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hmv.com previews... 2017's Best Albums - Veterans
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hmv.com previews... 2017's Best Albums - Veterans

Over the next 10 days we'll be previewing 100 of the best albums you can expect to hear in 2017. Most will come out, some inevitably won't, but they are all worth getting excited about. 

We continue today with the veterans...

 

Depeche Mode

 

A little background…

It’s been four years since Depeche Mode unveiled Delta Machine and undertook an extensive world tour in support of it. Now they’re back again with a new album and another worldwide stadium tour locked and loaded...

 

Any titles yet?

It certainly has and it’s going to be called Spirit.

 

Have they got a producer on board?

They’ve hooked up with James Ford, the man produced AM for Arctic Monkeys and What Went Down for Foals. He knows how to make a hit or two.

 

Any special guests?

None that know about thus far

 

What can we expect and when can we expect it?

More enormous electronica with stadium-sized soundscapes, expect it in Spring 2017.

 
 
 
 

Ryan Adams

 

A little background….

In the time between the release of his 2015 self-titled album Ryan Adams has kept himself typically busy. As well as finding time to produce Jenny Lewis’s 2015 album Voyager, he also covered Taylor Swift’s 2014 album 1989 in its entirety and released that at the end of 2015. Since then he’s been back in the studio working on what will be his 16th album.

 

Any titles yet?

Yes indeed, the album is going to be called Prisoner.

 

Have they got a producer on board?

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.

 

Any special guests?

None.

 

What can we expect and when can we expect it?

The last two years have also seen Adams split from wife Mandy Moore so you might expect that to be a theme on this album, he’s also been talking up influences from AC/DC and ELO, so expect some big choruses. It’ll be with us on February 17th and you can pre-order it here.

 
 
 

Bruce Springsteen

 

A little background….

2016 has seen The Boss largely focusing on his long-awaited autobiography Born To Run and an extensive promo tour in support of it, but a new album is on the way too and will most likely be with us next year.

 

Any titles yet?

Not so far.

 

Have they got a producer on board?

There’s no word on that so far.

 

Any special guests?

The opposite, the talk is that this is a very much a solo record as opposed to his albums with The E Street Band.

 

What can we expect and when can we expect it?

A solo album, but not an acoustic record, according to Springsteen’s manager Jon Landau he’s written a “very rich and very expansive record”, which should be interesting. Springsteen himself has said that the record is done, but has been put on hold while he promotes his book and re-issues of The River and Born To Run. As for release date, no idea, but the plan is very much for it to be with us in 2017.

 
 
 
 

The Flaming Lips

 

A little background….

The four years between the perennial experimentalists last album The Terror have seen them pursue a multitude of other projects. They released a full album of Beatles covers, backed Miley Cyrus for her Dead Petz album and played a series of ever more lavish live shows. 2017 will bring a brand new album though.

 

Any titles yet?

It has, it’s called Oczy Mlody.

 

Have they got a producer on board?

Dave Fridmann, the band’s regular producer, is at the controls once again.

 

Any special guests?

Not as far as we know...

 

What can we expect and when can we expect it?

With titles like 'There Should Be Unicorns', 'Listening To The Frogs With Demon Eyes' and 'One Night While Hunting for Faeries and Witches and Wizards to Kill' we think it’s safe to say that the band haven’t lost their flair for the bizarre and fantastical. The album will be with us on January 13th and is available to pre-order on the right-hand side of the page. 

 
 
 

Deep Purple

 

A little background….

Rock veterans Deep Purple will return with a brand new album in 2017, the 20th of their 49-year long career.

 

Any titles yet?

It’s been given the title of Infinite.

 

Have they got a producer on board?

Bob Ezrin, who has also produced Alice Cooper, Kiss and Rod Stewart, has produced the record.

 

Any special guests?

None are confirmed thus far.

 

What can we expect and when can we expect it?

It’s out April 7th and has been heavily influenced by Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History Of Time. They might be approaching their 50th anniversary, but their ambition remains undimmed.

 
 
 
 

Spiritualized

 

A little background….

Iconic psychedelic rockers Spiritualized celebrated the 20th anniversary of their seminal album Ladies And Gentlemen We Floating In Space with a pair of shows and a lavish re-issue last month, despite the fact that the actual anniversary isn’t until 2017. Why? Because they want to clear their way for a brand new album.

 

Any titles yet?

Not so far.

 

Have they got a producer on board?

Youth, who has also produced The Jesus And Mary Chain’s comeback album, has been working with the band on this album.

 

Any special guests?

None that we know about thus far.

 

What can we expect and when can we expect it?

More swirling psychedelia and powerful grooves. As for release date, there’s no word on that, Spiritualized mainman Jason Pierce doesn’t rush anything. But the fact that they moved the reissue of their biggest record forward by a full year suggests that the new album can’t be far away...

 
 
 

Brian Eno

 

A little background….

Eno might be approaching his 70th birthday, but the producer shows no sign of slowing down. His 2016 album The Ship, his first with vocals since 2005, has been a critical hit and he’s already onto the next project. The Ship had four tracks, his new LP, believe it or not, has a lot less than that...

 

Any titles yet?

It’s called Reflection, it has one track, which is also called Reflection, a track which is 54 minutes long.

 

Have they got a producer on board?

He’s handled that himself.

 

Any special guests?

None.

 

What can we expect and when can we expect it?

A track that twists and turns and goes down many different paths. It is released on December 30th, technically that’s 2016, but it’ll take you most of 2017 to get into the detail of this ambitious project. You can pre-order it here.

 

 
 

Mike Oldfield

 

A little background….

The Tubular Bells man will return in 2017 with his 26th studio album and he’s looking back once again.

 

Any titles yet?

It’s named Return To Ommadawn, it is a sequel to his 1975 third album OmmaDawn.

 

Have they got a producer on board?

Oldfield is at the controls himself.

 

Any special guests?

None, Oldfield has been at pains to point out that this is an entirely solo work.

 

What can we expect and when can we expect it?

Two songs, 'Return to Ommadawn (Part One)' and 'Return to Ommadawn (Part Two)', more proggy delights from Oldfield. It’s out January 20th and available to pre-order here.

 
 

 

Blondie

 

A little background….

Blondie’s 2014 album Ghosts Of Download was released alongside a lavish ‘Greatest Hits’ package and a lengthy tour in support of the album followed. They’ve been quiet in the last couple of years, but that’s because they’ve got straight back to work on a new album...

 

Any titles yet?

Not so far.

 

Have they got a producer on board?

They have. John Congleton, who has just worked on Nelly Furtado’s new album The Ride, and with St Vincent in the past, is in the studio with the band.

 

Any special guests?

Lots, both Charli XCX and Johnny Marr have written tracks for the album and there will be a guest appearance from Sia.

 

What can we expect and when can we expect it?

The last update we got was in the summer and the band’s guitarist Chris Stein said that the album was all finished except for Debbie Harry’s vocals, so expect it some time in 2017.

 
 

 

U2

 

A little background….

After the difficult reaction to the release of their 2014 album Songs Of Innocence U2 haven’t wasted much time in getting back to work and have confirmed that a new album and big tour are on the docket for 2017.

 

Any titles yet?

It’s going to be called Songs Of Experience.

 

Have they got a producer on board?

They have, the band have been in the studio with Brian Eno and OneRepublic man Ryan Tedder, you’d suspect Tedder might handle the singles...

 

Any special guests?

None that we know about.

 

What can we expect and when can we expect it?

In interviews Bono has said it will be a very political record, even going as far as saying it would rival 1983’s War for its fire and ire, while The Edge has compared its sound to the band’s 1993 experimental album Zooropa.


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