Even though it’s the biggest time of the year for movies, the summer season usually doesn’t offer a lot in terms of new music releases.
Most artists wait until the fall to unleash their new music, and this year is no different. Here’s a look at some of the new albums I’m looking forward to most this fall:
Nine Inch Nails – Hesitation Marks (Sept 3)
Trent Reznor is back with a new collection of electronic chaos, and on initial listen it feels like by the numbers NIN. Go a little bit deeper and you hear Reznor experimenting. Like on the new single “Everything” which makes Reznor actually sound…happy, for the first time ever on record. “Hesitation Marks” is worth a listen for that fact alone!
Arctic Monkeys – AM (Sept 10)
Alex Turner and the boys are back with their 5th record, and it’s a good one. I’ve given the album a few listens already, and it’s chill stoner rock at it’s best. You only need look to the first single “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?” to get into the cool vibe of this record. The first classic of the fall season!
Manic Street Preachers – Rewind The Film (Sept 16)
With ten studio albums under the belt, the Manics still manage to re-invent themselves with every release. Their last record, “Postcards From Young Man” back in 2010 was full of anthemic choruses and melodic guitar lines, but they’ve taken a decidedly different approach with “Rewind The Film”. The album features almost no electric guitar, features a bunch of guest vocalists, and early reviews say it’s very down-beat. I’ve loved some Manics albums more than others, so I’m excited to see where this one lands.
Kings of Leon – Mechanical Bull (Sept 24)
The new record from the Followhill boys continue the same infectious southern rock they’ve become known for with new single “Supersoaker”. While they’ve alienated early hardcore fans with a more commercial sound, I actually really liked the last album “Come Around Sundown” and have high hopes for this one. KOL know their sound and know to write a catchy tune.
Pearl Jam – Lightning Bolt (Oct 15)
This is album number ten for Pearl Jam, and if the first single “Mind Your Manners” is any indication, I think it’s going to be a good one. PJ is at a point in their career where they could record an album of Neil Diamond covers and fans would listen. Thankfully they haven’t done that with “Lightning Bolt”, and we get 12 new Pearl Jam jams to rock out to come October.
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