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Best Albums of March 2020: hmv.com previews the top 10...
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Best Albums of March 2020: hmv.com previews the top 10...

Pearl Jam, Alicia Keys and Brian Fallon are among the artists with new albums hitting shelves in March...

 

Pearl Jam - Gigaton

Out March 27th

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The grunge legends return with their first new album in seven years and the 11th of their career. 

The album sees the band working with producer Josh Evans, whose previous credits include Soundgarden, Thunderpussy and Gary Clark, Jr. 

Billed by the band as an "exciting and experimental road map to musical redemption", the album will be supported by a full European tour, which includes a slot at BST Hyde Park. 

 

Brian Fallon - Local Honey

Out March 27th

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The Gaslight Anthem frontman unveils his third solo venture at the end of next month. 

Recorded with Peter Katis, best known for his work with The National, the album finds Fallon stripping things right back and moving away from the Motown influences of his previous LP Painkillers. 

 

Alicia Keys - ALICIA

Out March 20th

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The all-conquering R&B singer drops her seventh studio album next month. 

The album is her first since 2016's Here and features singles 'Underdog' and Miguel collaborator 'Show Me Love'. 

Keys will support the LP with a full UK arena tour in June. 

 

Lauv - ~how i’m feeling~

Out March 6th

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The self-proclaimed one-man boyband finally unveils his debut album in March. 

Coming in with a whopping 21 tracks, the LP includes collaborations with BTS, Alessia Cara, Anne-Marie, Troye Sivan and Sofía Reyes.

The album includes hit singles 'Feelings' and 'Sad Forever'.

 

The Shires - Good Years

Out March 13th

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The country-pop types are back with their fourth full-length effort. 

Recorded once again in Nashville, the album is the pair's first since 2018's Accidentally On Purpose and their first for new label BMG. 

As you hear on the pair's new single 'Independence Day', they still know how to write big ol' chorus...

 

Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott - Manchester Calling

Out March 6th

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The Beautiful South pair release their fourth album of collaborations early next month. 

Produced by long time collaborator John Williams, the album was recorded in Blueprint Studios in Salford.

As has become Heaton's habit, the writing took place in a variety of locations.

The lyrics were written in North-Holland and Belgium while the music was composed in a hotel in Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria and in Limburg An Der Lahn in Germany.

According to Heaton, the album is inspired by feelings of "anti-growth, anti-greed, against the continuous tearing down of old buildings and sticking up soulless offices, and the disappearance of local accents on TV..."

 

Circa Waves - SAD HAPPY

Out March 13th

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The Scouse indie foursome go epic with their new album, which arrives in two seven-track LPs.

Produced by frontman Kieran Shuddell, the album is billed as an accompaniment to the two extreme halves of daily life.

Shuddell sums it up: “One moment you’re filled with the existential crisis of climate doom and the next you’re distracted by another piece of inconsequential content that has you laughing aloud.”

 

Myrkur - Folkesange

Out March 20th

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Amalie Bruun has made her name meshing dark folk and black metal together, but leaves the metal behind for new collection Folkesange.

A mixture of ancient and traditional folk songs as well as new compositions, the album is a bewitching journey, as you can hear on lead-off single 'Ella'.

 

Porridge Radio - Every Bad

Out March 13th

 

The hotly-tipped indie collective, led by Dana Margolin, drop their new LP in mid-March. 

Mixing squalling guitars with intricate arrangements and Margolin's witty vocals, the album is sure to be a hit. 

 

Sufjan Stevens and Lowell Brams - Aporia

Out March 27th

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Beloved singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens teams up with his stepfather Lowell Brams for this unique new collaboration.

Made up of 21 tracks, only three of which pass the three-minute mark, the album is rooted in ambient music and dense electronica...

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