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hmv.com presents… 70 Albums to get you excited for 2016! #3 Returning Heroes
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hmv.com presents… 70 Albums to get you excited for 2016! #3 Returning Heroes

2015 was a brilliant year for albums, but 2016 is going to be even better and we're going to prove it. Over the seven days we're going to be previewing 70 albums, most will definitely come out, some probably will, and some we really hope finally see the light of day (we’re looking at you Tool…). 

We continue today with some returning heroes...

 

Suede

 

A little background…

This is the second album since the Britpop veterans reformed back in 2010 and the seventh of their career overall.

 

What's it called?

Night Thoughts. Suitably bleak….

 

Any radical changes in sound planned?

Nope. This is the grandiose, ambitious indie rock that Suede have made their own.

 

Who's producing it? Any big-name guests?

Ed Bulller, who has worked with the band throughout their career, is back behind the controls.

 

Will it really come out this year? And when?

Oh for sure, it’ll be with us on January 22nd. 

 

 

The Coral

 

A little background…

The Liverpudlian psych rockers went on indefinite hiatus back in 2012, but they’re now back and have a new LP, the eighth of their career, due out in March. They’ve lost guitarist Lee Southall, but gained former Zuton Paul Malloy in his place.

 

What's it called?

It’s been given the title Distance Inbetween.

 

Any radical changes in sound planned?

We’ve not heard any new songs yet, but the three album trailers hint at a heavier sound, a sound still drenched in psychedelia mind...

 

Who's producing it? Any big-name guests?

Richard Turvey has co-produced the record alongside the band themselves.

 

Will it really come out this year? And when?

It certainly will, it’ll be with us on March 4th...

 


Gorillaz

 

A little background…

There was a point not so long ago where it looked like we’d never get another Gorillaz album, mainmen Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett had fallen out and it looked like we’d never get another LP. But now they’ve patched things up and are hard at work on the follow-up to 2010’s Plastic Beach..

 

What's it called?

No word on that yet.

 

Any radical changes in sound planned?

Swaggering basslines, big goofy visuals, that’s what we’re expecting anyway…

 

Who's producing it? Any big-name guests?

Every Gorillaz record features a lot of special guests, they’ve had De La Soul, Mark E. Smith, Lou Reed and many more in the past, but we’ve got no details as yet.

 

Will it really come out this year? And when?

Damon Albarn has continued working at his usual furious pace, so as well as this there’s also a new record from The Good, The Bad And The Queen on the way, but we’d say it’s likely to come out later this year...

 

 

Green Day

 

A little background…

Last time Green Day came back with new music it was in the form of three new studio albums, this time it’ll probably be a bit shorter.

 

What's it called?

No word on that so far.

 

Any radical changes in sound planned?

Green Day’s three members are all involved in plenty of side projects so they tend to keep things pretty consistent in the band. That’s unlikely to change for their next LP.

 

Who's producing it? Any big-name guests?

Rob Cavallo, the man who’s produced almost every song in Green Day’s entire career, is back with the band once again.

 

Will it really come out this year? And when?

It’s probable, but it’ll likely be later in the year.

 


The Last Shadow Puppets

 

A little background…

Alex Turner and Miles Kane have taken their sweet time recording a follow-up to 2008’s The Age Of The Understatement, but those pesky Arctic Monkeys did get in the way. In any case a follow-up is recorded and will be with us next year.

 

What's it called?

No clue on that yet.

 

Any radical changes in sound planned?

Nope, lush orchestrations, big, powerful melodies, that’s more than likely what we’re in store for.

 

Who's producing it? Any big-name guests?

James Ford, who produced the pair’s debut and the Arctic Monkeys’ all-conquering fifth album AM, is back with the duo for their follow-up.

 

Will it really come out this year? And when?

For sure, it’s due for release in the spring time.

 

 


Crystal Castles

 

A little background…

In the middle of 2014 it looked like Crystal Castles had come to a complete stop after vocalist Alice Glass announced that she was leaving the duo. But, quickly in the days after multi-instrumentalist Ethan Kath made it clear that he would be continuing with the project and a few months later announced the addition of new vocalist Edith Francis. Since then several new tracks have emerged and it all points to a new album next year...

 

What's it called?

Given the first three records have been called Crystal Castles, II and III, you can probably guess where they’ll go next. But then this is a new Crystal Castles...

 

Any radical changes in sound planned?

Obviously we’ve not got Glass’s voice anymore, but instrumentally the new tracks are cut from exactly the same cloth as the band’s earlier material.

 

Who's producing it? Any big-name guests?

This will be Ethan Kath’s baby, so guests and no outside help.

 

Will it really come out this year? And when?

There’s no date yet, but all the signs point that way.

 


Tool

 

A little background…

Next year it will have a decade since Tool released their last studio album 10,000 Days, in between times the band have fought off a nasty lawsuit and gotten involved in lots of side projects, but there’s still no new album. Will 2016 change that?

 

What's it called?

Your guess is as good as ours.

 

Any radical changes in sound planned?

Tool are a law unto themselves, all we’ll say is it will be full of the same boundless sonic ambition, whatever form that ends up taking.

 

Who's producing it? Any big-name guests?

The band will most likely be self-producing, they certainly did last time, but as we said, that was a long time ago...

 

Will it really come out this year? And when?

No one really knows. But the band have confirmed that they’ll be touring again, that’s got to be a good sign right?

 

 

Brand New

 

A little background…

Beloved alt rockers Brand New’s last studio album was released in 2009, normally leaving such a long gap between new LPs would be suicide, but Brand New’s fanbase is one of the loyalist in the game, to the extent that they were able to fill Alexandra Palace earlier this year with only a free download to excite people.

That said this loyalist of fanbases are still gagging for a new album and they made well get it in 2016...

 

What's it called?

No word on this yet.

 

Any radical changes in sound planned?

‘Mene’, the track given away as a free download earlier this year, suggests the band have kept to the raw, angry rock that was all over Daisy. But that’s just one small preview...

 

Who's producing it? Any big-name guests?

The band are back working with Mike Sapone who produced Daisy.

 

Will it really come out this year? And when?

There are no guarantees with Brand New, but all the signs are positive ones.

 

 

Soundgarden

 

A little background…

After unveiling their first album in 16 years with 2012’s King Animal, Soundgarden are now recording their second one and it’s look like it’ll be with us this year.

 

What's it called?

No word on that as yet.

 

Any radical changes in sound planned?

Nah, it’ll be classic big thundering rock and roll Soundgarden do better than anyone.

 

Who's producing it? Any big-name guests?

The band worked with Adam Kasper last time and haven’t ruled out working with him again, that’s as much as we know.

 

Will it really come out this year? And when?

Could go either way, but if it does it’ll be later this year.

 

Simple Plan

 

A little background…

The Canadian pop punks are back with their first studio album in five years.

 

What's it called?

It’s been christened Taking One For The Team.

 

Any radical changes in sound planned?

Nope, all the songs we’ve heard so far are huge slices of catchy pop punk.

 

Who's producing it? Any big-name guests?

Howard Benson, one of the best men at big American radio rock, is at the controls.

As for special guests? They’ve got only gone and got Nelly!

 

Will it really come out this year? And when?

Indeed, it’s due out on February 19th.

 

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