Thursday, September 30, 2010

October Album Releases

September was a pretty good month for music, found a handful of albums I really loved--highlights including British synth-pop duo's debut Happiness, The Killers' frontman Brandon Flower's solo debut Flamingo, the outlandish techo of Underworld's Barking and Maroon 5's fifth offering Hands All Over. From what I can see, October isn't shaping up to be stellar month I'd hoped, only a couple releases that I'm interested in, here's a quick rundown:

Bruno Mars - Doo Wops & Hooligans (Oct. 4). Bruno Mars readies his debut album Doo Wops & Hooligans, so far it's already landed him his first solo chart topper with "Just the Way You Are," which is currently in its second week at #1 in the US. The album features collaborations with Damian Marley, Cee Lo Brown and B.o.B. and production work from singer/songwriter Claude Kelly.

David Archuleta - The Other Side of Down (Oct. 5). I'm not that interested in this but it's worth a shout, The Other Side of Down is American Idol runner up David Archuleta's third album, following last years' Christmas album Christmas from the Heart. The album hasn't got off to the best of starts, it's spawned one single so far, "Something 'Bout Love," which has yet to chart on the Hot 100 since its release back in July--it's a notable decline in Archuleta's popularity, his first single "Crush" from his eponymous first album debuted at #2.

Kings of Leon - Come Around Sundown (Oct. 19). American rock band Kings of Leon are back! The forthcoming Come Around Sundown is bands fifth album, it follows 2008's Only By the Night which saw an overwhelming surge in the bands popularity. As well as going 5x platinum in the UK, the album landed their biggest singles to date ("Sex of Fire" and "Use Somebody"). So far, the albums scored the band's second top 40 single in the US with lead single "Radioactive."

Taylor Swift - Speak Now (Oct. 25). Pop/country singer Taylor Swift returns with her third album Speak Now. The album follows 2008's Grammy award winning, best-seller Fearless. The albums already landed a hit with lead single "Mine," which hit #3 on the Hot 100 back in August. I haven't heard much about the sound of this album, but looking at the track list--it looks like it'll be darker, with songs title's like "Better Than Revenge" and "Haunted."

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