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Fall Album Preview 2017: New Taylor Swift, U2, Beck, Sam Smith, Morrissey LPs

What to expect from ‘Reputation,’ ‘Songs of Experience,’ return of Mavis Staples, plus vintage re-releases from Metallica, Bob Dylan and more

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Fall 2017 marks the much-discussed return of music legends and chart-toppers – including U2, Taylor Swift, Beck and Sam Smith – after some time away. The season will also witness the solo debuts of boy and girl group refugees Niall Horan and Camila Cabello, and acts like Metallica and Bob Dylan rummaging through their vaults. Here’s what to expect – from country to pop to the resurgence of Nineties stalwarts – over the next few months.

Walk the Moon, ‘What if Nothing’

Walk the Moon‘s follow-up to 2014’s Talking Is Hard (featuring earworm smash “Shut Up and Dance”) came out of a period of tumult for the Cincinnati-born band, which canceled a 2016 tour before regrouping later in the year to bash out some new tracks. “There was a lot to navigate before we could really come back together and make music,” frontman and keyboardist Nicholas Petricca told Rolling Stone. “Once we were able to just finally get in a room together and make music, the approach was just making noise – getting back to our roots of being a rock and roll band and playing our instruments and letting the sound bounce off the walls.” The band worked on the album with Mike Crossey (The 1975, Wolf Alice) and Mike Elizondo (Eminem, Muse); it splits the difference between “taller and wider and more vast sounds,” says Petricca, and introspective lyrics. The storming “One Foot,” says Petricca, is emblematic of the album’s outlook: “It’s staring out into the unknown and being faced with uncertainty and what could be certain failure – but deciding to move forward and take that first step anyway.”

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