August 16, 2018

This Week's New Albums: August 17th 2018
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by Tom Goodwyn

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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

Island Records

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. 

Click here to read our full preview. 

Under My Skin

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. 

Click here to read our interview with the singer. 

Thank You for Today

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.

You can read our full preview here. 

Acts of Fear and Love

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. 

B. Inspired

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. 

Stranger Today

Our Girl - Stranger Today

Cannibal Hymns

The much-tipped trio finally drop their debut album this week, an LP packed with spacey grooves and screeching guitars, produced by former The Coral man Bill Ryder-Jones. 

Smote Reverser

Oh Sees - Smote Reverser

Castle Face

The eccentric and extremely prolific John Dwyer drops his 20th studio album this week. 

Be the Cowboy

Mitski - Be the Cowboy

Dead Oceans

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.

Slow Air

Still Corners - Slow Air

Wrecking Light Records

The dream-pop duo drop their fourth collection this week, an album written and recorded within just three months, in and around Austin, Texas. 

The Diet

Cullen Omori - The Diet

Sub Pop

The Smith Westerns' frontman returns with his second solo effort, an album he recorded with Rooney axeman Taylor Locke. 

The Long Walk

Uniform - The Long Walk

Sacred Bones Records

The New York noise rockers, now a trio with drummer Greg Fox, unveil their new LP, an album inspired by Stephen King's novel The Long Walk. 

Baby Teeth

Dizzy - Baby Teeth

Caroline International

The Canadian pop-rock trio release their debut album this week. 

Recorded in Montreal, the album featured Bjork, Braids and Arcade Fire man Damian Taylor at the controls. 

Yesterday Was Forever

Kate Nash - Yesterday Was Forever

Girl Gang Records

The singer, best known for her hit single 'Foundations', returns with her first new album in five years. 


Stay Awake With Me

Dan Owen - Stay Awake With Me

Dan Owen

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.