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New CD Reviews, November 7, 2006 (Keith Urban, Josh Groban, Eric Clapton, Frank Zappa & more)

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JJ Cale & Eric Clapton - Road to EscondidoCD releases this week include new albums from Eric Clapton & J.J. Cale, Keith Urban, Josh Groban and Sugarland; a previously unreleased Frank Zappa album; box sets from Frank Sinatra and The Bee Gees; and much more. Continue reading for reviews, info and tracklistings...



Frank Zappa - Trance-Fusion
When Frank Zappa died in 1993, he had spent much of his remaining time and energy completing a number of projects before the end finally came. Why the majority of them are still unreleased as of late 2006 is anybody's guess, but perhaps the long awaited release of Trance-Fusion is a good sign. Read review...

Josh Groban - Awake
Longtime fans of Josh Groban should be pleased to know that the vocalist's third studio album, Awake, features more of the polished, well-crafted, and emotionally grand classical crossover pop he has become known for. Read review...

Keith Urban - Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing
Slicker than anything Urban has issued before, but that's because it's more ambitious as well. Read review...

Sugarland - Enjoy the Ride
It's always tempting to look at country records as collections of songs, with rare exceptions. Enjoy the Ride, like its predecessor, Twice the Speed of Life, is past the notion of "songs" as single entities. In fact, Enjoy the Ride is more cohesive, if anything, than the debut. Read review...

Bowling for Soup - Great Burrito Extortion Case
It's hard to dislike Bowling for Soup but it's hard to really be enthusiastic about them, either. Read review...

Frank Sinatra - Sinatra: Vegas
Five concerts -- all previously unreleased -- from Sinatra's various engagements in Vegas over the decades. Read review...

J.J. Cale & Eric Clapton - Road to Escondido
Clapton's work has borne the imprint of Cale's sound for over three decades now, so a duet record 36 years after Eric had a hit with "After Midnight" feels right. Read review...

More New Albums This Week:
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Andrea Bocelli - Under the Desert Sky
Bee Gees - Studio Albums 1967-1968
Dionne Warwick - My Friends & Me
Dredg - Live at the Fillmore
Jim Jones - Hustler's P.O.M.E.
Michael W. Smith - Stand
Pavement - Wowee Zowee: Sordid Sentinels Edition
PJ Harvey - Peel Sessions 1991-2004
Ricky Martin - MTV Unplugged

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