||DANCING ABOUT ARCHITECTURE Annual September collection
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The release day of the week ( now Friday ) may have changed along with the rest of the music industry, but one thing remains chronologically constant in our world, and that is September being an amazing month for new albums. Traditionally tied in with back-to-school and to give artists enough time to promote for the holiday buying months, September is usually when labels release their big guns that were too cool for summer, but not cool enough for the post-Christmas chill. Let's take a look at some of the more anticipated releases hitting your inbox next month.
September 4 sees alternative icons Public Image Limited, Tommy Keene and Sebadoh's Lou Barlow all regrouping after some time off. However, what's really got this columnist hot and bothered are two upcoming releases by '80s icons. Norwegian band a-ha ( after their premature retirement six years ago ) will release their comeback, Cast in Steel. Expectations are high, but guarded on the heels of three of the best records of their careers before the split, but the lackluster new single doesn't bode well, as their strongest songs are usually first singles. Same goes for Prince, who's dropping The Hit & Run Album exclusively on Tidal the following Monday. No sign of a physical release or anything related to last year's re-signing with Warner Brothers, but as any Prince fan is, we're hopeful that this is the funky Prince album we've been waiting for.
September 11, also known as Mariah Carey's Glitterversary, brings us anticipated new albums by Tamar Braxton ( her last, Love & War, surprised many ), UK soul princess Leona Lewis, and hip-hop queen Angel Haze, plus more releases by '90s bretheren ( Ben Folds, Stereophonics ). Again though, it's the '80s comebacks that have our attention. After another well-done comeback, Duran Duran isn't mis-stepping into hip-hop/electronic again ( that's killed them a few times ), but following up a Mark Ronson-produced gem with a Nile Rodgers-produced gem. Rodgers produced their Notorious album and Duran Duran is his favorite band ever, so expect big, funky things.
September 18 is an embarrassment of riches with double the releases of previous weeks, including new ones by Glen Hansard ( Once, The Frames ), ZZ Ward, actress/singer Katharine McPhee, grunge gods Chris Cornell and The Toadies ( not together ) and favorite Lana Del Ray, who has some making up to do after her last album failed to catch on with her pop fans. Those who like their music a bit more queer should run out ( or stay in ) and get great new albums by chilled, electronic weirdos Cocorosie ( good pacifier if you miss Bjork ) and Brooklyn duo PWR BTTM, who, after two great singles, remind us a bit of Camper Van Beethoven and The Dead Milkmen, so that's a good thing for gays who rock.
Finally, September 25 brings some predictability: the obligatory covers album by Shawn Colvin; the throwback-to-your-roots obligatory country album by Don Henley, and the oh-look-it's-Sam-Smith-again release by dance superstars Disclosure. For a little excitement, look to New Order and their new album, Music Complete. They might be getting better with time ( see Duran and OMD ), and without bassist Peter Cook. Or kick it up a notch with the always unpredictable Peaches who never, ever lets us down. Like her contemporary, Goldfrapp, you don't know what to expect or when to expect it but you can count on one thing: quality.
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