September is going to be awesome! Within the first few weeks we have new releases from Placebo, Ministry, Arctic Monkeys….but to start off the month we have a brand new album from Nine Inch Nails. Their eighth and first since 2008’s The Slip, Hesitation Marks is a solid return to form which we already reviewed for you here. Trent has definitely been busy over the years (Oscars, babies, How To Destroy Angels) but that hasn’t stopped him from resurrecting his original brainchild with a fresh new album.
If you’re a fan of male R&B singers, then this is your week! John Legend returns with his first solo album in nearly five years. Love In The Future was executive produced by John’s homie stromie Kanye West and is already getting good notice. Today also brings forth new releases by R&B vets Jahiem and Raheem DeVaughn. There’s also the long-awaited third album from Canadian soul singer Glenn Lewis. After an entire decade, Lewis’s aptly-titled Moment Of Truth arrives.
The sophomore album from Holograms is also here and it is fan-fucking-tastic. Hands down my favorite debut this year, it’s a righteous slab of post-punk goodness fit for modern times.
And then we head off to the desert and the debut from Vista Chino featuring one time Kyuss co-horts John Garcia and Brant Bjork. Formerly Kyuss Lives!, Vista Chino’s Peace is an epic record that’s sure to appease fans of their former outfit. read our review here.
Singer/songwriter Neko Case wins this week’s Fiona Apple “Unnecessarily Long Title” award with her latest, The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You, while Toni Braxton’s drama-loving younger sister Tamar follows up her smash hit “Love And War” with her latest album, also titled Love And War.
Chelsea Wolfe has a new album called Pain Is Beauty and it’s magically delicious. It’s the fourth from the songstress and is a darker version of PJ Harvey if you’re looking for comparisons. Buy it here. Elsewhere on the 9/3 slate: Justin Vernon’s (Bon Iver) Volcano Choir also has a new one out, Dexy lost the Midnight Runners and put out a new album, Saliva releases their first with a new singer, and UB40 goes country. Yes, country.
And the hits continue next week with the “final” Ministry album along with the latest from Arctic Monkeys. But for the rest of this week’s releases, check out our friends over at Pause & Play.