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Best Albums of June 2019: previews the top 10...
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Best Albums of June 2019: previews the top 10...

Bruce Springsteen, Madonna and Mark Ronson are among the artists with new albums hitting shelves in June...


Bruce Springsteen - Western Stars

(Out June 14th)


The Boss returns with his first album of original material since 2012's Wrecking Ball and his first solo venture since 2005's Devils & Dust next month. 

The LP, which is the 19th of the singer's career, sees him teaming up with long-time producer Ron Aniello once again. 

Coming in at 13 tracks, the album is inspired by 1970s California pop and classic Americana, finding the New Jersey titan in a reflective mood. 

Though billed as a solo album, the LP is an ambitious one, which sees Springsteen working with cinematic scores and a large orchestra. 



Mark Ronson - Late Night Feelings

(Out June 21st)


Ronson's follow-up to 2015's hugely successful Uptown Special arrives next month and finds him in a rather more downbeat mood. 

Moving away from the joyous motown of his 2015 effort, Late Night Feelings returns to the eclectic hip-hop and electronics of his earlier days. 

Guests on this album include Lykke Li, Camila Cabello, Alicia Keys and Miley Cyrus, who headlines Ronson's latest megahit 'Nothing Breaks Like A Heart'. 



Madonna - Madame X

(Out June 14th)


After announcing her return with a spectacular performance at last weekend's Eurovision, Madonna's latest studio album will be with us in the middle of next month. 

Her 14th in all, the album is her first since 2015's Rebel Heart and promises a return to the sparse, dark pop of her work in the early 2000s. 

Production talent on board includes Diplo, Jeff Bhaskar and Mirwais, while rapper Quavo and Columbian superstar Maluma are among the guests on the LP. 




Bastille - Doom Days

(Out June 14th)


Dan Smith and his troupe return in June with album number three. 

Produced by long-time collaborator Mark Crew and Dan Priddy, the album is billed as a concept album set over the course of a party, which channels "the importance of escapism, hope and the preciousness of close friendships..."

It's filled with the band's trademark taste for big thumping choruses and cinematic soundscapes. 



The Black Keys - Let's Rock

(Out June 28th)


For the first time in five years, a new album from The Black Keys is inbound. 

The album comes after the pair returned from a lengthy hiatus of production work and solo projects to reunite. 

Recorded at frontman Dan Auerbach's Nashville studio, Easy Eye Sound, the album was recorded live with the only outside contributions coming from backing vocalists Leisa Hans and Ashley Wilcoxson.

The LP heralds a return to the raw, bluesy rock and roll of the band's earlier career.



Kate Tempest - The Book Of Traps And Lessons

(Out June 14th)


Tempest returns with her third album in June, her follow-up to 2016's much-acclaimed Let Them Eat Chaos, which scored her a second Mercury nomination. 

Created with the help of regular collaborator Dan Carey as well as super-producer Rick Rubin, the album finds Tempest in a fiery, rich vein of form. 



The Divine Comedy - Office Politics

(Out June 7th)


Neil Hannon's 12th studio album makes a new milestone for him, it's his first double album. 

A 16-track effort across two CDs and two LPs, the album finds Hannon finding joy in the mundanity of office life as well as telling the story of the machines who power it...



Plague Vendor  - By Night

(Out June 7th)


The raucous hardcore troupe follow up 2016's gnarly treat BLOODSWEAT with a barnstorming new LP

Produced by Honeyblood/St Vincent man John Congleton, the LP finds the band in a frenzy of groove, as you can hear on lead-off single 'New Comedown'. 



Two Door Cinema Club  - False Alarm

(Out June 14th)


The Northern Irish trio unveil their fourth full-length effort next month, their first since 2016's Gameshow. 

Longtime collaborator Jacknife Lee is once again at the controls for the album, which finds the band back in rockier territory after the funky tinges of Gameshow. 



The Raconteurs - Help Us Stranger

(Out June 28th)


It's been 11 years since the last time we had a new album from The Raconteurs, the supergroup that brings together Jack White, Brendan Benson, Jack Lawrence and Patrick Keeler, but a new one arrives in June. 

Recorded in White's own Third Man Studios in Nashville with producer Joshua V. Smith,  Queens Of The Stone Age's Dean Fertita and sisters Lillie Mae and Scarlett Rische both guest on the album. 

The LP sees the band returning to their fuzzy, charming brand of guitar rock, all with Benson and White's trademark taste for eccentricity.


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