Happy new year! Here's how January is shaping up for new album releases--quite disappointing, there's no major releases yet unfortunately:
Jan 17. White Lies - Ritual. British alternative rock band White Lies ready their follow-up to 2009's well-received debut To Lose My Life... a strong '80s new wave influenced set, clocking in heavily on melodies and lavish soundscapes. They weren't quite the biggest alternative breakthrough band of 2009, as the buzz behind their debut would have suggested but did land the top 40 hits "Farewell to the Fairground" and title track "To Lose My Life." Their sophomore release Ritual is preceded by lead single "Bigger Than Us," which is out in the UK today.
Jan 11. Cake - Showroom of Compassion. California based alternative rock band Cake release their sixth album, their first release since 2004's Pressure Chief. It's preceded by lead single "Sick of You," which earned the band a fourth top 10 on the US alternative songs chart last year.
Jan 11. Cage the Elephant - Thank You, Happy Birthday. American rock Cage the Elephant's second album, preceded by the two singles "In One Ear" and "Shake Me Down" which have already landed them hits on the US mainstream rock charts.
Jan 18. The Script - Science & Faith. The Americans finally get the second album from Irish alternative rock band The Script. Lead single "For the First Time" has currently peaked at #97 on the Billboard Hot 100 so far. Click the link to read my review.
Jan 25. Amos Lee - Mission Bell. American singer/songwriter Amos Lee releases his fourth full-length album--featuring appearances from Willie Nelson and James Gadson. Give this a chance! If you haven't checked out Amos Lee before, definitely do so; He's a fantastic acoustic/jazz singer. I would recommend his first self-titled debut. Great stuff.