Summer is slowly coming to an end, and even though we have dreadful thoughts of the winter months ahead, let’s take a moment to appreciate the good music we have coming out soon. Our summer jams are still here and very present, but in the meantime, as September approaches, there are some great new releases on the horizon. Here are four fall albums that I’m stoked on.
Sheryl Crow – Threads (August 30)
Country-pop singer Sheryl Crow is releasing her eleventh studio album, Threads, on August 30. Although this is an exciting buildup, this album has been met with some bitter-sweet as Crow has announced that this will likely be her last studio album. During promotion for her 2018 UK tour, Crow cited the reasoning for this being her final album was due to the impossibility of releasing something that could follow up such a gathering of artists. She added that she will continue to write and tour and will potentially release EPs. Threads is a collaborative album that features many of Crow’s friends, heroes, and newer artists. Some of the musicians billed for the album include The Eagles’ Joe Walsh, St. Vincent, Stevie Nicks, Keith Richards, Willie Nelson, and even posthumous recordings from Johnny Cash.
Blink 182 – Nine (September 20)
Each member of the pop-punk band Blink-182 have been busy lately. Lead singer Mark Hoppus has been working on a side project with All Time Low singer Alex Gaskarth, Travis Barker has been working with a number of hip-hop acts, and Matt Skiba returned to his band Alkaline Trio to begin recording their next album. That said, Blink 182 still managed to get into the studio in early spring to begin working on their follow up to 2016’s California. Their latest effort, Nine, will feature the return of production from John Feldman, but will also see the band experiment by working with The Futuristics and Pharrell Williams. The band released their lead single, Blame It on My Youth, in early May, solidifying their ‘just-wanna-get-out-of-this-town’ sound that fans know and love all too well. Other tracks released, however, like Darkside and Generational Divide, show a more angsty, darker sound to Blink that is slightly comparable to their early 2000s material.
Tegan & Sara – Hey I’m Just like You (September 27)
The upcoming album from the Canadian sibling duo has got a neat history behind it. As the twins were preparing to work on their memoir, High School, they came across old cassette recordings from between the ages of 15 and 17. This past spring, Tegan and Sara rewrote parts of those lyrics, but made sure to keep the essence of each song. In the official announcement for the record release, the duo said the album would contain elements of their "rock and punk roots, with a punch of pop production", and that it is the first "Tegan and Sara album produced, performed, engineered, mixed, and mastered by a team of all women". Their first lead single, I’ll Be Back Someday, was released in late July, and is just a taste of what we can expect. Tegan & Sara are also promoting their memoir in accordance with their record, embarking on a tour that will see them read from the book, and perform acoustic renditions of their songs in theatre-style venues.
City & Colour – A Pill for Loneliness (October 4)
It’s been almost four years since we last heard from Dallas Green a.k.a. City and Colour, so many fans were pleased when it was announced a new studio album was in the works. After teasing studio session images on Instagram, City & Colour officially announced their sixth studio album, A Pill for Loneliness, would be released this fall. The lead single, Astronaut, a dreary, but hopeful tune that clocks in at six minutes, was released earlier this summer, followed shortly by the brooding Strangers and the up-tempo album lead Living in Lightning.