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Simply Christmas [Deluxe Edition] (CD)

Hot off the success of his performance in Hamilton, Leslie Odom Jr. brought his smooth and expressive vocal prowess to the world of Christmas standards with last year's Simply Christmas, which has received the deluxe edition treatment this season, adding four new songs to the track listing. With pure and simple arrangements, Odom Jr.'s voice takes front and center, creating a cozy and intimate atmosphere, which brings to mind, not so much the hustle, bustle, and chaos of the holiday season, but the cathartic aftermath, sitting by the fire with family and friends. Adding subtle jazz and showtune elements to such songs as "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and "First Noel" breathes new life to these classics, while still maintaining a universal appeal. The standout new track, "Please Come Home For Christmas," goes full-bore soul, with complete with horn section and blues-y, gospel-y piano.

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I Fall In Love Too Easily (CD)

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."

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Blue Moon Swamp (CD)

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.

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A Tribute To Dan Fogelberg (CD)

The late folk/rock songwriter Dan Fogelberg gets a loving tribute album with contributions from artists like The Eagles, Garth Brooks, Jimmy Buffett and Train. A project that was long in the making, A Tribute to Dan Fogelberg includes as highlights, "Longer," a duet by Vince Gill and Amy Grant, and "Nether Lands" by Donna Summer. The Zac Brown Band also excels with a live version of “Leader of the Band.”

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reputation (CD)

Taylor Swift leans into her darker side with the versatile new album, Reputation. Serving up lyrics that address lust, jealousy, and public squabbles, she shows off her hip-hop and R&B influences, embracing bass drops and aggressive beats. Beneath the strong pop craftsmanship, it's an intriguing landscape of jadedness and vulnerability.

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Christmas Christmas (CD)

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.

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Southern Gothic (CD)

Tymenski’s Southern Gothic doesn’t sound like it should work but it does and it does so in spades. The Vermont-born artist combines indie electronica with Americana melodies and (of course) Southern Gothic themes, weaving a world that feels closer than ever and as strange as it has always been. You won’t hear anything else like this…but you’ll definitely want to. One of the most intriguing, atmospheric records of the year.

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Tell Me You Love Me (CD)

Demi Lovato is one of the strongest of the polished pop divas currently dominating the airwaves; case in point, Tell Me You Love Me. Each song has something to recommend it — there are party jams, “boy bye” jams, cruising down the freeway with the windows rolled down and the radio cranked jams — and Ms. Lovato takes them all on with equal aplomb. The tracks are unapologetic, bold, and adventurous. In short, it’s the perfect pop soundtrack to being a young woman today.

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Low In High School (CD)

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.

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Soul Of A Woman (CD)

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.

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