By: Timothy Coffman, Columnist
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There have been some standout albums released throughout 2018 in all genres of music. From hip-hop to electronic, to rock, to even soundtrack music, there have been many standout albums that are going to end up on many listener’s albums of the year list. However, the year is far from over and some big names in music have been dropping hints of upcoming releases before the year is out. Here are the top five most anticipated new releases for the fall and winter season.
- Paul McCartney– The former Beatle has been touring for the past few years and is now gearing to release “Egypt Station,” his first album since 2013’s “New.” While many rock artists of McCartney’s age will settle into content retirement, McCartney has enjoyed a respectable string of albums in the latter half of his life. With pop mastermind producer Greg Kurstin behind the scenes, it will be interesting to hear the latest from one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. To see a full review of this album, check out thetowerlight.com.
- The 1975– The hype over this album is overwhelming but is certainly justified. The 1975 is a group who has yet to have a major musical misstep, and their 2016 album “I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It” was one of the better pop rock releases of the decade. While there may be surprises here and there, only time will tell if The 1975 will be able to top themselves and maintain their hot streak of albums.
- Childish Gambino– Okay, this may be cheating since it hasn’t been announced, but the signs are all there. While Donald Glover seems to have hundreds of things going on in his acting and writing career, he did consider retiring the Childish Gambino name. However, if “This is America” and “Feels Like Summer” are foreshadowing a future album, this may be able to outdo his previous Grammy nominated “Awaken, My Love!”
- Muse– These sci-fi rock wizards have been very vocal about their new record across their social media platforms. While some fans were cold to their last album “Drones,” this next album seems to be running with the 80s trend that began with “Stranger Things,” with a supposed double of acoustic and electric songs. While a lot of material, the singles “Thought Contagion” and “Something Human” have shown encouraging signs that one of the last power trios have created something truly spectacular.
- Twenty One Pilots- This may be the most anticipated record on this list because of the monumental success this duo had with their previous efforts “Vessel” and their breakthrough album “Blurryface.” The new album “Trench” will most likely be their most eclectic to date with the latest singles ranging between funk, rap, pop, and rock, just to name a few. While “Stressed Out” is still all over the radio, this next record may have the versatility and power to blow their previous effort out of the water.