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Metallica, “Hardwired” from Hardwired … to Self Destruct (2016): One Track Mind

Metallica, “Hardwired” from Hardwired … to Self Destruct (2016): One Track Mind

I didn’t want to go with a knee-jerk reaction to Metallica’s “Hardwired.” I wanted to give it a chance to grow on me. It hasn’t yet.

Kansas, “With This Heart” from The Prelude Implicit (2016): One Track Mind

Kansas, “With This Heart” from The Prelude Implicit (2016): One Track Mind

A rebuilt lineup of Kansas recalls their past, even as they show tremendous growth, on an advance track from the band’s first new album in 16 years.

Blackberry Smoke, “Waiting on the Thunder” from Like an Arrow (2016): One Track Mind

Blackberry Smoke, “Waiting on the Thunder” from Like an Arrow (2016): One Track Mind

Blackberry Smoke’s last album needed a little more grit. If “Waiting for the Thunder” is any indication, maybe we’ll get some of that back.

Indigo Girls, “The Rise of the Black Messiah” from One Lost Day (2015): One Track Mind

Indigo Girls, “The Rise of the Black Messiah” from One Lost Day (2015): One Track Mind

The most tragic histories can make the greatest songs, as the Indigo Girls’ “Rise of the Black Messiah” reminds us.

Jackson Browne, “Shaky Town” from Running on Empty (1977): One Track Mind

Jackson Browne, “Shaky Town” from Running on Empty (1977): One Track Mind

Taped in Room 124 of the Edwardsville, Ill., Holiday Inn, 1977’s “Shaky Town” is one of the rawest Jackson Browne recordings – and a must-have song when traveling.

Flotsam and Jetsam, “Iron Maiden” from Flotsam and Jetsam (2016): One Track Mind

Flotsam and Jetsam, “Iron Maiden” from Flotsam and Jetsam (2016): One Track Mind

As with the last two albums, Flotsam and Jetsam gives us something a little different here – providing a tasty tribute to metal legends Iron Maiden.

The Secrets, “Feel Pretty Good” (2016): One Track Mind

The Secrets, “Feel Pretty Good” (2016): One Track Mind

Jumping with joyful energy, the Secrets’ “Feel Pretty Good” is honestly one of the best power pop workouts ever to be.

Zakk Wylde, “Sleeping Dogs” from Book of Shadows II (2016): One Track Mind

Zakk Wylde, “Sleeping Dogs” from Book of Shadows II (2016): One Track Mind

Zakk Wylde’s “Sleeping Dogs” makes a good promise for ‘Book of Shadows II.’ Here’s hoping the rest of the album delivers on it.

Fortunato Isgro, “Good Times Bad Times” from Journey (2016): One Track Mind

Fortunato Isgro, “Good Times Bad Times” from Journey (2016): One Track Mind

Fortunato Isgro’s “Good Times Bad Times” borrows the best elements of the past, then tops them off with a contemporary delivery.

Joe Mandica, “My Heart Belongs” from A Thousand Miles (2016): One Track Mind

Joe Mandica, “My Heart Belongs” from A Thousand Miles (2016): One Track Mind

With a touch of Southern-fried soul, Joe Mandica’s “My Heart Belongs” is like a marvelous mating of Bill Lloyd with Bill Deal and the Rhondels.