THIS WEEK’S CD RELEASES
Jake Shears Jake Shears Freida Jean, out now ★★★★★
Scissor Sisters frontman Shears fortifies himself for a solo career with a high-kicking Sisters style romp, with some Elton-ish Seventies songcraft and a swinging Southern vibe.
Neil Diamond Hot August Night III UMC/Virgin, out Friday ★★★★★
Diamond recently called time on touring, but this captures him at his late peak in 2012, returning to the Greek Theatre in LA to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the album he recorded there.