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

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 10 artists planning comebacks...

 

Gorillaz

 

A little background….

When we get into 2017 it will have been a cool six years since we last enjoyed a new album from Gorillaz, but with Damon Albarn having well and truly scratched his Blur itch and made up with Jamie Hewlett after their 2012 fall out, the pair now back at work on a follow-up to their 2011 album The Fall...

 

Any titles yet?

Nothing is confirmed so far.

 

Have they got a producer on board?

Like their previous two LPs, Albarn will be at the controls.

 

Any special guests?

Lots and lots. We know the band have been in the studio with Chase and Status collaborator Liam Bailey, electro pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre, rapper Vic Mensa and Massive Attack. Expect an album full of great guests.

 

What can we expect and when can we expect it?

Grooves for days, low slung basslines and quirky electronics with some big-name collaborators. As for when, we’re not sure, but both Albarn and Hewlett have said it will be with us in 2017.

 
 
 

Liam Gallagher

 

A little background….

Having said in no uncertain terms that he’d never follow his brother and go solo, Liam Gallagher changed his mind in 2016 and inked a big money deal with Warner Brothers for a solo career. He’s now working away on his debut, it won’t be boring, that’s for sure...

 

Any titles yet?

Nope.

 

Have they got a producer on board?

Gallagher has been working with Snow Patrol man Johnny McDaid (this tweet must have taken a bit of explaining..) as well as Brendan Benson.

 

Any special guests?

Nothing’s confirmed so far, but Liam knows a few famous types so expect at least one cameo, though it’s not likely to be his older brother...

 

What can we expect and when can we expect it?

He’s promised high octane rock n’roll and we have no reason to disbelieve him. He’s booked for a couple of festivals already so expect an album for the summer.

 
 
 
 

Nine Inch Nails

 

A little background….

Trent Reznor has said that Nine Inch Nails would return in 2016, unfortunately he’s missed that deadline, but here’s to 2017 and the promise of a follow-up to 2013’s Hesitation Marks.

What’s stopped him? Well he and Atticus Ross scored a new short film for Nasa and environmental documentary Before The Flood. As well as this, he and guitarist Robin Finck have also filmed small parts in the new revival of Twin Peaks.

 

Any titles yet?

Not as yet.

 

Have they got a producer on board?

Reznor handles production duties himself, usually with help from Alan Moulder and Atticus Ross, no confirmation on that for this album though.

 

Any special guests?

Nothing to say on this so far.

 

What can we expect and when can we expect it?

More dark, powerful, pulsing electronica. No idea on release date, Reznor is a perfectionist, we’ll get this when it’s ready, but we hope that’s next year.

 
 
 

The Jesus & Mary Chain

 

A little background….

Even though the band lasted for 16 years it always felt like Scottish psychedelic upstarts The Jesus and Mary Chain were barely holding it together. Their gigs were always chaotic affairs, usually lasting less than half an hour and often ending in the band physically assaulting each other. Eventually it all tumbled to an end in 1999, but the band have reformed since then and enjoyed success taking their old hits out on the road. Now in 2017 we’ll get the first new album from the band since 1998’s Munki...

 

Any titles yet?

It’s named Damage and Joy, sums the band up rather nicely.

 

Have they got a producer on board?

Youth, or Martin Glover as he’s formally known. A full-time member of Killing Joke he’s also a big-name producer, most famously on The Verve’s rather successful LP Urban Hymns.

 

Any special guests?

Nope.

 

What can we expect and when can we expect it?

Feedback drenched, embittered rock and roll with an undeniable groove. It’s out March 24th and you can pre-order it here.

 
 
 

The Stone Roses

 

A little background….

For the first time in over 20 years we were treated to some new material from The Stone Roses this year with the release of new singles 'All For One' and 'Beautiful Thing', will an album follow in 2017? We bloody hope so...

 

Any titles yet?

None. 

 

Have they got a producer on board?

Paul Epworth, best known for his work with Adele, Florence and the Machine and Bloc Party, is at the controls. 

