ADRIAN THRILLS watches what’s in store for music lovers in 2022

From returning rockers to pop pioneers, 2022 is shaping up to be another big year for new albums …

ELVIS COSTELLO

The New Year begins with an old-fashioned rock and roll album from one of our greatest songwriters. After playing one of the last big shows before the lockdown, at Hammersmith Apollo in 2020, Elvis Costello has been busy releasing the Hey Clockface and Spanish Model records for the past two years.

He’s now back with The Imposters on The Boy Named If. The two previously released tracks, Magnificent Hurt and Paint The Red Rose Blue, suggest a reliable melodic return.

Released January 14 on EMI.

After playing one of the last big shows before the lockdown, at Hammersmith Apollo in 2020, Elvis Costello has been busy releasing the Hey Clockface and Spanish Model records for the past two years.

YEARS & YEARS

Formerly a trio, Years & Years is today the vehicle for a solo Olly Alexander, who continues to juggle his acting career and his music. After starring in the TV series It’s A Sin, he is now focusing on his third album, Night Call, which should be a dancefloor treat under the sway of disco pioneer Sylvester and French house.

January 21, Polydor.

BASTILLE

Amazon documentary ReOrchestrated reiterated Bastille singer Dan Smith’s position as one of British pop’s most enterprising artists, and his band’s fourth album, Give Me The Future, should cement his stature.

He describes the record as “a tribute to humanity in the age of technology,” and early indications point to a rhythm-driven show with references to the sci-fi films Metropolis and The Matrix, and wink eye to Daft Punk and Phil Collins.

February 4, Virgin EMI.

CAMILA CABELLO

The Cuban-American singer teases her third album, Familia, since last summer. His July single, Don’t Go Yet, was an upbeat Latin number fueled by claps and trumpets.

The sequel, La Buena Vida, used styles of flamenco to further steer Cabello away from his old role in girl group Fifth Harmony. After starring in an adaptation of Cinderella, she’s ready to take the pop world by storm.

In early 2022, Sony.

Camila Cabello teases her third album, Familia, since last summer.  His July single, Don't Go Yet, was an upbeat Latin number fueled by claps and trumpets.

Camila Cabello teases her third album, Familia, since last summer. His July single, Don’t Go Yet, was an upbeat Latin number fueled by claps and trumpets.

Foxes

A desire for freedom is expected to be one of the defining characteristics of post-lockdown pop, and Southampton singer Louisa Rose Allen, aka Foxes, yearned for a return to the good times on recent single Sister Ray, a taste of his next album. The kick.

The single was inspired by the song Velvet Underground of the same name, but Allen’s haunting vocals and powerful electronics owed more to Swedish singer Robyn.

February 11 PIAS.

A desire for freedom is expected to be one of the defining characteristics of post-lockdown pop, and Southampton singer Louisa Rose Allen, aka Foxes, yearned for a return to the good times on recent single Sister Ray, a taste of his next album. the kick

EDDIE VEDDER

Vedder used his hectic solo career to break away from his day job with Seattle rock band Pearl Jam. His first solo LP was the soundtrack to a Sean Penn film, his second a collection of tunes for ukulele.

Now, with Earthling’s third effort, he’s setting the dial a little closer to home with guitar-driven heart sounds. The recent single The Haves was an agonizing ballad featuring a voice that remains one of rock’s most emotionally resonant.

February 11, Seattle Surf.

TEARS FOR FEARS

The electronic duo behind the hits Shout and Mad World of the 1980s have never been particularly prolific, but that hasn’t stopped Tears For Fears from having an unlikely influence on modern rap and dance.

Kanye West, David Guetta, and Drake have all sampled their music – and ears should be pricking up on the arrival of The Tipping Point, Curt Smith and Roland Orzabal’s first new album in 18 years.

February 25, Concorde.

The electronic duo behind the hits Shout and Mad World of the 1980s have never been particularly prolific, but that hasn't stopped Tears For Fears from having an unlikely influence on modern rap and dance.

