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Bryan Adams Ultimate USM/Polydor, out now
Bryan Adams has grown into something of a gentleman rock star – an album every few years, always good for an allstar concert. Ultimate doesn’t diverge much from previous hits collections, except to add two from 2015’s Jeff Lynne-produced
Get Up and two new ones: peace sign-flashing rocker Ultimate Love and the Prince-ish Please Stay.
Lucinda Williams This Sweet Old World Highway 20, out now
Twenty-five years on, Americana legend Lucinda Williams has rerecorded her 1992 album with a live band, changing most of the arrangements and adding four extra tracks. The quality of songs such as Six Blocks Away and Pineola doesn’t change, but these takes are grittier and altogether less sweet than before.