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CD Reviews:
New Music: Kings of Leon, Drake, Paul Stanley, Quinn XCII, more...

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

Posted: Monday, March 8, 2021

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

Album of the Week: Kings of Leon follows up 2016's "Walls" -- the first No. 1 album of its career -- with "When You See Yourself" (RCA), an 11-track set recorded at Nashville's Blackbird Studios, returning to "Walls" Grammy award-wining producer Markus Dravs.

Album Title of the Week: Damien Jurado, "The Monster Who Hated Pennsylvania" (Maraqopa)

Did Ya Know?: After a quick sell-out (less than 24 hours) for its initial run in November, Neil Young's 10-disc "Archives, Vol. II (1972-1976)" (Reprise) surfaces again in both its opulent original packaging and a smaller (and less costly) "retail edition."

New & Noteworthy:

A Day to Remember, "You're Welcome" (Fueled By Ramen);

Chevelle, "NIRATIAS" (Epic);

Drake, "Scary Hours 2" (OVO Sound/Republic);

Elizabeth & the Catapult, "sincerely, e" (Compass);

Fruit Bats, "The Pet Parade" (Merge);

Judith Hill, "Baby, I'm Hollywood"

Jimbo Mathus and Andrew Bird, "These 13" (Wegawam Music Co./Southern

Paul Stanley's Soul Station, "Now and Then" (UMe);

Quinn CXII, "Change of Scenery II" (Columbia)

Also Out:

Susan Anders, "13 Women" (Zanna Discs);

Arab Strap, "As Days Get Dark" (Rock Action);

Badlands, "Djinn" (RITE);

Annicia Banks, "Up Front" (Raw Vue);

Laurie Berkner Band, "Let's Go" (Concord);

Camilo, "Mis Manos" (Sony Music Latin/Hecho a Mano);

Chase Atlantic, "Beauty In Death" (Fearless);

Chiasm & John Fryer, "Missed the Noise" (COP International);

Croc Shop, "Perpetual Sequence" (Metropolis);

Demon Hunter, "Songs of Death and Resurrection" (Solid State);

DMA's "Live at Brixton" (I Oh You/Infectious Music);

dodie, "Build a Problem" (doddleoddle);

Adam Douglas, "Better Angels" (Compro);

Jaz Elise, "The Golden Hour" (Digg Nation Collective/Six Course Music/RCA);

Fastest Land Animal, "Fastest Land Animal" (Listen);

Gabrielle, "Do It Again" (BMG);

Ron Gallo, "Peacemeal" (New West);

Jay Gonzalez, "Back to the Hive" (Middlebrow);

Tom Grennan, "Evering Road" (Insanity);

Joy Harjo, "I Pray For My Enemies" (Sunyata/The Orchard);

Ken Hensley, "My Book of Answers" (Cherry Red)

Judith Hill, "Baby, I'm Hollywood" (The Regime);

Johnny Ironsights, "Murder Mountain" (Flamma);

Conrado Isasa, "Isasa" (self-released);

iskwe, "The Stars" (iskwe Music);

Kash'd Out, "Casual Encounters" (LAW);

Zara Larsson, "Poser Girl" (Black Butter/Epic);

Charlotte Lawrence, "Charlotte" (Atlantic);

Leon III, "Antlers in Velvet" (Monosonic);

Joe Macre, "Bullet Train" (self-released);

Sandy McKnight with Fernando Perdomo, "San Fernando Beat" (self-released);

Billy Nomates, "Emergency Telephone" (self-released);

Painted Shrines, "Heaven and Holy" (Woodist);

Charlie Peacock, "Trout Creek Ranch" (Twenty Ten Music);

Anna Phoebe, "Icons" (Eat the Peach);

Photay, "On Hold" (Mexican Summer);

The Reasoning, "Battles Fought and Conquests Won" (self-released);

The Record Summer, "Lay It Bare" (Bodan Kuma);

Jason Ringenberg, "Rhinestoned," (Courageous Chicken);

Nacho Szulga 5, "Entramados Homeostaticos" (ears&eves);

SOM, "Awake" (Blood Blast/Pelagic);

Garrison Starr, "Girl I Used to Be" (self-released);

Ian Sweet, "Show Me How You Disappear" (Polyvinyl);

Thirdface, "Do It With a Smile" (Exploding in Sound);

Tigers Jaw, "I Won't Care How You Remember Me" (Hopeless);

Alyssa Trahan, "Baby Blues & Stilettos" (self-released);

The Vaccines, "Cozy Karaoke Vol. 1" (Super Easy);

Various Artists, "Gang Affiliated" (4Hunnid/Epic);

Visionist, "A Call to Arms" (Mute);

William the Conqueror, "Maverick Thinker" (Chrysalis);

Witherfall, "Curse of Autumn" (Century Media);

Wolfheart, "Skull Soldiers" (Napalm);

Youth Code x King Yosef, "A Skeleton in the Doors of Depression" (self-released)

From The Vaults:

Hasaan Ibn Ali, "Metaphysics: The Lost Atlantic Album" (Omnivore);

Black Sabbath, "Heaven and Hell: Deluxe Edition," "The Mob Rules: Deluxe Edition" (Rhino/Warner);

Brandy Clark, "Your Life is a Record (Deluxe)" (Warner);

Georgia Satellites, "Ultimate Georgia Satellites" (Lemon)

Japan, "Quiet Life (Box Set)" (BMG);

My Morning Jacket, "At Dawn (20th Anniversary Edition)" (Daria);

Todd Rundgren, "A Wizard, A True Star...Live" (Cleopatra);

Stereolab, "Electrically Possessed (Switched Vol. 4)" (Warp)

Tokyo Police Club, "Champ (10th Anniversary Edition)" (Mom + Pop);

Various Artists, "Greg Belson's Divine Funk" (Cultures of Soul)

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