Albums I’m looking forward to!

It looks like the end of the year is shaping up to be the best part of 2008, music-wise! :) There are several upcoming albums that I’m eagerly anticipating the release of. November and December can’t come soon enough!

  • Girls Aloud will release their fifth studio album Out Of Control on November 3. I adored Tangled Up (from last year) so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that OOC will be just as good, if not even better! The girls have already released the first single from the album, the sixties-inspired “The Promise,” which also comes with a fab b-side called “She.” One of the album’s tracks, “The Loving Kind,” was penned for the group by the Pet Shop Boys! I’m far too excited about this album! :)
  • Sarah Brightman‘s Christmas album, A Winter Symphony, will be on sale on November 3. Sarah’s voice will perfectly complement the wintry tracks on the album which include “Silent Night,” “Jesu, Joy Of Man’s Desiring,” and “Amazing Grace.” I was a bit disappointed with her January release “Symphony” – too schmaltzy, Sarah! :O – so I’m looking forward to this new album. :)
  • Enya has a Christmas/winter-themed album, And Winter Came, coming out too on November 11. Enya’s trademark sound is perfect for the holiday season and first single “Trains And Winter Rains” is a good sign that the album will be great! :)
  • Dido will return to the music scene with Safe Trip Home on November 18 in the US. The two songs previously released from the album, “Look No Further” and the single “Don’t Believe In Love,” are beautiful (the single has funky bass!) so I’m guessing the full album will be lovely. I really love Dido’s first two albums so I can’t wait for Safe Trip Home!
  • And finally, the legendary Miss Britney Spears. :) Her album, Circus, is set to be released on December 2 in the US. After the awesome but under-promoted Blackout from last year, I’ve got high hopes that Circus will be a super pop experience. The first single from the album, “Womanizer,” was recently released and I’m loving it!

Albums I’m excited about!

There are a few albums that will be released over the summer and into the fall that I’m excited about. Here are my thoughts:

  • NiyazNine Heavens (June 24 2008) / Azam Ali, Loga Ramin Torkian, and Carmen Rizzo (Niyaz) are releasing their second album, Nine Heavens, on June 24. I’m a big fan of their self-titled debut – a mesmerizing blend of Persian folk and electronic music – and I can’t wait to hear the great new tunes they’ve come up with. What makes Nine Heavens ultra-nifty is that it comes with a disc of the songs played acoustically. You can download one of the tracks here (I haven’t, because I want to wait to hear the album in its entirety!)!
  • The Verve – TBA (August 2008?) / Richard Ashcroft and friends are back together and I for one am looking forward to hearing what they’ve come up with. First single “Love Is Noise” is going to be played on the BBC’s Radio One – you can listen to it live here – on June 23. Exciting stuff!
  • Mylène Farmer – TBA (Fall 2008) /The first single from the as-yet-untitled album, “Dégénération,” has been released to French radio stations and is floating around online. “Dégénération” isn’t my fave Mylene song, and it probably never will be, but it certainly is a cool sounding song. Can’t wait to hear the whole album!
  • Dido – TBA (September 2008?) / Dido’s new album has been in the works forever, it seems, but I’m betting that it’ll be worth the wait. Her first two albums, No Angel and Life For Rent, are excellent pieces of downtempo pop and it’ll be interesting to hear how her music has progressed in the years since.

I’m sure other new albums will come about that I’ll love, but these are the ones I’m marking my calendar for! :)