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Best Albums of April 2021: hmv.com previews the top 10...
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Best Albums of April 2021: hmv.com previews the top 10...

Royal Blood, London Grammar and Imelda May are among the artists with new albums hitting shelves in April...

 

Royal Blood - Typhoons

Out April 30th

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The all-conquering rock duo return with their hugely anticipated third studio album at the end of the month. 

Largely produced by the band themselves, the LP also features production from Paul Epworth and Queens Of The Stone Age mainman Josh Homme. 

Billed by the band as an album inspired as much by the quirky dance of Cassius and Daft Punk as thundering rock and roll, as you can hear on new single 'Limbo', they've certainly found a groove...

 

 

London Grammar - Californian Soil

Out April 16th

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The soulful pop trio offer album number three, their first since 2017's Truth Is A Beautiful Thing. 

While the album retains the group's ethereal elegance and cinematic production, it is an album inspired by dark subject matter. 

Speaking about the origins of the record, singer Hannah Reid said: "Misogyny is primitive which is why it is so hard to change. But it is also fearful. It’s about rejecting the thing in yourself which is vulnerable or feminine. Yet everybody has that thing. This record is about gaining possession of my own life."

 

Kaleo - Surface Sounds

Out April 23rd

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The bluesy Icelandic types drop their first new LP in five years with Surface Sounds. 

Largely produced by frontman JJ Julius Son, with additional production from Mike Crossey and Mike Elizondo, the LP is the band's most ambitious to date, but remains steeped in classic rock. 

 

The Offspring - Let The Bad Times Roll

Out April 16th

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The pop-punk icons release their first new studio album in nine years and the 10th of their career to date. 

Made with Bob Rock, the producer on Metallica's Black Album as well as the band's last two LPs, the album is the band's first without longtime bassist Greg Kriesel, who departed the band in 2018. 

Kriesel, who is still locked in a lawsuit with the band's remaining members, has now been replaced by H20 bassist Todd Morse. 

The band might be 37 years into their career, but, as you can hear on the album's title track, their cheeky take on punk rock still fizzes...

 

Tom Jones - Surrounded By Time

Out April 23rd

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The legendary crooner delivers the 42nd studio album of his career and his first new studio effort since 2015. 

The album sees Jones reimagining tracks by the likes of Bob Dylan, Michael Kiwanuka, Cat Stevens and Terry Callier, with Ethan Johns and Mark Woodward co-producing the record. 

 

Imelda May - 11 Past The Hour

Out April 23rd

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The husky-voiced singer drops her sixth collection at the end of the month. 

A guest-heavy collection, the LP features contributions from Noel Gallagher, Ronnie Wood and Miles Kane with political activists Gina Martin and Shola Mos-Shogbamim also featured. 

Written with co-producer Tim Bran and string arranger Davide Rossi, the album finds May channelling her classic mix of rootsy soul and folk into a powerhouse new LP. 

 

Manchester Orchestra - The Million Masks Of God

Out April 30th

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The heartswelling rockers unveil their sixth studio album at the end of the month. 

The record was produced by the band’s main songwriters Andy Hull and Robert McDowell, as well as producers Catherine Marks and Ethan Gruska.

As ever, the album is inspired by grand cinematic themes, with the band revealing that the album follows  the loose story of a man’s encounter with the angel of death as he’s shown various scenes from his life in a snapshot-style assemblage. 

 

Gojira - Fortitude

Out April 30th

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The French metallers drop their seventh LP and their first since 2016's Magma. 

Produced by frontman Joe Duplantier, with legendary mixer Andy Wallace supplying the finishing touches, the album was recorded by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Billed by the band as a more upbeat and resolute record, as you can hear below, it still delivers the band's mix of crushing metal and glorious technicality. 

 

girl in red - If I Could Make It Go Quiet

Out April 30th

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Hotly-tipped Norwegian indie-pop singer Marie Ulven unveils her debut album at the end of the month. 

The album has been produced by Ulven and Matias Tellez, with additional production from pop supremo FINNEAS. 

 

While She Sleeps - SLEEPS SOCIETY

Out April 16th

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The ever-innovative Sheffield metalcore types drop their fifth LP. 

Featuring guest appearances from Sum 41's Deryck Whibley and Biffy Clyro's Simon Neil, the album continues the band's long-running relationship with producer Carl Bown. 

Released on the band's own label, it continues in the uncompromising form of 2019's So What?

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