Miley Cyrus, Shania Twain, And Demi Lovato Are Visions In Top Albums Of The Week - September 29
Thu, 28 Sep 2017 16:13:17
September's final day of album releases is all about awesome, butt-kicking women. For some artists, this week was a return to their roots, while others ended lengthy hiatuses, and still others just added another stellar album to their name.
Miley Cyrus may have experienced some changes in recent years, but it seems she has happily turned back to her roots on her new record, Younger Now. Shania Twain, meanwhile, ended her extended absence from the music scene.
Demi Lovato released her sixth album, and it's bound to once again edge her towards the top of the charts. Wolf Alice is back with their sophomore LP, likely to add a number of Americans to their already huge UK fan base. So without further ado, here are ARTISTdirect's top albums of the week:
Miley Cyrus — Younger Now
Only two years past Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz, the life of Miley couldn't sound more different today. She's moved away from her psychedelic, rebel-pop ways and returned to the country roots that made her a household name in the first place. However, the singer hasn't lost her edge. Miley covers her life's story as a totally self-aware individual, unashamed and accepting of her past. This is a well-formed, complete album from an industry veteran who's come full circle despite her 24 years of age, certainly deserving of a listen from fans of any of her multiple eras.
Shania Twain — Now
Shania Twain last released new music 15 years ago. On Now, the country superstar reintroduces herself to the world for the first time since her divorce from Robert John “Mutt” Lange, who helped create the sound that influenced country music for much of the 90's. The LP does its best to cover the full range of Twain's feelings on the past decade and a half, employing a variety of styles from tropical-house grooves to ballads to traditional folk. It's quite the undertaking after being out of the game for so long, and one that shows she still remains ahead of, or at least level with, the curve.
Demi Lovato — Tell Me You Love Me
On Demi Lovato's sixth album, Tell Me You Love Me, the singer is as unapologetic and powerful as ever. She embraces her difficult past, including a 2010 stint in rehab, and announces that she is what she is, does what she does, and if you aren't with her, it's best to get out of her way. The LP is full of singles made of pure pop gold, bound to send the singer toward the top of the charts.
Wolf Alice — Visions Of A Life
Only two years have passed since Wolf Alice took Britain by storm with their debut album, My Love Is Cool. For some, a sensational first foray might make its follow-up a daunting task, but any fear the band could have felt while crafting Visions Of A Life clearly helped channel some of this year's most impressive creative dynamism. Throughout the staggering effort, Ellie Rowsell and company seamlessly blend a variety of sounds, from heavenly shoegaze to sweat-drenched raw punk and everything in between. The result is a measured yet powerful chain reaction of energy and melody, certain to turn heads on either side of the Atlantic. Visions Of A Life is an early contender for album of the year, and we wouldn't even bother calling it a dark horse.
Primus — The Desaturating Seven
For over 30 years, Primus has grown from a San Francisco cult outfit to one of rock 'n' roll's best known names. On The Desaturating Seven, the Les Claypool-led trio chose as source material Ul de Rico's 1978 children's book, The Rainbow Goblins. It's the band's first original offerings since 2011's Green Naugahyde, and finds Claypool's bass lines leading the way through an eerie journey. This may not quite be vintage Primus, but it's worth a listen for both longtime fans or curious newcomers.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff