October 25, 2017

Best Albums of November 2017: hmv.com previews the top 10...
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by Tom Goodwyn

hmv London; 25/10/2017


hmv.com Editor. Peanut butter, punk rock and pillows.

Best Albums of November 2017: hmv.com previews the top 10...

Taylor Swift, Sam Smith, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds and Sheridan Smith are among the artists with new albums out in November...


Taylor Swift - Reputation

Out November 10th

It’s been three years since Taylor Swift left her country-pop roots firmly behind in favour of the glossy pop of 1989 and now she’s taking it up a notch with new album Reputation.

The LP, which is the sixth of her career, sees Swift working with hitmaker supreme Max Martin and Bleachers’ Jack Antonoff and taking on a more confrontational style in her lyrics.

The album features hit singles ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ and ‘...Ready For It?’ as well as new cut ‘Gorgeous’.

The Thrill of It All

Sam Smith - The Thrill Of It All

Out November 3rd

After shifting 12 million copies of his debut album In The Lonely Hour, Smith has taken his time crafting a follow-up, but it arrives finally next month.

The album sees Smith working alongside long-time collaborator Jimmy Napes, but he also calls on an array of producing talent including Timbaland, StarGate and Zayn Malik/Frank Ocean knob twiddler Malay.

Smith has promised a painfully intimate collection of songs, as you can hear on lead-off single ‘Too Good At Goodbyes’.


Who Built the Moon?

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds - Who Built The Moon?

Out November 24th

The former Oasis axeman goes solo for a third time with this new album, which is the follow-up to 2015’s Chasing Yesterday.

Produced by David Holmes, the album sees Gallagher embrace psychedelia wholeheartedly, with three tracks clocking in at well over five minutes.

Both Paul Weller and Johnny Marr guest on the album, while Gallagher’s former Oasis bandmates Chris Sharrock and Gem Archer have both joined his backing band, replacing Jeremy Stacey and Tim Smith.


Low in High School

Morrissey - Low In High School

Out November 17th

The ever-controversial singer returns with his 11th studio album, which includes fiery new track ‘Spent The Day In Bed’.

Produced by Spoon/Jamie Lawson man Joe Chiccarelli, the album features 12 tracks, including the wonderfully titled 'The Girl from Tel-Aviv Who Wouldn't Kneel' and 'Home Is A Question Mark'.

The Architect

Paloma Faith - The Architect

Out November 17th

The big-lunged songstress goes political on her fourth full-length effort, which is the follow-up to 2014’s A Perfect Contradiction.

Inspired by Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On, the album sees Faith collaborating with John Legend, Samuel L. Jackson and political writer Owen Jones, as well as heavyweight production talent like Sia and Starsmith.



Red Pill Blues

Maroon 5 - Red Pill Blues

Out November 3rd

Now a seven-piece, the pop collective return with their sixth full-length effort, their first since 2014’s V.

Including new single ‘What Lovers Do’, the album sees the band in the studio with likes of Diplo, Charlie Puth and John Ryan to create a collection that owes more to hip-hop and R’n’B than their previous efforts.

The band have recruited heavyweights guests for this LP, with A$AP Rocky, Julia Michaels, SZA and LunchMoney Lewis all featuring.


Sheridan - The Album

Sheridan Smith - Sheridan - The Album

Out November 3rd

The actress, best known for her starring roles in Cilla and Gavin And Stacey, shows off her singing voice on this debut album, which sees her taking on tunes from La La Land and Funny Girl as well as classics from Robert Palmer and Gnarls Barkley.

What If Nothing

Walk The Moon - What If Nothing

Out November 10th

The pop rockers, best known for their monster hit ‘Shut Up And Dance’, follow-up the album that spawned it with a brand new collection, the third of their career to date.

Produced by Mike Crossey, best known for his work with The 1975, Regina Spektor regular Mike Elizondo and Captain Cuts, the producing arm of psych rockers Grouplove, the album is another mass of big melodies and even bigger choruses.

The Dusk in Us

Converge - The Dusk in Us

Out November 3rd

The hardcore powerhouses have left us waiting for five years now, but they return with a new album next month.

Produced by the band’s own Kurt Ballou, the LP might find the Massachusetts foursome in their 27th year, but they’ve lost none of their ferocity. As you can hear on new single ‘I Can Tell You About Pain’...


Evanescence - Synthesis

Out November 10th

The hugely successful goth rockers drop their first new music in six years.

Their new album sees the band reworking 11 of their earlier songs, including ‘Bring Me To Life’, ‘My Immortal’ and ‘My Heart Is Broken’, with an orchestral arrangement and electronica music elements, in addition to a series of new songs.