February 9, 2018

This Week's New Albums: February 9th 2018
by Tom

by Tom Goodwyn

hmv London; 09/02/2018


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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.

Click here to read our interview with Fallon. 

Always Ascending

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.

Click here to read our full preview.

Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life

The Wombats - Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life

The Wombats

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’.

Click here to read our interview with the band. 

Little Dark Age

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.

Black Panther: The Album

Various Artists - Black Panther: The Album


Kendrick Lamar curates the soundtrack to Marvel's new blockbuster, recruiting The Weeknd, SZA, Jorja Smith and more to help him out.

Click here for more details. 

Fifty Shades Freed: The Final Chapter

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. 

Crooked Shadows

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.

Transangelic Exodus

Ezra Furman - Transangelic Exodus

Bella Union Records

The eccentric singer-songwriter returns with a brand new collection this week. 

Damned Devotion

Joan As Police Woman - Damned Devotion


The Brooklyn trio make it five albums and counting this week with a new LP. 

A Humdrum Star

GoGo Penguin - A Humdrum Star

Decca Records

The Manchester jazz trio continue down the path of experimentalism on their fourth full-length effort. 

Wild Silence

The Wandering Hearts - Wild Silence

Decca Records

The hotly-tipped folk foursome unveil their debut album this week. 

Spirit of Minnie

Will Varley - Spirit Of Minnie

Xtra Mile Recordings

The singer-songwriter follows up the acclaimed Kingsdown Sundown with a brand new effort this week. 

Unto the Earth

Last Of The Easy Riders - Unto the Earth


The Denver psychedelia-infused country-rock collective roar back this week with a new LP.