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hmv previews 2018's Best Albums... Veterans
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hmv previews 2018's Best Albums... Veterans

Over the next few days, we'll be previewing 80 of the best albums you can expect to hear in 2018. Most will arrive, some inevitably won't, but they are all worth getting excited about.

Today it's the turn of the veterans, with new albums from Def Leppard, Simple Minds and Country legend Loretta Lynn all set to arrive in the next 12 months...


Loretta Lynn

Title: Wouldn't It Be Great

Release date: TBC

Country legend Loretta Lynn is still going strong at 85 and was all set to release her 41st studio album in the summer of 2017 before she sadly suffered a stroke, putting the album's release on hold while she recovered.
However, Lynn returned to the stage for the first time in October at the Country Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony – not to perform, but to present to new inductee Alan Jackson.

Lynn was still visibly frail, but seemed in good spirits and by all accounts is making a good recovery. Given that she plans to tour the new album, its release date will depend on how long it takes the veteran singer to fully recover, but we'd still expect the new LP to arrive at some point in 2018.



The Offspring

Title: TBC

Release date: “2018, for sure”

It has been more than five years since the last album release from Dexter Holland and co., but the Offspring frontman and guitarist Kevin 'Noodles' Wasserman confirmed in an interview at 2017's Rock in Rio festival that a new LP will arrive in “2018, for sure”.

Beyond that, there isn't much in the way of detailed information and no title or release date has been revealed as yet, but Noodles added that they “have a few songs done” and that their fans “have waited long enough”, so you can expect more news on the album front soon.



Jack White

Title: TBC

Release date: TBC

The former White Stripes man and Third Man Records head honcho has been relatively quiet in the years since the release of his second solo album, Lazaretto, in 2014, but the first news of a third LP arrived in July 2017 when White tweeted two pictures taken at studios in New York City and Los Angeles, along with captions stating he was working on his third solo record.

In a recent interview he conducted with British actor Gary Oldman he expanded on the album's progress, telling Oldman: “I’m getting somewhere. I’ll send you something. It’s good gardening music or roofing music or, you know, back-alley stabbing music.” Besides this, there isn't much else, but we'd guess that an announcement will come in the first half of 2018.



The Breeders

Title: TBC

Release date: TBC

The band fronted by former Pixies bassist Kim Deal and her twin sister Kelley Deal are best-known for their early 90s hits such as 'Cannonball' and last released an album almost a decade ago, but the band have been busy recording new material in 2017, including recent single 'Wait In The Car', and are set to deliver a follow-up to 2008's Mountain Battles.

Kim Deal revealed the news while gusting on Marc Maron's 'WTF' podcast, also saying that Steve Albini has contributed to at least two of the new songs set to appear on the album. Josephine Wiggs and Jim McPherson will also play on the new record, meaning four out of the five members who appeared on their 1992 classic The Last Splash will feature on the new LP. There's no title or release date yet, but it shouldn't be too long before something more concrete is announced.



Kylie Minogue

Title: TBC

Release date: TBC

Kylie's last full-length offering came in 2015 in the form of the Australian singer's first Christmas album, Kylie Christmas, but in October she revealed that she'd been busy recording her new album in Nashville, as well as unveiling plans for a 2018 tour just a few weeks ago.

Following the singer's split from her ex-fiancee Joshua Sasse early in 2017, you might expect something of a heartbreak album, but Kylie has described her new LP as “cathartic” and “super positive”. A new single is due in January and the album is expected to follow shortly thereafter, but as yet no released date has been confirmed and the singer is yet to reveal the album's title.



Avril Lavigne

Title: TBC

Release date: TBC

It might have been nearly five years since Avril Lavigne's eponymous fifth album, but the Canadian punk princess was still the subject of several headlines throughout 2017 thanks to the re-emergence of a bizarre conspiracy theory suggesting that the real Avril Lavigne died in 2003 and was replaced by a lookalike named Melissa Vandella (Google Lavigne's name and you'll likely find that approximately half of the first page results refer to this).

However, back in the real world, Lavigne has had a tough couple of years after being diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015, the recovery from which partially explains the relatively long gap since her last album. There's good news though; the singer has been back in the studio in 2017 and for a while, it looked like we might even see anew album before the year's end, with the singer posting various studio pictures on Instagram and reportedly recording vocals in August. But with the year almost done it now seems certain that 2018 will be the year the album arrives, which Lavigne has promised will be more rock and less pop than its predecessor.



Def Leppard

Title: TBC

Release date: TBC

2018 already looks like an exciting year for Def Leppard fans, with the Sheffield rockers lining up a tour on which they'll be playing their classic 1987 album Hysteria in its entirety. But it also looks as though the band have begun working on a follow-up to their self-titled 2015 album, with guitarist Phil Collen saying that they already had “three songs on the go”, although he couldn't say exactly when a new album might arrive, or indeed what form a new record might take.

“I don’t know when it’s going to come out,” the guitarist told Classic Rock Revisited. “It’ll probably be a traditional album, but you never know. If someone says we need a new Def Leppard song, we’ll put it out. It’s great to have every option available.”



Belle & Sebastian

Title: TBC

Release date: TBC

The Glasgow band's ninth album Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance arrived in 2015 and was one of their best yet, proving Stuart Murdoch and co. to be exceptionally versatile songwriters and exhibiting a slight shift towards more electronic / dancefloor-orientated sounds with singles such as 'The Party Line'.

The band have unveiled a string of tour dates for 2018 and are reportedly planning to use some of these dates to try out new material in amongst a career-spanning set. Plans for the next album seem to be in the embryonic stage at this point, but it looks hopeful that we'll see a new album from Belle & Sebastian before the year is out.



Manic Street Preachers

Title: Resistance is Futile

Release date: April 6th

While many of the albums on this list have yet to be properly confirmed, the next full-length offering from the Manics is already nailed on for an April release and has been given the typically Manics-y title Resistance is Futile.

The first single from the album, 'International Blue', arrived in December and the Manic will be kicking off a UK tour in April to coincide with the release of the new album, which the band have described as “obsessively melodic – in many ways referencing both the naive energy of Generation Terrorists and the orchestral sweep of Everything Must Go.”



Simple Minds

Title: Walk Between Worlds

Release date: February 2nd

Scottish rock outfit Simple Minds have reportedly been working on material for a new album since as far back as September 2014, but in March 2017 frontman Jim Kerr revealed that recording had been completed and in October he unveiled the album's title, Walk Between Worlds.

The arrives at the beginning of February and a tour is also planned for 2018 which will see them play a series of shows around the UK and Europe.


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