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The 25 Most Anticipated Albums of Fall 2017

on August 28, 2017, 1:30pm

15. Kelela – Take Me Apart

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Release date: October 6th

The promise of a debut LP from Kelela has been a tantalizing topic now for years, hitting a blissful apex on the sublime 2015 EP Hallucinogen. The too-brief set of tunes channeled Janet Jackson in every sensual giggle, but simultaneously kept up with the syrupy alt-R&B of The Weeknd just as well. Lead single “LMK” keeps the murky emotional and relationship themes pumping thanks in large part to Jam City’s electro-R&B bass wobble. Kelela has called experimental producer Arca an “anchor” to the album as well as Jam City, suggesting that this one could get even deeper in its feelings and its weirdness. Announcing Take Me Apart, Kelela noted that she grew up listening to R&B, jazz, and Bjork, which seems like a tall order, but if any album can live up to it, it’s this one. –Lior Phillips

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14. Destroyer – ken

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Release date: October 20th

Dancing around convention and diving into varied genres since the mid-nineties, Destroyer is back with a new album. Dan Bejar’s follow-up to 2015’s Poison Season, titled ken, is out October 20th from Merge. Though ken may appear to be a reference to a man, Bejar revealed that the title is pulled from a classic Suede song — “The Wild Ones” — with an original title of the same name. “I had an epiphany, I was physically struck by this information. I decided to lift the original title of that song and use it for my own purposes,” Bejar said of his discovery. ken’s first single, “Sky’s Grey”, was released in early August. The album’s tracklist spans 12 songs and includes intriguing titles such as “Tinseltown Swimming in Blood” and “La Regle de Jule.” ken, Bejar’s 12th studio album, was produced by Black Mountain’s Josh Wells, who has drummed for Destroyer since 2012. –Carly Snider

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13. Rostam – Half-Light

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Release date: September 15th

Rostam Batmanglij has long been the genius behind the scenes. As one of the two core songwriters in Vampire Weekend, he was happy crafting an aesthetic, working with Ezra Koenig on a trio of the most beloved albums of recent times. But in 2016, after releasing a string of solo singles, Rostam announced that he was going solo and leaving the band, causing many to wonder whether Rostam has the voice, the charisma, and the chops to exist without his college buddies. The result is a 15-song opus that sounds like the spiritual successor to the last Vampire Weekend album, with less emphasis put on direct songwriting and more on grand atmospheric gestures. The man who’s written and produced for the likes of Frank Ocean, Carly Rae Jepsen, and Solange proves more than capable to hold his own stage, and on Half-Light, the years behind the scenes feel like prologue for what he’s created. –Philip Cosores

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12. Morrissey – Low In High School

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Release date: November 17th

It’s been more than three years since the last Morrissey album, World Peace Is None of Your Business. But, that hasn’t kept the former Smiths frontman out of the news. There was an epic flameout with his record label, Harvest. He’s taken jabs at Obama, Sam Smith, and David Bowie. He even wrote a novel and supported Brexit. When all is said and done, it often feels like new Morrissey songs at this stage of his career take a backseat to pull quotes and his personal life. But with the upcoming release of Low in High School, it will be a welcome change to focus on his music. –Philip Cosores
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11. The National – Sleep Well Beast

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Release date: September 8th

When The National released Trouble Will Find Me in 2013, they were fresh off of campaigning for the re-election of Barack Obama. In the interim, they were involved in the support of Hillary Clinton. So, looking at the world around us in 2017, it should come as no surprise that the first single from their first album in four years turned out a little bit on the dark side. “The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness” isn’t overtly political, but it certainly feels immersed in a bleak dusk, an exasperation that can’t be overcome. “We’re in a different kind of thing now,” frontman Matt Berninger sings on that track, and that straightforward assessment is heartbreaking coming from a band so capable of grand poetry. Now three singles in, that tone doesn’t show much sign of fading, The National ready to offer a new mirror to society with a sort of catharsis that only they are capable of. –Lior Phillips


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