Albums to Look Forward to in 2015

Claire Payne, Reporter

 

In 2014, Taylor Swift completely took over, and everywhere you looked you saw people clapping along to Pharrell’s “Happy.” 2015 seems to be promising with all-time greats such as Bob Dylan and Fleetwood Mac announcing album releases. Here’s a guide on what to listen to this year:

  • February 3: Bob Dylan is releasing his 36th album, Shadows In The Night. The album features covers of artists such as Frank Sinatra. In an interview, Dylan said, “No overdubbing. No vocal booths. No headphones. No separate tracking.” Expect raw and true talent.
  • March 3: Modest Mouse is returning to the alt-rock world with a new album, Strangers to Ourselves. As a huge fan of their fourth album, Good News for People Who Love Bad News, I know Modest Mouse will not disappoint with their unique sound.
  • March 9: Madonna will release her thirteenth studio album, Rebel Heart, including collaborations with Pharrell Williams. Despite the many who insist she gives up her desire for fame, she is determined to dominate the music conversation once again.
  • March 31: Death Cab for Cutie will release Kintsugi. Ben Gibbard, lead singer, has said, “A lot of these songs are kind of evocative; they’re about my time in Los Angeles.” I can’t wait to see what this melodic indie pop group will come up with.
  • May 2015: Coldplay is releasing what may be their last album, A Head Full of Dreams. Chris Martin said, “It’s our seventh thing, and the way we look at it, it’s like the last Harry Potter book or something like that.” This could possibly mean the end of their sound or even the band itself.
  • Spring 2015: Drake will release his fourth studio album, Views From The 6. As of right now, there is not much information available on the album.
  • Summer 2015: Kanye West will release an album sometime this year. Fans were given a sneak peak on New Years when he performed his collaboration with Paul McCartney. This wild partnerships shows Kanye is stepping a bit out of his comfort zone and going for a new sound.
  • Summer 2015: Fleetwood Mac will release a brand new album with former band member Christine McVie. Mick Fleetwood of the band said that McVie has been writing new songs for the group, and they will be recording together in March.
  • Fall 2015: Florence + the Machine’s third studio album will be released this year. According to the drummer, Chris Hayden, the album will feature many upbeat and happy songs. Her last album came out in 2011, so it’ll be nice to have some new songs to leap around to.
  • Fall 2015: Frank Ocean is returning to the public eye since his last album in 2012. He’s already released a snippet of “Memrise” on his Tumblr. With his collaboration in early 2014 with the members from the Clash, he is certain to be breaking the boundaries of genres.
  • Winter 2015: Radiohead has released that their album is still in the early ages. Johnny Greenwood, lead guitarist, said that the band is trying out a different sound. Radiohead is rumored to headline for Glastonbury, so the album could possibly be released this summer.
  • Winter 2015: Gwen Stefani’s first solo record in eight years will release sometime this year. She has already released two singles, “Baby Don’t Lie” and “Spark the Fire.” Stefani has said that the entire album is collaboration.