63 Most Anticipated Albums of 2017

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Japandroids

Album: Near to the Wild Heart of Life
Release Date: January 27th
It's been five years since this Vancouver duo released their second album, the aptly titled Celebration Rock. But the title track to their new disc, "Near to the Wild Heart of Life," shows they haven't lost the ability to craft an indie-rock anthem that swells as much as it snarls. They've put a lot of thought into how album three flows. The first four songs and the second three "each follow their own loose narrative," the band states on their site. "Taken together as one, they form an even looser narrative, with the final song ... acting as an epilogue." Even the number of tracks isn't arbitrary: "Eight songs is the standard template for a great rock n roll album," they write, supporting their thesis with multiple examples, including the Stooges' Raw Power and Talking Heads' Remain in Light

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