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CD Reviews:
New Music: Maroon 5, Migos, Mammoth WVH, Jesse Palter, more...

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

Posted: Friday, June 11, 2021

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

Top Titles:

Garbage, "No Gods No Masters" (Stunvolume/Infectious Music): The quartet sounds as potent as ever on its first new album in five years, taking on issues such as sexism, racism, capitalism and more.

Maroon 5, "Jordi" (222/Interscope): The band pays tribute to its late manager, Jordan Feldstein, with the title of its seventh studio album, which also features collaborations with H.E.R., Stevie Nicks, the late Juice Wrld and others.

Mammoth WVH, "Mammoth WVH" (EX1): Wolfgang Van Halen (Eddie's son and Van Halen's most recent bass player) makes his long-awaited debut with this one-man-band outing, which has been awaiting release since 2018.

Migos, "Culture III" (Quality Control Music): The Georgia rap trio returns with a 19-song outing that features guest appearances by Drake, Cardi B, Justin Bieber, Future, Polo G, Pop Smoke and the late Juice Wrld.

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, "A Few Stars Apart" (Fantasy/Concord): The group recorded its latest album, whose songs were inspired by the pandemic, with producer Dave Cobb in Nashville's famed RCA Studio A, where Nelson's father Willie laid down some of his most famous songs.

Long Time Comin': Prolific film composer Danny Elfman diverts for "Big Mess" (Anti-/Epitaph), his first rock album in well over 30 years, since his days with Oingo Boingo back in the 80s.

Blast From the Past: Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band's landmark "Live Bullet" (Capitol/UMe) gets a new, remastered vinyl edition to celebrate its 45 anniversary. A orange-and-red swirl version will be available via independent record stores and online.

Local Hero: West Bloomfield-raised singer Jesse Palter song releases "2020 Vision," a new track created with producer Jake Bass, -- whose father and uncle signed her to a production deal when she was 14. The track, intended as "an anthem/graduation songs for students during the pandemic," was recorded under the strictest safety precautions at Bass' FBT studios in Ferndale, features a 16-voice Detroit Student Choir in addition to Palter and the other musicians. The song is available on all streaming services.

Record Store Day: The first of this year's two Record Store Days takes place Saturday, June 12, with special releases from Iggy Pop, AC/DC, the Who, Joni Mitchell, the Rolling Stones, Tom Petty and many others. Get a full list of titles and participating stores via recordstoreday.com.

New & Noteworthy:

Ryan Adams, "Big Colors" (Pax American/Empire)

AFI, "Bodies" (Rise)

Black Sabbath, "Sabotage: Super Deluxe Edition" (Rhino/Warner)

Joe Bonamassa, "Now Serving: Royal Tea Live From the Ryman" (J&R Adventures)

Crowder, "Milk & Honey" (SixSteps/Sparrow)

Def Leppard, "Def Leppard -- Volume Three" (UMe/Mercury)

Dennis DeYoung, "26 East, Vol. 2" (Frontiers)

Walter Egan, "Fascination" (Red Steed)

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, "Back the Way We Came: Vol. 1 (2011-2021)" (Sour Mash)

King Gizzard and the Lizzard Wizard, "Butterfly 3000" (KGLW)

Dave Koz and Cory Wong, "The Golden Hour" (Just Koz Entertainment)

Marina, "Ancient Dreams in a Modern Land" (Atlantic)

Polo G, "Hall of Fame" (Columbia)

Sleater-Kinney, "Path of Wellness" (Mom+Pop Music)

"Van Dyke Parks Orchestrates Veronica Valerio: Only in America" (BMG Modern Recordings)

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