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Blade Runner 2049 [OST] (CD)

Hans Zimmer

Ambient and crystalline, Hans Zimmer’s score for Blade Runner 2049 is a worthy mirror for this thoughtful, breathtaking film. The music is precise, evocative, and truly spectacular. This transportive soundtrack features electronic soundscapes and the occasional Sinatra and Elvis numbers — it’s a fitting and disconcerting followup to Vangelis’ legendary score for the first film. Cool as ice, devastating, and a total joy for listeners.

Colors (CD)

Beck

Much has been made of Beck’s Grammy win for Album of the Year with 2014’s Morning Phase , his downcast collection of folk-rock slow burners and spiritual successor to Sea Change . Yes, it can be agreed upon that the award seemed ludicrously overdue for one of the most creative and influential forces in all of pop music from the '90s onward. But did that album truly merit the distinction, over Beyonce no less? Did Kanye West have a point after all? Do you even care about the Grammys? Beck is nothing if not consistently (re)inventive, and true to chameleonic form, abandons both the style and substance of that wildly successful album completely. You won’t find any ruminative folk dirges or melancholy Americana here. With a sound that matches its title, Colors is a collection largely made up of upbeat, party-minded pop music, produced with a 21st century sheen that would easily slot any of these tunes between radio favorites such as Maroon 5 or Foals. Even the song titles reflect Beck’s unselfconscious sense of jubilance: “Up All Night,” “I’m So Free,” and, quite simply, “Wow.” Yet this isn’t some spur of the moment sugar rush by the 47-year old songwriter. Colors has been gestating for quite some time now, with sessions beginning as far back as 2013; lead-off single “Dreams” was released in June of 2015, just a few months removed from that would-be contentious Grammy win. “Dreams” serves as the album’s clearest sense of purpose, with sharp electric guitar stabs, a propulsive dance beat, and an almost millennial whoop-y wordless refrain. Beck glides between his natural register and capable falsetto over an unabashedly crowd-pleasing melody, yet at five minutes long, incorporates plenty of sonic quirks and studio wizardry into the mix. The neon dance floor-ready exuberance hinted at here is increased on “Up All Night,” elsewhere the Beatles-by-Britpop bounce of “Dear Life” is contrasted to the downright goofiness of “Wow,” which melds nonsensical slack-rap to sunny Coachella-rock choruses, and functions as the most audacious Beck song since “Hell Yes.” Colors is a complete left turn from Morning Light , sounding a little like previous releases while simultaneously sounding like nothing he’s ever put out before. In short, it’s the most Beck-like Beck album you could expect.

Christmas Christmas (CD)

Cheap Trick

If you're tired of the usual jazzy holiday fare this year, check out Cheap Trick's first holiday album, Christmas Christmas . A fun follow-up to last summer's vibrant We're All Alright , the new album mixes a few upbeat original songs, such as "Merry Christmas Darlings," with seasonal rock n' roll classics by the likes of Chuck Berry, The Kinks, The Ramones and Slade.

Soul Of A Woman (CD)

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

Sharon Jones' final album is lush, vibrant, and very alive — a lasting monument to the singer and her amazing career. Flying high on classic soul and powerful gospel vibes, Soul of a Woman practically bursts with hope, joy, and love. Destined to be a classic, this album shows us exactly how much we’ve lost with the passing of the incredible Ms. Jones. She truly was the real deal and this album proves it.

Take Me Apart (CD)

Kelela

On Take Me Apart , Kelela proves once again that she’s at the forefront of new, dark, and dreamy R&B. The album is lush, heady, and captivating. In short, it’s got that unique Kelela stamp. Although it’s her show, the songstress has also assembled a dream team for this one; some of the songs are co-written by The xx’s Romy Madley Croft and production duties are split between Arca, Kingdom, Jam City, Bok Bok, and Ariel Rechtshaid. Filled with deep grooves and an alluring atmosphere, Take Me Apart will be in heavy rotation.

Blue Moon Swamp (CD)

John Fogerty

John Fogerty launches his solo catalog reissue series with 1997's Grammy-winning Blue Moon Swamp . This 20th Anniversary reissue uses for its cover art the backdrop that Fogerty displayed on the original tour. His third solo album, Blue Moon Swamp showcases his rich voice, and includes guest turns from The Lonesome River Band, The Waters, and the Fairfield Four, among others.

