Tired of the same music? Wanting something new? Then these are the albums you should be listening to throughout August and the months after.
Come Of Age – The Vaccines
Only a year after ‘What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?’, this new and more sophisticated album takes inspiration 50’s rock and roll and modern pop music. Battling for the number album spot with Two Door Cinema Club’s ‘Beacon’ (below), the name ‘Come Of Age’ is very fitting, as it sounds like it was created from a group well above their minor. Songs like ‘Teenage Icon’ and ‘Ghost Town’ went down very well at their recent Reading 2012 festival appearance.
Beacon – Two Door Cinema Club
Indie-disco is right. ‘Beacon’ sounds like the love child of The Killers and MGMT. And like ‘Come Of Age’ (above), it’s a more grown effort from the Northern Ireland trio. It’s tireless, and abundant with energy felt through the synths and restless guitars rhythms. Tracks like ‘Handshake’ and ‘Sleep Alone’ will prove that.
Four – Bloc Party
Bloc Party tempt destiny by jumping out of the way of expectations again. After supposedly heading into the depths of electronica, the dark approach of ‘3×3’ and the crisp raw guitar riffs on tracks like ‘Coliseum’ makes it more amp shaking than electronica. It even ends on a punky varnish with ‘We Are Not Good People’. If clashing metal and the relentless destruction of ones instrument through friction is your thing, listen to ‘Four’.
Devotion – Jessie Ware
‘Devotion’ isn’t a the stereotypical electronic-dance album that is aiming beyond pop stardom. What ‘Devotion’ creates is a silky, soulful and smooth environment. It’s the little less withdrawn version of Katy B’s ‘On A Mission’, but ‘Devotion’ takes direction from the 80’s electronic. ‘No To Love’ adds variation with it’s hip-hop breakdown beyond the middle, whilst ‘Wildest Moments’ is the highlight of the Jessie Ware’s vocal spectrum. Don’t miss this one.
Coexist – The XX
After the huge critical acclaim they received for there debut album, the follow up promises to tackle things in the same way. The first single released, named ‘Angels’ is angelic in name and sound, giving the best insight into what makes the Barclaycard Mercury Prize winners of 2010 tick.
Battle-Born – The Killers
Forget that disastrous Crimbo album and all the antics of Brandon Flowers going solo, the real Killers are back. The album is named for the words written on the Nevada state flag, showing that the Las Vegas group are determined to do better than last efforts like ‘Sawdust’ and ‘Day And Age’. The first single for ‘Battle-Born’ has been released, titled ‘Runaway’.
The 2nd Law – Muse
Due to be released at the end of September, Muse have said that they’ll live up to the stadium rocking anthems that they have promised fans. Is ‘The 2nd Law’ a continuation of ‘Resistance’? Don’t be fooled. Whilst ‘The Resistance’ raised the scale, ‘The 2nd Law’ looks like it’ll change the rules altogether, by blending some soft-rock and dubstep. That’s been seen in they’re show-off tracks from the album called ‘The 2nd Law: Unsustainable’ and ‘Madness’.