit); the black watch, "Fromthing Somewhat" (Atom); Mike Block, "The Edge of the Atmosphere" (Bright Shiny Things); Blue October, "This Is What I Live For" (Up/Down / Brando); The Bookends, "Calliope" (JEM); boy pablo, "Wachito Rico" (777 Music); Rachel Brooke, "The Loneliness in Me" (Mal); Brad Brooks, "God Save the City" (self-released); Emily Brown, "A Fish of Earth" (Cong Club); Shemekia Copeland, "Uncivil War" (Alligator); Defecto, "Duality" (Black Lodge); Janet Devlin, "Versions of Better" (self-released); Sarah Dooley, "Is This Heartbreak?" (self-released); Rusty Eye, "Dissecting Shadows" (Epoche/Blood Bath); Fred Eaglesmith and Tif Gin, "Alive" (IDLA); Faithless, "All Blessed" (BMG); Justin Farren, "Pretty Free" (self-released); Fat Tony, "Exotica" (Carpark); FEVER333, "Wrong Generation" (333 Wreckords Crew/Roadrunner); John Frusciante, "Maya" (Timesig); Fuzz, "III" (The Red Recordings); Melody Gardot, "Sunset in the Blue" (Decca); Ela Minus, "acts of rebellion" (Domino); Alastair Green, "The New World Blues" (Whiskey Bayou); Adam Hambrick, Love is Quicksand (Buena Vista/Capitol); Hammerfall, "Live! Against the World" (Napalm); Hands Like Houses, "Hands Like Houses" (UNFD); Carlie Hanson, "DestroyDestroyDestroyDestroy" (Warner); Felix Hatfield, "False God" (Fangbite); Dave Hause and Laura Stevenson "Patty" and "Paddy" (self-released); I Am Your God, "In Those Times" (Out of Line); Ashton Irwin, "Superbloom" (EMI); Darren Jessee, "Remover" (Bar/None); Jakko Kakszyk, "Secrets & Lies" (InsideOut); Kenall Street Company, The Stories We Write For Ourselves (self-released); Rachel Kiel, "Dream Logic" (Lucky Bird); Will Kimbrough, "Spring Break" (Soundly Music); Cassidy King, "Not So Picture Perfect" (self-released); Adrianne Lenker, "songs" (4AD) and "instrumentals" (4AD); Che Lingo, "The Worst Generation" (7Wallace); Loona, "[12.00]" (Blockberry Creative); Xander Marsden, "Xander Marsden" (MAKE); Bob Margolin, "Star of Stage and Screens" (VizzTone); Luba Mason, "Triangle" (Blue Canoe); Simon McBride, "Trouble" (earMUSIC); Terry McBride, "Rebels & Angels" (Creative Nation/Mc Records); The Midnight Callers, "Red Letter Glow" (JEM); Bea Miller, "elated!" (Hollywood); Mink's Miracle Medicine, "Thumbs Up Angel" (Lucky Bird); Missio, "Can You Fell the Sound" (2B/BMG); Mork Gryning, "Hindsides Vrede" (Season of Mist); The Mountain Goats, "Getting Into Knives" (Merge); Elliott Murphy, "The Middle Kingdom" (Murphyland); Non Duo, "In Your Eyes" (ND Pendant Artists); Northcote, "Let Me Roar" (Black Box Music); Nothing But Thieves, "Moral Panic" (RCA); Winona Oak, "SHE" (Neon Gold/Atlantic); Odario, "Good Morning Hunter" (Do Right! Music); Okey Dokey, "Once Upon One Time" (Park the Van); Xavier Omar, if You Feel" (RCA); Colleen Orender, "Creatures of the Night" (self-released); Pallbearer, "Forgotten Days" (Nuclear Blast); Plants and Animals, "The Jungle" (Secret City); Pup, "This Place Sucks Ass" (Little Dipper/Rise); David Quinn, "Letting Go" (self-released); Rodney Rice, "Same Shirt, Different Day" (Moody Springs Music); Joel Ross, "Who Are You?" (Blue Note); Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, "Disney Goes Classical" (Decca); Rusty Eye, "Dissection Shadows" (Epoche/Blood Blast); Ruel, Bright Lights, Red Eyes" (RCA); Ruthless Cosmopolitans, "Ruthless" (Chant); Saul, "Rise As Equals" (Spinefarm); Sevendust, "Blood & Stone" (Rise); Devin Sinha, "Liminal Space" (self-released); Skyway Man, "The World Only Ends When You Die" (Mama Bird); Fraser T. Smith, "12 Questions" (Platoon/70Hz); Songhoy Blues, "Optimisme" (Fat Possum); Richard Spitzer, "Cry Wolf" (self-released); Juanita Stein, "Snapshot" (Handwritten); Kipp Stone, "Homme Mixtape" (self-released); Stretch & Bobbito, "Freestyle EP 1" (self-released); Bruce Sudano, "Spirals, Vol. 1 -- Time and the Space In Between" (Purple Heart); This Is the Kit, "Off Off" (Rough Trade); Devin Townsend, "Order of Magnitude: Empath Live Volume 1" (InsideOut Music); Undeath, "Lessons of a Different Kind" (Prosthetic); Valley, "sucks to see you doing better" (Universal); Various Artists, "NOW That's What I Call Music! 76" (NOW Music); Various Artists, "Sound the Alarm, Vol. 1: Louder Feelings" (Pop Can); Laura Veirs, "My Echo" (Raven Marching Band); Vessel of Light, "Last Ride" (Nomad Eel); Wallows, "Remote" (Atlantic); Cory Wong, "The Striped Album" (self-released); Ray Zaragoza, "Woman in Color" (Rebel River); X Lovers, "Mad World" (Visionary/RCA); Blacc Zacc, "803 Legend" (Interscope); Zero 7, "Shadows" (Make/BMG); Zilched, "Doompop" (self-released)

