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63 Most Anticipated Albums of 2017

Drake, Tool, U2 and more of this year’s upcoming releases

Album Preview 2017

U2, Drake and Tool may all release music this year.

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From arena titans to critical darlings, there’s no shortage of albums to look forward to in the new year.


Tom Hines


Album: Hot Thoughts
Release Date: TBA
Since Spoon stopped touring in support of 2014's They Want My Soul, the band has been lying low. However, they've recently begun offering glimmers of new material. Last spring, frontman Britt Daniel and keyboardist-guitarist Alex Fischel played an acoustic show as a duo, debuting an angsty new number, "I Ain't the One." And the band recently played four more songs at a secret show in their hometown of Austin, Texas, showing off what sounded like some rhythm-heavy new rockers with titles like "Hot Thoughts" and "Talk You Into It." Daniel later discussed the show and announced the album title in an interview with Sirius XM. "The way our albums usually happen, we're writing the songs while we're recording them," he said. "And once the record's done, you have to figure out how to play the songs … so doing a gig like this helps us." Although they wouldn't commit to a release date, they did not shoot down the notion that it would come out in March – the same month they will be playing South by Southwest.

Old 97's

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Old 97’s

Album: Graveyard Whistling
Release Date: February 24th
The alt-country quartet celebrated two decades as a band by returning to the same Tornillo, Texas, studio where they recorded their 1996 debut, Too Far to Care. "It was a beautiful feeling of completing a circle – we're the same people, but we had grown so much as bandmates and friends," says frontman Rhett Miller. "It really made me believe in the power of experience and that you do get better with time." And they didn't go in to record alone: In addition to producer Vance Powell and songwriting collaborators Nicole Atkins and Butch Walker, they teamed up with Brandi Carlisle, who duets with Miller on the nervy cowpunk rager "Good with God." She plays God. Says Miiler, "It's not bad company – her, George Burns and Morgan Freeman."

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