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Best New Albums, A Weekly Recap: 5-13-16 – 5-19-16

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Coloring Book – Chance The Rapper – Chance breaks up with his girlfriend, discovers she is pregnant, she gives birth to a daughter for Chance, and Chance praises God for the blessings that have fallen in his lap – A

The Heart Speaks In Whispers – Corinne Bailey Rae – Life goes on, and Corinne went to LA, got involved with the new hip hop meets jazz world, and delivered a lovely set of soul fusion songs sung by a woman very comfortable with jazz about how not life but love goes on – A

The Wild Swan – Foy Vance – A favored son of Ireland, Belfast’s own Vance owes Van Morrison, the Chieftains on one hand, and Americana rebels like  Ray Wylie Hubbard , debts, and then he repays them one by one.- B+

Pop Deluxe – Mari Wilson – Mari covers 60s pop classics as listened to on Radio One in the mid-1960s by a young girl in the back of her dad’s car on a Sunday afternoon listening to the charts countdown – A-

Introducing Karl Blau – Karl Blau – Country classics covered yes, but covered with so much clarity and depth they sound fresh again. Plus, is “To Love Somebody” and “No Regrets” really country classics anyway? – A-

Holy Ghost – Modern  Baseball – When you reach a certain age, watching teenage reprobates circumspect their way into their 20s is a rite of passage, but if it is done well, it is no less effective than when the sensations belonged to you. Here, Modern Baseball’s two songwriters circle the wagons and rock to the worrying future – A-

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