From The Vaults: Allman Brothers Band, "Live at the Atlanta International Pop Festival" (ABBRC); Bobby Bare, "Bobby Bare Sings Shel Silverstein Plus" (Bear Family); Jessie Baylin and Richard Swift, "Pleasure Center" (self-release); Beastie Boys, "Beastie Boys Music" (Capitol/UMe); Johnny Cash, "Forever Words (Expanded Edition)" (Columbia/Legacy); Clutch, "The Obelisk" (WeatherMaker Music); Foo Fighters, "Live on the Radio 1996" (Amazon Original); Luke Combs, "What You See Ain't Always What You Get" (Columbia Nashville); Dead & Company, "Madison Square Garden Fall 2019" (Deadnet); Nelly Furtado, "Whoa, Nelly!: 20th Anniversary Edition" (Dreamworks/UMe); Greg Lake, "The Anthology: A Musical Journey" (BMG); Little Richard, "The Second Coming" (Omnivore); Menswear, "The Menswear Collection" (Edel/Demon); Bob Mould, "Distortion: 1989-2019" (Demon); Patti Page, "This Can't Be Love" (Hindsight); John Prine, "Crooked Piece of Time: The Atlantic & Asylum Albums (1971-1980)" (Rhino/Atlantic); Dave Riley and Bob Corritore, "Travelin' the Dirt Road" (VizzTone/Swmae); The Shangri-Las, Remember: Hits & Rarities From the Bad Girls of Pop" (Charly); Carla Thomas, "Let Me Be Good to You: The Atlantic & Stax Recordings (1960-1968)" (SoulMusic/Cherry Red); Various Artists, "Bubblerock is Here to Stay! The British Pop Explosion 1970-73" (Grapefruit/Cherry Red); Various Artists, "Disturbing the Peace" (Liberation Hall); Various Artists, "Right Back Where We Started From: Female Pop and Soul in Seventies Britain" (RPM/Cherry Red)

Record Store Day: The third Records Store Day drop takes place Saturday, Oct. 24, with exclusive, mostly vinyl titles from the likes of the Allman Brothers Band, Johnny Cash, Eminem, Alice Cooper, the Grateful Dead and many more. Full list and other details at recordstoreday.com.

New Holiday Albums: Maddie & Tae, "We Need Christmas" (Mercury Nashville); Matt Nathanson, "Farewell December" (AWAL); Michael Tenpenny, "Neon Christmas" (Columbia); Various Artists, "Christmas with Better Noise Music" (Better Noise)

New Singles:

airwake & Saen., "Faded Patterns";

Rauw Alejandro, "Reloj" featuring Anuel

Antonioni, "Malcomer";

Apocalypse Blues Revival, "Optymistic";

Architects, "Animals";

Ashnikko, “Halloweenie III: Seven Days”;

AWOLNATION, "Radical" featuring Grouplove;

Babygirl, "Easy";

Bad Decisions, "Coming Home";

Badge Epogue Ensemble, "Unity (It's Up to You)" featuring James Baley;

Julien Baker, "Faith Healer";

Mimi Barks, "11.Plague/666";

Gabby Barrett, "The First Noel";

The Beths, "Mars, the God of War";

Beauty Pill, "Instant Night";

Alexander Biggs, "Low";

Biig Piig, "Oh No" and "Liahr";

Blessed, "Bonnie Killed Clyde";

The Bloodshots, "No Way Out";

bloody white, "Lies We Tell";

Zach Brandon, "Live and Let Live" featuring Jallal;

Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, "My Power";

Bright Eyes, "Miracle of Life";

Bring Me the Horizon, "Tear Drops";

Garth Brooks, "Shallow";

Tim Burgess, "The Ascent of the Ascended";

Cam, "Forgetting You";

Rosanne Cash with John Leventhal, "Crawl Into the Promised Land";

Cavo, "Muscle Memory";

Sarah Mary Chadwick, "Every Loser Needs a Mother";

Justin Champagne, "When I Pull Up;

Color of Light, "Ocean of Dead Feelings";

