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New music for May 2014

Written by · Published Apr 28, 2014

The Black Keys

Turn blue by The Black Keys

Following their Grammy-scoring, arena-touring El Camino, Turn Blue has some pretty stiff competition. Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney’s new album features their now regular collaborator Danger Mouse on production duties alongside the band and was recorded last year at Los Angeles’ historic Sunset Sound, with smaller stints in Benton Harbor, Michigan and Dan’s own Easy Eye Sound studio in Nashville. Hear the new album ahead of their headlining slot at Latitude.

Ghost stories by Coldplay

6th studio album by Coldplay, their first full-length release under Atlantic, after Coldplay were transferred from Capitol Records in 2013, following the purchase of EMI and its assets by the Universal Music Group in 2011.

The album is preceded by two singles: Magic, released in March 2014, and Midnight, released in April 2014. Coldplay are a band who inspire mixed reactions but this will be huge.

The Power of Love by Sam Bailey

Debut studio album by the English singer and winner of the tenth series of ITV’s The X Factor. Featuring singles Skyscraper and Compass the album entered the UK albums chart at number 1.

Sheezus by Lily Allen

The irrepressible Lily Allen returns with her third studio album after her career break in 2009. Cheekily entitled Sheezus, as “a little nod to Kanye West”, who had released the album Yeezus in 2013, the album features the controversial single Hard out here.

Unrepentant Geraldines by Tori Amos

While touring for her last mainstream release in 2009, Amos felt as if she had hit a block in her creative ability and needed to find a new way to make music. This led to her pursuing projects outside the pop/rock genre, including classical music and The Light Princess musical, as well as orchestral re-recordings of songs from her catalogue.

Feeling invigorated and with a fresh approach, Unrepentant Geraldines marks Amos’ return to pop and alternative rock music. The songs on the album were, according to Amos, a long time in the making, exploring different styles and subject matter.

Amos stated she’d written the songs “in secret”, enjoying the freedom of not working in a large group of musicians. She described the album as different snapshots of her life and things she’d observed.

Someday world by Eno & Hyde

Fascinating collaboration between sometime Woodbridge resident Eno and Underworld frontman Karl Hyde. 9 songs, composed and sung by Eno & Hyde, with a highly distinguished cast of supporting musicians.

Pulses by Karmin (Freegal)

Debut full-length album from the platinum selling duo of Amy Heidemann & Nick Noonan. They first ignited the blogosphere in April 2011 after posting a cover of Chris Brown’s Look at me now to YouTube and getting over 88 million views. Includes hit singles Acapella and I want it all.

Pure… Acoustic by Various Artists (Freegal)

Four CDs in this album of the greatest acoustic music. Featuring Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Alicia Keys, Billy Joel, The Fray, Tom Odell, Jeff Buckley and many more.

II by Death Destruction (Freegal)

The band nominated for a Bandit Rock Award as best newcomer are back with a new album. With the new singer Tony Jelencovich behind the microphone and producer Roberto Laghi (In Flames etc.)

Now that’s what I call feel good by Various Artists (Freegal)

Kick off your spring with this 3 disc compilation of the best uplifting tracks of recent times. From Katy Perry to Mcfly, Carly Rae Jepson to James Morrison, these catchy pop tunes will get you singing along and ready for the (hopefully) warm months ahead.

Brandon King

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