Finally, new music releases are stacking up and rolling out at rates more similar to the before times. This spring, we’ll get new albums from Chicago rapper Vic Mensa, indie rock goddess St. Vincent, and so many more. Here are 11 New Albums Coming Out This Spring, the releases we’re most looking forward to. And, now that it’s more safe, we are hoping some of these new albums turn into 2021 concert tours…
Vic Mensa: I TAPE (March 26)
It won’t be a full album. But this month, Chicago rapper Vic Mensa will release a new EP titled I TAPE. In February, Mensa was joined by Wyclef Jean and Peter CottonTale for a Late Show performance. The MC performed the previously released single “Shelter,” in addition to debuting a new track titled “FR33DOM.”
For those wondering what Vic Mensa is tackling on his forthcoming EP, look no further than this moment on Colbert. Andre Muir, who directed the “Shelter” music video, also gave staging and design directions for the Late Show concert. The performance showed Black men on the ground with their heads submerged within nets. Julius Jones, the death row inmate mentioned in “Shelter,” read aloud a self-written poem.
Vic Mensa, for his upcoming I TAPE EP, is embodying both artist and activist. Following last summer’s phenomenal V TAPE, I TAPE is due out March 26th via Roc Nation.
Carrie Underwood: My Savior (March 26)
This Spring, Carrie Underwood will release her eighth studio album and first ever gospel record. The album, titled My Savior, will feature an array of secular Christian covers, gospel standards, hymns, and original new songs. Fans can listen to three songs off My Savior, the most recent being “Nothing But the Blood of Jesus” featuring vocals from Needtobreathe vocalist Bear Rinehart. Other guests of the Christian music world, such as CeCe Winans, also appear on the album.
Cheap Trick: In Another World (April 9)
Hard rock, power pop band Cheap Trick will be out with their first studio LP since 2017’s double-header We’re Alright! and Christmas Christmas. The new album, In Another World, will range from anthemic to introspective, classic to contemporary, renditions of old and new originals. Bolstered by their iconic status, and the ability to bring in musicians such as Grammy Award-nominated singer and Wet Willie frontman Jimmy Hall, Cheap Trick is slated to deliver fans precisely what they want to hear in their latest LP, In Another World.
Greta Van Fleet: The Battle At Garden’s Gate (April 16)
In 2017, newcomers to rock Greta Van Fleet released the single “Highway Tune.” The band’s distinct vocals and crunchy guitar polarized fans to either swoon for or change the station from their Led Zeppelin-esque sound. But if you found yourself underwhelmed by Greta Van Fleet’s debut album Anthem of the Peaceful Army, we encourage you to listen to their new album due out April 16th, The Battle At Garden’s Gate.
“It plays out very much like a film would be or a book was written,” guitarist Jake Kiszka told Loudwire about the concept for the album. “I think Josh had suggested The Battle at Garden’s Gate because I think the title certainly fit within the stories that we’re telling, and the sort of architecture of the album overall.” By trading in gnarls and thrashing guitar for complex instrumentation and philosophical lyrics, Greta Van Fleet is seizing the sophomore slump for an epic evolution.
The Offspring: Let the Bad Times Roll (April 16)
For those of you who assumed Dexter and Noodles of The Offspring had released their last album, you were wrong. Next month, The Offspring will release their first album in nine years, since 2012’s Days Go By. The new album, Let the Bad Times Roll, was produced by Bob Rock—the man who served behind board for the last two records from The Offspring.
Paul McCartney: McCartney III Imagined (April 16)
The former Beatle Paul McCartney isn’t coming out with just a covers album. The new album, McCartney III Imagined, features original McCartney tracks that have been adopted by musicians and longtime admirers of the musician. The songs, re-imagined by the minds who are currently at the forefront of music recording and innovation, become living love letters to McCartney beneath the umbrella of this project. McCartney III Imagined, a treat for anyone familiar with McCartney’s extensive catalog of songs, will feature covers from St. Vincent, Anderson .Paak, Beck, Blood Orange, Phoebe Bridgers, and more.
Weezer: Van Weezer (May 7)
This upcoming project from Rivers Cuomo and his band Weezer was slated to arrive in May 2020. The record, titled Van Weezer, is the group’s self-described “all guitars and shredding album.” Unfortunately, the biggest influence on the album Eddie Van Halen who passed away October 6, 2020, won’t be able to hear the album himself.
“Just from a self-centered perspective, we’re disappointed,” Cuomo told Apple Music’s The Strombo Show. “It would have been cool if he could have heard the record. And I don’t know if it would have meant anything to him. But he could have seen his influence bearing fruit decades later and in this modern record of 2021.”
St. Vincent: Daddy’s Home (May 14)
It’s been four years since Annie Clark, otherwise known as St. Vincent, released her last full-length and Grammy award-winning album MASSEDUCTION. This Spring, St. Vincent will show us the album which has been brewing beneath 50’s influences, the sounds Clark has been bowing to since her last effort.
“I felt I had gone as far as I could possibly go with angularity,” St. Vincent told Mojo last year. “I was interested in going back to the music I’ve listened to more than any other – Stevie Wonder records from the early ’70s, Sly And The Family Stone. I studied at the feet of those masters.”
Shortly after poster news hit the streets of St. Vincent’s upcoming album, Daddy’s Home, she released the record’s groovy first single “Pay Your Way In Pain.” Check out the song and retro-outfitted music video, below.
Lana Del Rey: Rock Candy Sweet (June 1)
Just one day after the release of Chemtails Over the Country Club, Lana Del Rey announced yet another new album. The record, titled Rock Candy Sweet, is due out June 1st. In response to a Harper’s Bazaar article from January, “Lana Del Rey Can’t Qualify Her Way Out of Being Held Accountable,” Lana Del Rey acknowledged how her upcoming album will address some of the recent issues lodged against her.
Chemtrails Over the Country Club, according to Vanity Fair, is Lana Del Rey’s “most intimate and precocious collection of songs yet.” How will Rock Candy Sweet stand up, so quickly, to her latest achievement? For someone described by Bruce Springsteen as one of the most successful songwriters alive today, we think it’ll be a (nostalgic) (brilliantly sad) breeze.
Japanese Breakfast: Jubilee (June 4)
Michelle Zauner, also known as indie rock solo artist Japanese Breakfast, is getting ready to release her next album since 2017’s Soft Sounds from Another Planet. The new album, Jubilee, was teased back in January but finally spat its first single in March with “Be Sweet.” Jubilee will arrive just weeks after Zauner’s debut memoir, Crying in H Mart, hits the shelves.
Demi Lovato: Dancing With the Devil… The Art of Starting Over (April 2)
Fans have been waiting for the next Demi Lovato album, anxiously, while the artist’s mental and physical traumas of the past few years have headlined celebrity news. The artist’s upcoming record, following 2017’s Tell Me You Love Me, signals the return of Demi Lovato. The new album, titled Dancing With the Devil… The Art of Starting Over, will address her addiction and recovery, the songs spanning three of the last four years.
There is much to look forward to in Demi Lovato’s upcoming album Dancing With the Devil… The Art of Starting Over. Including a new collaboration between Lovato and Ariana Grande. The 19-track Dancing with the Devil… includes previously released songs “Anyone” and “What Other People Say,” a duet with Sam Fischer.