Check out these new CDs in various genres for your listening pleasure.
Amidst the Chaos: Live From the Hollywood Bowl / Sara Bareilles
Acclaimed singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles wound up her supporting tour for her album “Amidst the Chaos” with an epic concert at the famous Hollywood Bowl that included appearances from a cast of guests including Emily King, Milk Carton Kids, Rob Moose, and legendary producer T Bone Burnett.
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Delta Kream / The Black Keys
The Black Keys celebrate their roots, featuring eleven Mississippi hill country blues standards that they have loved since they were teenagers, before they were a band, including songs by R. L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough, among others. The album takes its name from William Eggleston’s iconic Mississippi photograph that is on its cover.
Now serving : Royal tea, live from the Ryman / Joe Bonamassa
The material on Royal Tea reflects not only the influence of guitarists Eric Clapton and John Mayall but also the ambition of British prog-rock. In addition to illustrating how his vocal style has become more dynamic over the years, the seven-minute suite “When One Door Opens” is one of the most intricately crafted studio tracks in Bonamassa’s collection.
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Carnage / Nick Cave & Warren Ellis
Nick Cave’s cinematic work with his bandmate Warren Ellis is a slight departure from last decade’s trilogy of albums. It’s defined by its stark contrasts, at turns brutal, surreal, and romantic. The story they tell is a version of the one Cave has spent his whole career telling, before and after the tragedy that ruptured his personal life—about our equal capacities for cruelty and love, and the flickering possibility of salvation in a brutal world.
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Detroit stories / Alice Cooper
On his 21st solo album, Detroit Stories, Cooper is paying homage to his hometown in a “Don’t forget the Motor City” way. Except for a song about suicide prevention, most songs are funny. He shouts out a litany of Detroit rock royalty — Iggy, Nugent, Suzi Quatro — on “Detroit City 2021” and throws in Eminem and Insane Clown Posse for kicks. And he fairly reverently covers the MC5’s “Sister Anne” and Bob Seger’s “East Side Story” just to drive it all home.
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Happier Than Ever / Billie Eilish
Happier Than Ever is a dark, painful, confessional album where Eilish has trauma to figure out and secrets to share that sets the tone for the whole album. Songs deal with getting older, the future, being exploited and downside of fame like the terror of having stalkers and paparazzi on her trail.
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Sunset in the blue / Melody Gardot
Sunset In The Blue is an exquisite collection of originals and covers that nod to Melody’s jazz roots and influences. Gardot’s album builds upon her love of jazz standards, Brazilian music, and intimate balladry.
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Skellig / David Gray
Themes of isolation and escape emerge from Gray’s 12th studio album, one for whom the Skellig islands off the Irish coast of Kerry loom large. The album was written with Skellig’s monks in mind and the new songs reflect their well-known lifestyle of isolation, rendering the songs easily applicable to today’s uncertain times amidst quarantine despite the fact all were written prior to pandemic.
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In the Heights : official motion picture soundtrack / original songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda
“In the Heights” fuses Lin-Manuel Miranda’s kinetic music and lyrics with director Jon M. Chu’s lively and authentic eye for storytelling to capture a world very much of its place, but universal in its experience. The film’s soundtrack includes performances from Miranda as well as cast members Leslie Grace, Anthony Ramos, and more.
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Uneasy / Vijay Iyer, Linda May Han Oh, Tyshawn Sore
Vijay Iyer presents a powerful new trio, in which he is joined by two key figures in creative music, Tyshawn Sorey and Linda May Han Oh. Each of the musicians on Uneasy has devoted considerable energy to sociopolitical critique. The immediacy that burns within the group’s cohesion, from one moment to the next, makes this album feel especially urgent, evoking the openness of improvisation and the urgency of justice.
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Jubilee / Japanese Breakfast
At the start of a new decade, Japanese Breakfast is ready to fight for happiness, an all-too-scarce resource in a seemingly crumbling world. This finds Michelle Zauner embracing ambition and, with it, her boldest ideas and songs yet.
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…’Til we meet again : live / Norah Jones
The 14 songs on ‘Til We Meet Again were recorded between 2017 and 2019, taken from performances given in the United States, Italy, France, Brazil, and Argentina. it’s a testament to the enduring elegance of Norah Jones’ jazz-pop while also offering proof of the depth of her songbook.
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Makeover / K. D. Lang
The album brings Lang’s dance remixes made between 1992 and 2000, together for the first time, and includes ’Sexuality,’ ‘Miss Chatelaine,’ ‘Theme from the Valley of the Dolls,’ ‘Summerfling,’ and the number one dance chart hits ‘Lifted By Love’ and ‘If I Were You.’
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Long lost / Lord Huron
In answer to the shutdowns during the pandemic, Lord Huron created a four-part streaming show called Alive from Whispering Pines that included live virtual performances and introduced a fictitious multiverse which is referenced in the new tracks of their fourth studio album. Featured tracks include Not Dead Yet; Mine Forever; and Love Me Like You Used To.
