August 17, 2017

Best Albums of September 2017: previews the top 10...
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by Tom Goodwyn

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Best Albums of September 2017: previews the top 10...

The Killers, Wolf Alice, The Horrors and LCD Soundsystem are among the artists with new albums out in September...

Wonderful Wonderful

The Killers - Wonderful Wonderful

Out September 22nd

It’s been five years since The Killers released their fourth album Battle Born, years they’ve filled with solo projects, Greatest Hits collections, lengthy tours and long breaks, but now they’re back with new LP Wonderful Wonderful.

Produced by Jacknife Lee with contributions from Stuart Price, Brian Eno and Mark Knopfler as well as super songwriter Ryan Tedder, the album sees the band embrace widescreen electronics and thundering guitars.

The album features hit single ‘The Man’ as well as new jam ‘Run For Cover’.


Visions of a Life

Wolf Alice - Visions Of A Life

Out September 29th

The North London foursome relocated to Los Angeles to work with Paramore/Jimmy Eat World producer Justin Meldal-Johnsen for the follow-up to their hit debut LP My Love Is Cool.

For their second record, the band have embraced rawness and powerful over the haze and wonder of their debut, as you can hear on new single ‘Yuk Foo’.


Prophets Of Rage

Prophets Of Rage - Prophets Of Rage

Out September 15th

Rage Against The Machine can reunite for live shows, but when it comes to getting back together in the studio, it seems like frontman Zach De La Rocha is determined to leave Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk to their own devices.

To scratch that particular creative itch, Morello, Commerford and Wilk have teamed up with Public Enemy’s Chuck D and DJ Lord as well as Cypress Hill’s B-Real for a brand new project.

Their debut melds Morello’s classic bouncy riffs with the steely-eyed rhymes of B-Real and Chuck D, while keeping the fiery politics in the band’s message.



The Horrors - V

Out September 22nd

The much-acclaimed fivesome have teamed up with Adele/Bloc Party producer Paul Epworth for their fifth full-length effort.

The LP is the follow-up to 2014’s Luminous and sees the band embrace electronics and jarring guitars in a big way.


Every Country's Son

Mogwai - Every Country's Son

Out September 1st

The Scottish rockers have traded the cold streets of Glasgow for the sunnier climbs of New York for their ninth studio album, which was recorded with The Flaming Lips/MGMT man Dave Fridmann.

Reined in a little with only three of the album’s 11 songs crossing the six-minute mark, this album features the excellently titled new single ‘Coolverine’ as its opener.


The Spark

Enter Shikari - The Spark

Out September 22nd

After vastly expanding their horizons on 2015’s The Mindsweep, the St Albans noiseniks have embraced a poppier sound on their new effort.

Recorded with Bat For Lashes/Everything Everything producer David Kosten, the album features 11 tracks, including the excellently titled 'An Ode To Lost Jigsaw Pieces’ (in two movements)' and the irony-clad 'Take My Country Back'.


Hearts That Strain

Jake Bugg - Hearts That Strain

Out September 1st

The Nottingham rabble-rouser has taken the right of passage so many singer-songwriters do and headed over to Nashville for his fourth full-length effort.

The album was recorded with assistance from The Memphis Boys, a band who have played on legendary records from the likes of Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin and Dionne Warwick.

The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, Zwan’s Matt Sweeney and Johnny Cash engineer David Ferguson have all been on hand for production assistance for this new album.


Melancholia Hymns

Arcane Roots - Melancholia Hymns

Out September 15th

The rising prog trio finally follow up 2013’s Blood And Chemistry next month.

Recorded with Jamie Lenman/A Plastic Rose producer Chris Coulter, the album sees the band’s taste for intricacy and huge widescreen melodies truly taken to extremes.


American Dream

LCD Soundsystem - American Dream

Out September 1st

It’s been six years since James Murphy announced that he was dissolving LCD Soundsystem and seven years since This Is Happening, the band’s last studio album, but they’re back next month.

Clocking in at almost 70 minutes, the album is an epic collection that ends with the 12-minute opus ‘Black Screen’.

It includes the new single ‘Call The Police’ as well as the super catchy title track.



All the Light Above It Too

Jack Johnson - All the Light Above It Too

Out September 8th

Jack Johnson, best known for his 2003 album In Between Dreams, which sold a stupendous 15 million copies, returns with a new collection this month.

The album is the surf-loving singer-songwriter’s seventh and will be released by his own Brushfire label.