This Week's New Albums: February 9th 2018
New albums from Brian Fallon, Franz Ferdinand, The Wombats and the soundtracks to both Black Panther and Fifty Shades Freed are among this week's new releases.
Brian Fallon - Sleepwalkers
Virgin EMI Records
Before The Gaslight Anthem frontman rejoins his bandmates to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their beloved LP The ‘59 Sound, he has the small matter of his second solo LP to attend to.
Recorded with Ted Hutt, the same man who was at the controls for The ‘59 Sound, the album sees Fallon embracing 70s power pop and Motown influences with a catchier, more uplifting result.
Franz Ferdinand - Always Ascending
Things have changed a great deal for sharply dressed Scottish indie types Franz Ferdinand since their 2013 LP Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action.
After the departure of guitarist Nick McCarthy, the band have recruited not one, but two new members, with former 1990s member Dino Bardot joining on guitar and Julian Corrie (who you’ll probably know better as Miaoux Miaoux) on keyboards, synth and guitar.
Recorded at RAK Studios in London and Motorbass Studios in Paris with Cassius's Philippe Zdar producing, the album sees the band's cheese wire guitar riffs and insatiable melodies pushed front and centre once again.
The Wombats - Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life
The indie trio fully embrace electronica on their fourth studio album, which sees them go it alone on their own label after their departure from Warners.
Produced by Bastille/Rag'n'Bone Man's Mark Crew and Foals/The Big Moon's Catherine Marks, you can hear the band’s embrace of electronic sheen in full on the quirky ‘Lemon To A Knife Fight’.
MGMT - Little Dark Age
It’s been a long time since we heard anything from psychedelic pop duo MGMT, but they finally return with Little Dark Age, their first new album in five years.
Featuring production help from former Chairlift man Patrick Wimberly and Dave Fridmann, best known for his work with Tame Impala and The Flaming Lips, the album sees the band in a reflective mood.
Various Artists - Fifty Shades Freed: The Final Chapter
The soundtrack to the final chapter of the trilogy that began with Fifty Shades Of Grey arrives with new tracks from Jessie J, Julia Michaels, Dua Lipa and a duet between Rita Ora and Liam Payne.
Dashboard Confessional - Crooked Shadows
Fueled By Ramen
It’s been nine years since Chris Carrabba put out an album under the moniker of Dashboard Confessional, time he has used to pursue his side project Twin Forks and a reunion with hardcore types Further Seems Forever, but now he’s picked up Dashboard once again.
Produced by Carrabba with help from Jonathan Clark and Colin Brittain, the singer has revealed that the album has been inspired by the political turmoil in the US and moves away from the heartwrenching direction of his earlier work.