Low In High School (CD)

Morrissey

A seemingly endless well of droll creativity and romantic melodies, Morrissey’s latest is another resounding success. Low in High School sees Moz experimenting with song structure and lyrical themes, but his velveteen voice and lively wit give the LP the sound of a future classic. Dreamy and sometimes melancholy, it’s albums like this that remind us why we keep coming back for more from this Salford lad. Each listen reveals another fascinating yarn, another relatable sentiment.

You Make It Feel Like Christmas (CD)

Gwen Stefani

Taking a cue from classic Christmas albums like Phil Spector's A Christmas Gift For You , Gwen Stefani fronts her own wall of sound on You Make It Feel Like Christmas , blending her trademark rock/pop crooning with lush orchestration and rhythm sections reminiscent of the '50s and '60s. Muted guitars and horse hoof-like percussion, seemingly out of an old cowboy tune, form the backbone of her swinging "White Christmas" update, which is embellished with playful horns, delicate strings, and catchy backing vocals. "Jingles Bells" becomes punchy and rockin' with fat, low horns punctuating throughout, while perennial favorite "Santa Baby" finds the guitars slinky and jazzy, cutting a cool crawl beneath the flittering violins and soulful vocals. It's not all covers though, as Stefani co-wrote half of the album's tracks, like the inspirational "Christmas Eve," a melancholy, romantic piano ballad, and the album's boppin' title track, which features none other than Stefani's boyfriend, country singer Blake Shelton. Gwen Stefani may have shed her alt-rocker skin years ago to transform into a bonafide pop icon, but on You Make It Feel Like Christmas , she proves she still has a reverence for old-school rock 'n' roll, and brings pop back to what it used to be: a fun, swingin' time.

I Fall In Love Too Easily (CD)

Katharine McPhee

After her 2015 performance at "Sinatra 100: An All-Star Grammy Concert," perhaps it's only natural that Katharine McPhee has released a new album of romantic standards. The former American Idol contestant, chart-topping pop star, and actress has made a habit of covering Nina Simone‘s “Everything Must Change" at her concerts, and now fans can hear her lovely voice on other classics, such as "Night and Day" and "I'll Be Seeing You."

Let's Play Two (CD)

Pearl Jam

Let's play two shows, that is. At famed Wrigley Field, no less. Let’s Play Two  was recorded and filmed over the course of a double header at the Chicago ballpark back in August 2016, during the Cubs’ ascension to their first World Series title since 1908. The atmosphere is appropriately jubilant, with spirited versions of tracks that span the entire Pearl Jam catalogue, as well as choice non-album cuts including, of course, the Eddie Vedder love letter to his hometown team, "All The Way."

1992 Deluxe (CD)

Princess Nokia

Princess Nokia’s acclaimed underground debut 1992 Deluxe has been remastered and expanded to reach an even larger audience — which the NYC-based rapper proves she’s definitely worthy of. The beats are hard and hypnotic, Nokia’s flow is smart, sassy, and insightful. She’s tough. She’s street smart. She’s proud of who she is — and she wants you to feel the same way, too. That’s what makes this album so special: lots of bangers, to be sure, but there’s also a lot of heart behind the dance floor fillers. Princess Nokia is one-of-a-kind and our world is better for having her in it.

The Book Of Souls: Live Chapter (CD)

Iron Maiden

Even though Iron Maiden has been shredding ears and ripping out faces for almost 40 years, they have never seemed to be in better form than they are today. These 15 globe-trotting tracks from their recent and ultra-successful The Book of Souls tour show no signs of Iron Maiden losing their edge. In the type of brazen, nutzo rock attitude of the '70s, Bruce Dickinson piloted his own jet from show to show and sang so dramatically and frenetically that it's almost impossible to believe that he was recently diagnosed with throat cancer. But as a rejection of aging, The Book of Souls: Live Chapter has the band killing it on a mix of classic tracks like "The Trooper" and "Number of the Beast" without showing an ounce of wear from this epic tour. From Tokyo, Japan to Sydney, Australia and even to their native UK, Iron Maiden live sounds better than any 40-year-old band has the right to sound like. This album is a tutorial on how to truly rock and how to give the greatest shows your ears have ever peeped.

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There are a ton of limited edition titles coming to our stores on Black Friday! Here's 15 vinyl releases to look for on November 24th.