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CD Reviews:
New Music: Demi Lovato, Elvis Costello, Cactus, Leslie Jordan, more...

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

Posted: Friday, April 2, 2021

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

Album of the Week: Following her revealing new YouTube docuseries, Demi Lovato's seventh studio album, "Dancing With the Devil ... The Art of Starting Over" (Island), continues the confessional streak over the course of 19 new tracks, including duets with Ariana Grande, Sam Fischer, Noah Cyrus and Saweetie.

Album Title of the Week: The Fratellis, "Half Drunk Under a Full Moon" (Cooking Vinyl).

Did Ya Know?: Comedian-actor Leslie Jordan gets a little help from his friends on his debut album, "Company's Comin'" (Platoon), with a guest list that includes Brandi Carlile, Tanya Tucker, T.J. Osborne and others.

New & Noteworthy:

Jake Bass, "Jakey B-Sides" (Basement Sounds 2.0)

Mark Bryan, "Midlife Priceless" (Slow Start)

Cactus, "Tightrope" (Purple Pyramid/Cleopatra)

Elvis Costello, "La Face de Pendule a Coucou" (Concord)

Bryce Dessner with the Australian String Quartet, "Impermanence/Disintegration" (37d03d)

Richie Furay, "50th Anniversary Return to the Troubadour" (DSDK Productions)

Steve Gadd Band, "Live at the Blue Note, Tokyo" (BFM Jazz)

Van Go Go, "Van Go Go" (Rock Nacho Music)

Also Out:

Rick Armstrong, "Infinite Corridors" (self-released)

BARK, "Relics" (self-released)

Basside, "F*** It Up" (Sorry)

Benny Blanco, "Friends Keep Secrets 2" (Friends Keep Secrets/Interscope)

Church of Roswell, "Here Comes Church of Roswell" (Studio 42)

Dopolarians, "Garden Party" (Mahakala)

Dry Cleaning, "New Long Leg" (4AD)

Exo, "Bambi" (SM Entertainment)

Flock of Dimes, "Head of Roses" (Sub Pop)

Frayle, "Live at the House of Wills" (Aqualamb)

Godspeed You! Black Emperor, "G_d's Pee AT STATE'S END!" (Constellation)

Haunted Shed, "Flattering Light" (Strolling Bones)

Israel Houghton, "Feels LIke Home Vol. 2" (District 11)

Janney, "Janney" (self-released)

Jasiah, "War" (Atlantic)

John-Robert, "Healthy Baby Boy, Part 1" (Nice Life Recording/Warner)

Jon Klages, "Fabulous Twilight" (Danbury Fair)

Kolby Knickerbocker, "Over and Over" (self-released)

Jon LaDeau, "Time Capsules" (self-released)

La Femme, "Paradigmes" (Disque Pointu/IDOL)

Mile Marker Zero, "Live & Confined" (Prog East)

Major Murphy, "Access" (Winspear)

Mythic Sunship, "Wildfire" (Tee Pee)

The Natvral, "Tethers" (Kanine)

No-No Boy, "1975" (Smithsonian Folkways)

Alberto Rigoni, "For the Love of Bass" (MVD Audio)

John Schneider, "Truck On" (BFD/Audium Nashville/Maven Entertainment)

Sour Brothers, "Better Days" (Limbocat)

The Still, "Got It" (Series Aphonos/Brozerat)

Lil Tjay, "Destined To Win" (Columbia)

Van Go Go, "Van Go Go" (Rock Nacho Music)

Maronzio Vance, "20" (Blonde Medicine)

Cristina Vane, "Nowhere Sounds Lovely" (Blue Tips)

Various Artists, "Bills & Aches & Blues" (4AD)

Various Artists, "My Very Own Easter" (RCA Inspiration)

Carl Verheyen, "Sundial" (Cranktone)

Wemily Weisband, "I Call It Being Human" (Warner)

From The Vaults:

Minda Abair, "The Best of Mindi Abair" (Pretty Good For a Girl)

The Apartments, "A Life Full of Farewells" (Talitres)

The Beat Farmers, "Tales of the New West (Deluxe)" (Blixa Sounds)

Johnny Cash, "Forever Words (Expanded Edition)" (Legacy)

The Damned, "Punk Oddities & Rare Tracks 1977-1982" (Cleopatra)

Allen Ginsberg, "Allen Ginsberg at Reed College: The First Recorded Reading of Howl & Other Poems" (Omnivore)

Shakey Graves, "Roll the Bones X" (Dualtone)

Johnny Mathis, "The Heart of a Woman"/"When Will I See You Again"/"I Only Have Eyes For You"/"Mathis Is..." (BGO)

The Searchers, "A & B Sides 1963-1967" (BGO)

Smith, "A Group Called Smith"/"Minus Plus" (Real Gone)

Al Stewart, "Year of the Cat: 45th Anniversary Edition" (Esoteric/Cherry Red)

Travis, "Good Feeling" (Craft)

Tony Joe White, "... Continued" (Music on CD)

Don Williams, "Volume One, Two & Three" (BGO)

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