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Best Albums of September 2021: previews the top 10...
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Best Albums of September 2021: previews the top 10...

Iron Maiden, Manic Street Preachers and Don Broco are among the artists with new albums hitting shelves in September...


Iron Maiden - Senjutsu

Out September 3rd

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The metal behemoth fires up once again with a 17th studio album arriving at the start of September. 

The album is the band's first since 2015's Book Of Souls and marks their sixth successive album made with producer Kevin Shirley. 

Recorded in Paris in 2019, with bassist Steve Harris co-producing, the album is the band's second successive double LP, with 10 tracks coming in at a whopping almost 82 minutes. 

The LP is their first studio album since 1984's Powerslave to have no songwriting contributions from guitarist Dave Murray and the first since 1998's Virtual XI to feature multiple songs written by bassist Steve Harris alone.

Speaking about the album, frontman Bruce Dickinson said: "The songs are very varied, and some of them are quite long. There’s also one or two songs which sound pretty different to our usual style, and I think Maiden fans will be surprised –  in a good way, I hope!”


Manic Street Preachers - The Ultra Vivid Lament

Out September 10th

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The iconic Welsh trio return with their 14th studio album and one which marks a huge departure for the band. 

Recorded over the winter of 2020 and early 2021 in Monmouth studios and the bands’ Door to the River studio in Newport, the LP is the first Manic Street Preachers album initially conceived on piano rather than guitar.

Produced by long-time collaborator Dave Eringa, the LP features two guest vocalists, Sunflower Bean's Julia Cumming and grunge legend Mark Lanegan.

Influenced by REM, Roxy Music and Lodger-era David Bowie, the album is a marked departure from their last effort, 2018's Resistance Is Futile. 


The Vaccines - Back In Love City

Out September 10th

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The indie quintet unveil their fifth studio album and their first since 2018's Combat Sports. 

The album features Recorded at Sonic Ranch in El Paso, Texas with Tove Lo/Carly Rae Jepsen producer Daniel Ledinsky, the LP finds the band dabbling with concepts for the first time.

Inspired by fictional cities, in particular, Ridley Scott’s version of LA in Blade Runner and anime classic Cowboy Beebop’s Fear City, the album is set in Love City, a modern-day pleasure island, which is equal parts utopia and dystopia...


Imagine Dragons - Mercury: Act 1

Out September 3rd

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The stomping pop-rockers drop their fifth studio album next month. 

Featuring heavyweight production from the likes of Rick Rubin, Lorde key man Joel Little and Swedish hitmakers Mattman and Robin, the LP is billed by frontman Dan Reynolds as the band's most caustic and honest to date. 

But, as you can hear, they've not lost their ability to create a crushing chorus...


Public Service Broadcasting - Bright Magic

Out September 24th

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The art-rock experimentalists drop their fourth full-length LP at the end of next month, and, this time, it's got a Germanic flavour. 

Inspired by Berlin, the album is split into three sections, ‘Building A City’, ‘Building A Myth’ and ‘Bright Magic’ and centres on the unveiling of Berlin as a European metropolis.

Recorded in Berlin’s famous Hansa Tonstudio, the LP features guest singers Blixa Bargeld, Andreya Casablanca, EERA and Nina Hoss. 

Speaking about the album,  the band's mainman J. Willgoose, Esq said: "Doing this felt inevitable, somehow. n my head, it was whirring and pulsing away for a long time, even before Every Valley - this fascinating, contrary, seductive place. I knew the album was going to be about the city, and its history and myths, and I was going to move there."

He continued: "So it’s quite a personal story. It’s become an album about moving to Berlin to write an album about people who move to Berlin to write an album…”


Don Broco - Amazing Things

Out September 17th

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The eccentric rockers release album number four in the midst of next month. 

Produced by A frontman Jason Perry, the album continues the band's taste for cheeky, irreverent lyrics with punchy guitars and pop melodies. 

Sonically, Deftones, Beastie Boys, Linkin Park and Limp Bizkit are high in the mix, all taken and reworked with typical Don Broco flavour.


Sleigh Bells - Texis

Out September 10th


The noise pop duo release their first new LP in five years. 

Billed by the pair as a return to their classic mix of roaring guitars and bombastic melodies, the album recaptures the spirit of the duo's early work. 

Speaking about the record, which is self-produced, guitarist/producer Derek Miller said: "We stopped worrying about whether or not we’re in or out of our comfort zone, or if we were being repetitive or formulaic."


Little Simz - Sometimes I Might Be Introvert

Out September 3rd

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The rapper roars back with a follow-up to 2019's hugely acclaimed Grey Area. 

Produced by famed knob-twiddler Inflo in Los Angeles and London, the LP continues Simz's rich vein of witty, rapid-fire wordsmithery. 

The album is packed with guests, among them are Cleo Sol, Obongjayar and even The Crown actress Emma Corrin...


Tom Speight - Everything's Waiting For You

Out September 24th

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The singer-songwriter drops his second LP at the end of September, his follow-up to 2019's Collide. 

Recorded with producer Chris Bond in Devon and featuring contributions from regular collaborators Lydia Clowes and Turin Brakes’ Olly Knights, the album is a sunny, upbeat album, despite being made in the grim summer of 2020. 


Sleep Token - This Place Will Become Your Tomb

Out September 24th

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The secretive metal collective return with their second full-length album. 

Produced by George Lever, the LP continues the band's tradition of blending hazy doom metal with flashes of experimentalism and powerhouse alt-rock.


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