The electronic duo behind the hits Shout and Mad World of the 1980s have never been particularly prolific, but that hasn’t stopped Tears For Fears from having an unlikely influence on modern rap and dance.

CHARLI XCX

The Cambridge-born singer was responsible for pop’s midlife debut album when she released How I’m Feeling Now in the spring of 2020. Made at home, it was rough and ready. The follow-up, Crash, should be a more polished affair.

The recent single New Shapes featured Charli in a futuristic girl trio with American musician Caroline Polachek and French singer Christine And The Queens.

March 18, Asylum.

JACK WHITE

The songwriter behind Seven Nation Army, the White Stripes anthem sung in football stadiums, is set for a busy 2022, with two LPs in the works. In April, he released Fear Of The Dawn, with the recent single Taking Me Back indicating a back-to-basics rock album.

All White has revealed about their second album, Entering Heaven Alive, that it will sound different, hinting at a revival of Boarding House Reach’s funk and electronic pop in 2018.

April 8 and July 22, third man.

Jack White, songwriter of Seven Nation Army, the White Stripes' anthem sung in football stadiums, is set for a busy 2022, with two LPs in the works

Jack White, songwriter of Seven Nation Army, the White Stripes’ anthem sung in football stadiums, is set for a busy 2022, with two LPs in the works

TAYLOR SWIFT

The rate at which Swift is re-recording her old albums following a legal dispute suggests we’ll see two more note-for-note redesigns in 2022.

Speculation among fans, sparked by the “cookies” in her videos and online posts, points to Speak Now in 2010 and her fifth album in 1989 – although Taylor likes to create surprises. A 1989 track, the brooding ballad Wildest Dreams, has already been released as a single.

Summer 2022 on Universal.

The rate at which Taylor Swift is re-recording her old albums following a legal dispute suggests we'll see two more note-for-note redesigns in 2022

The rate at which Taylor Swift is re-recording her old albums following a legal dispute suggests we’ll see two more note-for-note redesigns in 2022

LIAM GALLAGHER

The former Oasis singer is determined to party like he did in 1996. Echoing his former band’s two concerts that year at Knebworth Park, Liam Gallagher returns for the first time to the stately home of Hertfordshire as as a solo artist next June.

Before that, he released his fourth solo LP, C’Mon You Know, with full blast tunes and rock and roll attitude bags that are bound to be the order of the day. “I’m not reinventing the wheel,” Liam says of his thriving solo career. “I’m just giving it a new polish. “

May 27 on Warner.

The former Oasis singer is determined to party like he did in 1996. Echoing his former band’s two concerts that year at Knebworth Park, Liam Gallagher returns for the first time to the stately home of Hertfordshire as as a solo artist next June.

ARCTIC MONKEYS

“Presly much” completed and expected in 2022, according to drummer Matt Helders, the Arctic Monkeys’ seventh album is hard to call.

The Sheffield band followed their most pop album, AM of 2013, with their weirdest, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, so another hairpin bend can’t be ruled out.

With a tour in August including the Reading and Leeds festivals, a summer outing is likely.

Summer 2022 on Domino.

“Presly much” finished and expected in 2022, according to drummer Matt Helders, Arctic Monkeys’ seventh album is hard to call

Gwen STEFANI

Singer No Doubt has promised her first solo album in five years is in the works, and the two singles released so far, Let Me Reintroduce Myself and Slow Clap, signal a return to her pop and reggae roots.

“I’m still the old original me,” she sang on the first, while the cheerleader vocals on the last were reminiscent of her 2005 single Hollaback Girl.

End of 2022 on Interscope.

No Doubt singer Gwen Stefani has promised her first solo album in five years is in the works, and the two singles released so far, Let Me Reintroduce Myself and Slow Clap, signal a return to her pop and reggae roots.

No Doubt singer Gwen Stefani has promised her first solo album in five years is in the works, and the two singles released so far, Let Me Reintroduce Myself and Slow Clap, signal a return to her pop and reggae roots.


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