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CD Reviews:
New Music: Nick Jonas, Selena Gomez, Rob Zombie, CeCe Winans, more...

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

Posted: Friday, March 12, 2021

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

Album of the Week: There's a reason Nick Jonas has been on a media blitz ("Saturday Night Live," "The Voice") recently -- his third solo album, "Spaceman" (Island). The 11-song set was produced and co-written with Grammy Award winner Greg Kurstin (Foo Fighters, Sia, Paul McCartney, Greta Van Fleet), while the Clash's Mick Jones has a writing credit on "Deeper Love."

Album Title of the Week: Valerie June, "The Moon and the Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers" (Fantasy/Concord);

Did Ya Know?: Selena Gomez returns to her Latin side for the first time in more than a decade -- when she fronted the Scene -- with "Revelacion," a seven-song EP, recorded remotely and featuring guest appearances by Myke Towers, DJ Snake and Raw Alejandro.

New & Noteworthy:

Blackmore's Night, "Nature's Light" (earMUSIC);

DJ Muggs the Black Goat, "Dies Occidendum" (Sacred Bones);

Kate Hinote Trio, "Near" (self-released);

Lake Street Dive, "Obviously" (Nonesuch);

Pino Palladino and Blake Mills, "Notes With Attachments" (New Deal/Impulse!/Verve);

Rose, "R" (YG/Interscope);

CeCe Winans, "Believe For It" (Fairtrade Services/PureSpring Gospel);

Rob Zombie, The Lunar Injection Kool Aid Eclipse Conspiracy" (Nuclear Blast)

Also Out:

The Anchoress, "The Art of Losing" (KScope);

Ronnie Atkins, "One Shot" (Frontiers);

Blue Water Highway, "Paper Airplanes" (Start Swimming);

Caribou, "Suddenly Remixes" (Merge);

Charles Lloyd & the Marvels, "Tone Poem" (Blue Note);

Allie Crow Buckley, "Moonlit and Devious" (self-released);

Coma Culture, "Camouflage" (Repost Network);

Conan, "Live at Freaky Valley" (Napalm);

Dead Poet Society, "-!-" (Spinefarm);

Do Nothing, "Glueland" (Exact Truth);

Eyehategod, "A History of Nomadic Behavior" (Century Media);

Gizmachi, "Omega Kaleid" (CEN/The Orchard);

Tom Grennan, "Evering Road" (Insanity);

Grouplove, "This Is This" (Atlantic);

Heart Healer, "The Metal Opera by Magnus Karlsson" (Frontiers);

Gary Hughes, "Waterside" (Frontiers);

ISSA, "Queen of Broken Hearts" (Frontiers);

Valerie June, "The Moon and the Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers" (Fantasy/Concord);

Chez Kane, "Chez Kane" (Frontiers);

Katie Knipp, "The Well" (Heart Songs);

Vivian Leva & Riley Calcagno, "Vivian Leva & Riley Calcagno" (Free Dirt);

James Levy "Soldier" (Side Hustle/The Orchard);

Charles Lloyd & the Marvels, "Tone Poem" (Blue Note);

Joyner Lucas, "Evolution" (Twenty Nine Music Group);

Lushlife, "Redamancy" (Fortune Tellers);

Marianas Rest, "Fate Morgana" (Napalm);

Jane Monheit, "Come What May" (Provident);

Lauren Murphy, "Psychedelics" (self-released);

Israel Nash, "Topaz" (Desert Folklore);

Sean Paul, "Live N Livin" (Dutty Rock);

The Paper Kites, "Roses" (Nettwerk);

Saga, "Symmetry" (earMUSIC)

Secret Sphere, "Lifeblood" (Frontiers);

Philippe Cohen Solal and Mike Lindsay, "Outsider" (iYa Basta!);

The Sound Field, "This Moment of the Storm" (Rocker Chick Media);

Strawbs, "Settlement" (Esoteric/Cherry Red);

Sunstorm, "Afterlife" (Frontiers);

Dulcie Taylor, "Rediscovered" (Mesa/Bluemoon);

Mike Tiano, "Creetisvan" (self-released);

Turbulence, "Frontal" (Frontiers);

Butch Walker, "American Love Story (Live and Quarantined)" (Ruby Red);

White Void, "Anti" (Nuclear Blast)

Witch Camp, "I've Forgotten Now Who I Used to Be" (Six Degrees);

Various Artists, "Down Where the Valleys Are Low: A Tribute to Judee Sill" (StorySound);

From The Vaults:

Brand New Heavies, "Shibuya 357: Live in Tokyo 1992" (Acid Jazz);

Giveobn, "When It's All Said and Done...Take Time: Deluxe" (Epic);

Gary Hughes, "Decades" (Frontiers);

Kreator, "Under the Guillotine" (Noise);

Madness, "Our House: The Very Best of Madness" (BMG);

Buck Owens, "The Complete Capitol Singles, 1957-1975" (Omnivore);

The Roots, "Do You Want More ?!!!??! (Deluxe Edition)" (Geffen/Ume);

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

Johnny Smith, "The Classic Roots Album Collection" (Enlightenment);

UB40, "Signing Off" (EMI/UMe);

The Wiggles, "We're All Fruit Salad! The Wiggles' Greatest Hits" (ABC)

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