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CD Reviews:
New Music: Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, Smashing Pumpkins, Twiztid and more...

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

Posted: Friday, November 27, 2020

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

Album of the Week: Miley Cyrus leaves Hannah Montana even further in the past on "Plastic Hearts" (RCA), her most rock-oriented outing to date. The dozen tracks include collaborations with Joan Jett, Billy Idol and Dua Lipa, with covers of Stevie Nicks, Cranberries and Blondie hits on the digital edition.

Album Title of the Week: Tim Burgess, "Ascent of the Ascended" (Bella Union)

Did Ya Know?: "No Fun Mondays" (Reprise/Warner), Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong's first solo album, compiles the cover songs he's performed during his popular YouTube quarantine series of the same name.

New & Noteworthy:

• Bad Bunny, "El Ultimo Tour Del Mundo (The Last Tour of the World)" (Rimas);

Berlin, "Strings Attached" (August Day);

Jimmy Buffett, "Songs You Don't Know By Heart" (Mailboat);

Clutch, "The Weathermaker Vault Series Vol. 1" (Weathermaker);

The Jerky Boys, "The Jerky Boys" (Comedy Dynamics);

John Sinclair & Planet D Nonet, "Monk's Dream" (Eastlawn);

Smashing Pumpkins, "Cyr" (Sumerian);

Talor Swift, "folklore: the long pond sessions" (Republic);

Twiztid, "Revelashun" (Magik Ninja)

Record Store Black Friday: The Friday, Nov. 27 event drives fans to independent record stores around the world with special limited edition releases from Beastie Boys, Alice in Chains, Pop Smoke, the Rolling Stones, U2, George Harrison, Willie Nelson and more. recordstoreday.com for a full list as well as participating stores.

Also Out:

Amahiru, "Amahiru" (earMusic);

Bo Armstrong, "Chasing Ballads" (Tough Cut);

The Archies, "Carry Me Home: A Reggae Tribute to Gil-Scott-Heron & Brian

Gary Barlow, "Music Played By Humans" (Polydor);

Zach Bryan, "Quiet, Heavy Dreams" (Warner);

Tim Burgess, "Ascent of the Ascended" (Bella Union);

Dream Theater, "Distant Memories -- Live in London" (InsideOut);

Mike Edel, "En Masse" (self-released);

Eleine, "Ava of Death" (Black Lodge);

Karo Glazer & Zsud, "Don't Play the Fool" (High Violet);

Hatebreed, "Weight of the False Self" (Nuclear Blast);

Ty Herndon, "Regifted" (BFD);

Juicy J, "The Hustle Continues" (eOne);

Karaoke, "Blood, Piss, Religion, Pain"

Peter Katz, "City of Our Lives" (Plaid Shirt Music);

Ben Lang, "Modern Man" (Moo Moo);

Marathon, "Mark Kelly's Marathon" (earMUSIC);

Ocean Hills, "Santa Monica" (AFM);

The Paranoyds, "Pet Cemetery" (Suicide Squeeze);

Psychotic Monks, "Private Meaning First" (FatCat);

Record Thieves, "Wasting Time" (Thousand Islands);

Ryan Shaw, "Imagining Marvin" (FORM/Broadway);

Kenny Wayne Shepherd, "Straight To You: Live" (Provogue/Mascot);

John Sinclair & Planet D Nonet, "Monk's Dream" (Eastlawn);

Granger Smith, "Country Things, Vol. 2" (BBR);

Sodom, "Genesis XIX" (SPV/Steamhammer);

Peter Stampfel, "Peter Stampfel's 20th Century" (Louisiana Red Hot Records);

Steps, "What the Future Holds" (BMG);

Leron Thomas, "More Elevator Music" (Lewis);

The Versions, "Calling Lucifer" (Algo);

Voivod, "Lost Machine -- Live" (Century Media);

Volbeat, "Rewind, Replay, Rebound: Live in Deutschland" (Republic);

Within The Ruins, "Black Heart" (eOne);

Jesse Colin Young, "Highway Troubadour" (BMG);

From The Vaults:

Jon Anderson, "Song of Seven: Remastered and Expanded Edition" (Esoteric)

Sophie Ellis-Bextor, "Songs From the Kitchen Disco: Sophie Ellis Bextor's Greatest Hits" (Cooking Vinyl";

Jim Croce, "You Don't Mess Around with Jim," "Life and Times," "I Got a Name," "Photographs & Memories: His Greatest Hits" (BMG);

Perry Farrell, "The Glitz, The Glamor" (Last Man Music);

Liam Gallagher, "Why Me? Why Not" (Warner);

The Hold Steady, "Heaven Is Whenever: Deluxe Edition" (Vagrant/Rough Trade);

Iron Butterfly, "Unconscious Power: An Anthology 1967-1971" (Esoteric/Cherry Red);

Evelyn "Champagne" King, "The RCA Albums 1977-1985" (SoulMusic/Cherry Red);

Lil Yachty, "Lil Boat 3.5" (Quality Control/Motown);

Anthony Phillips, "Missing Links I-IV (Remastered) (Esoteric);

NAILS, "Unsilent Death: 10th Anniversary Edition" (Southern Lord);

Powderfinger, "Unreleased (1978-2010)" (Universal);

Shakin' Stevens, "Fire in the Blood: The Definitive Collection," "Singled Out: the Definitive Singles Collection" (BMG);

Al Stewart, "24 Carrots: 40th Anniversary Edition" (Esoteric);

Spandau Ballet, "40 Years -- The Greatest Hits" (Reformation/Parlophone)

New Holiday Albums:

Detroit Youth Choir, "A Holiday With You" (self-released);

Michael Falzarano and Extended Family, "A Kaleidoscope Christmas" (Hypnotation);

Various Artists, "Christmas Rocks" (Mascot);

Mickey Mouse Club Mouseketeers, "Why? Because It's Christmas" (Always in the Club/M12/Universal)


"Descendants" (Walt Disney);

"The Mandalorian Season 2, Volume 1 (Chapters 9-12)" (Walt Disney);

"Zombies" (Walt Disney);

"Zappa" (Zappa/UMe);

New Music Video:

“Chuck Berry: The Original King of Rock ‘n’ Roll” (MVD)

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