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Best Albums of April 2019: hmv.com previews the top 10...
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Best Albums of April 2019: hmv.com previews the top 10...

The Chemical Brothers, Sara Bareilles and Catfish And The Bottlemen are among the artists with new albums hitting shelves in April. 

 

The Chemical Brothers - No Geography

(Out April 12th)

 

The dance duo follows up 2015's Born In The Echoes with a brand new collection next month. It is the ninth full-length effort of their career. 

Unusually for the pair, the album only features two guests, Norwegian singer Aurora and Japanese rapper Nene. 

The album sees the duo return to their earlier influences, with psychedelia and chopped up rhythms taking precedence over the elegiac slickness of their recent output. 

 

 

Circa Waves - What's It Like Over There?

(Out April 5th)

 

The Scouse indie foursome return with another LP of angular guitars and dreamy choruses for their third album.

Recorded with Smashing Pumpkins/Foals producer Alan Moulder, the album finds the band in an introspective mood, with the lyrical inspiration coming from an old notebook frontman Kieran Shudall had filled in a half-drunk, half-sleep deprived state whilst the band were supporting Two Door Cinema Club across America back in 2015.

The LP is the band’s first since leaving major label Universal for the independent confines of PIAS.

 

 

Sara Bareilles - Amidst The Chaos

(Out April 5th)

 

After spending the last five years writing and composing all the scores for the hit musical adaptation of Waitress, Bareilles finally returns to her solo career next month. 

This new album, which is her sixth, sees her teaming up with country and blues legend T. Bone Burnett and features a duet with John Legend. 

Amidst The Chaos, as you can probably guess from the title, sees Bareilles channelling the tumultuous political situation in the US into her lyrics. 

 

 

Catfish And The Bottlemen - The Balance

(Out April 26th)

 

Van McCann and his band of Welsh rockers return with their third studio album at the end of next month, the follow-up to 2016's The Balcony. 

Produced by U2 and Snow Patrol man Jacknife Lee, the album sees the band embracing their new status as festival headliners and arena-fillers, with 11 enormous tracks. 

The album also finds the band in efficient form, with no song crossed the four-minute-mark. 

 

 

Marina - Love + Fear

(Out April 26th)

 

Now shorn of her longtime moniker Marina and the Diamonds, singer Marina Diamandis is launching a new phase of her career. 

Her new LP, which is her fourth and her first since 2015's Froot, is an epic 16-track collection, consisting of two eight-track LPs. 

The singer has called on some serious production talent for the album, with Lorde key man Joel Little, Years and Years/Rudimental frequent collaborator Mark Ralph and Diamandis's partner, Clean Bandit's Jack Patterson, among the contributors. 

The album is split in half, with each collection exploring psychologist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross' theory that humans are only capable of experiencing the nominal two emotions. Love and Fear...

 

 

Lizzo - Cuz I Love You

(Out April 19th)

 

The rapper releases her third studio album and her major label debut next month. 

The album sees the rapper in typically fiery form and also a collaboration with Missy Elliott. 

 

 

Jade Bird - Jade Bird

(Out April 19th)

 

The Northumbrian folk star unveils her self-titled debut album next month. 

Recorded in New York, the album sees the singer working with by Simone Felice of The Felice Brothers and David Baron, whose credits include Bat for Lashes and Shawn Mendes.

 

 

Khalid - Free Spirit

(Out April 5th)

 

The soulful singer delivers his second album at the start of next month. 

The album includes 'Talk', his collaboration with Disclosure, as well as hit single 'Better'.

 

 

Cage The Elephant - Social Cues

(Out April 19th)

 

The raucous Southern rockers are back with a brand new LP. 

Produced by John Hill, whose credits include Portugal. The Man, Charli XCX and Foster The People, the album sees the band amping up their energy and scaling up their choruses. 

The album also features a guest appearance from Beck, who the band will be touring with this summer. 

 

 

The Damned Things - High Crimes

(Out April 26th)

 

The metal and pop-punk supergroup are back!

Now consisting of Every Time I Die singer Keith Buckley, Anthrax mainman Scott Ian, Fall Out Boy guitarist and drummer Joe Trohman and Andy Hurley as well as Alkaline Trio bassist Dan Andriano, the group have new album High Crimes out in April.

Named High Crimes, the album has been produced by Jay Ruston and is the band's first since their 2010 debut Ironiclast.

 

 

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