This past summer has seen some great releases from artists all over the musical spectrum, such as Jack White, Judas Priest, and Sia. Though it's almost time to say goodbye to endless summer days, there's still some great music to look forward to this fall. Some are welcome comebacks from seasoned artists, while others are highly anticipated solo outings. Whether you're excited for the next album by your favorite band or are looking forward to delving into some new music, here are the most anticipated albums of fall.
“Wicked Nature” - The Vines (September 2)
Australian rockers The Vines are back and ready to tear it up. They are marking their return with a double album and a new line up. After the release of 2011's “Future Primitive” the band's own future looked uncertain as both Ryan Griffths and Hamish Rosser left the group. Brad Heald also left the band in 2012 leaving frontman Craig Nicholls the sole original member. Rather than calling it quits and pursuing other projects, Nicholls recruited Lachlan West and Tim John to give their fans the psychedelic, energetic, and chaotic music they've been missing. Taking their past material into account, the upcoming release is sure to be raw, honest, and vibrant.
“V” - Maroon 5 (September 2)
In between filming movies and judging contestants on “The Voice,” Adam Levine has found some time to record a new Maroon 5 album. If you couldn't tell from the album's title, it's the band's fifth release and one that sees the return of keyboardist Jesse Carmichael, who was absent for 2012's “Overexposed.” While the complete tracklist has yet to be revealed, several songs have been confirmed for the LP: “Maps,” “Animals,” “Feelings,” and “My Heart is Open” featuring Gwen Stefani of No Doubt. Hopefully, this release will be more promising than their previous effort.
“El Pintor” - Interpol (September 9)
There have been some changes since Interpol released their self-titled album in 2010. For starters, bassist Carlos Dengler left the band shortly after the completion of their last LP and the band went on hiatus in 2011. Ready to start making music again, they will release their fifth album this fall. Paul Banks will be taking over Dengler's role while touring member Brandon Curtis is taking over keyboard duties on most of the new tracks. With guest appearances from Roger Joesph Manning Jr and Rob Moose of Bon Iver, it's sure to be one of the most anticipated and talked about albums of the year.
“Crush Songs” - Karen O (September 9)
The charismatic frontwoman of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs is setting out on her own this fall. Though she has contributed her vocals to several other projects, this will be her first solo album. Interestingly enough, the LP will be released via Julian Casablanca's label Cult. In a note posted on her website, Karen O talks about where the inspiration for the songs came from: “When I was 27 I was crushed a lot. I wasn't sure I'd ever fall in love again. These songs were written and recorded in private around this time. They are the soundtrack to what was an ever continuing LOVE CRUSADE. I hope they keep you company on yours.” Considering the success she's had with her band, her solo album will not disappoint.
“Lullaby and...The Ceaseless Roar” - Robert Plant (September 9)
Aside from fronting one of the best bands in music history, Robert Plant has had a successful solo career. He is sure to cement this statement with his upcoming tenth solo album in September. This record will also be his first with his new band the Sensational Space Shifters. Plant described the record as “powerful, gritty, African, Trance meets Zep.” Considering his other successful musical endeavors, this release should be a good one.
“Everything Will Be Alright in the End” - Weezer (September 30)
Though they've released some hit or miss albums in the past few years, Weezer seems back on track for their upcoming LP. Featuring the nostalgic single “Back to the Shack,” the band returns to the formula that made them alternative rock darlings. This being the third album of theirs produced by Ric Ocasek of The Cars, the upcoming release is said to be a mix of songs that reflect where the band came from along with tracks that find them expanding their sound. Hopefully, Weezer will get their stride back with this LP.
“The Endless River” - Pink Floyd (October)
Who would've guessed that one of music's most notable and timeless bands would release new music this year? When Pink Floyd announced earlier this month they would be releasing their fifteenth studio album in October, fans of all ages went wild. Not only is it their first album in twenty years, their last was 1994's “The Division Bell,” it's also their first record since the death of keyboardist Richard Wright. The material found on the upcoming release is mostly instrumental and is based on unreleased tracks the band produced with Wright during sessions for their 1994 LP. One could only hope the band will head on tour to celebrate this album's release.
“Primus and the Chocolate Factory” - Primus (October 21)
Though the eclectic band has been steadily releasing music throughout their career, their upcoming album is something truly special. Not only is it an ode to the 1971 film “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory,” it also marks the return of drummer Tim Alexander. Alexander left the band in 1996 only to return behind the kit in 2003 where he lasted until 2009. This time around, the band covers the Wonka film soundtrack in its entirety. For anyone who wanted to hear an experimental, psychedelic take on “The Wondrous Boat Ride” now is your chance.
“POET” - Angels & Airwaves (October 31)
Fans hoping for a new Blink-182 album this year will have to wait a little longer. Ever since the 2004 hiatus of the band, Tom Delonge has been working hard on Angels & Airwaves. He's taken on many ambitious projects, including a film for their 2011 effort “Love.” Delonge will keep the atmospheric music and ethereal vibes going on the band's fifth album “POET,” which will be released in October, just in time for Halloween. Speaking about the upcoming release with Alter The Press! Delonge says “There are things that will never change, like my melodic sensibility and the way that I write. But the song structures, arrangements, chord progressions and tonalities have all changed radically.” A movie for the new album is also supposed to be in the works.
“TBA” - Foo Fighters (November)
Fans have been craving new music from Foo Fighters after the success of their 2011 effort “Wasting Light.” Rumors of a new album circulated when Dave Grohl was spotted in Chicago earlier this year. He later confirmed he was in the city to record new music for the band. Not many details are known about the album, but Grohl said he hoped to have it out on November to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the band. Making this their eighth LP, it's looking to be one of the most talked about releases of the year and no one has even heard a single track from it.
“4:14 Scream” – The Cure (TBA)
There's no doubt The Cure have had a long and illustrious career. Even though they began in the late '70s and found great success during the '80s, younger generations are still discovering the band and liking what they hear. Though Robert Smith and crew are still together, fans began to wonder if they would ever do new music again since their last studio album, “4:13 Dream” was released in 2008. Smith put those fears to rest when he announced early in the year new material would be released from the band. Under the tentative title “4:14 Scream” it'll have songs that were not included on the band's last LP. Smith originally said it would come out sometime this year, but there have been no further updates. Hopefully, we'll hear some news by the time they come to Chicago for Riot Fest.
“Queen Forever” - Queen (TBA)
Queen albums feel like a dime a dozen now, but what makes this one so exciting is it features tracks that have Freddie Mercury on vocals. These are recordings the band had initially forgotten about and are currently preparing them for public release. This will be Queen's first release featuring the original frontman since the 1997 single “No-One but You (Only the Good Die Young).” Brian May has stated the album will come out later this year, further details have yet to be disclosed. Though it's been rumored that the song Mercury recorded with Michael Jackson will be featured on the record, there has been no confirmation. Guess we'll have to wait and see.