U2, Chris Stapleton, And Neil Young & Promise Of The Real Soar In Top Albums Of The Week - December 1
Thu, 30 Nov 2017 15:24:36
The 335th day of 2017 finds some of this year's biggest albums being released. A few of the most-loved artists of all time released albums this week, as well as some surefire future hall of famers.
U2 delivered their follow up to 2014's Songs of Innocence. Neil Young & Promise of the Real unveiled their second collaborative studio effort. Van Morrison, meanwhile, took on a number of jazz standards, while also unveiling freshly written tracks off his second album of 2017.
Speaking of part twos, Chris Stapleton unveiled the companion piece to From A Room: Volume 1. Elsewhere, Miguel released the follow up to 2015's Wildheart. So without further ado, here are ARTISTdirect's top albums of the week:
U2 — Songs Of Experience
U2's new album, Songs of Experience, has finally arrived. The LP is the companion release to 2014's Songs of Innocence, and both titles draw inspiration from a collection of poems, Songs of Innocence and Experience, by the 18th century English mystic and poet William Blake. Produced by Jacknife Lee and Ryan Tedder, with Steve Lillywhite, Andy Barlow and Jolyon Thomas, the record is the 14th studio release from the Irish giants, who are set to tour the US next May and June.
Neil Young & Promise of the Real — The Visitor
The second collaboration between Neil Young and Promise of the Real finds the all-stars taking another direct look at the concerns of modern society. The ethos of The Visitor may be best summed up in the refrain of opening track "Already Great", where Young sings, "Already great, you're already great. You're the promised land, the helping hand. No wall. No hate. No fascist USA. WHOSE STREET? OUR STREET."
Chris Stapleton — From A Room: Volume 2
From A Room: Volume 2 is the follow up to
Miguel — War & Leisure
Miguel has finally unveiled the follow up to 2015's Wildheart. His new album, War & Leisure, mixes the upbeat with the contemplative. Throughout, the singer meditates on the duality of our times while also trying to deliver some more feel-good tunes. The album was previewed by singles "Told You So", "Sky Walker" featuring Travis Scott, "Pineapple Skies", and a reworked version of "Come Through and Chill" featuring J. Cole.
Van Morrison — Versatile
Versatile, Van Morrison's 38th studio album, comes less than three months after Roll With the Punches, his 37th studio release. The LP mixes jazz standards like George and Ira Gershwin's "A Foggy Day" and "They Can't Take That Away From Me," Cole Porter's "I Get a Kick Out of You" and "Unchained Melody," popularized by the Righteous Brothers with freshly penned tracks.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff