New Music Monday: Depeche Mode, Stephen Stills, Peter Frampton, the Waterboys, Iron Maiden

Both Depeche Mode and the Waterboys are back with equally improbable returns to form. They get there by recalling everything you loved about their work in the late 1980s.

Speaking of that time frame, there are also two Iron Maiden-related projects, a 1988 live set and a new album from lead singer Bruce Dickinson’s side project Samson.

Elsewhere in rock, look for Sevendust, Stryper, Suicidal Tendencies and Thom Chacon, among others. In jazz, we’re digging Dave Haskell, Jared Gold, Kendrick Scott, Roscoe Mitchell, Sean Nowell and Steve Coleman.

The week’s new reissues of note include Damn the Machine, the Doobie Brothers, Stephen Stills and Steve Forbert — the last of “Romeo’s Tune” fame.

We’ve even got a Bob Mayo sighting, as part of a Peter Frampton live release …

Alan JacksonPrecious Memories Volume II (Country)
Beegie Adair Trio, Jack JezzroJazz on Broadway: Jazz Guitar Tribute to Broadway (Jazz)
Black LilliesRunaway Freeway Blues (Pop/Rock)
Blake SheltonBased on a True Story … (Country)
BlueyLeap of Faith (Jazz)

DAMN THE MACHINE – DAMN THE MACHINE (POP/ROCK): Here’s the re-release of a nice little forgotten gem from former Megadeth guitarist Chris Poland. Damn the Machine featured some pretty interesting progressive arrangements, though the vocals left a bit to be desired, and Poland’s guitar work is great. — Fred Phillips

DAVE HASKELL GROUP – PIVOT POINT [with Robben Ford and Russell Ferrante] (JAZZ): This guest-packed project capitalizes not only on the wealth of experience Haskell accumulated before he took to the skies as a commercial pilot, but also the relationships. Usually when I come across fusion record like this, there are inevitably some “uh oh” moments in the record where there’s some inexplicably mediocre tracks that spoil the good vibes created from the premium ones. Not so here; the only moments found here are the good ones. While nothing about Pivot Point is groundbreaking, records as solid as this one are just as hard to find. (More here.) — S. Victor Aaron

DEPECHE MODE – DELTA MACHINE (POP/ROCK): Others very clearly influenced by Depeche Mode have followed, from Trent Reznor to Frank Ocean, but none have so perfectly combined all of these disparate elements. That is to say: sounds equal parts light and shadow, despondent and yet fiercely engaged. Delta Machine fulled reanimates everything that made them one of the most intriguing groups of their initial hitmaking era, finding Depeche Mode enveloped once more in a spiraling darkness even while doggedly pursuing the purpled arrival of a new day. (More here.) — Nick DeRiso

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DidoGirl Who Got Away (Pop/Rock)

DOOBIE BROTHERS – ORIGINAL ALBUM SERIES [Toulouse Street (1972); Captain And Me (1973); What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits (1974); Stampede (1975) and Takin' It To The Streets (1976)] (POP/ROCK): As tempting as it is to gush all over The Captain and Me, it’s only slightly weaker follow-up deserves a rare spotlight. What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits encapsulates all that many people liked about the pre-McDonald Doobies: an accessible mixture of boogie rock, country, soul, jazz and r&b. Tight, top-notch musicianship. And strong, varied songs contributed primarily by either Johnston or fellow guitarist/vocalist Patrick Simmons. (More here.) — S. Victor Aaron

Eric WoolfsonSomewhere in the Audience (Vocals)

IRON MAIDEN – MAIDEN ENGLAND ’88 (POP/ROCK): Can Iron Maiden trot out another live CD and DVD to milk more money from fans? You bet they can. This one, though, is probably worth it for hardcore fans. The re-release is remastered and also contains the full show, with several songs and encores that were removed from the original release for time. — Fred Phillips

