May 23, 2018

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

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

Florence and the Machine, Nicki Minaj, Panic! At The Disco and Jorja Smith are among the artists with new albums hitting shelves in June. 

High As Hope

Florence and the Machine - High As Hope

Out June 29th

Florence Welch and her troupe return with the long-awaited follow-up to 2015’s How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful next month.

For her fourth album, Welch has brought in a wealth of songwriting and production talent with frequent Mark Ronson collaborator Andrew Wyatt, country troubadour Tobias Jesso Jnr, Jamie XX, Sampha and Lana Del Rey/Bruno Mars regular Emile Haynie among the collaborators.

Billed by Welch as her rawest and most personal record to date, expect another collection of soaring, elegiac and wonderful tracks.

 

 

 

Expectations

Bebe Rexha - Expectations

Out June 22nd

The American songstress has been building up to her debut album for the last three years, but it finally arrives in June.

Rexha’s contact book has been firmly plundered with hitmaker supreme Max Martin, The Weeknd/Taylor Swift collaborator Ali Payami and Watch The Throne key man Hit-Boy all on the LP, as well as this, collaborations with country boys Florida Georgia Line and rapper Quavo are also confirmed to appear.

 

Bad Witch

Nine Inch Nails - Bad Witch

Out June 22nd

It’s been five years since Trent Reznor and co’s last full-length LP, but it arrives at the end of June.

Now boasting a line-up that includes Reznor’s partner in film composition Atticus Ross as well as long-time guitarist Robin Finck and ex-Lostprophets drummer Ilan Rubin, the band will make it nine albums and counting with Bad Witch.

The LP is a short one with only six tracks included. It completes a trilogy that began with 2016’s Not The Actual Events and 2017’s ADD VIOLENCE.

Pray for the Wicked

Panic! At The Disco - Pray for the Wicked

Out June 22nd

Brendon Urie follows up 2016’s supremely successful Death Of A Bachelor with new LP Pray For The Wicked, a new collection of swaggering, big-hearted pop rock.

Recorded with Fall Out Boy/Weezer producer Jake Sinclair, the album was written and committed to tape in the weeks after Urie returned from a stint on Broadway starring in the Kinky Boots musical.

Urie is in typically showy form, as you can tell with new single ‘Saturday Night (Say Amen)’...

 

Prequelle

Ghost - Prequelle

Out June 1st

For their fourth full-length effort, the Swedish metallers have reinvented themselves once again.

Frontman Tobias Forge has moved on from playing Papa Emeritus and has graduated into Cardinal Copia and the band’s lyrical inspirations have moved on from the demonic and supernatural and into more contemporary and overtly political territory.

Tom Dalgety, producer of Skunk Anansie and Royal Blood, is at the controls for this new album.

 

Lost & Found

Jorja Smith - Lost & Found

Out June 8th

The hype for Jorja Smith’s debut LP has been building since she was awarded the Brits’ Critics Choice Award at the start of the year. An award that has previously been awarded to the likes of Adele, Ellie Goulding and Sam Smith, no pressure at all then…

Featuring hit single ‘Teenage Fantasy’ and new jam ‘Blue Lights’, the album showcases Smith’s soulful vocals and a keen ear for a chorus...

 

God's Favorite Customer

Father John Misty - God's Favorite Customer

Out June 1st

The much-loved troubadour and former Fleet Foxes man Josh Tillman releases his fourth album under his Father John Misty moniker next month.

The album is the follow-up to 2017’s Pure Comedy, which earned Tillman another round of rave reviews.

Tillman has pulled in a wide range of contributors for the new album, including The Haxan Cloak, Weyes Blood, Mark Ronson and Tillman's long-time producer Jonathan Wilson.

 

Gravity

Bullet for My Valentine - Gravity

Out June 29th

The Welsh metallers have shaken things up for their sixth studio album.

Their longtime drummer Michael ‘Moose’ Thomas is out and former Pitchshifter sticksman Jason Bowld is in and the band are newly signed to Spinefarm Records.

Produced by While She Sleeps/Fightstar man Carl Bown, this new album sees the band embracing new influences, with electronics and loops made a key feature of the record, alongside the usual barrage of riffs and breakdowns.

So Sad So Sexy

Lykke Li - So Sad So Sexy

Out June 8th

The sensual Swedish songstress releases her first new LP in four years with the wonderfully titled So Sad So Sexy.

Recorded with Vampire Weekend’s  Rostam Batmanglij, frequent Frank Ocean collaborator May and Jeff Bhasker, co-creator of 'Uptown Funk' and Li's partner, are all on production duty.

Featuring a guest appearance from rapper Aminé, Li brings her usual blend, mixing ludicrously dark lyrics with bombastic pop.

 

Liberation

Christina Aguilera - Liberation

Out June 15th

The songstress returns with her first new album in six years and arrives again with a return to the R&B of her early albums. 

Demi Lovato, Keida, Shenseea, Ty Dolla Sign and 2 Chainz all guest on the album, while production assistance comes from the likes of Kanye West, MNEK and One Direction key songwriter Teddy Geiger.