2008 is shaping up to be a good year for music. With new albums from Jack Johnson, The Punch Brothers (Chris Thile), and Bob Schneider already, there are some more great ones still to come. Here’s a taste of upcoming album releases, ordered by importance:
- Coldplay – Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends – June 17, 2008 – X&Y was, in general, a pretty solid album, although the writing did let me down in a few places. Still, their new album is touted as being “the album people will remember them by,” and if it can somehow displace Parachutes as my “definition” of Coldplay, then I’ll be quite impressed. I won’t hold my breath.
- Death Cab for Cutie – Narrow Stairs – May 13, 2008 – Their last album, Plans, was surprisingly good. I had held off of listening to them for years due to their incredibly stupid band name, but really enjoyed catching up to what I’d missed. The problem here is that this album is supposed to be a “curve ball,” with lots of weird sounds. Hmm…
- Third Eye Blind – The Hideous Strength – Spring 2008 – Third Eye Blind hasn’t released an album since 2003, so it’s about time. This is supposed to be a more “political” album, and that’s always a turn off when trying to get into music. Hopefully it won’t be as dripping with partisan views as some of Eminem’s records have been.
- The Weepies – Hideaway – April 22, 2008 – The Weepies have always produced such relaxing, universally-appealing music. Check them out if you haven’t…it’s impossible to be pissed while listening to a Weepies album, and I’m sure this one will be no different. I can’t wait.
- Peter Bradley Adams – May 2008 – This guy, originally with the band eastmountainsouth, has a lot of talent. His first solo album, Gather Up, was solid and I hope this follow-up will be too. I still miss eastmountainsouth though.
- Jon Foreman – Spring and Summer – Spring and Summer 2008 – Jon Foreman is the main guy from Switchfoot and I think some of the stuff on his first two EPs, Fall and Winter, has eclipsed what he’s done with the band. These two upcoming seasonal EPs should be pretty good stuff.
- Sara Watkins – Spring 2008 – Sara Watkins, one third of Nickel Creek, will be putting out her first solo album pretty soon. She has an amazing voice and is a great instrumentalist, but she’s not playing alone on this album. I’m not sure what to expect from this one but I’ll be keeping an eye on it. Oh, and I miss Nickel Creek.
Although I haven’t heard anything, I wouldn’t put it past Sufjan Stevens to release a new record this year. He’s been churning them out pretty consistently and his last state album came out in 2005; his last album, Songs for Christmas Singalong, came out in 2006. So be on the lookout.