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Top 25 Releases Of 2017

MusicVaultz Presents The Top 25 Releases of 2017


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Peter Perrett

How The West Was Won

Here’s an album, by all measures, that shouldn’t exist: Peter Perrett’s crack addiction had left him in such shambles that nobody expected him to be alive in 2017, nevermind recording.

But after five years of sobriety, Perrett has unleashed his first solo record, and it’s a solid effort. His voice has a tobacco-tinged quality as he slurs his train-of-thoughts by way of Lou Reed. Perrett’s delivery is definitely one of that who hit rock bottom, but his lyrical direction doesn’t take his rebound so seriously: he fantasizes about Kim Kardashian’s ass (seriously), and decides between buying food or drugs. It’s these lighter notes that rope you in before the personal confessions break your heart.

The phoenix has risen, and he’s ready to capture your attention.


24

Ray Davies

Americana

For his first batch of new material in a decade, The Kinks frontman Ray Davies reflects on his time in the States… for better or worse. He wants to go where the buffalo roam–but realizes the horizon isn’t always endless.

Davies reflects on chasing the American Dream, and trying to catch the dangling carrot always out of reach. There are fascinating tales of troubling starts when breaking overseas, touring adventures, and focusing on the silver lining. The thematic inspirations also ooze into the sound: woozy country guitars and sing-song chants serve as love letters to U.S.A. even when his words don’t.

It’s a fully formed vision that does the genre its named after justice: Davies throws himself in the deep end and soaks up all the American influence he can.


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James Brown Christmas Suck

20 Christmas Songs That Don’t Suck

While the holidays are marked as some of the cheeriest times of the year, they certainly don’t get graced with the best music.

Whether gift shopping or going to a work party, you’ll hear the same songs over and over… almost to the point you wish you could hibernate until 2018.

Here are 20 Christmas songs that don’t suck:


20. James Brown – “Santa Claus Go Straight to the Ghetto”

19. Ronnie James Dio and Tony Iommi – “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”

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Alice In Chains

Alice In Chains Announce 2018 Tour

Alice in Chains has announced a headlining 2018 North American tour.

The string of dates kicks off on April 28th in Boston and runs until May 19 in Philadelphia.

In terms of Canadian dates, the band will play one show in Toronto at Massey Hall on May 1.

Alice In Chains has recently announced they are in the recording process of their Sixth LP, returning to Seattle to find their sound again.

“I just feel in 2017, it’s time for Alice in Chains to go back to Seattle – drink that water, breathe that air,” bassist Mike Inez said this summer on the “Let There Be Talk” podcast. “My Heart family’s up there. There’s just such a history – every street corner for us is a memory; crazy shit happened or some beautiful stuff. Seattle’s a really special place, especially this time of year. It’s the best.”

Take a look at the tour dates below:

April 28 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
April 30 – Syracuse, NY @ Landmark Theatre
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U2 Songs of Experience

U2 Score Eighth #1 Album With ‘Songs of Experience’

U2 is back at #1 on the Billboard 200 with the group’s fourteenth studio album, Songs of Experience.

The album moved 186,000 units in the United States in its debut week; 180,000 of those were sold traditionally (the other 6,000 units are represented by streaming equivalents.) This marks the biggest sales week for a rock album in 2017.

With another #1 project, U2 is now the only group with #1 albums in the ’80s, ’90s, ’00s and ’10s. U2 joins Janet Jackson, Bruce Springsteen and Barbara Streisand among acts who have achieved the honour.

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