Best Albums of April 2022: hmv.com previews the Top 5
Red Hot Chili Peppers and Jack White both return and Wet Leg deliver their hotly-anticipated debut album - all this and more coming your way in the month of April...
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Unlimited Love
Funk-rock masters Red Hot Chili Peppers return with their 12th studio album this month – their first since 2016’s The Getaway – which not only sees guitarist John Frusciante re-join the line-up in place of Josh Klinghoffer, but also sees the band reuniting with producer Rick Rubin, with whom the Chilis have created several of their most successful records including their 1991 classic Blood Sugar Sex Magik.
Recorded at Rubin’s fabled Shangri-La studios over the last two years, the new LP Unlimited Love contains an impressive 17 tracks including recent singles ‘Black Summer’ and ‘Poster Child’.
Due to land in stores on April 1, Unlimited Love is a return to form that sees them deliver some of the funkiest moments in years.
Jack White – Fear of the Dawn
Surely one of the busiest and most restless artists working in the music industry today, Jack White has appeared in various line-ups and guises playing a variety of instruments over the years since the White Stripes gave their last bow, from the Dead Weather to The Raconteurs – so much so that it’s difficult to predict which way he’ll turn next.
True to that form, White recently announced not one but two new solo albums, the first of which – Fear of the Dawn – is set to arrive on April 8, with a second new LP named Entering Heaven Alive to follow in July.
Fear of the Dawn features 12 new songs including the already-released title track, as well as recent singles ‘Taking Me Back’ and ‘Hi-De-Ho’, the latter featuring a guest appearance from former A Tribe Called Quest member and all-round rap legend, Q-Tip. The best thing about it? You only have to wait three months for another helping.
Wet Leg – Wet Leg
Wet Leg have created no shortage of buzz over the last year after their debut single ‘Chaise Longue’ became a rapid viral hit in 2021. Their eponymous debut finally arrives this month and is likely one of the most anticipated debut albums of 2022.
Produced by Dan Carey (among others), whose recent list of credits includes albums by Kae Tempest and La Roux, Wet Leg contains 12 tracks in all and will arrive under the weight of expectation, but if their other singles so far are anything to go by then their debut could well be one of the year’s most exciting records.
Bloc Party – Alpha Games
Returning to action with their first new album since 2016’s Hymns, Bloc Party are back this month with their sixth studio album Alpha Games, which makes its landing in our stores on April 29 and will deliver a dozen new tracks including their new singles ‘Sex Magik’ and ‘Traps’ (the video for which you can find below).
This time the band have turned to veteran producer Nick Launay to craft their new LP, whose long list of credits includes everyone from Gang of Four and Killing Joke to IDLES and Anna Calvi. Bloc Party will also head out on tour in May, playing dates across across Europe and then returning to the UK.
Blossoms – Ribbon Around the Bomb
Manchester quintet Blossoms return at the end of April with their fourth full-length effort and the follow-up to 2020’s Foolish Loving Spaces, which scored the band their second No.1 album in the UK.
The new album sees Blossoms hook up once again with their usual production duo of choice – namely The Coral’s James Skelly and Rich Turvey – and will feature 12 new tracks including the 70s-inspired ‘Care For’, which arrived in August last year.
Reportedly taking its name from a description of a Frida Khalo painting, Ribbon Around the Bomb is set to land in stores on April 29 and could see the band achieve their third chart-topping album.