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CD Reviews:
New Music: Ringo Starr, Lana Del Rey, Justin Bieber, Loretta Lynn, more...

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

Posted: Friday, March 19, 2021

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

Album of the Week: Ringo Starr has always gotten by with a little help from his friends -- and there are a lot of those on his new EP, "Zoom In" (UMe). Among the guests are Beatles mate Paul McCartney, brother-in-law Joe Walsh, Toto's Steve Lukather, Dave Grohl, Lenny Kravitz, Sheryl Crow, Finneas, the Black Puma's Eric Burton, Chris Stapleton, Ben Harper, Jenny Lewis and Yola -- and that's just on the first track "Here's to the Nights." Rest assured there's more Starr power on the other four, too.

Album Title of the Week: Lana Del Rey, "Chemtrails Over the Country Club" (Interscope)

Did Ya Know?: Loretta Lynn's 50th solo studio album, "Still Woman Enough" (Legacy), is a tribute to female contributions to country music, from the Carter Family to her own material ("I'm A Honky Tonk Girl," "Coal Miner's Daughter") with guest appearances by Reba McEntire, Carrie Underwood, Tanya Tucker and Margo Price.

New & Noteworthy:

Jon Batiste, "We Are" (Verve);

Justin Bieber, "Justice" (Def Jam);

Harry Connick Jr., "Alone With My Faith" (Verve);

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

Raul Malo, "Qurantunes Vol. 1" (Mondo Mundo);

David Olney and Ariana Kaye, "Whispers and Sighs" (Schoolkids);

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

Sting, "Duets" (CherryTree/A&M/UMe);

Serj Tankian, "Elasticity" (Alchemy);

Also Out (all subject to change):

Ryan Adams, "Wednesdays" (Pax Americana/Empire);

Ainur, "Spirit of Fire" (Rockshots);

Aversed, "Impermanent" (CENT/The Orchard);

Diego Baliardo, "Este Ritmo" (Moondo Music);

Gabby Barrett, "Live From the Goldmine" (Warner Music Nashville);

Bass Race, "Tender Vittles" (Ruby Railroad);

Bell Orchestre, "House Music" (Erased Tapes);

The Blue Stones, "Hidden Gems" (eOne);

Melissa Carper, "Daddy's Country Gold" (Mae Music);

The City Champs, "Luna '68" (Big Legal Mess);

Deniz Cuylan, "No Such Thing As Free Will" (Hush Hush);

Steve Earle & the Dukes, "J.T." (New West);

Ego Kill Talent, "The Dance Between Extremes" (BMG);

Andrew Farriss, "Andrew Farriss" (BMG);

Lo Talker, "A Comedy of Errors" (Arts & Crafts);

Depths of Hatred, "Inheritance" (Prosthetic);

Ego Kill Talent, "The Dance Between Extremes" (BMG);

Exist Immortal, "Act II: Gold" (Seek and Strike);

Michael Feuerstack, "Harmonize the Moon" (Forward Music Group)

Ghosts of Vroom, "Ghosts of Vroom 1" (Mod Y Vi);

Steve Gulley & Tim Stafford, "Still Here" (Crossroads);

Hedvig Mollestad Trio, "Ding Dong, You're Dead" (Rune Grammafon);

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

Jobbaloon, "The Invitation" (self-released);

Lo Talker, "A Comedy of Errors" (Arts & Crafts);

Mykey, "Witching Hour" (Warner);

Midland, "The Sonic Ranch" (Big Machine);

Sofia Kourtesis, "Fresia Magdalena" (Ninja Tune);

Lo Talker, "A Comedy Of Errors" (Arts & Crafts);

Michigander, "Everything Will Be OK Eventually" (C3);

Middle Kids, "Today We're the Greatest" (Domino);

Mono, "Beyond the Past -- Live in London with the Platinum Anniversary Orchestra" (Pelagic);

Morpheus Project, "Mozaick" (self-released);

Sylvan Paul, "America" (Wolf + Lamb);

Popa Chubby, "Itís a Mighty Hard Road" (Dixiefrong);

Ronna Reason, "Ronna Reason" (Damaged Disco);

Rivals, "Sad Looks Pretty on Me" (Smartpunk);

Saxon, "Inspirations" (Silver Lining/Militia Guard)'

Nitin Sawhney, "Immigrants" (Sony Classical);

Kabir Sehgal and Mari Incontrera, "Angela's Ring" (Tiger Turn);

Show Me the Body, "Survive" (Loma Vista);

Son of the Velvet Rat, "Solitary Company" (Fluff&Gravy);

The Snuts, "W.L." (New Elektra/Parlophone);

Tearjerker, "Deep End" (self-released);

Too Much Joy, "mistakes were made" (XO);

Triptides, "Alter Echoes" (Alive Naturalsound);

Trollfest, "Happy Heroes" (Napalm);

Chad VanGaalen, "World's Most Stressed Out Gardener" (Sub Pop);

Vegyn, "Like a Good Old Friends" (PLZ Make It Ruins);

Morgan Wade, "Reckless" (Ladylike/Thirty Tigers);

Yaima, "Earth Trilogy, Part 1" (self-released)

From The Vaults:

Awolnation, "Megalithic Symphony: Deluxe Edition" (Red Bull);

Green Day, "Insomniac: 25th Anniversary Edition" (Warner);

Kaleidoscope & Fairfield Parlour, "Sky Children: The Best Of..." (Think Like a Key Records);

Nils Lofgren, "Bonus Tracks" (Castle Track Road);

Lynyrd Skynyrd, "Nothing Comes Easy: 1991-2012" (Eagle Rock);

Papa Roach, "Greatest Hits Vol. 2 -- The Better Noise Years" (Better Noise);

Juan Carlos Quintero, "Caminando" Moondoo Music);

"Ringo Starr and His Third All-Star Band -- Volume 1" (Greyscale);

Ten Years After, "A Song in the Tale (Deluxe Edition)" (Deko Entertainment);

Various Artists, "NOW That's What I Call Music! Outlaw Country" (NOW Music);

Volbeat, "The Strength/The Sound/The Songs: 15th Anniversary Edition" (Mascot);

Bobby Womack, "The Poet" and "The Poet II" (ABKCO)

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