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54 Most Anticipated Albums of 2018

New music from Justin Timberlake, Jack White and Cardi B, and other records we can’t wait to hear

It’s that time of year, when we take a breather from the onslaught of last year’s releases and start speculating about what’s in store once this one starts heating up. If half the scheduled, reported and rumored new albums we’re expecting actually materialize, 2018 is going to be nuts. Major pop artists like Liam Payne, Frank Ocean, Ariana Grande and Sky Ferreira are prepping LPs, as are beloved veteran rockers from Bruce Springsteen to Paul McCartney and Jack White, and indie-rock heroes like the Breeders, My Bloody Valentine and Superchunk. Here’s a rundown of everything we know about what’s on the way.  

Ty Segall, 'Freedom's Goblin'

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Ty Segall

Album: Freedom’s Goblin
Release Date: January 26th
The SoCal wizard of noise’s latest album is a doozy: 19 songs on four vinyl sides, ranging from freaky garage jams (“Meaning”) to tender love songs (“My Lady’s on Fire”) to a fuzzed-out cover of a 1978 disco hit (Hot Chocolate’s “Every 1’s a Winner”). There’s also a tribute to his dog, Fanny, which Segall and his band tore through on Conan in December while wearing white lab coats. Recorded at studios including Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio, Freedom’s Goblin is one of the prolific musician’s widest-ranging releases. “[The recording process] was all about making the performances shine how they are and not trying to perfect anything too much and just have fun with it,” Segall said in an interview with Minnesota Public Radio last month. “The idea of it was to be as free as possible.” Hence the album title: “It’s a loose idea of the duality, or more the ever-unfolding idea of freedom,” he explained. “I’m a goblin, you know, but I’m also not a goblin, you know?”

Portal, 'Ion'

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Portal

Album: Ion
Release Date: January 26th
At times more a performance-art experiment than a metal band, Portal have made a name for themselves by dressing up over the years as executioners (or in the case of vocalist the Curator, a grandfather clock) and recording avant-garde overtures that could serve as a soundtrack to either a Saw movie or a Francis Bacon painting. The band’s sound, a bit like death metal rearranged in a blender in the middle of a séance, has earned them high-profile fans such as Pantera vocalist Phil Anselmo. Ion will be the long-running Australian group’s fifth LP and first full-length since their brilliant, mind-bending Vexovoid. Judging from the spooky teaser video they released for the album and the jagged juggernaut that is the album’s “Phreqs,” the record will be a worthy follow-up.

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