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Next Week in Music | Feb. 4-10, 2019 • New Albums

Here's what you'll be listening to next week. Or not.

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Keep your eyes and ears peeled for these albums next week. But don’t blame me if things change at the last minute:


TOP NEW ALBUMS

Ariana Grande
thank u, next
Hey, I know she’s a supremely talented singer. And after seeing her host Saturday Night Live, it seems clear she’s also got a functional sense of humour (insert your own Pete Davidson joke here). But I have to say: One of the greatest joys of working for myself instead of a daily newspaper is that I won’t have to write a word about this album if I don’t want to.


LCD Soundsystem
Electric Lady Sessions
James Murphy and his dance-rockers release a dozen-track performance — including covers of Human League’s Seconds, Chic’s I Want Your Love and Heaven 17’s (We Don’t Need This) Fascist Groove Thang — recorded at Jimi Hendrix’s famed Manhattan studio. If wanting to hear this makes me a hipster, so be it.


Cass McCombs
Tip of the Sphere
California singer-songwriter Cass McCombs is one of those guys who should about a billion times more popular and successful than he is. I have no idea why he’s still a cult figure — and in all honestly, he’s been at it so long that I doubt his latest album will do much to change that. Still, as long as he’s writing songs, I’ll listen to them.


Mercury Rev
Bobbie Gentry’s The Delta Sweete Revisited
Gentry’s 1968 Delta Sweete was an oddball concept album about Southern life, with spoken-word segments and blues covers. Now noise-pop vets Mercury Rev have remade it with an all-star female cast including Norah Jones, Hope Sandoval, Lucinda Williams, Margo Price, Beth Orton and many more. Should be interesting.


Bob Mould
Sunshine Rock
Seems like someone’s in a good mood these days. And no wonder: The former Hüsker Dü and Sugar singer-guitarist says the mindset behind his latest album — “Trying to keep things brighter these days as a way to stay alive,” is how he puts it — was partly inspired by his decision to move to Berlin a few years back. Well, I guess it beats a sequel to Black Sheets of Rain.


OTHER RELEASES

February 8
Charlotte Adigery | Zandoli EP
Ageist | Babyface
And the Kids | When This Life Is Over
• Beast in Black | From Hell With Love
Be Forest | Knocturne
Bloodest Saxophone | Texas Queens 5
Michael Bolton | A Symphony of Hits
C.J. Boyd | Kin Ships
Analea Brown | Queendom
• Dave Brubeck | Studio Albums 1973-1983
• Clarence Gatemouth Brown | Live From Austin, TX
Dave Brubeck | Seven Classic Albums
Busted | Half Way There
• Matty Carlock | The Jailbirds
Lou-Adriane Cassidy | C’est La Fin Du Monde Tout Les Jours
• Michael Chapman | True North
Alex Chilton | Memphis to New Orleans • From Robin Hood Lane
Albert Collins | Live From Austin, TX
• Colourmusic | Swimsuit
• Dakota | Here’s the 101 On How to Disappear
Angel Bat Dawid | The Oracle
• Deidre & The Dark | Variety Hour
Devour the Fetus | Traumatic Birth Delight
John Diva & the Rockets of Love | Mama Said Rock Is Dead
Downfall of Gaia | Ethic of Radical Finitude
Ed Drewett | Ten
Electrocution | Psychonolatry
Lara Fabian | Papillon
• Charlie Faye & The Fayettes | The Whole Shebang
• Flat Worms | Into the Iris EP
Front Line Assembly | Wake Up the Coma
Eric Gales | The Bookends
• Geezer | Spital Fires EP
Howe Gelb | Gathered
Get a Life | Our Band Could Be Your Life
Ghost Next Door | A Feast for the Sixth Sense
• Greyhound | Black Spring
Hauschka | A Different Forest
Health | Vol. 4: Slaves of Fear
• Charlie Heat & Denzel Curry | Aloha
Host Bodies | Diamond Fruit EP
Implements of Hell | Sea of Necrophenomena
International Teachers of Pop | International Teachers of Pop
Harry Jamison | Gloria Duplex
• Kicker | Pure Drivel
• King of Foxes | Salt & Honey
Toby Knapp | Blizzard Archer
Grace LaChance | Grace LaChance EP
Lau | Midnight and Closedown
Lemonheads | Varshons II
Ryan Lott | Pentaptych
Machineheart | People Change
Maestus | Deliquesce
• Marley’s Ghost | Traveling Shoes
Amy McCarley | MECO
• Metronomy | Nights Out 10th Anniversary Edition
Moes Anthill | Quitter
MZ.412 | Svartmyrkr
New York United | New York United
ONF | We Must Love
Panda Bear | Buoys
Jessica Pratt | Quiet Signs
Prince | Musicology, 3121, Planet Earth Remastered
• Queen Zee | Queen Zee
Radiant Baby | Restless
Raped by Pigs | Mental Diseases and Congenital
Jason Ringenberg | Stand Tall
• Rosy Vista | Unbelievable
• Said the Whale | Cascadia
Seer | Volume 6
• Silk Road Assassins | State of Ruin
• Sister Hazel | Fire EP
Skeletoon | They Never Say Die
• Jimmy Smith | Classic Verve Albums Collection
S R L | Hic Sunt Leones
Mavis Staples | Live in London
• Talos | Far Out Dust
Joanna Shaw Taylor | Reckless Heart
This Means War | Heartstrings
Thornbridge | Theatrical Masterpiece
AJ Tracey | AJ Tracey
Robin Trower | The Studio Albums 1973-1983
Tullycraft | Railway Prince Hotel
• Tunic | Complexion
Cosey Fanni Tutti | Tutti
UB40 | For the Many
• Uluru | Acrophilia
Joseph Van Wissem & Jim Jarmusch | An Attempt to Draw Aside the Veil
• Various Artists | Music Inspired by the Film Roma
Viviankrist | Morgenrøde
Wandering Hearts | Wild Silence
Ward Thomas | Restless Minds
• Gary Wilson | The King of Endicott
• Windswept | The Onlooker
Xenoblight | Procreation
• Xiu Xiu | Girl With Basket of Fruit
• Y La Bamba | Pursuit of Momentary Happiness
Yak | Pursuit of Momentary Happiness
• Zedd & Katy Perry | 365