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CD Reviews:
New Music: J Dilla, Foo Fighters, Danny Kroha, Hayley Williams and more...

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

Posted: Friday, February 5, 2021

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

Album of the Week: Album of the Week: Major Motor City music history is revisted with "Welcome 2 Detroit: 20th Anniversary Edition" (BBE Music), an expanded edition of the late producer-artist J Dilla's debut album, spotlighting home city guests such as Dwele, Elzhi, Frank-N-Dank and more. The new edition, packed as a 7-inch viny box set, features two brand new tracks, instrumentals, alternative mixes and outtakes, along with an oral history of the sessions.

Album Title of the Week: Sarah Mary Chadwick, "Me and Ennui are Friends, Baby" (Ba Da Bing)

Did Ya Know?: Foo Fighters' new "Medicine at Midnight" album features backing vocals by frontman Dave Grohl's 14-year-old daughter Violet on the opening track, "Making a Fire."

New & Noteworthy:

A.J. Croce, "By Request" (Compass);

Rodney Crowell & Friends, "Songs From Quarantine" (Bandcamp);

Deacon Blue, "Riding on the Tide of Love" (earMUSIC);

Fleet Foxes, "Shore" (Anti-/Epitaph);

Aaron Lee Tasjan, "Tasjan! Tasjan! Tasjan!" (New West);

Danny Kroha, "Detroit Blues" (Third Man);

Bob Marley, "Songs of Freedom: The Island Years" (Tuff Gong/Island/UMe);

The Staves, "Good Woman" (Atlantic);

The Weeknd, "The Highlights" (XO/Republic);

Hayley Williams, "Flowers For Vases / Descansos" (Atlantic)

Also Out:

Angelus Apatrida, "Angelus Apatrida" (Century Media);

Taylor Ashton, "Romanticize" (Signature Sounds);

Black Country, New Road, "For the First Time" (Ninja Tune);

Paul Cardall, "The Broken Miracle" (Anthem);

Cardioid, "Crystal Lattice Lullabies" (self-released);

John Carpenter, "Lost Themes III: Alive After Death" (Scared Bones);

Sarah Mary Chadwick, "Me and Ennui Are Friends, Baby" (Ba Da Bing!);

CNCO, "Deja Vu" (Sony Music Latin);

Cult of Luna, "The Raging River" (Red Creek);

Downes Braide Association, "Halcyon Hymns" (Cherry Red);

Hounds, "Cattle in the Sky" (BMG);

The KLF, "Come Down Dawn" (KLF Communications);

Korpiklaani, "Jylhä" (Nuclear Blast);

Todd La Torre, "Rejoice in the Suffering" (Rat Pak);

Sarah Mary Chadwick, "Me and Ennui are Friends, Baby" (Ba Da Bing);

Miss Grit, "Imposter" (self-released);

Lauren Monroe, "Under the Wolf Moon" (self-released);

Nubyan Twist, "Freedom Fables" (Strut);

Odette, "Herald" (EMI);

Popa Chubby, "It's a Mighty Hard Road" (Dixiefrong);

Puma Blues, "In Praise of Shadows" (Blue Flowers);

Miguel Rios, "Slaughterhouse Road" (Laughing Outlaw);

Ryla Rose, "How Far" (self-released);

Sarin, "You Can't Go Back" (Prosthetic);

Shovels & Rope, "Busted Jukebox, Volume 3" (Dualtone);

slowthai, "Tyron" (Method/AWGE/Interscope);

Smith & Burrows, "Only Smith & Burrows is Good Enough" (PIAS America);

Nick Schofield, "Glass Gallery" (Backward Music);

The Telescopes, "Songs of Love and Revolution" (Tapete);

Terminal, "Blacken the Skies" (Metropolis);

Transatlantic, "The Absolute Universe" (InsideOut Music)

TV Priest, "Uppers" (Hand in Hive);

Vampire Weekend, "40:42" (Spring Snow/Columbia);

VanJess, "Homegrown" (Keep Cool/RCA);

Aaron Watson, "American Soul" (Big Label);

The Weather Station, "Ignorance" (Fat Possum);

John Williams, "In Vienna (Live Edition)" (Deutsche Grammophon);

Nana Yamato, "Before Sunrise" Dull Tools);

From The Vaults:

Arcade Fire, "Reflektor" (Legacy);

Ricky Banda, "Niwanji Walwa Amwishyo" (Now-Again);

Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, "Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown -- Rocks" (Bear Family);

Michael Chapman, "The Decca Years 1974-1977" (Secret);

Curved Air, "The Albums 1970-1973" (Esoteric/Cherry Red);

Fine Young Cannibals, "Fine Young Cannibals (Expanded Edition)" and "The Raw & The Cooked (Expanded Edition)" (London);

Eddie Fisher, "Songs From Stage & Screen" (Sepia);

Grateful Dead, "Dave's Picks Volume 37: Colle of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA 4/15/18" (Deadnet);

Femi Kuti and Made Kuti, "Legacy +" (Partisan);

Longstocking, "Once Upon a Time Called Now" (Jealous Butcher);

Charlie Parker, "His Finest Recordings" (Enlightenment);

Nancy Sinatra, "Nancy Sinatra: Start Walkin' 1965-1976" (Boots Enterprises/Light in the Attic);

Dusty Springfield, "The Complete Atlantic Singles" (Real Gone);

Norma Tanega, "Walkin' My Cat Named Dog (Expanded Edition)" (Real Gone);

New Home Video:

"A Man Called Adam" (KL Studio Classics);

Anna Lucasta" (KL Studio Classics);

Petty Lee, "Things Are Swingin': Her Greatest Songs" (MPI)

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