Thursday, January 01, 2015

New Releases, January

January, while not particularly exciting, has some noteworthy releases to look forward to; including releases from Jazmine Sullivan, Meghan Trainor, The Decemberists and Mark Ronson.


Jazmine Sullivan - Reality Show (3/1). This is American R&B/soul singer's first album in five years. Her last outing, Love Me Back was a critical darling, whilst I didn't think it was as good as its predecessor, Fearless, which earned Sullivan comparisons to Lauryn Hill's classic The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Reality Show is preceded by the singles, "Forever Don't Last," and "Dumb," featuring Meek Mill, which somewhat carves out a spot in the R&B landscape of 2015--a year that I predict will be filled with alot soft, brooding, synth-laden and contemplative "alternative," R&B and Sullivan's works is a refreshing and ironic detour to something that's considered alternative in itself.

 Mark Ronson - Uptown Special (27/1). Hot on the heels of 2014's, and what looks to be 2015's also, biggest hits ("Uptown Funk"), English musician and DJ gets ready to drop his fourth album and first album in five years. The album features an eclectic array of collaborators including Bruno Mars, Stevie Wonder, Mystikal (what?!) and new collaborator in crime, Australian musician, Kevin Parker, the lead of Australian band, Tame Impala--who works with Ronson on three different tracks.

Meghan Trainor - Title (13/1). She's had the massive hit, and the not as brightly-burning follow-up, but now it's time for pop newcomer, Meghan Trainor to prove that she's no one-hit-wonder. "All About the Bass," and "Lips Are Moving," are cute little ditties--kind of watering down what Amy Winehouse and Duffy were doing back in 2007/2008, but I'm not too invested in Trainor as an albums-artist, however, I hope I'm proved wrong. Title features a collaboration with American soul singer, John Legend and production of Trainor herself and Grammy-nominated songwriter and instrumentalist, Kevin Kadish.

The Decemberists - What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World (20/1). The last Decemberists album, The King is Dead, was favourite of mine--"This is Why We Fight," was, and still actually is, one of my favourite songs (check out my review). It was my first introduction to the band and I've been looking forward to some new stuff for awhile--and it's nearly here, four years later.

Other releases

Mikky Ekko - Time (16/1). I haven't heard much from American siner, Mikky Ekko since her featured on Rihanna's hit single, "Stay." He nabbed another feature with David Guetta, "One Voice," that I don't believe became an actual single and another with American DJ, Chris Malinchak, "Stranger," that charted at #45 in the UK last year. It's risky launching an album without a recently successful single when you're not Beyonce.

Fall Out Boy - American Beauty/American Psycho (20/1). The sixth album from the American rock band, preceded by the title-track lead single.

Ne-Yo - Non-Fiction (20/1). The sixth album from the R&B singer, has yet to land a preceding hit in the same vein as "Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself)" back in 2012.

Fifth Harmony - Reflection (26/1). The debut album from the X- Factor spawned five-piece. I believe this was originally a December releases that got pushed back to this year. It seems they've struggled to land a bonafide hit as of yet; urban-tinged "Boss" (replace the 's' with dollar signs yourselves) is their biggest so far, peaking at #43.

Rumoured: Rita Ora 2nd album.

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