2014 Album guide


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We'll hear about a lot more 2014 releases in the coming weeks, but here's what we can pin down so far. As always, the dates are subject to change:

JAN. 7

Peter Gabriel, "And I'll Scratch Yours": The follow-up to 2010's "Scratch My Back" features Lou Reed, David Byrne, Arcade Fire, Regina Spektor, Feist and others covering classic Gabriel songs.

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, "Wig Out at Jagbags": Sixth album from the Pavement leader was recorded in Germany. He rattled off a list of inspirations that included "Can ... Stephen-Malkmus-imagined Weezer/Chili Peppers, Sic Alps, UVA in the late 80's ... inactivity, Jamming, Indie guys trying to sound Memphis, Flipper, Pete Townshend, Pavement, The Joggers, The NBA and home life in the 2010s ..."

JAN. 14

Bruce Springsteen, "High Hopes": Collection of covers and outtakes from the past decade with guest spot from Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello and contributions from the late Clarence Clemons and Danny Federici.

Jennifer Nettles, "That Girl": Debut album from the big-voiced Sugarland singer produced by Rick Rubin with songwriting assistance from Butch Walker, Sara Bareilles and Richard Marx.

Broken Bells, "After the Disco": Second album from the indie-rock duo of James Mercer (Shins) and Danger Mouse (Gnarls Barkley), who is also producing the new U2 album. Mr. Mercer told Rolling Stone, "If you were to play the songs on a piano, they would sound pretty sad. But you add the beat and hooks, and then it becomes a party record, in a way."

Mary Chapin Carpenter, "Songs From the Movie": Debut orchestral album features new interpretations of 10 of her songs arranged and conducted by six-time Grammy Award winner Vince Mendoza (Sting, Diana Krall, Chris Botti, Elvis Costello, Bjork, Joni Mitchell).

Roseanne Cash, "The River and the Thread": Blue Note Records debut is her first album in four years and features appearances by Kris Kristofferson, Allison Moorer, John Prine, Derek Trucks, John Paul White (The Civil Wars), Tony Joe White and Gabe Witcher (The Punch Brothers).

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, "Give The People What They Want": Fifth album from the Brooklyn-based funk/soul band comes in the wake of the lead singer's bout with cancer.

Switchfoot, "Fading West": Ninth album from the Christian alt-rock band is accompanied by a tour film.

David Broza, "East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem": Israeli singer-songwriter and activist recorded in East Jerusalam with musicians from both Palestine and Israel, produced by Steve Greenberg and Steve Earle.

JAN. 21

Against Me!, "Transgender Dysphoria Blues": Folk punk band's first album since 2010's "White Crosses" is also the first full-length since frontman Tom Gabel became Laura Jane Grace. It grapples with "gender dysphoria, the loss of a young friend and pure self discovery, as well as love and ultimate acceptance."

Mogwai, "Rave Tapes": Eighth studio album from the Scottish post-rock band was recorded over the summer in the band's Castle of Doom studio in Glasgow and reunites Mogwai with Paul Savage, who co-produced "Hardcore Will Never Die But You Will."

Warpaint, "Warpaint": Second album from the LA indie-psych band was produced by Flood (U2, New Order) and mixed by Nigel Godrich.

Damien Jurado, "Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son": New album from the haunting indie singer-songwriter who plays The Andy Warhol Museum on Jan. 28.

Young the Giant, "Mind Over Matter": Second album from the Southern California band was produced by Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Beck, M83).

JAN. 28

David Crosby, "Croz": First solo album in 20 years from the two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer (Byrds/CSN) features guest spots from Wynton Marsalis, Mark Knopfler and Leland Sklar. He co-wrote many of the songs with his son, James Raymond.

Dum Dum Girls, "Too True": Third album from the New York/LA indie pop band was produced by Richard Gottehrer (Blondie, the Go-Go's) and the Raveonettes' Sune Rose Wagner.

Of Mice & Men, "Restoring Force": Third album from the California metalcore band.

FEB. 4

Katy B, "Little Red": Second album from the British dubstep artist who was nominated for the Mercury Prize in 2011.

Les Claypool's Duo de Twang, "Four Foot Shack": Primus frontman teams with guitarist Bryan Kehoe to go on the Americana/rootsy side of things.

Paul Rodgers, "The Royal Sessions": A collection of classic R&B and soul songs re-imagined by the Bad Company singer features tracks from Otis Redding, Albert King, Ann Peebles and more.

Otis Redding, "The King of Soul" and Aretha Franklin, "The Queen of Soul": Rhino celebrates Black History Month with a pair of collections that honor the soul legends with more than 85 tracks each.

Michael Bloomfield, "From His Head to His Heart to His Hands": A career-spanning three-disc, one-DVD box set anthology produced and curated by Al Kooper features solo material, work with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and the Electric Flag, tracks with Muddy Waters and Janis Joplin, "Highway 61" band outtakes and more

FEB. 11

Eric Church, "The Outsiders": The country rocker from North Carolina describes his new album as a cross between Waylon Jennings and Metallica.

Neil Finn, "Dizzy Heights": Third album from the Split Enz/Crowded House member was recorded with co-producer Dave Fridmann (The Flaming Lips, Tame Impala), whom he says added "some odd shapes to the music."

Band of Horses, "Acoustic at the Ryman": A 10-song "greatest hits" from the indie band recorded at historic Nashville venue in April.

Sam Roberts Band, "Lo-Fantasy": Sixth album from the Canadian rock band was produced by Youth, aka Martin Glover of Killing Joke and the Firemen (the Verve, Beth Orton).

