Jason Aldean, “Rearview Town” (Broken Bow) The pop-country hitmaker sings with Miranda Lambert and performs a song co-written by Florida Georgia Line on his latest. The latter tune, “You Make It Easy,” already has added another success to Aldean’s prize-winning stable of songs.
Breaking Benjamin, “Ember” (Hollywood) The thundering Pennsylvania rock band behind hits such as “So Cold” and “I Will Not Bow” hopes to improve upon a streak of five straight gold or platinum records. This is the second of the band’s albums to feature a relatively new lineup around founding singer Benjamin Burnley.
Nels Cline 4, “Currents, Constellations” (Blue Note) The prolific guitarist has been many things in his career: avant-garde axeman, inventive lead player for indie-rock heroes Wilco. Here, he further indulges his jazz side, playing off fellow guitar great Julian Lage in a quartet that also features bass player Scott Colley and drummer Tom Rainey.
Juliana Hatfield, “Juliana Hatfield Sings Olivia Newton-John” (American Laundromat) A heroine of Alternative Nation, Hatfield delves into the glories of pop music past with this collection covering the Australian star. Tracks include “Physical,” “Hopelessly Devoted to You” and “I Honestly Love You.”
John Prine, “The Tree of Forgiveness” (Oh Boy) One of America’s truly great songwriters — and a past Roots N Blues N BBQ headliner — offers up his first totally original record since 2005. Prine sounds fresh and at home in a set of songs that has just the lightest modern touch while retaining the timelessness of his past glories.