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CD Reviews:
New Music: Haggard and Willie tributes, Taylor Swift, Kid Cudi, Chris Cornell and more...

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

Posted: Friday, December 11, 2020

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Checking out this week's new music releases...

Albums of the Week: Salutes to a couple of American music icons see the mass-release light of day this week. "Sing Me Back Home: The Music of Merle Haggard" (Blackbird Presents/Caroline) is a CD/DVD set hailing from a 2017 all-star tribute in Nashville that features the Hag done by the likes of Alabama, Keith Richards, John Mellencamp, Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Sheryl Crow and many more. Willie Nelson got the same treatment in 2019, with a "Willie Nelson, American Outlaw" (Blackbird Presents/Caroline) guest list that included more Mellencamp, Chris Stapleton, Jimmy Buffett, Eric Church, George Strait, Dave Matthews, Nelson himself and others.

Album Title of the Week: Jack Harlow, "That's What They All Say" (Generation Now/Atlantic)

Did Ya Know?: "Comet (Sunset Blvd.) is the first new album in 25 years from the country-rock troupe, whose lineup still includes co-founders Jock Bartley, Mark Andes and David Muse.

New & Noteworthy:

Ryan Adams, "Wednesdays" (PAX AM);

Belle & Sebastian, "What to Look For in Summer" (Matador);

James Blake, "The Covers" (Polydor/Republic);

The Beatles, "Meditation," "Got to Get You Into My LIfe," "For Kids: Morning, Afternoon & Night" (Capitol);

Chance the Rapper, "Merry Christmas: Lil Mama Deluxe" (self-released);

Deftones, "White Pony/Black Stallion" (Reprise/Warner);

Foxy Shazam, "Burn" (eeeoooah);

Kid Cudi, "Man on the Moon III: The Chosen" (Republic);

The Kills, "Little Bastards" (Domino);

Old Dominion, "The Band Behind the Curtain" (RCA Nashville);

Taylor Swift, "Evermore" (Replubic);

Yo-Yo Ma & Kathryn Scott, "Songs of Comfort and Hope" (Sony Classical);

Also Out:

Apocalypse Blues Band, "Apocalypse Blues Revival" (ABR);

The Avalanches, "We Will Always Love You" (Astralwerks);

Bombay Bicycle Club, "I Had the Blues But I Shook Them Loose -- Live at Brixton" (Mmm...);

Brave the Cold, "Scarcity" (Mission Two Entertainment);

Brooks, "Communion" (Bodybag);

Call Me Spinster, "Call Me Spinster" (Strolling Bones);

Channel Tres, "I Can't Go Outside" ??

Cro-Mags, "2020" (Mission Two Entertainment);

Des Rocs, "This Is Your Life" (300 Entertainment);

French Cassettes, "Rolodex" (Tender Loving Empire);

FXXXXY, "Do You Trust Me" (Rule #1/Interscope);

Guided By Voices, "Styles We Paid For" (GVV Inc.);

Jack Harlow, "That's What They All Say" (Generation Now/Atlantic);

Kacy & Clatyon and Marlon Williams, "Plastic Bouget" (New West);

Chris Lake and Armand Van Helden, "The Answer" (Astralwerks);

Less Than Jake, "Silver Linings" (Pure Noise);

Elizabeth Moen, "Creature of Habit" (self-released);

Alanis Morissette, "Such Pretty Fors in the Mix" (He Shey They/Epiphany);

Izaak Opatz, "Hot & Heavy Handed" (Mama Bird Recording Co.);

Osees, "Panther Rotate" (Castle Face);

Alaska Reid, "Big Bunny" (Terrible);

Riverside, "Lost 'n' Found -- Live in Tilburg" (InsideOut);

Ben Ruttner, "Ben Ruttner" (self-released);

Pete Rock & the Soul Brothers, "PeteStrumentals 3" (self-released);

Neal Schon, "Universe" (self-released);

Sturgill Simpson, "Cuttin' Grass Vol. 2 -- The Cowboy Arms Sessions" (High Top Mountain);

Nilufer Yanya, "Feeling Lucky?" (ATO);

Yo-Yo Ma & Kathryn Scott, "Songs of Comfort and Hope" (Sony Classical);

From The Vaults:

Ray Anthony, "The Ray Anthony Collection 1949-62" (Acrobat);

Fiona Apple, "Fetch the Bolt Cutters (Deluxe Edition)" (Epic);

The Carlisles, "The Carlisles Collection 1951-61" (Acrobat);

Chris Cornell, "No One Sings Like You Anymore" (Chris Cornell Estate/UMe);

Miles Davis, "Before the Cool: The Miles Davis Collection 1945-48" (Acrobat);

Billy Eckstein, "The Billy Eckstine Collection 1947-1962" (Acrobat);

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

The Four Knights, "The Four Knights Collection 1951-58" (Acrobat);

Frightened Rabbit, "The Winter of Mixed Drinks: 10th Anniversary Edition" (Fat Cat);

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

John Lennon, "John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band (The Ultimate Collection)" (Capitol);

Jay P. Morgan, "The Jay P. Morgan Collection 1952-62" (Acrobat);

Pop-O-Pies, "The White EP" (Liberation Hall);

The Readymades, "More Alive Than Not" (Liberation Hall);

Roxette, "Bag of Trix: Music From the Roxette Vaults" (Roxette/Parlophone);

Various Artists, "Cafe Exil: New Adventures in European Music 1972-1980" (Ace);

Neil Young, "After the Goldrush (50th Anniversary Edition)" (Reprise)

New Holiday Albums:

Jon Bon Jovi, "A Jon Bon Jovi Christmas" (Island Records);

Chance the Rapper, "Merry Christmas: Lil Mama Deluxe" (self-released);

Kelly Finnigan, "A Joyful Sound" (Colemine)

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