New season, new music.
This fall is full of highly anticipated new tracks from artists like Miley Cyrus, who's returning to her early sound, and Taylor Swift (but you knew that one already). Below, a look at the new albums slated to drop in the coming months.
Miley Cyrus, “Younger Now” (Sept. 29): More Billy Ray and less “Bangerz,” Cyrus’ return to her country roots, like so much else of her career, is a Rorschach test for pop music fans. Is it an honest artistic impulse? Ploy for record sales? Both?
Shania Twain, “Now” (Sept. 29): It’s been 15 years since there’s been a new album from the Canadian country superstar. That last record, “Up!” has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide. How long is the memory of the modern country music fan?
Liam Gallagher, “As You Were” (Oct. 6): Somehow, it’s the first album that this half of the Oasis brothers has released under his own name. His brother Noel is supposedly also eyeing a fall release, presumably so that they’ll have something to yell at each other about at Christmas.
Tokimonsta, “Lune Rouge” (Oct. 6): One of the leading lights of the Los Angeles beat scene, she’s collaborated with Anderson .Paak, remixed Jesse Ware and Justin Timberlake, and appeared on the “Mortal Kombat” and “Verve Remixed” compilations.
Pink, “Beautiful Trauma” (Oct. 13): The pop star hasn’t been seen in record stores since 2012’s “The Truth About Love,” but with good reason: The tour supporting that album lasted for 140 shows in 13 countries (during that time, she also released a collaborative record with Dallas Green of City and Color).
St. Vincent, “MASSEDUCATION” (Oct. 13): Annie Clark has gone bicoastal with the first two singles from the album, “New York” and “Los Ageless.” Based on the uplifting production on the former and the distortion-laden latter, we think she likes us better.
Beck, “Colors” (Oct.13): The surprise Grammy winner returns for his first record since “Morning Phase.” He recorded the album from 2013 to 2017 with producer Greg Kurstin (Adele, Ellie Goulding, Sia), releasing singles in 2015 (“Dreams”) and 2016 (“Wow”).
Kelsea Ballerini, “Unapologetically” (Nov. 3): The Grammy nominee (for best new artist) is one of the freshest young voices in country music. The title track features the finger snaps of an R&B track with the sweeping chorus of a Faith Hill song.
Taylor Swift, “Reputation” (Nov. 10): Another album and more hidden barbs toward her “haters” for Swift.
U2, “Songs of Experience” (Dec. 1): The band’s long-delayed follow-up to “Songs of Experience” has gotten a small preview during U2’s “Joshua Tree” anniversary shows, with “The Little Things That Give You Away” making the setlist occasionally.