JARED GOLD – INTUITION (JAZZ): One of the great things about jazz is that some jazz musicians can just get together in a studio and knock out tunes and resulting record can be just as enjoyable as a carefully constructed, meticulously planned affair. Hammond B-3 boss Jared Gold got together with his old band boss guitarist Dave Stryker and added reliable time-keeper McClenty Hunter to knock out Intuition. As the album title implies, these kind of dates are driven by instinct and playing in the moment, and that’s just how Intuition comes across. (More here.) — S. Victor Aaron

Joe BonamassaAn Acoustic Evening at the Vienna Opera House (Blues)
Karen SouzaHotel Souza (Jazz)

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KENDRICK SCOTT ORACLE – CONVICTION (JAZZ): The Conviction sessions were energetic, with a live in the studio feel. There are no breaks between the songs, they flow from one right into the next one. Perhaps Scott wanted to emphasize continuum, but it does feel like the album was recorded from beginning to end in a single, splendid take. Scott didn’t set out to make a “drummer” record and he limits his solos, but at the same time, he’s a forceful leader, and the band seems to draw their vitality from his drums. The compositions, whether they are Scott’s or someone else’s are in constant motion traversing from one pattern to another and staying unified. (More here.) — S. Victor Aaron

Marty Raybon and Full CircleBack Forty (Folk)
MotörheadMotörhead [Vinyl] (Pop/Rock)
OneRepublicNative (Pop/Rock)

PETER FRAMPTON – LIVE IN DETROIT (POP/ROCK): You may be asking yourself: Another live Peter Frampton? Already? I know I was. But there is at least one good reason for this one, beyond the snazzy 5.1 Surround Sound, and yet another interaction of all of the hits. His name is Bob Mayo. Yes, Frampton just released FCA! 35, a DVD/CD set commemorating the Frampton Comes Alive! anniversary tour — and also on Eagle Rock, no less — but, unlike this 1999 date at Detroit’s Pine Knob Amphitheatre, Mayo wasn’t on board for that tour. The underrated keyboardist, best remembered for his turn on “Do You Feel Like We Do” (and Frampton’s tip of the hat: “Bob Mayo on the keyboards — Bob Mayo!”) died back in 2004 — actually suffering a heart attack while on tour with the guitarist he helped make famous. He’s worth the price of admission. (More here.) — Nick DeRiso

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ROSCOE MITCHELL – DUETS WITH TYSHAWN SOREY AND HUGH RAGIN (JAZZ): As the title makes evident, Mitchell is going one-on-one with one of the brightest rising stars in multi-instrumentalist and drumming specialist Tyshawn Sorey, a master not only of rhythm but of percussive tones, something that Mitchell himself knows about firsthand. Hugh Ragin is a trumpeter whose stature falls too far below his achievements, but the recognized leaders in improvised music know full well he’s legit. Thus, this is a tri-generational summit meeting of significant proportions. (More here.) — S. Victor Aaron

SAMSON – HEAD ON (POP/ROCK): As much as I love Bruce Bruce (that would be the Samson stage name for Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson) I’ve never been able to get into Samson. It’s an interesting release for Dickinson fans that haven’t heard it, though. — Fred Phillips

SaxonSacrifice (Pop/Rock)
Sebastian BachAbachalypse Now (Pop/Rock)

SEAN NOWELL – THE KUNG-FU MASTERS (JAZZ): Sean Nowell is a name I remember from a couple of years ago when sizing up his last album Stockholm Swingin,’ a snappy live encounter of solid, straight ahead jazz performed by both American and Swedish musicians in a small combo band. The Kung-Fu Masters is an about face from the trad direction Nowell went on Stockholm, propagating instead a brand of funk-jazz with one foot far in the past and another one far in the future. Other than the fact that it’s jazz, it could hardly be stylistically farther apart from the European date. (More here.) — S. Victor Aaron

SEVENDUST – BLACK OUT THE SUN (POP/ROCK): I have an up and down relationship with Sevendust. I don’t really dislike much of anything they’ve done, but none of the subsequent records have hit me as hard as their debut did. Of the two songs I’ve heard from this one, the first is pretty good, the second is meh. (More here.) — Fred Phillips

Smoke FairiesBlood Speaks (Pop/Rock)

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Stephanie MillsMerciless (R&B)
Stephen StillsCarry On (Pop/Rock)

