It’s the beginning of the new year, and everyone knows what that means: Making resolutions, breaking said resolutions once we realize we can’t diet because we like food too much, and most importantly, the prospect of new albums from some of our favorite bands and musicians.
Among the many albums set to be released in the following months, here is a list of my top 5 anticipated albums of 2014.
Out Among the Stars, the posthumous studio album by Johnny Cash, is set to be released on March 25. Out Among the Stars, recorded in the early 1980s, was never released to fans. Cash’s most recently recorded song, a cover of Nine Inch Nails’s “Hurt” was released just six months before his untimely death.
Although the tracks on Out Among the Stars aren’t technically new, fans highly anticipate the album, full of never-before-heard songs by this legendary artist.
Tony Bennet and Lady Gaga
Ever since the release of Tony Bennet and Lady Gaga’s cover of “The Lady is a Tramp”, from the 1937 Rodgers and Hart musical Babes in Arms, fans of both popular artists have anticipated their full-length album.
Set to release near the end of the year, Cheek to Cheek will surely appease fans of jazz, pop and show tunes. Release date is to be announced.
Electronica, synth-pop singer/songwriter Imogen Heap is to release her first album in almost five years in 2014. Sparks, Heap’s fourth solo studio album, will be released on March 3, however many of the singles are already available on her official website: http://www.imogenheap.com.
The album cover of Sparks will be a collage of fan’s footprints, letting them become involved in Heap’s newest unique project.
Lana Del Rey
Following up on her 2012 indie-pop album Born to Die, Lana Del Rey will release her newest album Ultraviolence in 2014, however the exact date of the release is to be announced. If Ultraviolence (a title in reference to the 1962 Anthony Burgess novel-turned-feature film, A Clockwork Orange) is anything like Born to Die, the album has great potential. Del Rey’s huge fan base waits patiently to see what she’s got up her sleeves this year.
Indie rock band Broken Bells will release a follow-up to their 2010 self titled album and 2011 EP, Meyrin Field. Originally to come out sometime in January, the much-awaited second album After the Disco will be released on February 4.
Whatever the new year brings us in the world of music, we can always count on our favorite artists to deliver.
What albums are you looking forward to in 2014?