SPEED ROUND: 7 Albums Out Now That You Should Spin
  • FRIDAY, MARCH 17, 2017

  • Posted by: Mandi Dudek

Here's another reason to love Fridays: albums are released on this day. Wow, the start of the weekend AND new music to consume? It's almost too good to be true! However, there can be a downside to this - having all of these new albums drop at the same time can be overwhelming. What if you don't have time to sift through all of the junk? What if you miss a good album? Well, that won't be possible because we're here to highlight the spin-worthy records that dropped today.

7. Spoon - Hot Thoughts



Spoon is back with their ninth studio album, Hot Thoughts and it's the first album since 2014's They Want My Soul. It includes the previously released title track, as well as "Can I Sit Next To You" and "If I Ain't The One", which first was heard on the season finale of the TV show Shameless. Frontman, Britt Daniel, will creep into your soul, yet again, with this new release.

6. Frances - Things I've Never Said



Get lost in the emotional debut album, Things I've Never Said, from British vocal powerhouse, Frances. The album is generally piano-based with pop-electronica production throughout and is full of 16-tracks about the ups and downs of relationships. There's something strikingly clean and organic about this album.

5. Real Estate - In Mind



Real Estate dropped their follow-up album to 2014's Atlas and I don't think the New Jersey-based indie-rock outfit can make a bad record. It's the first album since the band lost guitarist, Matt Mondanile, to his Ducktails project, replacing him with Julian Lynch. But you wouldn't even notice a difference as all 11 tracks fit right into Real Estate's previous work. There's some wistful ballads, such as "Serve The Song" and "After The Mood" as well as some stylistic departure tracks like "Holding Pattern."

4. Conor Oberst - Salutations



After Ruminations was released last year, Conor Oberst announced that he would be releasing a new album with a full-band arrangement of those same ten tracks plus seven more. Today, we get to bask in the glory of Salutations from the Omaha-native singer-songwriter. The album is an absolute treat and shows the magic that can happen in a collaboration.

3. Depeche Mode - Spirit



Depeche Mode is still goin' strong and they've just released their 14th studio album and it's a journey into the dark places. Although Spirit was written before the presidential election, it could be the British rockers most politically-charged album. In the opening track, frontman Dave Gahan sings, "We are not there yet, we have not evolved / We have no respect, we have lost control / Were going backwards, ignoring the realities / Going backwards, are you counting up the casualties." An album like this is very much needed right now.

2. Anohni - Paradise



Anohni has released an EP titled Paradise to accompany last year's record HOPELESSNESS. Anohni uses her art as a platform to vocalize both her rage and despair with powerful and politically charged lyrics and an impressive production. The album artwork features nine of the artists, poets and activists that were featured in British vocalists Park Avenue Armory show last year.

1. Milky Chance - Blossom



The German folkatronic duo have released Blossom, the first album since their debut album, Sadnecessary from 2014. As you might recognize their name from their global hit, "Stolen Dance," Milky Chance wanted to prove that they're capable of more unbelievably catchy tunes and they've definitely succeeded with this record. With soft, folky guitar lines and impressive electronic beats, it's nearly impossible to fit them into any category.
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