April 19, 2018

This Week's New Albums: April 20th 2018
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by Tom Goodwyn

hmv London; 19/04/2018


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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. 

Eat the Elephant

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.


Accidentally On Purpose

The Shires - Accidentally On Purpose

Decca Records

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. 

Click here to read our interview with the band. 

Family Tree

Black Stone Cherry - Family Tree

Mascot Records

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’.

Click here to read our interview with drummer John Fred Young. 


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.

My Indigo

My Indigo - My Indigo


Within Temptation singer Sharon den Adel goes it alone for this new project, which is inspired by electronica and folk rather her usual hard rock. 


Port Saint Joe

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. 

Eurovision Song Contest 2018: Lisbon

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. 

Paradox: Original Music from the Film

Neil Young and Promise of the Real - Paradox: Original Music from the Film

Warner Bros Records

The veteran troubadour unveils the soundtrack to his new movie Paradox, an outlaw story directed by Young's girlfriend, Kill Bill star Daryl Hannah. 


Tesseract - Sonder


The beloved prog rockers unveil their fourth studio album this week, a concept record described by vocalist Daniel Tompkins as "exploring a deep and devouring sense of insignificance".

God Damn Evil

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. 

Never Gonna Die

Pennywise - Never Gonna Die


The long-serving pop-punks drop the 12th album of their career and their first since 2014's Yesterdays. 

Pinkus Abortion Technician

Melvins - Pinkus Abortion Technician

Ipecac Recordings

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. 

Church of Scars

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.

Click here to get inside fiddle player Ketch Secor's record collection. 

The Projector

Simone Felice - The Projector

New York Pro

The acclaimed singer-songwriter and producer unveils his latest album, recorded near his hometown in Kaaterskill Creek and featuring guest appearances from Bat For Lashes and Four Tet.