March 25, 2018

Best Albums of April 2018: hmv.com previews the top 10...
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Best Albums of April 2018: hmv.com previews the top 10...

Kylie Minogue, Blossoms and The Shires are among the artists with new albums out in April...

Golden

Kylie Minogue - Golden

BMG Rights Management

Last time we had a studio album from Kylie Minogue, she was getting all festive and duetting with James Corden, but things are quite different on new album Golden.

During the writing and recording of this album, Minogue has been working in Nashville and there is a distinct country influence on much of her new LP.

Among the writers and producers, the singer has worked for her new LP are Amy Wadge (she of co-writing ‘Thinking Out Loud’ fame), frequent Taylor Swift collaborator Nathan Chapman as well as rising dance producer Sky Adams.

The album also includes a duet with throaty troubadour Jack Savoretti.

Cool Like You

Blossoms - Cool Like You

Virgin EMI Records

The Stockport fivesome return with their second full-length effort next month.

The new LP sees the band embracing electronica wholeheartedly, channelling the new wave of Talk Talk and Prefab Sprout into the laddish indie of their earlier work.

For their second album, the band have reunited with The Coral frontman James Skelly for production duties.

Resistance Is Futile

Manic Street Preachers - Resistance Is Futile

Columbia

The Welsh trio make it 13 albums and counting next month with Resistance Is Futile.

Recorded at the band’s new studio in Newport with long-time collaborator Dave Eringa producing, the album returns to the anthemic sweeping rock of Everything Must Go, with the band channelling Born To Run-era Bruce Springsteen on many of the tracks.

Speak Your Mind

Anne-Marie - Speak Your Mind

Atlantic

The singer, best known for her collaborations with Ed Sheeran and Rudimental, finally gets around to releasing her debut album next month.

Production talent involved on the album include frequent Olly Murs collaborator Steve Mac, R&B powerhouse MNEK and TMS, who’ve come up with some of Sigma, Little Mix and Jess Glynne’s biggest hits.

The album features hit singles ‘Ciao Adios’ and ‘Alarm’ as well as a collaboration with dance maverick Marshmello.

Mer De Noms

A Perfect Circle - Eat The Elephant

BMG

It’s been 14 years since we last had a new studio album from A Perfect Circle, but one arrives next month.

Produced by Oasis/Manic Street Preachers man Dave Sardy, the album has been recorded with a new rhythm section, Puscifer and Eagles Of Death Metal's Matt McJunkins and drummer Jeff Friedl, as well as Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha.

The new album is a more reflective piece of work, paring back the heavy guitars of their earlier work, focusing more on Keenan’s acerbic lyrics.

Family Tree

Black Stone Cherry - Family Tree

Mascot

The Southern friend rockers make it six albums and counting next month with the release of Family Tree.

Recorded in their hometown of Glasgow in Kentucky, the foursome have focused on the bluesier end of rock, with the help of Government Mule guitarist Warren Haynes, who makes a guest appearance on ‘Dancing In The Rain’.

Accidentally On Purpose

The Shires - Accidentally On Purpose

Decca

The country-pop duo follow up their hugely successful second album My Universe with a new LP.

Recorded out in country hotbed Nashville with Kelsea Ballerini/Thomas Rhett producer Lindsay Rimes, the album sees the duo stepping up their game with bigger choruses and aims of much bigger venues.

Geography

Tom Misch - Geography

Beyond The Groove

22-year-old Tom Misch is an incredible proposition. A soulful multi-instrumentalist who brings together smooth R&B, hip-hop beats and gliding electronica.

His debut album, which is being released by his own label Beyond The Groove, arrives next month.

Song for Alpha

Daniel Avery - Song For Alpha

Mute

Avery has taken his sweet time with the follow-up to his hugely acclaimed 2013 LP Drone Logic, but it finally drops in April.

For his new LP, Avery has promised to push techno and psychedelic to the fore, something you can definitely hear on new single ‘Slow Fade’...

44/876

Sting & Shaggy - 44/876

Polydor

2018’s unlikeliest collaboration arrives in April, with Shaggy, he of ‘It Wasn’t Me’ fame, teaming up with Sting, who is fresh from opening his musical about shipbuilding in Northumbria.

Recorded in Jamaica, the album features assistance from rapper Taranchyla, dancehall star Aidonia, reggae stars Morgan Heritage Sting's longtime guitarist Dominic Miller and ragga legend Robbie Shakespeare, while Martin Kierszenbaum, Sting's long-time producer, is on knob twiddling duty.