Queens Of The Stone Age, The War On Drugs, & Gogol Bordello Look Deeper In Top Albums Of The Week - August 25
Thu, 24 Aug 2017 16:02:50
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The list of releases this week could battle the solar eclipse for viewership numbers. The last few weeks have had a clear frontrunner when it came to what would top the albums chart. This week, however, certainly doesn't, as new material was released from some of the world's biggest bands. And we were lucky enough to sit down with a couple of the artists to discuss their newest projects.
Gogol Bordello sat down with us to discuss their new album, which finds the band digging deeper into their personal philosophy and asking fans to do the same. Old Dominion, meanwhile, told us about how they created their new release.
Queens of the Stone Age have finally returned with their first album in four years. The War on Drugs unveiled what is sure to be considered one of the finest LPs of the year. And Fifth Harmony showed they didn't lose a step when Camila Cabello left the group. So without further ado, here are ARTISTdirect's top albums of the week:
Gogol Bordello — Seekers And Finders
We sat down with Gogol Bordello singer and musical director Eugene Hutz, who told us about his feelings around the band's new release, "First time I stepped on stage it was as if I stumbled into Ali Baba's cave, with belly dancers and halogen lamps hanging from the ceiling. And the same thing here. It's certainly exciting, very exciting for a an album to come out. It's a piece of your life and you're sharing that with the world, but it's more of a feeling of fulfillment. I already filled the vessel."
Queens of the Stone Age — Villains
It has been four years since Queens of the Stone Age dropped ...Like Clockwork. It felt like they were gone forever, as the world of rock ‘n' roll seemingly shriveled up without them, but now they are finally back and ready to rightfully take back their throne. On Villains, Josh Homme and company deliver the kind of statement that has been sorely missed in their absence.
The War on Drugs — A Deeper Understanding
The fourth album from The War on Drugs finds band leader Adam Granduciel digging even deeper into his east coast psyche. There has always been a foggy beauty to the Jersey Shore-tinged tunes from the band, and on A Deeper Understanding they manage to reach even higher. This is the kind of music we used to get from people like Bruce Springsteen, and Granduciel deserves to be considered in that echelon. He is a gifted songwriter and composer who manages to deliver time after time.
Old Dominion — Happy Endings
We spoke with Old Dominion lead singer Matthew Ramsey, who took us through a little of his songwriting process: "It's different. Every song is different. We've learned to be open to inspiration at all times and the best ones are things that are going on in your life or your friend's life. It could be anything. A lot of times you just have to be ready for when that hits to write it down and make sure you don't forget it, which we're always doing. We're always typing things on our phone, or singing things into our phone. We just kind of always have to be ready because life is happening around you and that's what creates the best music."
Fifth Harmony — Fifth Harmony
Fifth Harmony may be down to four members since the departure of Camila Cabello, but the group has grown tighter on their own. On their self-titled third album, the X Factor-forged girl group pick up right where they left off. Lovers, club life, and sexy innuendo are themes throughout the record. Gucci Mane joins the group on the album's opening track, and things only get shinier from there. It's a well-produced effort that is sure to delight the faithful and may even convert some doubters.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff