Most people under 30 favor downloads over CDs these days, but the long-player isn't going away-yet. We rank this season's releases in order of which ones we'll run out and buy first.
Everything Is Borrowed (Vice)
After the coke-fueled tales of tabloid excess on his third album, Mike Skinner bounces back with a more organic, introspective record of one-man digi-dance and bloke balladry. Sept 16.
12 Play: Fourth Quarter (Jive)
Who isn’t curious to hear how Robert Kelly responds in music to his infamous court case? Okay, odds are he’ll boast, “I told you so,” before launching into hooks of liquor, boats and boot-knockin’. The court decision will make us feel a little less guilty for loving it. Maybe. Release date TBA.
Invincible Summer (Geffen)
The Second City’s second fiddle (sorry, C, this is Kanye’s town) gets serious about chart success with a sleek, club-minded, retro record produced with the Neptunes. Santogold and Cee-Lo guest. Sept 23.
These Scots are already being heralded as the next Oasis or Jesus and Mary Chain, making this the most-hyped debut of the year. As far as its sound, think the latter, mixed with a healthy dose of Phil Spector and, er, the Proclaimers. Sept 9.
TV on the Radio
Dear Science (Interscope)
The unique, David Bowie–approved New York City shoe-wop (shoegazer meets doo-wop. Catchy? No?) quintet takes it to the next level after two years off. Guitarist David Sitek produced the Scar Jo album, which we still say is great. Sept 23.
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