December 4, 2018

Best Albums of December 2018: previews the top five...
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by Tom Goodwyn

hmv London; 04/12/2018

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Best Albums of December 2018: previews the top five...

Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen and Anderson .Paak are among the artists with new albums hitting shelves in December.

Springsteen On Broadway

Bruce Springsteen - Springsteen On Broadway

Out December 14th

The Boss captures his hugely successful concert residency at Walter Kerr Theatre in New York City in 2017 and 2018 on this new album. 

The two-disc set coincides with the end of the show's 236-performance run and contains 16 tracks. 

The collection sees the singer telling the story of his life through his words and songs, accompanied by his guitar and piano. His wife, Patti Scialfa, sings with him on two songs.


Anderson .Paak - Oxnard

Out December 7th

The eccentric hip-hop star unveils his third full-length effort this month, an album that sees him working with super producer Dr. Dre. 

Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Pusha T, J. Cole and Q-Tip are among the guests on the album, which .Paak has billed as the final instalment of his 'Beach Trilogy' of LPs. 

The Prophet Speaks

Van Morrison - The Prophet Speaks

Out December 7th

The veteran troubadour returns with his 40th studio album this week. 

The album contains six originals and eight covers, with the 'Brown Eyed Girl' singer putting his own spin on tracks from Sam Cooke, John Lee Hooker, Solomon Burke and more. 

Mary Poppins Returns

Various Artists - Mary Poppins Returns

Out December 7th

The beloved Mary Poppins returns, 54 years after she first graced the big screen, on December 14th, but the soundtrack arrives a week earlier. 

Marc Shaiman, best known for his work on Hairspray, has written the songs, which include nods to the songs from the first film, including 'A Spoonful of Sugar' and 'The Perfect Nanny'.


Ticket to L.A.

Brett Young - Ticket to L.A

Out December 7th

The rising country star drops his second studio album this week, following up his hit self-titled debut LP. 

Gavin DeGraw guests on the album, while Lady Antebellum man Charles Kelley, key Keith Urban collaborator Ross Copperman and The Shires/Dan + Shay man Jimmy Robbins are among the production talent.