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Next Week in Music | Feb. 25-March 3, 2019 • 110 Releases Coming Your Way

All the albums that will be rocking your world next week. Or not.

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There are more than 110 albums, EPs and singles being released next week. Mark your calendars and pre-order your favourites — but don’t blame me if things change at the last minute:


TOP NEW ALBUMS

Bryan Adams
Shine a Light

Bryan Adams isn’t foolish enough to start fixing things that ain’t broke. So as you’d expect, the superstar singer-guitarist stays on brand with his 14th studio album Shine a Light, dishing up another clutch of guitar-drive pop-rock and romantic ballads — augmented with bits of heartland rock and country, along with an Ed Sheeran co-write, a J.Lo duet, an AC/DC knockoff and even an acoustic cover of Whiskey in the Jar. Based on the advance stream I’ve sampled, it’s another solid offering from one of music’s most dependable hitmakers. If you like that sort of thing.


Hozier
Wasteland, Baby!

It’s been more than four years since Irish singer-songwriter Hozier vaunted to stardom seemingly overnight with his self-titled debut album and the ubiquitous single Take Me To Church. What will he do for an encore on Wasteland, Baby!? Well, we’ve already heard the gospel-flavoured single Nina Cried Power feat. Mavis Staples and the soulfully supple Movement and Almost (Sweet Music) — so it seems he’s off to a good start. So much for a wasteland, baby.


Royal Trux
White Stuff

Singer Jennifer Herrema and her ex-husband guitarist Neil Hagerty haven’t released an album of new material in 19 years. And it might be longer than that before they repeat the process — if reports of their strained relationship prove to be true. So enjoy their reunion while it lasts. For what it’s worth, I definitely enjoy the album’s title cut, which rocks a little harder than they used to — while resurrecting the sleazy junkie vibe you expect. That’s the right stuff.


Weezer
Weezer (The Black Album)

Barely a month after dropping the surprise Teal Album covers set — an outgrowth of their fan-prompted, ultra-faithful cover of Toto’s Africa — singer-guitarist Rivers Cuomo and co. return with their latest self-titled offering The Black Album, apparently a complement/answer to 2016’s White Album. At one point Cuomo said it might sound like “The Beach Boys gone bad,” but I can’t really hear it in the four tracks already available. Though based on songs like Zombie Bastards, Can’t Knock the Hustle and High as a Kite — not to mention that ‘Bring out the Gimp’ cover pic — Cuomo is in a wisecracking frame of mind. That’s usually a good sign.


Hawksley Workman
Median Age Wasteland

For Median Age Wasteland his 16th studio album in just 20 years, ultra-prolific singer-guitarist Hawksley Workman enlisted Dears frontman Murray Lightburn — whose just-released solo album Hear Me Out is a gem, BTW — to serve as producer. And going by previews like Battlefords and Lazy, the disc leans a little more towards singer-songwriter sincerity than glam-slam audacity. Then again, it also features the trippy Flaming Lips-style number Stoners Never Dream, so all bets are off.


AND THE REST …

Angel-Ho | Death Becomes Her
Anteros | When We Land
Backyard Babies | Silver & Gold
Blue Nile | A Walk Across the Rooftops (Deluxe Edition)
Tim Bowness | Flowers at the Scene
Boyfriend | Bouquet
Branko | Nosso
Cactus Blossoms | Easy Way
Caloia / Charuest / Fousek | Maps to Hands
Cats in Space | Day Trip to Narnia
CFCF | Liquid Colours
Brìghde Chaimbeul | The Reeling
Citizen Cope | Heroin and Helicopters
Dennis Coffey | Live At Baker’s
Collective Soul | Hints Allegations and Things Left Unsaid Remastered
Crystal Fighters | Gaia & Friends
Cube | Decoy Street
Dear Boy | The Strawberry EP
Delicate Steve | Till I Burn Up
Della Mae | The Butcher Shoppe EP
Demon Hunter | Peace
Demon Hunter | War
Departure Chandelier | Antichrist Rise to Power
Desert Ships | Eastern Flow
Devil Hunter | Satan Spits on the Children of Light
Mike Edel | Softer Faces
Edward | Hooked on Magic
Electric Mary | Mother
Peter Evans & Sam Pluta | Two Live Sets
Fat Cops | Fat Cops
Fews | Into Red >>
Joe Fiedler | Open Sesame
Robert Forster | Inferno
Frankie & The Witch Fingers | ZAM
Gang Laughter | Preening
(G)-Idle | I Made
Hamza | Paradise
Hand Habits | placeholder
John Hartford | Backroads, Rivers & Memories: Rare & Unreleased
Hugo Helmig | Juvenile
Ace Hood | Body Bag 5
In Flames | I, The Mask
Japanese House | Good At Falling
Yves Jarvis | The Same But by Different Means
Durand Jones & The Indications | American Love Call
Danielle Knibbe | The Ribcage & The Heart
Kang Min Kyung | Vol. 1
Lambchop | This (Is What I Wanted to Tell You)
Robin Lane & The Chartbusters | Many Years Ago: The Complete Album Collection
Lemaitre | Fast Lovers
Léon | Léon
Gordon Lightfoot | The Complete Singles 1970-1980
Little Simz | GREY Area
Living Hour | Softer Faces
Bobby Long | Sultans
Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard | Yn Ol I Annwn
Mansionair | Shadowboxer
Marianas Trench | Phantoms
Masked Intruder | III
Miss Caffeina | Oh Long Johnson
Mom & The Mailman | Tasty Meat
Moonsign | Let’s Split
Mark Morton | Anesthetic
DJ Muggs x Eto | Hells Roof
Octo Octa | For Lovers
Oreyeon | Ode to Oblivion
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers | The Best of Everything (1976-2016)
Pissgrave | Posthumous Humiliation
Pond | Tasmania
Potty Mouth | SNAFU
Lali Puna | Being Water
Queensrÿche | The Verdict
Reignwolf | Hear Me Out
Riven | The Riven (The Sign)
Rock Goddess | This Time
Peter Rogan | Still Tryin’ to Believe
Sammie | Everlasting
Ximena Sariñana | Donde Bailaran las Niñas?
Schafter | Hors D’oeuvre
Self Esteem | Compliments Please
Sigrid | Sucker Punch
Sik-K | FL1P
Skee Mask | 808BB
Skinny Lister | The Story Is…
Snapped Ankles | Stunning Luxury
Maria Somerville | All My People
Soule | Love Cycle
Carl Stone | Baroo
Stroppies | Whoosh
Sundara Karma | Ulfilas’ Alphabet
Sun Kil Moon | I Also Want to Die in New Orleans
Teen | Good Fruit
David Torn, Tim Berne, Ches Smith | Sun of Goldfinger
Mike Tramp | Stray From the Flock
Andreya Triana | Life in Colour
Twin Temple | Bring You Their Sound
Vök | In the Dark
Tom Walker | What a Time To Be Alive
2 Chainz | Rap or Go to The League
Vedo | Vedo
Cléa Vincent | Nuits Sans Sommeil
Westkust | Westkust
Weval | The Weight
While She Sleeps | So What?
Dee White | Southern Gentleman
Wild Pink | 5 Songs
Vesper Wood | Instar
Ha Sung Woon | My Moment
Reese Wynans and Friends | Sweet Release
Charles X | EID2
XYLØ | Pretty Sad
Park Yoochun | TBA