Music Shopping List | The ‘Wonderful Wonderful’ Return of The Killers
September 22 is chocked full of intriguing new albums, courtesy of The Killers, Fergie, and Kevin Gates, among many others.
Save for the first Friday in September 2017, it’s been a busy time for new album releases. Friday, September 22, the fourth Friday of the month, features the return of some big names. Who’s dropping new music this week? The Killers lead the charge with Wonderful Wonderful, their first new album in five years. The drought has been even longer for Fergie, who returns with her first in 11 years (Double Dutchess). There’s something for everybody to shop for this week.
After a five-year hiatus, The Killers return with Wonderful Wonderful. Wonderful Wonderful serves as the follow-up to the band’s 2012 effort, Battle Born, which was highlighted by single, “Runaways.” Wonderful Wonderful arrives in both standard and deluxe versions. The deluxe version is comprised of 13 songs overall, including singles “Wonderful Wonderful,” “The Man,” “Run for Cover,” and “Some Kind of Love.”
After a 11-year hiatus, Fergie returns with her sophomore album, Double Dutchess. The last time we heard from Fergie as a solo artist was in 2006, when she was singing about “London Bridge” on The Dutchess. Despite releasing five singles, the buzz surrounding Double Dutchessi is minimal. Those five singles that arrived prior to the album are “Hungry” (featuring Rick Ross), “You Already Know” (featuring Nicki Minaj), “Life Goes On,” “M.I.L.F. $,” and “L.A.LOVE (la la)” (featuring YG).
Kevin Gates returns with By Any Means 2, his first full-length project since the arrival of Islah in January 2016. Comprised of 14 songs, singles “No Love,” “Had To,” “Beautiful Scars” featuring PnB Rock, and “What If” arrived in advance of the project.
Christian rapper Lecrae returns with All Things Work Together, his first album in three years. All Things Work Together serves as the follow-up to Anomaly (2014). Comprised of 14 songs, five singles arrived in advance of the album: “Broke,” “Blessings” (featuring Ty Dolla $ign), “Hammer Time” (featuring 1K Phew), “Can’t Stop Me Now (Destination),” and “I’ll Find You” (featuring Tori Kelly).
Macklemore returns solo on his new album, GEMINI. That’s right, there’s no Ryan Lewis this time around. GEMINI follows up Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ 2016 effort, This Unruly Mess I’ve Made. That particular effort didn’t perform nearly as well as the Grammy-winning 2012 effort, The Heist. Comprised of 16 songs, singles “Glorious” (featuring Skylar Grey) and “Marmalade” (featuring Lil Yachty) were released in advance of the album. There are lots of guest artists, including Offset (“Willy Wonka”) and Kesha (“Good Old Days”).
Lights is back! The Canadian ‘electro-soul’ artist’s returns with a highly-anticipated new album, Skin & Earth. Comprised of 14 tracks, singles “Skydiving,” “Savage,” “New Fears,” and “Giants” were issued ahead of Skin & Earth.
Consistent, if underrated R&B artist Ledisi returns with Let Love Rule. Let Love Rule arrives three years after her last album, The Truth (2014). Comprised of 15 tracks, four songs were released in advance of the album: “Add to Me,” “Here,” “Us 4Ever” (featuring BJ the Chicago Kid), and “High.” In addition to the guest appearance by BJ the Chicago Kid, John Legend guests on “Give You More.”
Chris Janson returns with his sophomore album, Everybody. Everybody follows the country singer’s 2015 debut, Buy Me A Boat. Comprised of 12 tracks, five sings were issued ahead of the album: “Everybody,” “Name on It,” “Fix a Drink,” “Little Bit of Both,” and “Redneck Life.” There are no guest features on Everybody – it’s all about Chris.
Other New Releases:
G Herbo, Humble Beast; Mastodon, Cold Dark Place (EP); Home Free, Timeless; Haley Reinhart, What’s That Sound; Matthew West, All In; Red Rocks Worship, Here (Live); Chelsea Wolfe, Hiss Spun