January 23, 2018

Best Albums of February 2018: hmv.com previews the top 10...
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by Tom Goodwyn

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Best Albums of February 2018: hmv.com previews the top 10...

Justin Timberlake, Don Broco, MGMT and Franz Ferdinand are among the artists with new albums out in February...

Man of the Woods

Justin Timberlake - Man Of The Woods

Out February 2nd

The superstar takes a radical new turn on his follow-up to his 2013 double album The 20/20 Experience.

The material on this new LP is a departure for Timberlake and is more inspired by his Tennessee roots that the slick R&B he’s made his name with.

That said, the album is confirmed to feature production from Pharrell Williams, Timbaland, Max Martin and Shellback, so you should still expect some bangers.

Odessey And Oracle

MGMT - Little Dark Age

Out February 2nd

It’s been a long time since we heard anything from psychedelic pop duo MGMT, but they finally return with Little Dark Age, their first new album in five years.

Featuring production help from former Chairlift man Patrick Wimberly and Dave Fridmann, best known for his work with Tame Impala and The Flaming Lips, the album sees the band in a reflective mood.

Sleepwalkers

Brian Fallon - Sleepwalkers

Out February 9th

Before The Gaslight Anthem frontman rejoins his bandmates to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their beloved LP The ‘59 Sound, he has the small matter of his second solo LP to attend to.

Recorded with Ted Hutt, the same man who was at the controls for The ‘59 Sound, the album sees Fallon embracing 70s power pop and Motown influences with a catchier, more uplifting result.

 

Crooked Shadows

Dashboard Confessional - Crooked Shadows

Out February 16th

It’s been nine years since Chris Carrabba put out an album under the moniker of Dashboard Confessional, time he has used to pursue his side project Twin Forks and a reunion with hardcore types Further Seems Forever, but now he’s picked up Dashboard once again.

Produced by Carrabba with help from Jonathan Clark and Colin Brittain, the singer has revealed that the album has been inspired by the political turmoil in the US and moves away from the heartwrenching direction of his earlier work.

Someone Out There

Rae Morris - Someone Out There

Out February 2nd

Rae Morris follows up her hit 2015 debut album Unguarded in early February with new LP Someone Out There.

She’s back with some serious production help, with Fryars, Ariel Rechtshaid, My Riot, Fred Gibson, Buddy Ross and Starsmith all on hand to help out for this album, which sees Morris take her quirky, ethereal pop to a new level.

Loner

Caroline Rose - Loner

Out February 23rd

Four years after her acclaimed debut LP I Will Not Be Afraid, the eccentric singer returns with a second album.

The album, which she co-produced and played almost every instrument, is another collection of indie rockabilly with Rose’s searing lyrics smothered over the top.

 

Technology

Don Broco - Technology

Out February 2nd

After their departure from Sony Records, the eccentric pop rockers have regrouped with new label Sharptone Records and are preparing their third full-length effort.

Recorded with A frontman Jason Perry and Lower Than Atlantis key collaborator Dan Lancaster, the album sees the band combining the sharp-edged riffola of their debut album Priorities with the wide-eyed pop of 2015’s Automatic, all with an eccentric and cynical lyrical edge, as you can hear on new single ‘T-Shirt Song’...

 

Always Ascending

Franz Ferdinand - Always Ascending

Out February 9th

Things have changed a great deal for sharply dressed Scottish indie types Franz Ferdinand since their 2013 LP Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action.

After the departure of guitarist Nick McCarthy, the band have recruited not one, but two new members, with former 1990s member Dino Bardot joining on guitar and Julian Corrie (who you’ll probably know better as Miaoux Miaoux) on keyboards, synth and guitar.

Recorded at RAK Studios in London and Motorbass Studios in Paris with Cassius's Philippe Zdar producing, the album sees the band's cheese wire guitar riffs and insatiable melodies pushed front and centre once again.

 

Anatomical Venus

Black Moth - Anatomical Venus

Out February 23rd

The Leeds stoner rock collective roar back with a new album next month.

Produced by Andy Hawkins, best known for his work with Hawk Eyes and Maximo Park, the album sees the band continuing to refine their swaggering riffola, while singer Harriet Hyde's howling vocals sit ever more proudly on top.

 

 

Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life

The Wombats - Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life

Out February 9th

The indie trio fully embrace electronica on their fourth studio album, which sees them go it alone on their own label after their departure from Warners.

Produced by Bastille/Rag'n'Bone Man's Mark Crew and Foals/The Big Moon's Catherine Marks, you can hear the band’s embrace of electronic sheen in full on the quirky ‘Lemon To A Knife Fight’.