March 1, 2010
New CDs in stores this week - JSOnline

New CDs in stores this week

• Benny Andersson Band, "Story of a Heart" (Decca). Andersson collaborates with fellow former ABBA member Björn Ulvaeus for first U.S. album with 16-piece group.

• Black 47, "Bankers and Gangsters" (United for Opportunity). Ever-scrappy NYC rock band with Irish-expat frontman finds plenty of material in current events.

• Citizen Cope, "The Rainwater LP" (RainWater Recordings/RED). Jam-band favorite Clarence Greenwood issues latest relaxed mixture of folk, blues and hip-hop.

• Jamie Cullum, "The Pursuit" (Verve). British jazz-pop singer and pianist follows "Gran Torino"-related Clint Eastwood songwriting partnership with new collection of electronic-tinged soft-rock.

• Krishna Das, "Heart as Wide as the World" (Nutone/Nettwerk). Longtime devotee of India's spirituality and music returns with first new album in a decade.

• Peter Gabriel, "Scratch My Back" (Virgin). Former Genesis member and intermittent solo artist gets orchestral, covers (among others) Radiohead, Bowie and Arcade Fire.

• Danny Gokey, "My Best Days" (19 Recordings/RCA Nashville). Milwaukee's "American Idol" finalist debuts with modern-country Nashville sound.

• John Hiatt, "The Open Road" (New West). Gravel-voiced Indiana singer-songwriter keeps the wheels rolling.

• Jason & the Scorchers, "Halcyon Times" (Courageous Chicken Music). Reunited country-rock band, with emphasis on rock, issues first set of new songs since 1996.

• Lifehouse, "Smoke & Mirrors" (Interscope). Commercial pop-rock group releases latest album, guest-starring Chris Daughtry.

• Little Boots, "Hands" (Elektra). UK dance diva gets official American release of 2009 debut disc.

• Portugal. The Man, "American Ghetto" (Equal Vision). Indie band with psychedelic overtones looks for spontaneity, more insistent beats on fifth album.

• The Texas Tornados, "Esta Bueno!" (Bismeaux). Tex-Mex supergroup reconvenes, showcases five vocal performances from late member Freddy Fender.

- Jon M. Gilbertson, Special to the Journal Sentinel

Sources: pauseandplay.com, allmusic.com, billboard.com. Look for reviews of the latest CDs Wednesday in Food and Friday in Weekend Cue.

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