Frank Ocean, The Veils, Glass Animals Shine In Top Albums Of The Week - August 20-26
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 12:43:23
Over the last week, it seems as if the entire music landscape has shifted. At this point seven days ago, we were all still talking about Frank Ocean's Endless, needless to say, its time has passed. Just looking over the list of records that debuted over the last seven days is staggering, and the names on the list are undeniably huge. Britney Spears unveiled her ninth studio album, Glory. Prophets of Rage, the supergroup containing members of Rage Against the Machine, Public Enemy, and Cypress Hill, released their debut EP The Party's Over. That wasn't the only collaboration of note premiering material this week, as Banks & Steelz, Paul Banks of Interpol and RZA, unveiled Anything But Words. De La Soul also released the highly anticipated And the Anonymous Nobody.
It has been 10 years since Cassius has released new material, but the wait is over now as they finally debuted Ibifornia. Meanwhile, The Album Leaf unveiled their first record in six years, Between Waves. Junior Boys surprised everyone with the release of the Kiss Me All Night EP. And that was only the beginning for one of the most exciting weeks of the year in new music.
Here are our favorites:
Frank Ocean - Blonde - Self-release
As stated before, at this point last week no one knew that a second Frank Ocean album would be debuting tomorrow, and just a few weeks ago everyone was upset with Frank Ocean for not releasing new material. Well Blonde is her now and everything else can be forgotten.
Glass Animals - How to Be a Human Being - Wolf Tone
Glass Animals' first album, Zaba, took the world by storm. How to Be a Human Being is better. It has a more mature sound, and it seems they band may just be stepping into their own, which is a frightening thought.
Vince Staples - Prima Donna - ARTium, Def Jam
Summertime '06 was possibly the best rap album of last year, so of course we're excited about its follow up. Prima Donna features production from James Blake, Dj Dahi, John Hill and No I.D., as well as guest appearances from Kilo Kish and A$AP Rocky.
The Veils - Total Depravity - Nettwerk Records
The Veils' Total Depravity is certainly a creation of its own, and we caught up with Finn Andrews to discuss the record.
Cass McCombs - Mangy Love - Anti
Cass McCombs ninth LP has a maturity that can only come from someone who as been around the game for so long. He may have grown crankier with age, but Mangy Love proves McCombs is one of the finest songwriters of our time.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff
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