Monday, August 19, 2013

Fall Release Schedule

This fall is packed with major releases--here's a quick round-up. My most anticipated have covers:

September

The 1975 - The 1975. The debut album from English alternative rock band The 1975 spawned the band their first top twenty hit with, "Chocolate" and another top forty hit with, "The City," both plucked from the bands EP's  Music for Cars and IV. I've enjoyed both singles a lot, unfortunately the album omits one of my favourites from the band, "Heads.Cars.Bending," a brooding, down-tempo number with an awesome layered production.


Ariana Grande - Yours Truly. Looking forward to the debut album from Nickelodeon star Ariana Grande has been a surprise. I've enjoyed its first batch of releases, from the throwback Mariah-inspired R&B/pop of, "The Way," "Right There" and "Baby, I" to the lovelorn piano ballad, "Almost is Never Enough" featuring Nathan Sykes of The Wanted. And the rest of the album looks as though it will deliver.

John Legend - Love in the Future. Aside from "Ordinary People," I've never really been that into John Legend. Perhaps, it's time that I started. The lead single, "Who Do You Think We Are" featuring Rick Ross, isn't bad. This is his fourth album.

Tamar Braxton - Love and War. Toni Braxton's sister stormed iTunes earlier this year with her single, "Love and War," and much to my surprise it was a pretty solid slice of R&B. Unfortunately, nothing that followed captured my interest, including following single, "The One."

Arctic Monkeys - AM. The fact that the forthcoming Arctic Monkeys album is preceded by the single, "Do I Wanna Know?" already amplifies my anticipation. I haven't enjoyed a single, the way I have that, since "Teddy Picker." The album features production from James Ford who worked on the bands sophomore album, Favourite Worst Nightmare, Humbug and their last effort Suck it And See. 

Goldfrapp - Tales of Us.  Sixth album from British electronic duo Goldfrapp, preceded by somber lead single, "Drew."

Avicii - True. If there were going to be an album released this year chock of full of hits, it would have been Avicii's debut album. From his first top five, "Fade into Darkness," to his third, "I Could Be the One,"--are for some reason not included in his debut album. Fortunately, "Wake Me Up," his most recent chart-topper and the year's fastest selling single so far is.

The Wanted - Word of Mouth. The campaign for the English/Irish boyband actually began mid-2012 with the release of their sixth top five single, "Chasing the Sun." Latest single, "Walks Like Rihanna" (ugh!) is their eighth.

Drake - Nothing Was the Same. The forthcoming third Drake album doesn't seem like it's going to be any different from his last LP, Take Care apart from the fact that it will feature rappers that weren't around in 2011. Hit-Boy and Mill WiLL Made It are among the many producers producing the album. The album's current single, the soft re-tro inspired, "Hold On, We're Going Home" is pretty good.

Kings of Leon - Mechanical Bull. The last Kings of Leon album failed to recreate the commercial and critical success of its predecessor and breakthrough album Only by the Night. So far, Mechanical Bull has spawned the singles, "Supersoaker" and "Wait for Me."

Jason DeRulo - Tattoos. Third album from American pop singer features hit single, "The Other Side" and the more edgier "Talk Dirty" featuring rapper 2 Chainz.

Jessie J - Alive. I still have high hopes for Jessie J's forthcoming sophomore album, despite being preceded by the rather underwhelming lead single, "Wild" featuring Big Sean and Dizzee Rascal and the even more unimpressive, "It's My Party." I refuse to believe she would put out an album without a "Price Tag," or at least a "Domino." There's too much to lose if she doesn't, isn't there?

Avril Lavigne - Avril Lavigne. The fifth album from Canadian singer, launched with her 7th US top twenty single, "Here's to Never Growing Up."

Cher - Closer to the Truth. The upcoming twenty-sixth album from Cher seems to built on a rather hip foundation, featuring songwriting from Timbaland and P!nk and production from Jake Shears of the Scissor Sisters.

Icona Pop - Truth Is... Second album from Swedish duo Icona Pop featuring one of the year's biggest hits, "I Don't Care."

Justin Timberlake - The 20/20 Experience, 2 of 2. The fourth album from Justin Timberlake and second half of his third is clearly going to be a big seller--the first half is already the year's biggest selling album--in both first week and overall. However, quality-wise I seem to be in the minority. His insistent blending of '70s retro disco and pop just doesn't capture my attention. Of course, there are exceptions, "Mirrors" is great and just sounds like a decent pop song plucked out of this century. The lead single, "Take Back the Night," doesn't do much to raise my expectations, but alas, I'm still eager to hear it.


October

Chase & Status - Brand New Machine. Third album from British electronic duo, featuring second top ten single, "Lost & Not Found" featuring Louise M^ttrs.

Miley Cyrus - Bangerz. If the lead single, "We Can't Stop," is anything to go by, the subject-matter Miley's upcoming fourth album is going to be centred around sex, drugs and twerking. Perhaps, it won't be as masterfully created as Christina Aguilera's 2002 coming of age disc, Stripped, but the accompanying video to "Stop" is only a pair of ass-less leather chaps away from being "Dirrty."

Katy Perry - PRISM. The lead single, "Roar" is already set to make the year's biggest digital debut which isn't bad way to begin the follow-up era to Katy Perry's incredibly successful Teenage Dream, which spawned an unprecedented five chart-toppers tying Michael Jackson's record with Bad. Its release added another #1 with "Part of Me." Collaborators include the impressive cast of Max Martin, Dr. Luke, Sia and Diplo.

Celine Dion - Love Me Back to Life. Dion's first English album since 2007's Taking Chances. 

November

Lady Gaga - ARTPOP. A year out of the charts and Gaga returns in November with her third studio album. Featuring production from Zedd and DJ White Shadow and going by its lead single, "Applause," the album will probably trail the same electro-pop production as its predecessor while probably a little more accessible this time. I'm guessing, no more German gibberish. In any case, I can't wait to hear it.

Rumoured

Britney Spears. Britney's eighth album is rumoured to be released this fall. "Ooh La La" released earlier this year for the Smurfs soundtrack probably won't be included.

Beyonce. She released, "Bow Down" and "Grown Woman" earlier this year, but still no solid confirmation of the album--just rumours.

Mariah Carey. She scored her biggest hit in years earlier this year with "#Beautiful" featuring Miguel, but after its original release date of July 23rd was cancelled, hope of the album being released this year has dissipated.

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