You’d be forgiven for thinking that we are seriously behind the times with this list, which looks more akin to a ‘90s mixtape than an upcoming album release list. But we’re rather excited to hear what this lot have in store for us over the coming months. Time for a kitchen disco…
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It’s been a decade since the Stone Roses legend released his last solo album, so Ripples has certainly got people talking. And not strictly in a good way, after the first singles to be released met with rather a lukewarm reception. Still, all but one of Ian’s previous six studio albums have charted in the top 10, so we’re keeping the faith that the best is yet to come.
We love a bit of Bryan Adams here at The Home Page. He’s got an air of mystery about him, has aged like a fine wine and is ever so slightly cheesy. If inoffensive, gravelly-toned, toe-tapping, easy listening while you’re cooking dinner is what you’re after, you’re in luck.
Dido, remember her?! Her first two albums, No Angel and Life For Rent, are among the best-selling in UK chart history. The following two, not so much. She’s now signed with BMG and is about to release her first album in six years, having recorded it with her brother (and one half of Faithless) Rollo. ‘It was made in such an easy way, all the vocals recorded on the sofa, a lot of it recorded at home,’ she says. A girl after our heart!
He may be the king of laid-back pop but, my god, can he belt out a tune. And David Gray, who leapt to fame after the astronomical success of White Ladder back in 2001, returns in March with his first album of new material in four years. If the first single from the album, The Sapling, is anything to go by, we’re very excited indeed.
Hands up if your ‘90s boyfriend had a crush on indie goddess and Sleeper lead singer Louise Wener. Well you (and they!) will be delighted to hear that she’s still as gorgeous and ridiculously cool as she was, and returns alongside her Sleeper bandmates in March to release their first full-length studio record in 21 whole years. From what we’ve heard so far, we flipping love it.
Featuring posthumous vocals from the late, great Dolores O’Riordan, who tragically passed away in January 2018 aged 46, April sees the release of The Cranberries’ final album, In The End. The band, famous for formative ‘90s tracks such as Zombie and Linger, released the first single from the album, All Over Now, on the anniversary of Dolores’ death in mid-January and it’s as beautiful and haunting as you would expect.
If that isn’t enough to whet your appetite, then maybe this little lot will. If rumours are to be believed, then 2019 is also the year that will see hotly anticipated album releases from Baby Spice herself, Emma Bunton; Louise off of Eternal; Samantha Mumba (yes, really!) and the Queen of Pop, Madonna. Long live the old school!