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CD Reviews:
New Music: DMX, Moby, Blackberry Smoke, Chase Rice, more...

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

Posted: Friday, May 28, 2021

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

Top Titles:

Blackberry Smoke, "You Hear Georgia" (Thirty Tigers): The Southern rockers recorded their latest with producer Dave Cobb in Nashville, adding guest appearances by Gov't Mule's Warren Haynes and Jamey Johnson.

DMX, "Exodus" (Ruff Ryders/Def Jam): A posthumous set from the late rapper, who died April 19, compiled and produced by Swizz Beats with guest appearances by Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, Nas, Alicia Keys, Lil Wayne, U2 frontman Bono and others.

John Hall, "Reclaiming My Time" (Sunset Blvd.): The Orleans frontman's first album since ending his two terms as a U.S. congressman features collaborations with Dar Williams and Steve Wariner, as well as a cadre of co-writers.

Moby, "Reprise" (Deutsche Grammophon): The electronic pioneer revisits some of his past favorites with orchestral and acoustic arrangements, as well as with guests such as Kris Kristofferson, My Morning Jacket's Jim James, Skylar Grey, Mark Lanegan of Screaming Trees, Darlingside and others.

Chase Rice, "The Album III" (BBR): After two previous EPs, the country star adds the final four songs to his latest project for a full-length 15-track album.

Long Time Comin': The Australian pop duo the Veronicas return with "Godzilla" (Sony Music Entertainment), the twin sisters' first new release since 2014.

Blast From the Past: David Bowie's, "The Width of a Circle" (Rhino/Parlophone) gathers 21 unreleased tracks, including non-albums singles, new remixes and radio performances from February 1970.

Local Heroes: A short-lived but impactful jazz label is remembered on the compilation "Strata Records -- The Sound of Detroit, Volume 1" (BBE), featuring songs by the Lyman Woodard Organization, Larry Nozero, Kenny Cox, Charles Mingus and more...Romantics co-founder Mike Skill releases a new single, "So Soul Alone," from his first solo album, due out this summer...Laura Rain and the Caesars release a new song, "I Am," with another single and album to follow.

New & Noteworthy:

Troy Cartwright, "Memory Machine Sessions" (Warner Music Nashville)

Ross Copperman, "Somewhere There's a Light On" (Photo Finish)

The Datsuns, "Eye To Eye" (Hellsquad)

Dispatch, "Break Our Fall" (Bomber/AWAL)

GusGus, "Mobile Home" (Oroom ehf)

Gwar, "Disc With No Name" (Pit Records)

PJ Harvey, "The Peel Sessions 1991-2004" (Island/UMe)

Jamestown Revival, "Fireside With Louis L'Amour" (Thirty Tigers)

Kele, "The Waves Pt. 1" (KOLA/!K7)

k.d. lang, "makeover" (Nonesuch)

Ashley McBryde, "Never Will: Live from a Distance" (Warner Music Nashville)

Shannon McNally, "The Waylon Sessions" (Compass)

Of Mice & Men, "Bloom" (SharpTone)

Rising Appalachia "The Lost Mystique of Being in the Know" (self-released)

Various Artists, "The Best of Philadelphia International Records" (Philadelphia International/Legacy)

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