Fall Music Preview: 40 Key Upcoming Albums

  • Publish Date: August 31, 2011
  • Comments: ↓ 8 user comments

Goodie Mob
We Sell Drugs Too tbd

Atlanta hip-hop group Goodie Mob released three albums during the 1990s before a key member left the group, their record label abandoned them, and the remaining members attempted a poorly conceived comeback album in 2004. That key member who left? You know him today as Cee Lo Green, half of Gnarls Barkley, judge on The Voice, and successful solo artist. Now, for the first time in over a decade, Cee Lo has recorded an album with his former Mob mates. We Sell Drugs Too, expected to arrive this fall (as announced on Cee Lo's twitter feed), follows a series of sporadic live performances by the reunited Goodie Mob over the past few years.

Jane's Addiction
The Great Escape Artist October 4

When it arrives this fall (assuming that it isn't delayed further), The Great Escape Artist will mark the first album for Perry Farrell and company since 2003's comeback effort Strays 75. Despite touring with the group in recent years, bassist Eric Avery is once again out; replacing him on the record is TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek, who also contributed to the writing process (and who is himself a replacement for the original replacement bassist, Guns N' Roses' Duff McKagan). Rich Costey (Interpol, Franz Ferdinand) produces.

Listen to "End to the Lies"

Audio, Video, Disco October 25

It has been four long years since the release of 81 from the French electronic duo Justice, but the Daft Punk-esque group return to the scene in October with their sophomore album Audio, Video, Disco. This time, the band is looking to go even bigger with their sound; think arena-rock big, with heavier prog-rock influences. Guest vocalists include Midnight Juggernauts’ Vincenzi Vendetta, Morgan Phalen of Diamond Nights, and UK artist Ali Love. The first single, “Civilization,” has already been featured in an Adidas ad campaign.

Listen to "Civilization"

AlbumLady Antebellum
Own the Night September 13

Nashville country-pop trio Lady Antebellum pocketed five Grammy Awards, including best country album, for 2010's Need You Now 63, which has sold over 3 million units despite moderate reviews. Expect further success with Own the Night, which reunites the group with producer Paul Worley and has already spawned a hit single in "Just a Kiss." An arena headlining tour is in the works for January, and the trio are also booked on the October 1st episode of Saturday Night Live.

Watch the video for "Just a Kiss" at YouTube.

Gravity the Seducer September 13

Ladytron are back with their first post-greatest hits release, Gravity the Seducer, a mature, grandiose album packed with memorable songs like previously-released Best of 00-10 single “Ace of Hz” and album opener and single “White Elephant.” The spooky Liverpudlians are playing their memorable synthpop near you this fall, starting with a date at Six Flags Mexico on September 22nd.

Listen to "White Elephant"

David Lynch
Crazy Clown Time November 8

David Lynch seems to have hung up his filmmaker hat and moved on to his new role as part electronic/dance and part avant-garde musician. Following the release of his double single Good Day Today/I Know and subsequent remix album, Lynch’s Crazy Clown Time includes those two tracks and a dozen new originals. The album’s first track, “Pinky’s Dream,” includes the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Karen O. Lynch wrote, produced and performed all of the tracks, which he describes as “modern blues.”

Listen to "Good Day Today"

Hurry Up, We're Dreaming (2xCD) October 18

Anthony Gonzalez aka M83 is picking up where 2008’s Saturdays=Youth 70 left off with Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming. The 22-track double album is another blast of ’80s retro synth/shoegaze with first single “Midnight City” leading the charge. Guests on the album include Zola Jesus and Medicine’s Brad Laner, though Saturdays vocalist Morgan Kibby is reduced to a backup role here. You can catch M83 on the road this October.

Listen to "Midnight City"

The Hunter September 27

Atlanta heavy metal outfit Mastodon have taken their genre to new heights over the course of four increasingly accomplished albums, including 2006's Blood Mountain 82 and 2009's Crack The Skye 82. Their upcoming fifth album, The Hunter, finds the group working with producer Mike Elizondo (Fiona Apple, Maroon 5) for the first time, but don't think the band is going pop or mainstream—even if it is their first record since their debut not to have an overarching concept. While Mastodon has promised a slightly more stripped-down sound similar to second album Leviathan, you'll probably hear every phase of the band's history in these 13 tracks (15 on the deluxe version).

Listen to "Curl of the Burl"

AlbumNeon Indian
Era Extraña September 13

One of the bigger buzz bands to emerge in indie rock over the last two years (their 2009 debut, Psychic Chasms 81 featured on several best-of-the-year lists, including Pitchfork's), the Texas-based chillwave outfit Neon Indian is the brainchild of now 22-year-old Alan Palomo. Palomo ventured to Helsinki to record his second album, the self-produced Era Extraña, with Dave Fridmann handling the mixing. If you splurge on the deluxe edition, you'll also get a miniature analog synthesizer called the PAL198x, which is further explained in this amusing instructional video.

Listen to "Fallout"

Scintilli September 27

Scintilli is the first album in eight years from Warp Records mainstays Plaid, and they’ve got something to prove. The London duo of Andy Turner and Ed Handley (formerly of The Black Dog) craft an eclectic techno album that moves from the playful “Tender Hooks” to the more contemplative “35 Summers.” The first run of the CD release will come as a nifty ornamental puzzle package. The band tours the States in November.

Listen to "Missing"

TKOL RMX 1234567 October 11

For those fans that felt that Radiohead’s latest (The King of Limbs 80) was going through the motions, the compilation TKOL RMX might help liven things up a bit. A gathering of various 12" remixes of The King of Limbs tracks (most already released on a series of EPs, some previously unreleased), the double-CD set includes standout mixes from such artists as Four Tet, Caribou, Modeselektor, Jamie xx, and Mark Pritchard.

