The Yahoo! Fall 2012 Releases Preview
The next few months are packed with new releases for just about everyone's taste, except for Jazz! No, no, just kidding folks. I'm sure Jazz fans will be made whole as well. But I only have 25 slots here and I've got to tell you about people who might sell a lot of records -- or whatever it is that people do these days.
Let's get to it! (All release dates subject to change. This is the music business, folks.)
25) Animal Collective -- Centipede Hz (September 4): The press has picked up on the fugly album cover that if advance press is correct will be one of the ugliest album covers of all-time, with its decomposed Rolling Stones lips securing the band inside. Said to be a 'return to their roots' move! They have roots?
24) Matchbox Twenty -- North (September 4): Rob Thomas remembers he has a day job and returns with his band after nearly a decade. First single "She's So Mean" is likely a good idea of what to expect. Unless there's a theremin solo on there I don't know about.
23) T.I. -- Trouble Man (September 4): Word has it that September 4 is too optimistic and that T.I. is too busy choosing between 80+ tunes. Early reports have collaborations with R. Kelly, Andre 3000 and Pharrell being strong candidates. Even a song called "Guns and Roses" is possible! Somebody call Big Daddy Axl Rose and wake him up out of the jacuzzi and let's make this happen, for reals!
22) Willow Smith -- Knees and Elbows (September 4): Already campaigning as just "Willow," this Will Smith offspring has had her debut album pushed to September and maybe beyond, considering initial reports had it dropping on April 3. While "Whip My Hair" was a huge hit, the follow-up singles, "21st Century Girl" and "Fireball (featuring Nicki Minaj)" have been less successful. Has she peaked?
21) Akon -- Stadium (September 11): Will this album finally see the light of day? Originally planned for release in 2010, Stadium should be promoted as a life-changing event! It's said to feature Rick Ross, Chris Brown, Lil' Wayne, T-Pain, Sean Kingston, among the many. Maybe your invite got lost in the mail!
20) Bob Dylan -- Tempest (September 11): Rumors and conjecture say this will be Mr. Dylan's final album, since Shakespeare's last play was called The Tempest. Bob's having none of it, but the album is said to be "dark" and to be his "best thing in a decade," which means previewers are comparing it to that other album released on that other September 11! Love and Theft! But, seriously, what hype company would release something and say, "It's the worst Dylan album since Down In the Groove!"
19) Raveonettes -- Observator (September 11): This shoegaze, retro-dream-pop duo went back into the studio with producer Richard Gottehrer for their sixth album and if the first track leaked, "Observations," is any indication, we're all going to be better human beings come September 11.
18) Dave Matthews Band -- Away From The World -- (September 11): DMB are back with producer Steve Lillywhite, who produced their first three studio albums. Several tracks were previewed live and the "Super-Deluxe" edition of the album adds bonus tracks, a DVD, a tour photo book and Dave's home phone number!