December 1, 2017

This Week's New Albums: December 1st 2017
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by Tom Goodwyn

hmv London; 01/12/2017

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This Week's New Albums: December 1st 2017

U2, Neil Young, Gwen Stefani and Chris Stapleton are among the artists with new albums out this week. 

Songs of Experience

U2 - Songs of Experience

Universal Music

It was widely expected that the Irish stadium fillers would deliver a quick follow-up to 2014’s Songs Of Innocence, but the election of Donald Trump and the UK’s decision to leave the European Union put paid to that.

So, three years later, their 14th studio album arrives, complete with an array of production talent. On duty this time are Jacknife Lee, Ryan Tedder, Steve Lillywhite, Andy Barlow and Jolyon Thomas.

Written in the aftermath of frontman Bono’s bike accident, an accident so severe that it left him unable to play guitar for a year, the album sees the band trying to make sense of life’s biggest issues as well as the world’s turbulent political climate. There’s a lot going on, that’s for sure...

You Make It Feel Like Christmas

Gwen Stefani - You Make It Feel Like Christmas


The No Doubt singer gets festive for the first time on record with the release of this new Christmas album.

Stefani has covered six-holiday classics, including Wham’s ‘Last Christmas’, ‘Silent Night’ and ‘Santa Baby’ as well as including five new originals and a duet with partner Blake Shelton.

War & Leisure

Miguel - War & Leisure


The soulful singer follows up 2015’s hugely acclaimed Wildheart with a politically charged new LP.

Travis Scott, J. Cole and Salaam Remi are among the guests, with hit singles ‘Sky Walker’ and ‘Told You So’ among the 12 tracks that feature.

The Visitor

Neil Young and Promise of the Real - The Visitor

Warner Bros Records

The veteran firebrand unveils his second album with new backing band Promise Of The Real and the 39th studio LP of his career.

Recorded with the band, who are lead by Willie Nelson’s son Lukas, the LP includes 10 brand new tracks, led by anger-fuelled new single ‘Already Great’.

The album also includes the epic track ‘Children Of Destiny, which was recorded at California's famed Capitol Studios alongside Promise of the Real and a 56-piece orchestra.


Midge Ure - Orchestrated

BMG Rights Management

The pop veteran drops an album of reimagined and orchestrated versions of Ultravox hits and Midge Ure classic tracks. 

Pete Tong Ibiza Classics

Pete Tong with The Heritage Orchestra - Ibiza Classics


The DJ reworks another selection of dance classics with the Heritage Orchestra, with the likes of 'Clubbed To Death'. Seal's 'Killer' and Massive Attack's 'Unfinished Sympathy' among the tracks re-worked. 

From a Room - Volume 2

Chris Stapleton - From a Room - Volume 2


The country maverick unveils the second part of his From A Room series this week. 

On Air

The Rolling Stones - On Air


The iconic rockers collect all their live BBC sessions from the 1960's in this new compilation.

The New Reality

Operation: Mindcrime - The New Reality

Frontiers Records

The prog metallers, who fronted by the former lead singer of Queensrÿche, Geoff Tate, unveil their second full-length effort this week. 

A Christmas Carol By Charles Dickens

Simon Callow with The Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band - A Christmas Carol By Charles Dickens

Island Records

The veteran actor collaborates with The Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band to deliver this live rendition of Charles Dickens' festive classic. 

Dark Divine

Like Moths to Flames - Dark Divine

Rise Records

The Ohio metalcore troupe roar back with a fourth full-length LP. 

Now That's What I Call a Party 2018

Various Artists - Now That's What I Call a Party 2018


This new compilation gathers together 43 of 2018's biggest floor fillers across two CDs, including tracks from Calvin Harris, Justin Bieber, Avicii, Sigala and Katy Perry.