Future, Maggie Rogers & Ryan Adams Lead Albums Of The Week - February 17
Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:44:55
Surprise releases, stars in their ascendency and the welcome return from our smart and sweet friends are all happening in our favorite albums of the week.
Atlanta rapper Future just announced his self-titled album, a follow-up to a record that had everyone wondering 'what's next?' Maggie Rogers — songstress of the moment — brings a collection of tunes that shows how far and how high her trajectory is set, and Jens Lekman returns with an album that has had fans waiting for five years.
Elsewhere Ryan Adams places his heart on his sleeve before rocking harder than he has in a while, and Nikki Lane puts stride into her strut to deliver one of the heartiest releases from the authentic country crowd.
It's a good week for adding to the collection — so without further ado, let's look at what's happening where in the ARTISTdirect Albums of the Week:
Future — FUTURE — A1, Freebandz, Epic
The self-titled album from Future was only announced earlier this week. The first commercial release from the Atlanta artist since 2016's much loved EVOL promises to deliver the kind of heartfelt substance that we've come to expect. Describing the album Future said, "With all due respect, Im asking you to be loving, patient, and kind enough to understand my creativity is to heal wounds, not make new ones. However, the greater the risk, the greater the reward. Especially when you have great intentions for every individual that has played a major role in your life experiences. Now bare with me through my trials and tribulations, my wrong's and my rights. Find time to forgive me for any hurt or heartbreak I may have caused loving selfishly! I'm not perfect, no man walking this earth is. I'm at a place in life where I wanna make my weaknesses my strengths to become a better person than I was yesterday." There's no track to share at the moment, so instead, check out his featured vocal track on the new Maroon 5 single, "Cold" which dropped earlier this week… much to look forward to!
Maggie Rogers — Now That The Light Is Fading — Capitol Records
Every now and then an artist like Maggie Rogers arrives. She describes the zeitgeist without appearing to rely heavily on tags, labels or motives that ensconce her worldview, and yet she delivers a timely, timeless expression and articulates the sensibility that is both deeply personal and broadly universal. She's unique and this release is an essential listen for any time travellers that need to ask "What was it like to experience the trials and tribulations of 2017?"
Jens Lekman — Life Will See You Now — Secretly Canadian
The fourth album in Lekman's career comes five years after his last release, and it's a welcome record for sure. His indie-pop awareness of melody, married with a sense of humor that makes bitter sweet and sweet less sugary delivers another album of adult-minded tunes that offer moments to lament and moments to dance. Lead single "What's that perfume that you wear?" is typical of the tone on the album. Personal details that are trivial and colossally important. Great stuff.
Ryan Adams — Prisoner — Blue Note Records
Ryan Adams' marriage to actress Mandy Moore came to an end in 2015. This album, Prisoner, handles the aftermath and fallout of a broken heart. Rockier, dare we say 'grungier' in moments than previous offerings, this is a collection of songs that bring grit from the bottoms of the souls. Love is complicated, and so are these songs — lyrically Adams searches for and delivers perspectives where blame is often ignored, but where hurt is soothed for all injured parties. Musically, however, the tracks are mainly kept on the rails of standard-sounding rock riffs, and easy-to-sing-along to choruses, which is the place where Adams has always excelled.
Nikki Lane — Highway Queen — New West Records
A welcome voice in the world of outlaw country is the powerful soul of Nikki Lane. The tracks on this latest album are as sharp-dressed and strong minded as the lady herself. Lyrically Lane doesn't stray too far from the usual subjects of Americana… we're on the highway, celebrating the queen, for example. The twist is modern and pinpoint not only what is wrong with the world, but also the tradition which Lane clearly loves. "The highway queen needs no king" she sings. And she's right. Her agenda is good, her sense is spot on, and the album affords more than one moment to join in and stomp.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff