This Week's New Albums: August 17th 2018
Ariana Grande, Slaves, Death Cab For Cutie and Gabrielle are among the artists with new albums out this week.
Ariana Grande - Sweetener
The singer unveils her fourth full-length effort this week, her first since 2016's sassy Dangerous Woman.
Led by single 'No Tears Left To Cry' and new smash 'God Is A Woman', the album features guest appearances from both Nicki Minaj and Pharrell Williams.
As you'd expect, Grande's production and co-writing is very impressive, with hitmaker in chief Max Martin and Maroon 5/One Direction man Savan Kotecha just two of the big names credited on the record.
Gabrielle - Under My Skin
BMG Rights Management
The soul singer, best known for her megahits 'Dream', 'Rise' and 'Out Of Reach', returns with her first new album in 11 years next month.
For her comeback, Gabrielle has largely worked with Corinne Bailey Rae collaborator Steve Chrisanthou who did Corinne Bailey Rae and Paloma Faith producer Ian Barter.
Death Cab For Cutie - Thank You For Today
The thoughtful indie types unveil album number nine this week, the follow-up to 2015's Kitsungi.
Produced again by Rich Costey, is the first Death Cab for Cutie release to not feature guitarist Chris Walla since the band's first ever release, You Can Play These Songs with Chords. It is also the band's first album with new guitarist/keyboardists Dave Depper and Zac Rae.
A 10-track album, the album is a more upbeat collection.
Slaves - Acts Of Fear and Love
Virgin EMI Records
The Kent duo unveil their third full-length effort this week, a nine-track-effort recorded in Belgium which sees the band in a more reflective mood and moving away from the direct, angular punk of their earlier work.
Bugzy Malone - B. Inspired
The Mancunian rapper unveils his much-anticipated debut album this week, an LP that includes collaborations with JP Cooper, Maverick Sabre, Laura White and Rag'N'Bone Man.
Mitski - Be the Cowboy
The oddball Japanese-American returns with her fifth studio album this week, she recorded the album with longtime producer Patrick Hyland.
The singer has explained that the persona she takes on for this album was inspired by Isabelle Huppert’s award-winning performance in The Piano Teacher.
Dan Owen - Stay Awake With Me
The Shropshire singer-songwriter unveils his debut album this week.
Stefflon Don - Secure
The dancehall-tinged rapper offers up her debut full effort this week, including hits 'Senseless' and 'What You Want'.
Future, Tiggs Da Author, Fekky, DJ Khaled, Sean Paul and Popcaan are among the collaborators who lend a hand.