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Sneak Peaks: New Album Releases 12-1-17 – 12-7-16

Andy Grammer – The Good Parts

Blackbear – Cybersex

Chief Keef – The Dedication

Cindy Wilson – Change

Danielle Bradbery – I Don’t Believe We’ve Met

Die Antwoord – The Book of Zef

Ella Fitzgerald – Ella At Zardi’s (Live At Zardi’s/1956)

Five Finger Death Punch – A Decade of Destruction

Glassjaw – Material Control

Heron Oblivion – The Chapel

Islaja – Tarrantulla

Izzy Miller & the Black Market Salesmen – American Times

Miguel – War & Leisure

Morbid Angel – Kingdoms Disdaine

Neil Young & Promise of the Real – The Visitor

Operation: Mindcrime – The New Reality

Ovlov – Greatest Hits Vol. II

Post Malone – Beerbongs & Bentleys

Prurient – Rainbow Mirror

Roy Wood$ – Say Less

Teleman – Fünf

The Dear Hunter – All Is As All Should Be

Tierracantó – Continente

Tribal Seeds – Roots Party

U2 – Songs of Experience

Van Morrison – Versatile

Various Artists – EXO3

West End Motel – Bad With Names, Good With Faces

Z-Ro – Codeine

Comment: Let’s start with the least anticipated album of the week: Post Malone cashing in on his “rockstar” (not that I blame him, mind -these chances don’t come along every day), has a new album which I assume I will hate beyond hate. A lot to chose from for the most anticipated album of the week: three months after Van Morrison’s  last release (the excellent blues album Roll With The Punches), here is a mix of jazz numbers (remember his  Mose Allison cover album?) and seven new songs. Which makes it a companion piece to the earlier release. U2 make an exceedingly rare appearance her, but two of the three singles were very good. Miguel -I dunno, maybe, his last album was really good. Cindy Wilson is a hero of mine. But it boils down to blackbear or Ella Fitzgerald. blackbear’s “santa monica and le brea” was so great a modern pop ballad I started paying attention to this guy, noted that he co-wrote  Justin Bieber’s second coming “Boyfriend” as well as working with names like Mike Posner and Childish Gambino and, er, Rivers Cuomo. So anticipation is sky high for this one. Higher for a live album from 1956 by Ella Fitzgerald, I’ve heard “It All Depends On You” from the set and really, this was Miss Fitzgerald about to explode even bigger: she is so charming, so controlled, so easy going, her flow is like a great rapper: like a Jay Z, it’s sing speak but way in melody.

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