Crush Club, "Domino";

Dallas String Quartet, "Joy to the World";

Evandale, "Little Sista";

Marty Friedman, "The Perfect World";

Griff Clawson, "Chasing Highs";

Cloves, "Dead";

Steve Conn, "Love Always Wins";

Jordan Davis, "Lose You";

Dayze, "My Way";

Drax Project, "Firefly" featuring Fetty Wap;

Dead Original, "Restrained";

Dead Rock West, "Revolution in the Garden";

Lee DeWyze, "Weeds";

Al Di Meola and Dodi Battaglia, "One Sky";

Jermaine Dupri, Ne-Yo, Johntá Austin and Bryan-Michael Cox, "Change";

Evildead, "Word of God";

Faangs, "Huh";

Finneas, "Can't Wait to Be Dead";

5 Billion in Diamonds, "Weight of the World";

Foxy Shazam, "The Rose";

Galimatias, "Laying Low";

Ghost Against Ghost, "Darth Mango";

Ariana Grande, "Positions";

Josh Grider, American Anthem";

Jack Harlow, "Tyler Herro";

H.E.R., "Damage";

James Hersey, "Forget (About Everyone Else)";

Terrell Hines, "We're All Gonna Be Killed";

Holding Absence, "Beyond Belief";

Hot Chip, "Straight to the Morning" featuring Jarvis Cocker;

Illenum, "Paper Thin" featuring Tom DeLonge;

Kacey Johansing, "No Better Time";

Kanneh-Masons, "Redemption Songs";

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, "Automation";

The Last, "Lies";

Buzzy Lee, "What Has a Man Done";

Little Mix, "Sweet Melody";

Leon III, "The Whisper is Yours";

Levera, "Heaven Knows";

Lucero, Outrun the Moon;

Ruby Mack, "Devil Told Me";

The Magic Gang, "Somebody Like You";

Briston Maroney, "Freeway";

Marshmello and Imanbek, “Too Much” featuring Usher;

Wolff Mason, "Soft Lips";

Matoma, "Wow";

Brian May and Woman, "I'm a Woman";

Joey McIntyre, "Own This Town";

Jamie Miller, "Onto Something";

Kylie Minogue, "I Love It";

Moneybagg Yo, "Said Sum" featuring DaBaby and City Girls;

Motionless In White, "Creatures X: To The Grave"

Muni Long, "Breakin Up";

My Octopus Mind, "Wandering Eye";

Graham Nash, "Vote";

Rico Nasty, "Don't Like Me" featuring Gucci Mane and Don Toliver;

Nelly, "Lil Bit" featuring Florida Georgia Line";

Never Loved, "Sunshine";

Christinna O, "Braided";

Okabe, "Wait";

Lil Zay Osama, "Like A Pimp" featuring Stunna 4 Vegas;

Bones Owens, "Keep It Close";

Arlo Parks, "Green Eyes";

Jack Penate, "Remember in New York";

Jonny Polonsky, "Summmer Soldiers" featuring Jane Wiedlin;

Quarter-Life Crisis, "Waterfall";

Refused, "Born on the Outs";

Lawrence Rothman, "Decent Man" featuring Lucinda Williams;

Rumtum, "Shade Fader";

Ben Ruttner, "Chimera";

st. Pedro, "Malapami” (Bad For Me)" ;

Sam Himself, "Cry";

Sanya N' Kanta, "The Hard Lesson";

Elisia Savoca, "Falling";

Sawettie, "Back to the Streets" featuring Jhene Aiko;

Mark Scibilia, "This Dream";

Amy Shark, "C'mon" featuring Travis Barker;

Anna Shoemaker, "Won't Make Me Cry";

Skullcrusher, "Farm";

Son Little, "Goddess Wine";

Jamie Lynn Spears "Follow Me (Zoey 101)";

Sigur Rose, "Dvergmal";

Chris Stapleton, "Arkansas";

Static Cycle, "Hallelujah";

The Staves, "Good Woman";

Staysolidrocky, "Demons";

Symba, "Big Home" featuring 2 Chainz;

Aaron Taos, "Summer's Gone" featuring Alice Gray;

Britt Taylor, "Broken Heart Breaks";

Tuzeint, "No Mo";

Matt Urmy, "Raging Hearts";

Vale, "Without You";

Valencia, "Weight fo the World";

Valley Maker, "Mockingbird";

Vox Rea, "Does Me Up";

Walk Off the Earth, "This Is Love";

Emily Weisband, Out of This Car";

Wildways, "Anna";

Sam Williams, "The World: Alone";

Ann Wilson, "The Revolution Stars Now";

Nancy Wilson, "The Rising";

Charlie Wilson, "All of My Love" featuring Smokey Robinson;

Lilly Winwood, "Few More Records"

Nilufer Yanya, "Crash";

Yaeji, "When in Summer, I Forget About the Winter";

Neil Young, "Homefires";

Young Bombs, Wrong Side of Love featuring Darius Rucker

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