2012 Fall Guide: Albums

Courtesy of PW’s busiest record reviewer.

By Bill Chenevert
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One of the most mind-numbing experiences of all time is reading all 150-plus comments on Rolling Stones’ fall music preview, “The 24 Albums You Need To Hear.” RS has always had a boner for snore-inducing oldheads like Bob Dylan, David Byrne and Neil Young, and those are, incidentally, the bands most-approved by commenters decrying the End of Music. Turns out the most exciting records this fall will be dropped by youngbloods that, it seems, RS readers think isn’t even music. Oh, well. There are tons of good records hitting the streets over the next few months, and we’ve broken it down into a few categories and nominated some winners in each for your convenience. Happy fall listening!


Basically, all five of these should prove winners. But first and foremost, it’s P!nk; The Truth About Love hit streets Tuesday. She almost stole the title for Song of the Summer with her last-minute entry of “Blow Me (One Last Kiss),” and she just gets better with age. TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb have Manufacturing Joy due at the month’s end, and Meek Mill and Major Lazer will represent around Halloween with new ones. Plus the surprise local reps of 2010, Sun Airway , are ready to give us another dreamscape to dwell in. An excellent showing.


Some vets should be delivering some serious discs in November: Big Boi is a clear winner in terms of how exciting it should be, but 50 Cent , Ghostface Killah and Lupe Fiasco will have something to say about that. BB’s got some serious guests helping out (Phantogram and Little Dragon) and 2010’s Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty was the jam.

Honorable mention: Kanye West/G.O.O.D Music, Cruel Summer (Sept. 18); Kreayshawn, Somethin’ ‘Bout Kreay (Sept. 18); Kendrick Lamar, good kid, m.A.A.d. city (Oct. 22); A$AP Rocky, LongLiveA$AP (Oct. 31)


Boy, are there some weird ones comin’ at us. Green Day ’s giving us a trilogy with a finale in 2013, but before the year’s over we’ll get !Uno! and !Dos!. We’ll see about that. Aerosmith , who take this crown, insists on titling their new one Music From Another Dimension. And the Wallflowers are still a band? Yup.

Honorable mention: The Killers, Battle Born (Sept. 18); No Doubt, Push and Shove (Sept. 25); Muse, The 2nd Law (Oct. 2)


Seems like these two words are a little interchangeable these days. But this is also one of the beefiest categories, and the titans of it are also probably the winner here: Grizzly Bear . Their new one, Shields, is great: complex, rich, dense and satisfying. Excellent imitators, Tame Impala , should give us something good with Lonerism. And it should be interesting to listen to all of the new Band of Horses and Flying Lotus . An A.C. Newman record (he of New Pornographers fame) might blow minds more than any of today’s acquiescent bro bands, though.

Honorable mention: Mumford & Sons, Babel (Sept. 25); Jason Collett, Reckon (Sept. 25); Matt & Kim, Lightning (Oct. 2); The Mountain Goats, Transcendental Youth (Oct. 2), Why?, Mumps, etc. (Oct. 9); Andrew Bird, Hands of Glory (Oct. 30)


Definitely a strong batch here, too; might just be a tie. How excited are you for some fresh Nelly Furtado? She hasn’t given us anything (in English) since 2006’s Loose. But the quirky, lazy and outrageous talents Martha Wainwright and Beth Orton are finally putting out new ones. Wainwright’s 2008 I Know You’re Married But I Have Feelings Too is just plain perfect, and also the last thing she’s given us (in English). Plus, there’s also Corin Tucker ’s newest as the Corin Tucker Band—and Brandy . It’s still probably Ms. Furtado, though. When was the last time you danced to “Maneater?” Too long ago.

Honorable mention: Ellie Goulding, Halcyon (Oct. 9); Meshell Ndegeocello, Pour un ame souveraine (Oct. 9); Bat for Lashes, The Haunted Man (Oct. 23); Alicia Keys, Girl on Fire (Nov. 27)

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