November 23, 2017

Best Albums of December 2017: previews the top 5...
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by Tom Goodwyn

hmv London; 23/11/2017

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Best Albums of December 2017: previews the top 5...

U2, Gwen Stefani and Miguel are among the artists with new albums out in December...

Songs of Experience

U2 - Songs of Experience

Out December 1st

It was widely expected that the Irish stadium fillers would deliver a quick follow-up to 2014’s Songs Of Innocence, but the election of Donald Trump and the UK’s decision to leave the European Union put paid to that.

So, three years later, their 14th studio album arrives, complete with an array of production talent. On duty this time are Jacknife Lee, Ryan Tedder, Steve Lillywhite, Andy Barlow and Jolyon Thomas.

Written in the aftermath of frontman Bono’s bike accident, an accident so severe that it left him unable to play guitar for a year, the album sees the band trying to make sense of life’s biggest issues as well as the world’s turbulent political climate. There’s a lot going on, that’s for sure...

You Make It Feel Like Christmas

Gwen Stefani - You Make It Feel Like Christmas

Out December 1st

The No Doubt singer gets festive for the first time on record with the release of this new Christmas album.

Stefani has covered six-holiday classics, including Wham’s ‘Last Christmas’, ‘Silent Night’ and ‘Santa Baby’ as well as including five new originals and a duet with partner Blake Shelton.

War & Leisure

Miguel - War & Leisure

Out December 1st

The soulful singer follows up 2015’s hugely acclaimed Wildheart with a politically charged new LP.

Travis Scott, J. Cole and Salaam Remi are among the guests, with hit singles ‘Sky Walker’ and ‘Told You So’ among the 12 tracks that feature.

The Visitor

Neil Young and Promise Of The Real - The Visitor

Out December 1st

The veteran firebrand unveils his second album with new backing band Promise Of The Real and the 39th studio LP of his career.

Recorded with the band, who are lead by Willie Nelson’s son Lukas, the LP includes 10 brand new tracks, led by anger-fuelled new single ‘Already Great’.

The album also includes the epic track ‘Children Of Destiny, which was recorded at California's famed Capitol Studios alongside Promise of the Real and a 56-piece orchestra.

From Death To Destiny

Asking Alexandria - Asking Alexandria

Out December 15th

Now reunited with wayward vocalist Danny Worsnop, the York metallers have wasted no time in following up 2016’s The Black with a brand new album.

The album sees the band working with Memphis May Fire/The Word Alive producer Matt Good and embracing a more anthemic sound as you can hear on lead-off single ‘Into The Fire’.