STEVE FORBERT – ALIVE ON ARRIVAL; JACKRABBIT SLIM (POP/ROCK): “Romeo’s Tune,” this Meridian, Mississippi native’s lone Top 40 hit, is as good a reason as any for a new two-fer reissue by Blue Corn Music featuring Jackrabbit Slim paired with Forbert’s 1978 debut Alive on Arrival. This terrific Steve Forbert double-album reissue also features 12 bonus tracks (including a live take on “Romeo’s Tune,” recorded in November of 1979 at the Palladium in New York City), as well as new liner notes from David Wild. (More here.) — Nick DeRiso

STEVE COLEMAN AND FIVE ELEMENTS – FUNCTIONAL ARRHYTHMIAS (JAZZ): This is hardly the first time that Coleman has sought to use organic, natural and non-music phenomena to inspire his music; he often turns to recondite, abstract patterns produced by nature to inspire his music. But in the case of this current project, the model for his music is specifically the rhythmic synergy among the circulatory, respiratory, nervous and other biological systems of the human body. That surely explains song titles like “Respiratory Flow,” “Irregular Heartbeats” and “Lymph Swag (Dance of the Leukocytes),” and it’s an abstract concept that’s actually readily perceptible in the music. (More here.) — S. Victor Aaron

STRYPER – SECOND COMING (POP/ROCK): I’m not sure how it’s a “second coming” since they’ve released several albums in the past few years. This one has a couple of new songs and a bunch of re-recorded tunes from their catalog. That’s usually not a great idea. It’s a plus, though, that the re-recordings include “The Way” and don’t include “Honestly.” — Fred Phillips

SUICIDAL TENDENCIES – 13 (POP/ROCK): The first album from the hardcore punk turned thrash act has shades of both styles, but the songs that really kill are the groove-based numbers. This could be ST’s best outing since the late ’80s. — Fred Phillips

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The Manhattan TransferThe Best Of (Vocals)
The Milk Carton KidsThe Ash & Clay (Folk)
The Story So FarWhat You Don’t See (Pop/Rock)
The StrokesComedown Machine (Pop/Rock)

THOM CHACON – THOM CHACON (POP/ROCK): An astute alchemist, Chacon takes in the writerly touches of John Prine, the hard-won perspective of Steve Earle, the broken majesty of Tom Joad-era Bruce Springsteen. He’s cut a live album at Folsom Prison, and Johnny Cash’s foreboding sense of morality plays out on “American Dream,” too, which its stark revelation that the debt-drowning narrator may be worth more dead. Elsewhere, on “Innocent Man,” this Durango, Colorado-based singer-songwriter traces the sad story of a wrongly accused man named Anthony Gravces, who served 18 years in prison — and, at one point, was on the death row. “Alcohol” is a devastatingly sharp character sketch of a person in free fall. (More here.) — Nick DeRiso

The TemptationsBare Back (R&B)

THE WATERBOYS – AN APPOINTMENT WITH MR. YEATS (POP/ROCK): You could be forgiven for not believing that a new project based on the work of Irish poet William Butler Yeats might be the rocking-est, modern-est thing the Waterboys have put out in some 25 years. But it is. For a moment, leave aside the lyrics — though they’re of course simply masterful, by turns bucolic and then stinging. An Appointment with Mr. Yeats, as fashioned by Waterboys leader Mike Scott and an ever-rotating cast of characters, is easily their least esoteric effort since Fisherman’s Blues. (Fans will remember that 1988 effort also included Scott’s first attempt at combining his sound with Yeats, on “The Stolen Child.”) Back then, as they do here, the group scurried along a fine line between their already-established brand of muscular yet melodic rock, and the country-leaning sounds of traditional Scottish music. (More here.) — Nick DeRiso

Various artistsBeginners Guide to Jazz Funk [Donald Byrd, Gene Harris, Maze, Eddie Henderson, Lou Donaldson, Carmen McRae, Nancy Wilson] (Jazz/R&B)
WavvesAfraid of Heights (Pop/Rock)
will.i.am#Willpower (R&B)

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