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The 25 Most Anticipated Albums of Fall 2017

on August 28, 2017, 1:30pm

20. Phoebe Bridgers – Stranger in the Alps

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Release date: September 22nd

Even if you had never heard a Phoebe Bridgers song before, you could say this for her: she keeps good company. Having put out her debut 7” on Ryan Adams’ PAX AM label and opened on tour for Julien Baker, as far as we’re concerned, serve as irrefutable references in a music world where being heard can be as difficult as penning a wonderful song. And as we await her full-length debut, Stranger in the Alps, not only is Bridgers about to be heard, but she has the songs that’ll garner repeat listens. Whether it’s the more traditional, plaintive singer-songwriter fair of lead track “Smoke Signals” or single “Motion Sickness”, which adds instrumentation and opens up into an almost pop-like affair, Bridgers shows she can flex different muscles, keep listeners guessing, and, most importantly, keep them captivated. –Matt Melis


19. Tori Amos – Native Invader

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Release date: September 8th

We know a Tori Amos song when we hear it: the spellbinding piano, that unmistakable mezzo voice that calls out and draws us near, like a caretaker watching over and shepherding the pieces of us that get so easily lost in this world. “Got to get you back to you,” she sings simply, among more poetic lines, on single “Reindeer King”, and she makes you believe that’s possible – whether you’re staring out at a broken America or inward at your soul’s own wounds. Three singles in and Native Invader already feels like an album that’ll help us weather storms and reclaim what’s been lost. I can’t think of a better gift to the world right now than that. –Matt Melis


18. Liam Gallagher – As You Were 

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Release date: October 6th

Forget about Liam Gallagher’s humorously short performance at Lollapalooza this year, which ended after just four songs when the singer abruptly called it a day. Gallagher means business on the first album released under his own name. It’s not the Oasis reunion that fans may want, but it’s also a step in the right direction, away from the Beady Eye concept that failed to make the same mark in the US that it did in the UK. Working with this year’s Grammy winner for Producer of the Year, Greg Kurstin (Adele, Sia), Gallagher’s entry into the world of solo recording is a bit of a misdirection. Gallagher promises a band direction will remain in the sound, and if singles “Wall of Glass” and “Chinatown” are any indicator, As You Were is exactly the music that one of the most identifiable voices in contemporary rock should be making. It’s music that embraces the Gallagher persona and runs with it to rock and roll glory. –Philip Cosores


17.  Wolf Parade – Cry Cry Cry

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Release date: October 6th

Six years removed from releasing their last album, there was very little reason to suspect that Wolf Parade would be returning. Main songwriters Dan Boeckner and Spencer Krug had each further developed their unique voices, the former culminating in the superb 2016 Operators LP, Blue Wave, the latter most recently with another album in collaboration with experimental Finnish rockers Siinai. But then the rumbling started that the long-gone group were up to something. And, lo and behold, Boeckner, Krug, Arlen Thompson, and Dante DeCaro dropped an EP in 2016, proof that not only were they ready to return, but that that return would be as thrilling as their sterling initial run. They’ve now followed that with the lead single announcing their album, Cry Cry Cry, which glistens and glows in that prog-indebted grandiosity of ‘00s indie rock. “Valley Boy” finds Boeckner’s jagged guitar matching Krug’s meteoric lyrics (including a Leonard Cohen reference, no less) in a loose, yet beautifully cohesive mesh — hopefully indicative of much more to come. –Lior Phillips


16. Foo Fighters – Concrete and Gold

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Release date: September 15th

Though Foo Fighters’ last album, Sonic Highways, didn’t quite match the heights the band had achieved on the previous Wasting Light, it’s easy to put the blame on the record’s concept. After all, how can you be expected to write a classic song during strict confines of being in a new studio in a new city and composing on the spot. For Concrete and Gold, Grohl holed up in a remote California town to get reacquainted with his songwriting craft, before enlisting producer Greg Kurstin (whom you may remember from the Liam Gallagher blurb two entries ago) to help fine-tune the new album’s direction. In terms of our advance tastings, “Run” proved to be a sturdy entry to the band’s catalog, but it’s the recently offered “The Sky Is a Neighborhood” that seems like the album’s first bona fide hit. Rumors also have it that it will be a guest-heavy album, with The Kills’ Alison Mosshart and Paul McCartney already confirmed and a big pop star also expected to be in the fold. For one of the biggest rock bands of our time, every album is an event. At least this time, Foo Fighters are stacking the deck in their favor. –Philip Cosores