Welcome to New Music Friday, our weekly round-up of the best album releases. We pull together our highlights from the UK album release calendar, featuring new music by the biggest, best and brightest acts hitting the road across the British Isles. Check back every week for more of our curated tips, from emerging talent to stadium veterans.
RELEASE OF THE WEEK: Slash – Living the Dream
Reuniting with regular collaborators Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, Living the Dream marks Slash’s fourth solo effort and third with the Conspirators. Myles Kennedy and Slash first joined forces in 2010, where Kennedy leant vocals to Slash’s debut self-titled solo record.
The band released singles Driving Rain in July which they performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live followed by the catchy Mind Your Manners in August, and My Antidote which you can listen to below.
Josh Groban – Bridges
American singer-songwriter, actor, record producer and Broadway star Josh Groban returns with his eighth studio album. Following 2015’s Stages, an album of Broadway covers, his latest release Bridges is inspired by ideas he had while starring in The Great Comet.
Bridges features duets with Andrea Bocelli, Jennifer Nettles and Sarah McLachlan and marks Groban’s first record since 2013’s All That Echoes to feature original music. The star released the album’s first single Granted in June 2018, listen below.
Metric – Art Of Doubt
Toronto alt-rockers Metric have released their seventh studio album, Art Of Doubt. We caught up with them recently and you can watch the full interview with front-person Emily Haines below.
Recorded in their own Toronto studio and produced by Justin Meldal-Johnsen, Emily states in the video that the album continues their pattern of surprising fans with musical experimentation, yet deliberately brings them back to their live roots.
Christine and the Queens – Chris
The follow up to 2016’s Chaleur Humaine, Heloise Letissier returns with a pop masterpiece Chris. Quirky lyrics and synth-heavy nods to the ’80s meld with gender-defying coolness and refreshing delivery.
Christine and the Queens released the single 5 dollars in English last month, with the French version following this week, and you can watch the video below.
Joe Bonamassa – Redemption
Seemingly inspired by a hard break-up, blues-rock guitarist and singer-songwriter Joe Bonamassa offers up some dark and moody soul for his thirteenth record.
Redemption marks the two-time Grammy nominated musician’s third album of original music as he once again works with producer Kevin Shirley.
The album also reunites Bonamassa with some of Nashville’s finest music minds such including James House, Tom Hambridge and Gary Nicholson.
You can see him live in October 2018 and April 2019. [Find Tickets][Buy Album]
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