New LPs on the way from Bruce Springsteen, U2, Professor Green and more
Time Out Bahrain staff
Bruce Springsteen High Hopes January 14 A new offering from ‘The Boss’ is always cause for celebration and early reviews on this one sound very promising. ‘High Hopes’ will be an album of covers, re-imaginings of earlier recordings and outtakes from the studio over the past ten years of which Springsteen has said: ‘This is music I always felt needed to be released’.
Mike Oldfield Man on the Rocks January 27 The first album of new material since 2008 from the man who brought us the iconic ‘Tubular Bells’, its working title, ‘Rock’ and we can expect some surprises particularly on the guitar-driven ‘Irene’, inspired by the category three hurricane that hit the Bahamas in 2011. However, according to the blurb, it’s ‘an album of great variance and contrast; from the commercial punch of opening track, ‘Sailing’, to the beautiful folk-influenced ‘Dreaming In The Wind’.
Of Mice and Men Restoring Force January 28 The third full-length studio album from the American metalcore rockers featuring the recently released ‘You’re Not Alone’. Lead singer Austin Carlile told journalists the overall sound would be ‘... more rock, or I guess a nu-metal sound you could say’, and early listening reveals a more tuneful, structured sound. Definitely worth a listen.
Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga Cheek to Cheek January A collaboration between the jazz legend and the pop princess, or queen of the little monsters, which was scheduled for release on January 1 but is now rumoured to be pushed back until later in the month, or even later in the year. Either way, after their initial duet on ‘Lady and The Tramp’ recorded for Bennet’s own Grammy-winning album ‘Duets II’, this promises to be worth the wait.
Toni Braxton & Babyface Love, Marriage and Divorce February 4 An album of duets from two R&B powerhouses coming out just in time for Valentine’s day…shocker. Actually it was scheduled to drop back in December, following the success of the smash-hit single ‘Hurt You’ in August 2013 and it’s really not all sugary sweet, hey it’s got divorce in the title, so cynical though the release date may be, we’re really looking forward to this one.
Foxes Glorious March 3 The debut full-length album from Louise Rose Allen, AKA Foxes, whose vocal work on Zedd’s ‘Clarity’, saw her hit number eight on the US Billboard Hot 100. She says the new album, 11 tracks or 16 on the deluxe version, ‘has a dark streak… as well as a pop element that runs through it’.
Ashanti Braveheart March 4 Long awaited but little hyped, this is the fifth studio album from the American songstress and the first on her own label Written Entertainment following her 2009 departure from Murder Inc. There are collaborations with R Kelly and Keyshia Cole and initial live performances have looked promising so let’s hope this sees a return to form for the woman who had the fastest selling debut by a female artist.
Johnny Cash Out Among the Stars March 25 This has to be some of the best news of the new year. Ten years after Johnny Cash’s death, Legacy Recordings has announced the release of a new album of 12 studio songs, recorded between 1981-1984 in Nashville and seemingly ‘forgotten’ about in the Colombia archives since then. The release includes two duets with wife June Carter. The recording was found by son John Carter Cash while going through his late parents’ things. He told Associated Press: ‘…we were like, my goodness this is a beautiful record that nobody has ever heard. Johnny Cash is in the very prime of his voice for his lifetime. He’s pitch perfect’. We can’t wait.
U2 As yet untitled Release date to be confirmed – April The 13th album from the Irish megastars is due out in 2014 with release details expected to be announced at the Superbowl on February 2. According to Billboard, the band has slated the release date for April and bassist Adam Clayton told an Irish radio station it’s: ‘A bit of a return to the U2 of old, but with the maturity, if you like, of the U2 of the last ten years’. We’re very excited about this one.
Professor Green Growing Up In Public May 12 The third solo album from the Brit singer/songwriter and rapper who delayed his November 2013 tour to coincide with the release. Pro Green has previously worked with Lily Allen, Ed Sheeran and Emeli Sandé and it was rumoured Lana Del Rey would be a collaborator this time around but he’s said they didn’t make it into the studio, so it will be interesting to see who pops up on vocals on this one. The debut single ‘Are You Getting Enough?’ featuring Miles Kane was released back in July last year, but failed to chart, and Green has said the ‘proper’ first single will drop this month.
Also coming out in 2014 ACDC, Adele, Anthrax, The Cult, Foo Fighters, Fun, Garbage, Guns N Roses, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Lana Del Rey, Linkin Park, Mariah Carey, Motley Crue, No Doubt, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Whitesnake. No further information on release dates as yet.