Download: Home Again, The New Fever Waltz, A Town Called Jubilee.
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Cher, Closer to the Truth (Warner Bros.) * . Don’t look for the truth on the cover of Cher’s first studio album in 12 years, in which she’s heavily airbrushed and made to look younger and blonder than her Burlesque co-star Christina Aguilera. And don’t look for any truth in the generic dance music on this overproduced set of Believe-styled club anthem misfires. The formula has worn thinner than one of her stage outfits. It’s been said that the ever-enduring Cher, 67, and cockroaches would be the last to stand after the nuclear bomb drops. One listen to Cher’s wailing voice, soaked in Auto-Tune, would send the roaches headlong into a puddle of Raid.
Mark Knopfler, Privateering (Universal) * * * . Knopfler’s first double studio album, either solo or with Dire Straits, finally gets a domestic release. Privateering’s 20 tracks deep but its diverse blend of blues, folk, rock and Celtic never flags, making this that rare breed: a filler-free double album and one of Knopfler’s most engaging solo sets. Just right for a road trip.
Jimmy Webb, Still Within the Sound of My Voice (Entertainment One) * * * . The great songwriter who wrote classics for Glen Campbell, the Fifth Dimension and Art Garfunkel in the ’60s and ’70s records a second volume of his best works sung with other luminaries in pop, rock and country like Lyle Lovett, Carly Simon, David Crosby and Graham Nash, Brian Wilson and relative newcomers Keith Urban and Rumer. The results, on timeless songs like Easy For You to Say, MacArthur Park and the title track, are first rate.
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