December 7, 2018

This Week's New Albums: December 7th 2018
by James

by James Forryan

hmv London; 07/12/2018


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This Week's New Albums: December 7th 2018

Anderson .Paak, The Carpenters and Van Morrison are amongst this week's new albums at hmv...


Anderson .Paak - Oxnard

Aftermath/12 Tone Music

The eccentric hip-hop star unveils his third full-length effort this month, an album that sees him working with super producer Dr. Dre. 

Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Pusha T, J. Cole and Q-Tip are among the guests on the album, which .Paak has billed as the final instalment of his 'Beach Trilogy' of LPs. 

The Carpenters With the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

The Carpenters - With the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra


The Royal Philharmonic add their orchestral touch to a string of The Carpenters' biggest hits, including 'We've Only Just Begin', 'This Masquerade' and '(They Long to Be) Close to You'.

The Prophet Speaks

Van Morrison - The Prophet Speaks

Exile Productions

The veteran troubadour returns with his 40th studio album this week. 

The album contains six originals and eight covers, with the 'Brown Eyed Girl' singer putting his own spin on tracks from Sam Cooke, John Lee Hooker, Solomon Burke and more. 

Mary Poppins Returns

Various Artists - Mary Poppins Returns


The beloved Mary Poppins returns, 54 years after she first graced the big screen, on December 14th, but the soundtrack arrives a week earlier. 

Marc Shaiman, best known for his work on Hairspray, has written the songs, which include nods to the songs from the first film, including 'A Spoonful of Sugar' and 'The Perfect Nanny'.

Ticket to L.A.

Brett Young - Ticket to L.A.

Big Machine

The rising country star drops his second studio album this week, following up his hit self-titled debut LP. 

Gavin DeGraw guests on the album, while Lady Antebellum man Charles Kelley, key Keith Urban collaborator Ross Copperman and The Shires/Dan + Shay man Jimmy Robbins are among the production talent.

André Rieu: Romantic Moments II

Andre Rieu - Romantic Moments II

Decca Classics

The Dutch violinist and conductor returns with a brand new collection, this time taking on ballads, hits from blockbuster movies and smooth classics. 

Among the tracks included are 'Amazing Grace' and cuts from Fiddler On The Roof and The Sound Of Music.