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CD Reviews:
New Music: Thomas Rhett, Julia Michaels, DJ Khaled, Royal Blood, more...

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

Posted: Friday, April 30, 2021

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

Album of the Week: Hot off his ACM Award win for Male Artist of the Year (and following 2020's Entertainer of the Year honor), Thomas Rhett delivers "Country Again: Side A" (Valory Music Co./Big Machine), the fifth studio album and the first of a two-part cycle. The title track is making a run to give Rhett his 20th No. 1 country hit.

Album Title of the Week: Amy Speace with the Orphan Brigade, "There Used to Be Horses Here" (Proper/Wind Bone)

Did Ya Know?: "Not in Chronological Order" (Republic) is the first full-length solo album by Julia Michaels, best known for writing hits for Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Justin Bieber, Gwen Stefani and others.

New & Noteworthy:

Birdy, "Young Heart" (Atlantic)

Dinosaur Jr., "Sweep It Into Space" (Jagjaguwar)

DJ Khaled, "Khaled Khaled" (Epic)

Dropkick Murphys, "Turn Up That Dial" (Born & Bred)

Marianne Faithfull, "She Walks in Beauty" (BMG)

Manchester Orchestra, "The Million Masks of God" (Loma Vista)

Royal Blood, "Typhoons" (Warner)

Teenage Fanclub, "Endless Arcade" (Merge)

Various Artists, "Mick Fleetwood & Friends Celebrate the Music of Peter Green and the Early Years of Fleetwood Mac" (BMG)

Also Out:

AB6IX, "Mo' Complete: Have a Dream" (Brand New Music)

Tony Allen, "There is No End" (Blue Note)

Big Scary, "Daisy" (Pieater)

Priscilla Block, "Priscilla Block" (Mercury Nashville)

Bowerbirds, "becalmyounglovers" (Psychic Hotline)

Serge Bulat, "Similarities Between Fish and a Chair" (self-released)

Sandra Bullet, "Somewhere in the Crowd" (self-released)

Charlotte Cardin, "Phoenix" (Atlantic)

The Coral, "Coral Island" (Modern Sky)

Crumb, "Ice Melt" (self-released)

Dark Tea, "Dark Tea" (Fire Talk)

Jackson Dean, "Jackson Dean" (Big Machine)

Demons, "Privation" (Spartan)

Domkraft, "Seeds" (Magnetic Eye)

Enhypen, "Border: Carnival" (Belift Lab)

Flight of Icarus, "Cleo" (Blindfoldead International)

From Sorrow to Serenity, "Trifecta" (Long Branch)

girl in red, "if i could make it go quiet" (AWAL)

Gojira, "Fortitude" (Roadrunner)

Guided By Voices, "Earth Man Blues" (GBV Inc.)

Hammerhedd, "Grand Currents" (self-released)

Doug Hoekstra, "The Day Deserved" (Drop Autumn)

Paul Jacobs, "Pink Dogs on the Green Grass" (Blow the Fuse)

Milos Karadaglic, "The Moon & the Forest" (Decca Classics)

Kucka, "Wrestling" (LuckyMe)

Max Leone, "Malleable" (Interscope)

Bob Lord, "Playland Arcade" (self-released)

Manchester Orchestra, "The Million Masks of God" (Loma Vista)

MercyMe, "inhale (exhale)" (Fair Trade Services/Columbia)

Ronnie Milsap, "A Better Word For Love" (Black River Entertainment)

Moetoven, "Moetoven" (Epic)

Ashley Monroe, "Rosegold" (Mountainrose Sparrow/Thirty Tigers)

Roisin Murphy, "Crooked Machine" (Skint)

Noa, "Afterallogy" (Naive)

Kristian North, "Passion Play" (self-released)

oogie, "somehow it makes sense" (trapdoor)

Purgatory, "Lawless to Grave" (Unbeaten)

Dawn Richard, "Second Line: An Electro Revival" (Merge)

Ruby Bones, "Laser Tooth Tiger" (Mint 400)

Amy Shark, "Cry Forever" (Wonderlick/RCA)

Shovels & Rope, "Busted Juicebox, Volume 3" (Dualtone)

Julia Stone, "Sixty Summers" (BMG)

Matt Sweeney and Bonnie "Prince" Billy, "Superwolves" (Drag City)

Bill Toms & Hard Rain, "Keep Movin' On" (Terraplane)

Touch, "Tomorrow Never Comes" (Deko)

Rosey Tucker, "Sucker Supreme" (Epitaph)

Various Artists, "NOW That's What I Call Music! 78" (NOW Music)

Vienna Circle, "Secrets of the Sun" (Audio Treehouse)

Steve Von Till, "A Deep Voiceless Wilderness" (Neurot)

Leon Vynehall, "Rare, Forever" (Ninja Tune)

Warish, "Next To Play" (RidingEasy)

WheelUp, "Good Love" (Tru Thoughts)

From The Vaults:

Jon Anderson, "Animation: Expanded and Remastered" (Esoteric/Cherry Red)

Dickey Betts & Great Southern, "Official Bootleg Vol. 1" (Sunset Blvd.)

Dr. Feelgood, "Greatest Hits" (Grand)

Ray Fenwick, "Playing Through the Changes: Anthology 1964-2020" (Lemon/Cherry Red)

Focus, "Focus 50 -- Live in Rio" (In Focus/Cherry Red)

Fuel, "Something Like Human" (Wargod)

The Jacksons, "Triumph," "Victory," "2300 Jackson Street" (Epic/Legacy)

Howard Jones, "In the Running (Deluxe Edition)" (Cherry Red)

Gary Moore, "How Blue Can You Get" (Provogue/Mascot)

Michael Nesmith, "Different Drum: The Lost RCA Victory Recordings)" (Second Disc/Real Gone)

Pet Shop Boys, "Discovery: Live in Rio 1994" (Rhino)

Pink Floyd, "Live at Knebworth 1990" (Columbia/Legacy)

Kenny Rogers, "Kenny Rogers' 21 Number Ones"

Saga, "Best of Saga" (Earmusic)

Steppenwolf, "The ABC/Dunhill Singles Collection" (Real Gone)

Ami Stewart, "Best Of: Knock on Wood" (Music on CD)

Swell Maps, "Mayday Signals" (Easy Action)

Telex, "This is Telex" (Mute)

Various Artists, "NOW That's What I Call a Decade 1990s" (NOW Music)

Various Artists: What Goes On: The Songs of Lou Reed" (Ace)

Bobby Womack, "The Poet" (ABKCO)

Yello, "Yell40 Years" (Mercury/UMe)


"Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'Cinderella' (Original Cast Recording)" (Polydor)

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