January 24, 2017

hmv.com previews... 10 of February's Best Albums
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by Tom Goodwyn

hmv London; 24/01/2017

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hmv.com previews... 10 of February's Best Albums

hmv.com previews 10 of the most exciting albums that will be hitting shelves in February....

You can pre-order each of them by clicking on the relevant buy button.

Little Fictions

Elbow - Little Fictions

Out February 3rd

Guy Garvey and co. return with their seventh studio album next month, an album produced by the band's own Craig Potter and which sees them collaborate with The Hallé Orchestra, the Hallé Ancoats Community Choir, members of London Contemporary Voices and session drummer Alex Reeves.

Reeves, who has worked with Bat For Lashes and on frontman Guy Garvey's solo album, has replaced longtime drummer Richard Jupp who left at the start of 2016.

Human

Rag 'n' Bone Man - Human

Out February 10th

The Brits Critics’ Choice winner unveils his debut studio album next month, a collection of soulful cuts with swirling strings and enormous choruses.

To get the record together he’s worked with Mark Crew, the man who helped Bastille move out of the bedroom and into arenas, and Two Inch Punch, who has worked with Years & Years and Jessie Ware.

 

Prisoner

Ryan Adams - Prisoner

Out February 17th

After going self-titled back in 2015 this time Ryan Adams goes to jail with his new album Prisoner.

After the quiet contemplation of his self-titled LP, this is a louder, brasher record taking in influences from AC/DC and ELO.

Adams handled the majority of the production himself, but he enlisted the help of Rolling Stones producer Don Was to cut down the 80 songs he’d written to a more manageable 12.

It’s his first album since his split from wife Mandy Moore so expect a fair few heartbreakers (he’s got form in that department…)

Safe in Sound

Lower Than Atlantis - Safe In Sound

Out February 3rd

Mike Duce and the gang drop their fifth studio LP next month, their second for Sony and their second recorded in their home studio in Watford with frequent collaborator Dan Lancaster.

This record sees the band embrace a cleaner, lighter sound, as shown on singles ‘Had Enough’ and ‘Dumb’.

 

Only When We're Naked

Zak Abel - Only When We’re Naked

Out February 3rd

Much like Atlantic Records labelmate Jess Glynne, Zak Abel has arrived in public consciousness through a series of collaborations, first with Gorgon City, then with Avicii and more recently with producer Wookie.

Next month he unveils his solo debut, an album of blissed-out soul that features a collaboration with Wretch 32.

 

Shock Machine

Shock Machine - Shock Machine

Out February 17th

James Righton, once one-third of Klaxons, presents the debut album from his new and very psychedelic solo project.

Snowdonia

Surfer Blood - Snowdonia

Out February 3rd

Florida indie rockers Surfer Blood have had a rotten couple of years. Their founding guitarist Thomas Fekete, who had departed the band to get treatment for sarcoma, a rare form of cancer, after completing work on their 2015 album 1000 Palms, sadly succumbed to the disease earlier this year, leaving them utterly broken-hearted.

After taking some time to grieve and regroup the band - who now have a new bassist in Lindsey Mills, adding female vocals to their mix - headed into the studio and have come out with a brand new LP, a tribute to Fekete.

Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin'

Kid Cudi - Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin'

Out February 17th

The rapper, who has been through a tough time lately with a spell in rehab for depression and suicidal urges, channels his frustrations into a brand new album.

To help him on this his sixth studio album, Cudi calls on production from Dot da Genius, Mike Dean, Mike Will Made It, Anthony Kilhoffer and Plain Pat, along with guest appearances from André 3000, Travis Scott, Pharrell Williams and Willow Smith.

Life & Livin' It

Sinkane - Life & Livin' It

Out February 10th

The musical polymath follows up 2014’s critically acclaimed Mean Love with a more soulful collection, this time recorded at Sonic Ranch Studios in El Paso, Texas.

 

Under Stars

Amy Macdonald - Under Stars

Out February 17th

The big-selling singer-songwriter McDonald unveils her first studio album in over five years.

The singer has worked on the album with Cam Blackwood, who has worked with both George Ezra and Florence and The Machine in the past, as well as production duo My Riot, who have worked closely in the past with London Grammar and Birdy.