 

Any special guests?

None we know about so far.

 

What can we expect and when can we expect it?

More psychedelic wonder. As for when? Who knows? The band have some huge shows booked for the summer of 2017, including a headline date at Wembley Stadium, so it'd be nice to have it ready by then...

 

 

 

Fleet Foxes

 

A little background….

After the success of their second album Helplessness Blues it felt like freewheeling folk collective Fleet Foxes had the world at their feet, but that was an awfully long time ago now, 2011 to be exact. In the years in between they've been silent with frontman Robin Pecknold deciding to go back to college and the other members left to twiddle their thumbs. But they’re on the way back now...

 

Any titles yet?

Nothing yet.

 

Have they got a producer on board?

With the band’s former drummer Joshua Tillman (you’ll know him better as Father John Misty) now doing so well on his own, Pecknold has had to find a new songwriting and producing partner and has turned to Neal Morgan, previously drummer for Joanna Newsom. He’s now a fully fledged member of the band.

 

Any special guests?

Nothing to tell on this.

 

What can we expect and when can we expect it?

More gorgeous folk, but according to Pecknold “with a very different vibe”. We know it’s almost finished so hopefully it’ll be with us sooner rather than later.

 
 
 

30 Seconds To Mars

 

A little background….

After devoting much of the previous decade to Thirty Seconds To Mars Jared Leto has returned to acting in the past three years winning an Oscar for his role in Dallas Buyers’ Club, reinventing The Joker in Suicide Squad and landing himself a part in Blade Runner 2049 along the way. Now though he is back with the band and they’ve promised an album in 2017.

 

Any titles yet?

Details are still scant on the new album, we just know it’s happening.

 

Have they got a producer on board?

See the above.

 

Any special guests?

Yup, we don’t know.

 

What can we expect and when can we expect it?

When asked what fans could expect Jared Leto has only said that the album is “very sexual”, make of that what you will. Expect it in late 2017.

 
 

 

The Shins

 

A little background….

It’s been just under five years since The Shins released their last album Port Of Morrow, time which frontman James Mercer has used to make a second Broken Bells with Danger Mouse and enjoy some much-needed time off. The band have regrouped now though and will return next year with a new album.

 

Any titles yet?

It currently has the rather wonderful title of I Gleek On Your Grave.

 

Have they got a producer on board?

Having worked with Greg Kurstin on the last album the band have decided to handle it themselves this time.

 

Any special guests?

None we know about so far.

 

What can we expect and when can we expect it?

Mercer has promised a mix of classic whimsical indie pop and more experimental stuff. He’s also said it’ll be out in early 2017.

 
 
 

Chuck Berry

 

A little background….

He might have just turned 90, but that’s not holding back Chuck Berry who will release his first new album in 38 years in 2017.

 

Any titles yet?

It’s called Chuck, keeping things simple.

 

Have they got a producer on board?

He’s handled that himself, being one of the inventors of rock and roll and all that.

 

Any special guests?

Two of Berry’s children, Ingrid and Charles Jnr, have played on the album along with his regular backing band.

 

What can we expect and when can we expect it?

Soulful rock and roll, but probably paced at a slower pace than his earlier days. No confirmed release date is in place as yet.

 
 
 

Amy Macdonald

 

A little background….

It’s been five years since the Scottish singer-songwriter’s last album, but she’s on the way back in 2017 with a brand new album.

 

Any titles yet?

It’s called Under Stars.

 

Have they got a producer on board?

MacDonald has worked on the album with Cam Blackwood, who has worked with both George Ezra and Florence and The Machine in the past.

 

Any special guests?

Production duo My Riot, who have worked closely in the past with London Grammar and Birdy, have been brought in to spruce up a few tracks.

 

What can we expect and when can we expect it?

A more thoughtful collection, but the same jagged folk that won MacDonald so many fans in her early days. It’s out February 17th and available to pre-order here.

 
 

To check out hmv's full range of new albums for 2017, click here. 

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