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This is the debut album from Mammoth WVH, the band created by Wolfgang Van Halen. It embraces many inspirations, including Wolfgang’s father Eddie Van Halen, AC/DC, Foo Fighters, Nine Inch Nails, Tool, and Jimmy Eat World. Wolfgang has crafted a record that stands on its own, out of the shadow of his father’s band. It also showcases an impressive smattering of musical styles and genres, mostly sticking to the realms of alternative and hard rock.
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Jordi / Maroon 5
The eagerly awaited album from Maroon 5 is the band’s first since the critically acclaimed Red Pill Blues. The album includes the recently released hit single ‘Beautiful Mistakes’ ft. Megan Thee Stallion as well as fan favorites ‘Memories’ and ‘Nobody’s Love.’
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11 past the hour / Imelda May
A record that brims with sensuality, emotional intelligence, spirituality and intuition, marking a new chapter for Imelda and showcasing her at her most authentic. With pals and collaborators like Noel Gallagher, Ronnie Wood and Miles Kane, and with inspired contributions from feminist thinkers and activists such as Gina Martin and Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu, the album is an invigorating blast of rock’n’roll, with a purpose.
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When God was great / the Mighty Mighty Bosstones
Since their formation in 1983, the Bosstones have been credited as one of the ancestors of ska punk and the creators of its subgenre, ska-core. This eleventh studio album features guest artists from the many punk and ska bands that they have influenced.
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Afrique victime / Mdou Moctar
On the album, the prodigious Tuareg guitarist and songwriter rips a new hole in the sky, boldly reforging contemporary Saharan music and ‘rock music’ by melding guitar pyrotechnics, full-blast noise, and field recordings with poetic meditations on love, religion, women’s rights in equality, and Western Africa’s exploitation at the hands of colonial powers.
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Latest record project. Volume 1 / Van Morrison
On this comical 28-song collection, Van indulges in some of his most cherished paranoid theories and deepest-held grudges. The dark strain of paranoia that runs through his work is the flip side of its reflective beauty.
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Soberish / Liz Phair
Liz Phair brashly but effortlessly drops lyrical nuggets into her melody-driven, lo-fi songs. Over a decade since her last record was released, Phair now returns with another bagful of fireworks already fizzing to be let off. Phair maintains the sass that propelled her to become such a critical darling, and that innate ear for melody and razor sharp way with words.
All I know so far : setlist / P!nk
P!nk’s music oscillates between self-destruction and self-compassion. The album features 13 live tracks, a speech from P!nk at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards, and two new songs, “All I Know So Far” and “Cover Me In Sunshine”, a song with her daughter, Willow Sage Hart, recorded specifically for the album.
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Sunrise reprise / Chris Potter
The focal point of the album’s compositions remains Potter’s perfectly sculpted lines, in this case, stacked in unison or two-part harmony. The closing tune alone lasts 24 minutes. Potter fills that time with meditative passages, scratchy grooves, ethereal effects and feverish soloing—capping a release that presages, one hopes, brighter days and happier outlooks
Sour / Olivia Rodrigo
The matter of failed romance is central to Sour, a nimble and lightly chaotic grab bag of breakup tunes, filled with both melancholy and mischief. It is a case study in teenage heartbreak that feels like the real thing, all the melodrama, bitterness and messiness.
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Body language / Blake Shelton
Country superstar Blake Shelton is back with his first new full-length album in four years. The latest from The Voice judge includes the single Happy Anywhere, which is a collaboration with Gwen Stefani. The title track is a collaboration from The Voice alumni the Swon Brothers.
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Be right back / Jorja Smith
The project finds Smith delivering some of the most emotive and imaginative songs of her career. Over string-heavy production, she unveils a collection of songs that are diverse in their range but still extremely cohesive as a body of work.
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Daddy’s home / St. Vincent
Annie Clark brings the glamorous sounds of the ’70s rock’n’roll to an album about mothers and daughters, fathers and prison. It is her most personal record to date, telling the story of her father’s incarceration and her own fear of parenthood.
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Set in stone / Travis Tritt
With the release of his first new studio album in more than a decade, Travis Tritt embarks on the next chapter of his stellar career. Armed with his distinctive voice, insightful songwriting, and an outlaw edge, Tritt returns to the signature sound that has served him well for more than three decades.
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Scaled and Icy / Twenty One Pilots
The album’s title is a play on “scaled back and isolated”, a phrase frontman Tyler Joseph associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the music produced at the time. The opening clutch of songs reflects the loneliness of a year spent sitting inside, but also explore the strength to be found in that isolation. Despite the band making a name for themselves with songs about anxiety, depression, fear and loneliness, ‘Scaled and Icy’ is an overwhelmingly positive album.
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Zappa ’88 : the last U.S. show / Frank Zappa
The first posthumous archival release from the 88 touring band. The concert contains a steady flow of old tunes with updated arrangements, a few new songs and even some cover song surprises like Zappa’s wild interpretations of the Allman Brothers Band’s “Whipping Post”, Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” and The Beatles “I am the Walrus.”