This Week's New Albums: April 20th 2018
The Shires, A Perfect Circle, Black Stone Cherry and the long-awaited collaboration between Sting and Shaggy are all among this week's new albums.
A Perfect Circle - Eat the Elephant
It’s been 14 years since we last had a new studio album from A Perfect Circle, the alt-rock outfit built around Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan and guitarist Billy Howerdel, but one arrives this week.
Produced by Oasis/Manic Street Preachers man Dave Sardy, the album has been recorded with a new rhythm section, Puscifer and Eagles Of Death Metal's Matt McJunkins and drummer Jeff Friedl, as well as Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha.
The new album is a more reflective piece of work, paring back the heavy guitars of their earlier work, focusing more on Keenan’s acerbic lyrics.
The Shires - Accidentally On Purpose
The country-pop duo follow up their hugely successful second album My Universe with a new LP.
Recorded out in country hotbed Nashville with Kelsea Ballerini/Thomas Rhett producer Lindsay Rimes, the album sees the duo stepping up their game with bigger choruses and aims of much bigger venues.
The album also features a track written by the one and only Ed Sheeran.
Black Stone Cherry - Family Tree
The Southern friend rockers make it six albums and counting next month with the release of Family Tree.
Recorded in their hometown of Glasgow in Kentucky, the foursome have focused on the bluesier end of rock, with the help of Government Mule guitarist Warren Haynes, who makes a guest appearance on ‘Dancing In The Rain’.
Sting & Shaggy - 44/876
2018’s unlikeliest collaboration arrives in April, with Shaggy, he of ‘It Wasn’t Me’ fame, teaming up with Sting, who is fresh from opening his musical about shipbuilding in Northumbria.
Recorded in Jamaica, the album features assistance from rapper Taranchyla, dancehall star Aidonia, reggae stars Morgan Heritage Sting's longtime guitarist Dominic Miller and ragga legend Robbie Shakespeare, while Martin Kierszenbaum, Sting's long-time producer, is on knob twiddling duty.
Brothers Osborne - Port Saint Joe
Brothers T.J and John Osborne follow up their acclaimed 2016 debut Pawn Shop with a new LP.
Produced by country hitmaker Jay Joyce, the album is named after the small town on the Florida coast where the brothers recorded the album.
Various Artists - Eurovision Song Contest 2018: Lisbon
All 43 songs from this year's Eurovision Song Contest, including the UK's entry SuRie, are put together on this two-disc compilation.
Stryper - God Damn Evil
Frontiers Music SRL
The Christian glam metallers make it 12 albums and counting this week with the release of new album God Damn Evil.
Melvins - Pinkus Abortion Technician
The prolific grunge experimentalists return with a new album, this time they've recorded with dual bassists, with Melvins' regular bass player Steven McDonald as well as Butthole Surfers' Jeff Pinkus on duty.
Bishop Briggs - Church Of Scars
Virgin EMI Records
The hotly-tipped singer-songwriter unleashes her debut EP this week.
Old Crow Medicine Show - Volunteer
Sony Music CMG
The freewheeling country pop collective release their sixth studio album this week, an LP produced by Dave Cobb, best known for his work with Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell and Sturgill Simpson.