Listen to many of the album's tracks at Radiohead's official blog Dead Air Space.

AlbumLou Reed and Metallica
Lulu November 1

It might not be a pairing that would naturally occur to most music fans, but former Velvet Underground frontman Lou Reed claims that this collaborative album with heavy metal legends Metallica is the best thing he ever did. Lulu is based on a pair of works by German expressionist playwright Frank Wedekind (the same plays which served as the source for the silent film classic Pandora's Box), and has its origins in a batch of songs the 69-year-old Reed penned for a Berlin theater production. Of course, Reed has tried "metal" before; this, however, should be better. Or at least listenable.

The Roots
Undun tbd

The hardest working band in late night and beyond are back with a quickly put together set entitled Undun. The Philly-based group entered the studio in late July and are expected to release their 13th album on Def Jam before year’s end. Little is known about the album outside of a brief video that ?uestlove posted on his Twitter account. A good guess is that it will be awesome.

AlbumSt. Vincent
Strange Mercy September 13

Former Polyphonic Spree and Sufjan Stevens guitarist Annie Clark returns with her second 4AD album (and third overall) as St. Vincent, following 2009's lauded Actor 81 and an appearance on the Twilight Saga: New Moon soundtrack. As on that previous album, John Congleton lends a hand with production, while Grammy winner Bobby Sparks and Midlake's MacKenzie Smith are among the guest performers.

Listen to "Surgeon"

SuperHeavy September 20

What do you get when you mix rock legend Mick Jagger, singer Joss Stone, producer and former Eurythmics member Dave Stewart, reggae artist Damian Marley, and Indian film composer A. R. Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire)? Either the world's worst basketball team, or a new supergroup. Indeed, it's the latter, and, billing themselves as SuperHeavy, they plan to release their self-titled debut album in September. As befitting their diverse backgrounds, the group's new record (whittled down to 16 tracks after they recorded 35 hours of music) will showcase a wide range of musical styles. You can even catch Jagger singing in Urdu on one of them.

Listen to "Satyameva Jayathe"

AlbumTom Waits
Bad As Me October 25

The legendary Tom Waits is always doing something, whether it is recording, touring, writing, or even acting, so it comes as a bit of a surprise to realize that he hasn't released an album of new material since 2004's Real Gone 78. But the Waits wait ends in October; his new album, Bad As Me, contains 13 new songs (and another 3 in the deluxe version), co-produced as usual with his wife Kathleen Brennan. If it lives up to the PR hype, expect one of his most crowd-pleasing albums in at least a decade.

Listen to "Bad As Me"

The Whole Love September 27

The Chicago band's eighth album (following 2009's Grammy-nominated Wilco (The Album) 76), The Whole Love marks the first LP that Wilco are releasing on their own dBpm label. The 12 self-produced tracks (culled from 20 that were recorded) include buzz-generating first single "I Might" and 12-minute closer "One Sunday Morning," while a deluxe edition adds four more songs.

Listen to "I Might"

AlbumWild Flag
Wild Flag September 13

You'll likely see the word "supergroup" used in reviews for Wild Flag's upcoming self-titled debut on Merge, and with good reason. The band's four members—Carrie Brownstein (Sleater-Kinney, Portlandia), Janet Weiss (Quasi, Sleater-Kinney), Mary Timony (Helium), and Rebecca Cole (The Minders)—have played key roles in the indie rock scene over the past few decades. That makes Wild Flag, recorded live (except for vocals), one of this fall's most anticipated albums. Until its release, you can stream the album in its entirety at NPR to decide for yourself whether it lives up to those lofty expectations. (To us, it certainly sounds as good as the sum of its parts, if not better.) An even better idea: catch their strong live show when they hit the road in October.

Listen to "Romance"

Radioactive October 25

Another of hip-hop's rising stars, the 31-year-old Yelawolf (born Michael Wayne Atha) is preparing to release his debut record for Eminem's Shady Records. Radioactive follows last year's Trunk Muzik mixtape and returns WillPower as a producer, but adds many more, possibly including Diplo, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, SupaHot Beats, and Chuck Inglish. And the guest list will definitely include Eminem and Lil Jon, and may also feature one or both members of OutKast, depending on how the final tracklist shakes out.

Listen to "Hard White (Up in the Club) [feat. Lil Jon]"

Young Jeezy
Thug Motivation 103: Hustlerz Ambition September 20

Delayed a good two years (and hopefully not any further; a lack of an album cover or an official tracklist suggests that supposedly firm September 20 date might be overly ambitious), Hustlerz Ambition is Jeezy's third album in his Thug Motivation series, and first since 2006's The Inspiration 70 (a subsequent release, The Recession 72, is not part of the series). Recent single "Shake Life" will definitely have a place on the new album, while the Lil Wayne feature "Ballin'" is also likely to appear.

What do you think?

Which albums are you looking forward to this fall? Let us know in the comments section below.

Comments (8)

  • MarcDoyle  

    I'm also looking forward to Bella Novela's rock opera The Archeress (Oct 14) and Girl in a Coma's Exits and All the Rest (Nov 1).

  • AlmightyMax  

    such a crazy year for music already; looks like it's going to be a very strong finish!

  • entart  

    Bjork and St Vincent

  • cogs27  


  • musicman89  

    are you kidding me? Where the **** is Noel Gallaghers High Flying Birds?? The only people that give a **** about radiohead remixes are deaf.. or at least should be.

  • Twist_of_Cain87  

    Though there isn't a release date, I feel No Doubt's new album should be on the list.

  • smoemeth  

    Melissa Ferrick's new album is coming out on September 13. It's called "Still Right Here". Can't wait.

  • OneSubtleDose  

    Mayyyynaaarddd; where are you killer? Touring with A Perfect Circle isn't a good excuse.

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