This Month's Top Albums - October
With dozens of records released each and every month it's getting harder and harder to judge what's going to be a hit and what's going to be, well, shit. Once a month we attempt to thumb through the upcoming releases list and pick a couple that we think might stand out from the others. October isn't traditionally a big month for album releases, with Muse and Calvin Harris being two of the select few major artists releasing new material this month. Have a gander below for our thoughts.
Damien Dempsey - Almighty Love - Out Now
Almighty Love is Damo's first album since 2008's The Rocky Road. Dempsey had an extraordinarily productive middle part of the 2000's, releasing four records in five years, so it remains to be seen if the gap between albums will produce a more reflectful version of the bombastic signer that some of us have grown to love or if his best days are behind him.
Muse - The 2nd Law - Out Now
Nobody really noticed it happen (we didn't, anyway) but Muse have slowly but surely developed into one of the world's biggest bands and a bona-fide and proven concert draw worldwide. The 2nd Law is their sixth studio album and, with their profile currently surging thanks to their association with the 2012 Summer Olympics, this album could see the Devonshire act grow even more popular.
Ellie Goulding - Halcyon - 8th October
Ellie Goulding released her debut album Lights in 2010 to almost universal praise but, as time has so often proven; the second album is a whole other kettle of fish. The album's first cut 'Hanging On' features Tinie Tempah in a supporting role and was heard during the summer, suggesting a a more polished and collaborative approach than the first record.
will.i.am - #willpower - 15th October
The former Black Eyed Pea has kept himself very busy since his band's indefinite hiatus was announced last year (he features in production credits for three other albums set for release this month, as well as his own). The guts of this, his fourth solo record, was worked on during the production of the most recent Black Eyed Peas album. The title, hashtag and all, is awfully hip but at least it's better than the record's provisional title - Black Einstein.
Calvin Harris - 18 Months - 29th October
This is the third studio album from Scottish DJ Harris and features collaborations with Florence Welch, Example, Ne-Yo, Rihanna and Kelis (among others) showing just how many esteemed figures in the music world are tripping over themselves to work with him. It's a pretty safe bet that 18 Months will have the same sort of impact that its predecessors I Created Disco and, especially, Ready For The Weekend had.
Story by John Balfe | 13:14 | Wednesday 3rd October 2012 | Music News
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