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8 Albums We’re Excited For This Fall


Janet Jackson returns with her first studio album in seven years. But there's plenty more to look forward to as well this season.

Duran Duran, Paper Gods

Enduring classics such as "Hungry Like the Wolf," "Rio," "Girls on Film," "Ordinary World," and "Come Undone" gave their flamboyant style audible substance. Now Nick Rhodes, Simon Le Bon, and the group's other members, John and Roger Taylor, are releasing their 14th studio album. The LP's cast list betrays the breadth of their cross-genre influence. Janelle Monae, Mark Ronson, house-pop newcomer Kiesza, Chic mastermind Nile Rodgers, Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante, and even Lindsay Lohan swung by their South London studio to contribute to the project. Read our Duran Duran profile here. (September 11)

Micachu and the Shapes,Good Sad Happy Bad

For their latest, the U.K. experimental pop trio (led by queer frontwoman Mica Levi) have transformed a secretly recorded jam session into a schizophrenic mix of found sounds, trippy distortion, and singsong vocals. The results are odd, and oddly compelling. (September 11)

Disclosure, Caracal

Brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence helped catapult Sam Smith's career with their collaborative hit, "Latch," so it's no surprise they enlisted the breakout crooner--as well as Grammy-winning jazz vocalist Gregory Porter--for the follow-up to their game-changing, house-infused debut, Settle. (September 25)

New Order, Music Complete

There was a time when no one was pairing guitar rock and electronic dance more deftly than Bernard Sumner and his Manchester cohorts. The title of their 10th studio album--which features cameos from Iggy Pop, Brandon Flowers, and La Roux's Elly Jackson--hints that the legendary quintet may have struck that perfect balance again. (September 25)

Lana Del Rey, Honeymoon

Del Rey's vocals are prominentally belted out in "High By The Beach," a trap beat with strong harmonies that turn this new 420-anthem into the perfect end-of-summer jam. Produced by Rick Nowels -- who produced several songs on 2010's radio-friendly Born to Die -- this track has gotten us excited to see what's next. (September 18)

Peaches, Rub

The electro provocateur returns with Rub, her first studio album in six years. On it, the performance artist and musician -- most famous for her incendiary club anthem "Fuck the Pain Away" -- continues to ooze sexuality, smash gender barriers, and swear like it's going out of style. (September 25)

Janet Jackson, Unbreakable

With the sound of '90s R&B back in full swing (hello, Carly Rae), isn't it about time the lady who epitomized the genre returned to show the kids how it's really done? If "No Sleeep," the sexually charged (and liberally voweled) first taste from her long-awaited new album is any indication, Miss Jackson has things under full control. (October 2)

John Grant, Grey Tickles, Black Pressure

The BRIT-nominated gay singer-songwriter says he wanted to get "moodier and angrier" on his third solo record. Given his knack for stirring balladry and biting humor ("grey tickles" is a direct translation of the Icelandic term for "midlife crisis"), this set should induce as many smirks at it does tears. (October 2)

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