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Best Albums of February 2020: hmv.com previews the top 10...
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Best Albums of February 2020: hmv.com previews the top 10...

Green Day, Tame Impala and Grimes are among the artists with new albums hitting shelves in February...

 

Green Day - Father Of All...

Out February 7th

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Four years after 2016’s Revolution Radio, the veteran pop-punks are back with a new studio album and a change in direction for their 13th career LP.

Recorded with Fall Out Boy/Frank Turner knob-twiddler Butch Walker, the band’s frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has talked up a new soulful and Motown in the record, still drenched in the band’s frenzied chaotic guitars.

As you can hear on new single 'Oh Yeah', they’ve lost none of their youthful lustre...

 

Tame Impala - The Slow Rush

Out February 14th

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The long-awaited follow-up to 2015’s Currents finally arrives, having been prized from the clutches of Tame Impala frontman Kevin Parker.

A 12-track record, produced by Parker, the LP is confirmed to feature epic new single ‘Posthumous Forgiveness’ as well as previous releases ‘Patience' and 'Borderline', which came out almost a year ago.

 

Oh Wonder - No One Else Can Wear Your Crown

Out February 7th

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The dance-pop duo follow-up their hit 2017 LP Ultralife with a brand new collection. 

The album sees the pair collaborating with outside songwriters for the first time, with Starsmith and Tove Lo/Ellie Goulding collaborator Joe Janiak among them. 

Sonically, it's a bright collection, featuring 10 songs full of vibrancy and big, big choruses.

The duo opened up about the making of the album on hmv's podcast My Inspiration and you can hear the chat below...

 

La Roux - Supervision

Out February 7th

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Apart from a recent feature on Tyler, the Creator's latest album IGOR, it had been five years since we'd heard any new music at all from La Roux until her new single 'International Woman of Leisure' arrived almost out of the blue in October.

The announcement of her third studio came shortly afterwards, along with the news that Supervision would feature eight new tracks, including the aforementioned lead single and its follow-up 'Gullible Fool', which arrived in December. You can hear it below...

 

Grimes - Miss Anthropocene

Out February 21st

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Five years after the revelation that was Art Angels, Claire Boucher’s long-awaited follow-up arrives.

Typically ambitious, the album is a "loose concept album about an anthropomorphic goddess of climate change inspired by Roman mythology".

Drenched in experimentation and layer upon layer of electronics, the album has been produced by Boucher, with contributions from Chris Greatti, singer Hana and experimentalist i_o.

 

Best Coast - Always Tomorrow

Out February 21st

 

The slacker pop pair return with their fourth studio album, their first since 2015's California Nights. 

Produced by Carlos de la Garza, with additional production by Justin Meldal-Johnsen, the album finds Bethany Cosentino back on form after admitting that she has been struggling with writer's block for the first time in her career...

 

Soccer Mommy - Color Theory

Out February 28th

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Sophie Allison's Clean was one of the records of 2018 and Color Theory is the eagerly-awaited follow-up. 

Written while on tour and recorded with her live band in Nashville, Allison has taken raw recording to an extreme, admitting "The production warps, the guitar solos occasionally glitch, the melodies can be poppy and deceptively cheerful. To me, it sounds like the music of my childhood distressed and, in some instances, decaying."

The War On Drugs/Palehound collaborator Gabe Wax produced the LP and Lars Stalfors mixed it.

 

Five Finger Death Punch - F8

Out February 28th

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The all-conquering metallers continue their run in 2020 with F8, an appropriately titled eighth studio album.

Produced by Kevin Churko, key collaborator to Disturbed and Ozzy Osbourne in recent times, the album is a defiant record, inspired by, in the band’s own words, “two years of turmoil”.

The LP is the group’s first without drummer Jeremy Spencer, who departed the drum stool due to an ongoing back problem to be replaced by former Scale The Summit sticksman Charlie Engen.

 

Nathaniel Rateliff - And It's Still Alright

Out February 14th

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After two successful albums with his soulful band The Night Sweats, Rateliff goes solo for this sombre new LP. 

The spark for the album's direction came after the tragic death of Richard Swift, Rateliff's producer and long-time collaborator. 

Recorded in Swift’s National Freedom studio in Oregon to make the album, Rateliff made the LP with co-producers Patrick Meese and Beach House's James Barone. 

 

Ozzy Osbourne - Ordinary Man

Out February 21st

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The Black Sabbath frontman releases his first solo album in over a decade with Ordinary Man. 

Recorded with pop producer Andrew Watt and a backing band that includes Guns'N'Roses bassist Duff MacKagan, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and superstar axeman Slash, 

There is also a guest appearance from one Elton John...

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