February 21, 2017

hmv.com previews... 10 of March's Best Albums 2017
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by Tom Goodwyn

hmv London; 21/02/2017


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hmv.com previews... 10 of March's Best Albums

Ed Sheeran, Laura Marling, Take That and The Shins are among the artists with new albums coming in March. 


Ed Sheeran - ÷

Out March 3rd

The superstar singer-songwriter follows up the hugely successful X with a brand new album next month.

Containing new singles ‘Shape Of You’ and ‘Caste On The Hill’, Sheeran’s new album sees him teaming up with the likes of Snow Patrol’s Johnny McDaid, OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder hit producer Benny Blanco and Jessie Ware.

Semper Femina

Laura Marling - Semper Femina

Out March 10th

Laura Marling barely 27, but she’s already onto her sixth studio album. This LP sees the singer strip her sound right back and return with her rawest album to date.

The album is the first to be released via Marling's own More Alarming record label, it was produced by Marling and Blake Mills and recorded in Los Angeles.


Take That - Wonderland

Out March 24th

The all-conquering boyband release their second album as trio next month. 

The album sees the band working with a series of high-profile producers, including Mark Ralph, key producer of Rag'n'Bone Man and Years & Years, Tony Hoffer, best known for his work with Beck and The Kooks, Stuart Price, who has worked with Madonna and The Killers, and Mark Crossey, producer of both albums from The 1975. 

Silver Eye

Goldfrapp - Silver Eye

Out March 31st

The duo unveil their first album in four years next month, an LP that sees them team up with producers Haxan Cloak, John Congleton and Leo Abrahams to embrace jarring electronica and driving disco.

Different Creatures

Circa Waves - Different Creatures

Out March 10th

The Liverpudlian indie rockers return with their second album, which has been co-produced by Alan Moulder, best known for his work with Foals, Nine Inch Nails and The Killers.  

Different Creatures sees the band add more size and power to their jangly riffs and breezy melodies, especially on new single ‘Wake Up’.



Depeche Mode - Spirit

Out March 17th

The global electropop icons release their 14th studio album ahead of a huge world tour. For new album Spirit, they’ve collaborated with James Ford, best known for his work with Arctic Monkeys and Foals.

The album contains new single ‘Where’s The Revolution’ and hints at the LP’s menacing lyrics and sinister electro soundscapes.

Emperor of Sand

Mastodon - Emperor of Sand

Out March 31st

The Atlanta metal pioneers drop their seventh studio album at the end of next month.

This album sees the foursome working with Rage Against The Machine and Incubus producer Brendan O’Brien and tell the story of a desert wanderer who has been handed a death sentence across 11 glorious tracks.



Damage and Joy

The Jesus and Mary Chain - Damage and Joy

Out March 24th

Even though the band lasted for 16 years it always felt like Scottish psychedelic upstarts The Jesus and Mary Chain were barely holding it together. Their gigs were always chaotic affairs, usually lasting less than half an hour and often ending in the band physically assaulting each other.

Eventually, it all tumbled to an end in 1999, but the band have reformed since then and enjoyed success taking their old hits out on the road.

Next month we’ll get the first new album from the band since 1998’s Munki, an album that sees them working with Killing Joke’s Youth on production.



The Shins - Heartworms

Out March 10th

It’s been just under five years since The Shins released their last album Port Of Morrow, time which frontman James Mercer has used to make a second Broken Bells with Danger Mouse and enjoy some much-needed time off.

Now they’re back with Heartworms, a self-produced new LP that includes new single ‘Dead Alive’.



So Good

Zara Larsson - So Good

Out March 17th

The Swedish pop star unveils her long-awaited debut album, which features hit singles 'I Would Like', 'Never Forget You' and 'Lush Life' as well as contributions from Tinie Tempah, MNEK and Ty Dolla $ign.