We’ve already seen some stellar releases in the last few months and it appears that nothing is stopping some of the biggest names in music from dipping their feet in the impressive pool of albums we’ve seen since January. From LPs housing bold reinventions to ones donning familiar, age-old signature rhythms, let’s take a look at five of the most-awaited albums of the year that’s still waiting to see the light of day.
The Killers, Wonderful Wonderful
Teasing us with the pompous, sickeningly (but totally intentional) macho single The Man, The Killers are sure to please with what will probably be their fifth consecutive number one album. Promising us a more adult effort laden with their post-Shot At The Night sound, the Las Vegas rockers’ return to the spotlight may very well be the best return of the year.
U2, Songs Of Experience
The Irish rock band is gearing up for a follow-up release for their admittedly lukewarm 2014 LP Songs of Innocence, and it looks like it’s going to be different this time around. With The Edge and Bono promoting the album as something they’d release post-Brexit and the 2016 US presidential elections, the politically-charged Songs Of Experience is already beginning to prove its worth with songs like The Blackout and You’re the Best Thing About Me – two electric guitar-heavy arena anthems. This just proves how insanely good the group sounds like when they’re at their best. The band’s fourteenth album is out on December 1, 2017.
Weezer, Pacific Daydream
After returning to their rock roots with Everything Will Be Alright In The End in 2014, Weezer has proved that it’s never too late to get back to the shack and un-sellout your name. Cuomo and company promise another stellar ‘beach album’; a mix of The Beach Boys and The Clash in a hot, humid summer paradise with the lead track Mexican Fender, a song about unrequited love. It’s a sign of just how good the new album’s gonna be, and everyone should better be ready to head out to the ocean even if summer’s officially over.
St. Vincent, MASSEDUCTION
A modern master of reinvention, this art pop chameleon plans to release her fifth album in October. The first singles New York and Los Ageless are proof enough that this is going to be one of the most refined pop albums of the year. Advertised by Clark herself as a biographical piece, the tiny samples she’s given to the public vow to present everyone with a funky take on pop that’s all about love, sex, and life.
A stark contrast to his heavy folk rock Morning Phase, Beck’s next album—recorded between 2013 and 2017— brings some of the legend’s poppiest tracks that will have you either bopping your head or dancing uncontrollably out of pure delight. There is no in-between. The four singles we have so far off his thirteenth studio effort delivers the meanest hooks and the brightest visuals, and it all proudly shows just how much of a mess this seasoned auteur can come up with and turn into an awe-inspiring work of art.
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