Fall just wouldn’t be fall without covet-worthy fashion you can’t get enough of, exciting new cosmetic collections, Pumpkin Spice lattes, Halloween costume parties and those cozy, chilly nights. One absolutely essential element is required for all of your festivities though — however you choose to spend the season, you need some music to get you in the mood for it all! From Katy P. to Arcade Fire, this season is going to be jamming,
Katy Perry: Prism, October 22
With the eye of the tiger, we’ve already heard Katy “Roar” and she’s got a lot more in store for us as the anticipation builds like crazy for her upcoming album. Katy is currently the Billboard “Hot 100′s” new champion, “Roar” is Perry’s eighth Hot 100 No. 1. This is going to be a solid pop album, an art form that Katy seems to just keep perfecting.
Arcade Fire: TBD, October 29
It’s hard to know what’s really coming out of Arcade Fire camp, especially since the album’s producer, James Murphy initially said he wasn’t involved and he hasn’t had much to say except that everyone in the group got along well during the creative process. Time will tell, but the Grammy scoring group hasn’t disappointed yet, so we’ll just have to be patient and see.
Miley Cyrus: BANGERZ, October 8
We’ll get a chance to really see what Miley has to show us after she grabbed our attention and successfully made us all pretty much over anything related to “twerking.” Cyrus has spent the summer mingling with rappers and posing provocatively with attitude to spare. Expect a handful of Mike Will Made It produced club jams mixed with emotional sing-song anthems like “Wrecking Ball.”
Paul McCartney: NEW, October 15
McCartney enlisted the likes of Mark Ronson, Paul Epworth and Ethan Johns for this project. Heartfelt, foot-tapping, orchestrated pleasure pop arrangements that channels the polished, sunny sonics of mid-period Beatles (complete with folk-choral outro), is the name of the game. This promises to be a fantastic follow-up to Macca’s first collection of new solo material since his 2007 release, Memory Almost Full.
MIA: Matangi, November 5
MIA knows how to bring it fresh and her album finally has a release date! The “Bad Girls” singer seems to be staying mostly in her lane here, as “Bring the Noize” positioned her as the queen of an aggressively partying underground world. But there’s always room for something new as well. On “Come Walk With Me,” MIA spends much of the track sing-songing her way through anti-party messages before flipping the record on its head with a thumping beat.
Elvis Costello & The Roots: Wise Up Ghost, September 17
The Roots don’t really do collaboration albums that aren’t worth at least one listen. Last year’s Wake Up! saw Questlove’s band teaming up with John Legend for a memorable outing and Costello’s croon seems like a wonderful foil for the Roots’ funky jam-band sensibilities. This is going to be a match made in listening heaven.
Lorde: Pure Heroine, September 30
It’s been a a long time since anyone has had as exciting of a pop debut as that of Lorde, a teenager who burst onto the scene with “Royals.” The track, a snarky tune that sets the best of Lorde’s brooding voice against a simple, almost spare arrangement, went off like a gunshot in the blogosphere — for good reason. Since then, the 16-year-old has released a string of competent tracks and an EP that went platinum three times in Australia.
HAIM: Days Are Gone, September 30
Sister act HAIM finally have their time to shine, especially on a project that seems as charming and powerful as Days Are Gone. “Forever” and “The Wire” tease throwbacks to ’70s rock, while the album’s title track dips into classic R&B for influences. HAIM’s will be a popular album, but don’t expect it to be a one-note pop record.
Kings of Leon: Mechanical Bull, September 24
The group made up of three brothers (Nathan, Caleb and Jared Followill) and their cousin Matthew ended their last tour abruptly amid rumors of turmoil, making Mechanical Bull a highly anticipated return to normalcy and good. Early reads say it’s going to be great.
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Lovelies, what albums are you absolutely excited to put on rotation this fall?