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Five for Friday: Anticipated Fall Albums

The arrival of fall usually brings comfortable weather, a handful of holidays, and an even larger (and more enjoyable) batch of anticipated new music. For this edition of Five for Friday, here are five albums we really look forward to hearing in the near future.

Various Artists Say Yes! A Tribute to Elliott Smith, October 14
The album title of this tribute takes its name from Elliott Smith's song "Say Yes," included on 1997's Either/Or. Now, nearly two decades later, a wide range of musical talent is coming together to celebrate the lasting legacy of the fallen artist's songwriting, music, and life. The 15-track set includes songs spanning Smith's discography and features covers from the indie-minded likes of Julien Baker, Yuck, Lou Barlow, and more.

Beck TBA, late October/early November
Beck's most recent album to date, 2014's folk-heavy Morning Phase, left fans content albeit craving more of the experimental, edgy style of the singer's past. Enter "Wow," the genre-blending single that arrived as somewhat of a surprise over the summer. Soon after, Beck revealed a proper studio album would follow. We're still waiting on the title and hard release date. But if the record is anything like "Wow," it will surely satisfy longtime listeners' desire for cutting-edge Beck.

The Pretenders Alone, October 21
In a surprising turn of events, Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys got called to produce The Pretenders' upcoming album. Following a long studio silence, Alone marks the iconic band's return to music after eight years. Chrissie Hynde and company's last record, Break Up the Concrete, came out all the way back in 2008. The first single, "Holy Commotion," shows a more modernized sound clearly influenced by Auerbach's bluesy inclinations. And it works unexpectedly well.

David Bowie Legacy, November 11
We've already seen a few posthumous David Bowie offerings, including the previously unreleased 1974 album The Gouster and upcoming release of Bowie's final recordings, which will appear on the Lazarus cast album. You can add Legacy to that list. It serves as the follow-up to the 2014 compilation Nothing Has Changed in the sense that this double-disc functions as a collection of Bowie's best hits. But this one feels definitive, featuring tracks off the recent Blackstar as well as a never-before-heard version of "Life On Mars?"

Metallica Hardwired... To Self Destruct, November 18
While more than a decade has passed since the premiere of the Metallica documentary Some Kind of Monster, it's nearly impossible to ignore to subtle humor in the band's upcoming album title given the members have self-destructed in the past – as the documentary clearly chronicles. On the Bay Area band's upcoming album, however, it seems the quartet actually built off the notion of sonic destruction. The latter is illustrated on the album's raucous, driving pair of singles – "Hardwired" and "Moth Into Flame" – both of which prove the destructive disposition working to Metallica's advantage.

October 7, 2016

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