This Month's Top Albums: May
Words: John Balfe
Every month we cast a glance in the direction of next month's album releases and highlight a few that we deem to be worthy of mention. May will be an interesting time down in your local record store, with releases from Norah Jones, to Keane, to Chris Brown to Sigur Ros ensuring that there'll most likely be something this month to satisfy even the most diverse of musical tastes. Now, on with the list.
Santigold - Master of My Make Believe - 20th April
The second studio album from Santigold will look to build on the momentum created by her first, 2008's Santogold - an album which garnered almost universal rave reviews for the Philadelphia native. Yeah Yeah Yeahs duo Karen O and Nick Zinner, as well as David Sitek of TV on the Radio are among the guests that Santigold has recruited for her sophomore effort.
Norah Jones - Little Broken Hearts - 1st May
Norah Jones' fifth album sees the New Yorker use the services of producer extraordinaire Danger Mouse, a man responsible for some for some of the best work from Gnarls Barkley, The Black Keys and Beck and, according to reports, Jones is looking for a more raw, emotionally charged sound from this record.
Chris Brown - Fortune - 4th May
Chris Brown must retain the services of a pretty good PR team for continuing to flourish in his music career in spite of a criminal past that would cripple the momentum of the vast majority of artists. Fortune is Brown's fifth album and will feature Brown's collaborations with David Guetta, will.i.am and The Underdogs.
Keane - Strangeland - 7th May
English indie-rockers Keane release their first full length album Strangeland on 7th May, their first since 2008's Perfect Symmetry. The band have worked with producer Dan Grech-Marguerat on this record and have said that they're hoping to return to the songwriting of their first two albums - their most successful. Will they be successful? Not long to wait until we find out.
Sigur Ros - Valtari - 28th May
After a brief hiatus Sigur Ros return with their sixth album (and first since 2008) Valtari. A four year gap is the longest time between albums for the Icelandic band, but fans of them were somewhat placated by bandleader Jonsi's solo album Go in 2010. Sigur Ros are one of the main attractions at this year's Electric Picnic, so this album is a must for anyone who's planning on attending the festival.
Story by EI Team | 09:00 | Tuesday 17th April 2012 | Music
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