It’s a new year, which means new upcoming albums from the bands and artists we know and love.
2017 looks like it’ll be a big year for music already, and it’s hardly even started yet. Music might be the only thing stopping 2017 from being as soul destroying as 2016 was – I mean, it probably won’t be that bad, but I suppose we’ll find out.
The XX, I See You – Jan 13th
I See You will be the XX’s 3rd studio album. The indie pop trio have struck a note with their audience over the years – gaining success where they thought they wouldn’t find it with their first self-titled debut album- released in 2009. They’re aiming for a completely new sound with I See You, whilst still holding true to the style that got them where they are today.
Mike Oldfield, Return to Ommadawn – Jan 20th
In the 70s, Oldfield became a household name after Virgin Records launched with his insanely popular 1973 album, Tubular Bells. It was the first of its kind- an experimental multi-layered vinyl, which captured the ears of people across the world. Return to Ommadawn is his 26th studio album, and is intended to be an extremely late musical sequel to his 3rd album, Ommadawn.
Elbow, Little Fictions – Feb 3rd
The Mancunian band’s 7th album is set to drop next month, following the release of their single, ‘Magnificent (She Says)’. They’ve approached this album with a different set of musical values, the frontman Guy Garvey claiming that it’s much more ‘beat heavy’ than anything they’ve previously released.
Marilyn Manson, SAY10 – Feb 14th
SAY10 will be Manson’s 10th studio album, but he claims that the title is likely to change upon its Valentine’s Day release. Controversial as always, a short teaser clip to promote the album has caused a bit of unrest- it includes Manson pulling pages out of a bible and a decapitated figure that has many similarities to Donald Trump. Ah well, can’t please everyone I suppose.
Take That, Wonderland – March 17th
If your mum’s birthday is in March- this album will be the perfect gift, no thought needed. Wonderland will be the boys 8th studio album, and I know you’ll all be disappointed to hear that good old Robbie didn’t take part in its recording. It’s the lads’ 25th anniversary this year, so go and give them some love.
To Be Announced
Some albums don’t even have a hint of a release date yet, so keep your eyes peeled for more information:
Fergie: Double Duchess – Former Black Eyed Peas frontwoman, Fergie, has kept her fans holding on with baited breath for her 3rd album. She squashed rumours that it was to be released in 2016 by announcing that it should be released in early 2017- but nothing has been confirmed yet.
Depeche Mode: ‘Spirit’
Ed Sheeran: ‘Divide’
U2: ‘Songs of Experience’ (here’s hoping that they don’t drop this one onto everyone’s iTunes for free again)
Bands rumoured to be releasing new material include: Gorillaz, Fleetwood Mac, Liam Gallagher and Papa Roach.
Watch this space for updates and confirmation of more album releases!