FEB. 18

Benmont Tench, "You Should Be So Lucky": Solo debut from the Heartbreakers keyboardist was produced by Glyn Johns and features a core band of Don Was, Ethan Johns, Blake Mills and Jeremy Stacey, plus contributions by Ryan Adams, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, Joel Jerome, Tom Petty and Ringo Starr.

Guided By Voices, "Motivational Jumpsuit": 20th album from the prolific Dayton, Ohio, indie-rock vets.

Candice Glover, "Music Speaks": Debut album from the season 12 winner of "American Idol," the first woman to win since Jordin Sparks in 2007.

Xiu Xiu, "Angel Guts: Red Classroom": Following on the heels of "Nina," a collection of Nina Simone covers, the avant-garde band promises a dark album that is "the sound of Xiu Xiu's death."

FEB. 25

The Fray, "Helios": Fourth album from the Denver-based quartet was produced by Stuart Price (The Killers, Madonna, Keane) and Ryan Tedder (Adele, One Republic). Frontman Isaac Slade said, "We brought our organic instruments, and he brought his arsenal of electronic antiques."

St. Vincent, "St. Vincent": For her fourth, self-titled album, indie-rocker Annie Clark worked with producer John Congleton (Mountain Goats, Modest Mouse) and drummers Homer Steinweiss (Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings) and McKenzie Smith (Midlake). She says of the album, "I knew the groove needed to be paramount. I wanted to make a party record you could play at a funeral."

Schoolboy Q, "Oxymoron": First major label release from the West Coast rapper is said to feature guest appearances from Kendrick Lamar, 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg, A$AP Rocky and more.

Johnny Winter, "True to the Blues: The Johnny Winter Story:" Texas blues-rock legend celebrates his 70th birthday with a four-CD box set that includes 56 tracks spanning his major label career from 1968 until his most recent album of 2011.

Bob Mould, "Workbook 25": Debut solo album from the Husker Du frontman is reissued on its 25th anniversary with the new track "All Those People Know" and a second disc featuring his complete 1989 performance at Chicago's Cabaret Metro.

Mike Gordon, "Overstep": The Phish bassist is joined by longtime collaborator Scott Murawski, drummer Matt Chamberlain and producer Paul Q. Kolderie (Radiohead, Uncle Tupelo, Pixies).

Vertical Scratchers, "Daughter of Everything": Debut album from band featuring John Schmersal (ex-Brainiac/Enon) and Christian Beaulieu (ex-Triclops!/Anywhere). According to Merge, "Think the Kinks with a Buzzcocks brevity."

MARCH 4

Drive-By Truckers, "English Oceans": The Southern rockers are back and going from "chainsaw rock 'n' roll to this very delicate, pretty-sounding stuff," according to guitarist Mike Cooley, who brought six new songs to the sessions and sings a Patterson Hood song for the first time.

Christina Perri, "Head or Heart": The Philly singer-songwriter who broke out in 2010 with the single "Jar of Hearts" returns with a second album produced by Martin Johnson (Avril Lavigne, Gavin DeGraw), Jake Gosling (Ed Sheeran, One Direction), John Hill (Pink, Mayer Hawthorne), and Butch Walker (Taylor Swift, Fall Out Boy).

Martina McBride, "Everlasting": The four-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year, working with producer Don Was, takes on classics from Elvis, The Supremes, Van Morrison, Aretha Franklin, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes and more.

Imogen Heap, "Sparks": Fourth album from the British electronica artist features songs created from "sound seeds" sent to her by fans.

The Men, "Tomorrow's Hits": The first album from the Brooklyn punk rock band recorded in a high-end studio promises "genre-bending risks."

Ozomatli, "Place in the Sun": The Latin rock/hip-hop band from LA moves to Vanguard Records and works with producer Robert Carranza (Eels, Jack Johnson, The Mars Volta) and ex-Eurythmic Dave Stewart.

MARCH 18

The War on Drugs, "Lost in the Dream": Third full-length album from Philadelphia-based indie-rocker Adam Granduciel follows almost two years of nonstop touring in support of 2011's excellent "Slave Ambient."

Black Lips, "Underneath the Rainbow": Seventh album from the Atlanta indie-garage band, recorded with Tommy Brenneck (Budos Band) and Black Keys' drummer Patrick Carney, promises to have more of a Southern rock/country vibe.

MARCH 25

Johnny Cash, "Out Among the Stars": A new album comprising 12 recently discovered studio recordings from 1981 and 1984, produced by Billy Sherrill, the architect of the "countrypolitan" sound.

Combichrist, "We Love You": Seventh album from the Norwegian-American band delivers 13 tracks of relentless aggression and manic electronica, according to Blabbermouth.

ALSO COMING IN 2014

Beck, "Morning Phase": The first actual Beck album since 2008's "Modern Guilt" follows his sheet music album "Song Reader."

U2, TBA: New album produced by Danger Mouse and recorded at New York's Electric Lady Studio (April).

Lily Allen, TBA: Return of the British indie-pop tart.

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, TBA: 13th studio disc is said to pick up where 2010's bluesy "Mojo" left off.

Don Henley, "Cass County": First solo album in 13 years is a trip back to the Eagle's Texas roots.

Adele, TBA: Third album follows the British diva's monster success with "21."

Ed Sheeran, TBA: British folk/pop artist follows his commercial breakthrough on "+."

Wiz Khalifa, "Blacc Hollywood": Third major label album from the Pittsburgh rap star.

 


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