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

Blossoms, Pet Shops and Halsey are among the artists with new albums hitting shelves in January...

 

Blossoms - Foolish Loving Spaces

Out January 31st

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The Stockport indie fivesome follow-up 2018's Cool Like You with a brand new album. 

Produced by long-term collaborators James Skelly and Rich Turvey at Parr Street Studios in Liverpool, the album sees the band returning to the classic indie of their early influences, with Primal Scream and U2 high in the mix.

 

Pet Shop Boys - Hotspot

Out January 24th

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The beloved synthpop duo deliver their 14th studio album towards the end of next month. 

Recorded in Berlin and Los Angeles with New Order/Everything Everything Stuart Price, the album features a guest appearance from Years & Years and former Suede guitarist Bernard Butler. 

A 10-track album, the LP is billed as the final act of a trilogy that began with 2013's Electric, all produced and mixed by Price. 


Halsey - Manic

Out January 17th

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Three years after she triumphed with Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, the singer returns with a new album.

Powered by hit singles ‘Graveyard’ and ‘Without Me’, the LP features guest spots from rapper Dominic Fike, Alanis Morissette and BTS man Suga.

Producers on the album, which is billed as the singer’s darkest yet, include Timbaland, Lido and Greg Kurstin.

 


The Big Moon - Walking Like We Do

Out January 10th

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After the huge success of their debut album Love In The 4th Dimension, the foursome go pop on its long-awaited follow-up. 

Recorded in Atlanta with Gorillaz/Walk The Moon producer Ben H. Allen, the LP sees the band expanding their sound with bigger choruses and bigger production.


Twin Atlantic - POWER

Out January 24th

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It’s taken the heartswelling Scottish rockers four years to write and record the follow-up to 2016’s GLA. During that time, they’ve left long-time home Red Bull Records for the major label confines of Virgin EMI, become a trio (though guitarist Barry McKenna will still tour with the band) and built their own studio in Glasgow.

POWER is largely produced by the band themselves, with assistance from Mallory Knox/Lower Than Atlantis man Dan Austin, and sees the trio opening themselves to more experimentation, with samples and electronics much higher in the mix. Alongside, of course, their usual enormous barrage of guitars and frontman Sam McTrusty’s soaring vocals.


Bombay Bicycle Club - Everything Else Has Gone Wrong

Out January 17th

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Returned after a lengthy hiatus, the indie experimentalists return with their first new album in six years. 

Recorded with St Vincent/Honeyblood knob-twiddler John Congleton, the LP pares back the sample-heavy approach of 2014's So Long, See You Tomorrow, and returns to the simpler structures of the band's earlier work. 

 


Poliça - When We Stay Alive

Out January 31st

 

The Minnesota electro collective roar back with a new LP at the end of January, their first since singer Channy Leaneagh suffered a terrible spinal injury after an accident at home. 

Half written prior to the accident and half after a lengthy break to aid Leaneagh's recovery, the album finds the band in a reflective and resolute mood, all the while expanding the template of their pulsating electronic signature. 

 


Selena Gomez - Rare

Out January 10th

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Five years after her last solo album Revival, Gomez returns with a new effort a few days into the new year.

The new collection features an array of production talent, including Billie Eilish’s brother and key collaborator Finneas, Swedish duo Mattman and Robin and Julia Michaels.

Rappers 6lack and Kid Cudi are among the guests on the album, which features hit singles ‘Lose You To Love Me’ and ‘Look At Her Now’.

 


Mura Masa - R.Y.C

Out January 17th

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Alex Crossan unleashes his second full-length effort in the middle of next month. 

The LP, the full title of which is Raw Youth Collage, features collaborations with Clairo, Slowthai, Tirzah, Georgia and Wolf Alice‘s Ellie Rowsell, as well as new single 'No Hope Generation'.

 


Georgia - Seeking Thrills

Out January 10th

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Georgia Barnes releases her sophomore LP in the next few days. 

Five years on from her self-titled debut, her new album is a dancey collection, with guest appearances from singer Maurice and Shygirl. 

 

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