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Fall Music Preview 2015: 30 Must-Hear Albums

Read up on blockbuster LPs from Kanye West, Lana Del Rey, Fetty Wap and many more

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Ellie Goulding and YG

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With the 2015 VMAs in the rearview, the music world turns its attention to the fall-album onslaught. No matter what your tastes, there's plenty to look forward to in the coming season: rootsy comebacks from tried-and-true veterans (David Gilmour, Don Henley), rabidly anticipated efforts from left-field pop royalty (Kanye West, Lana Del Rey) and sure-fire smashes from tween-friendly giants (One Direction, Justin Bieber).

Our complete rundown features select insights from the artists themselves. "This is me passing along, to anyone who will listen, a few nuggets of wisdom acquired from my dippings into life's chocolate box down the years," says Rod Stewart of Another Country. YG puts it more bluntly, when he quips of the forthcoming Still Krazy, "Classic shit, that's what I'm fucking with."

Dave and Phil Alvin

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 24: Musicians Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin perform at Dave & Phil Alvin: Common Ground at The GRAMMY Museum on April 24, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rebecca Sapp/WireImage)

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Dave and Phil Alvin

Title: Lost Time

Date: September 18th 

Roots and rockabilly fans cheered these brothers' 2014 return — as did the Recording Academy, which gave them a Grammy. Their new one features covers of James Brown ("Please, Please, Please") and Lead Belly.  

New Order

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - APRIL 06: Bernard Sumner of New Order performs on stage during the 2014 Lollapalooza Brazil at Autodromo de Interlagos on April 6, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

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New Order

Title: Music Complete

Date: September 25th

Eight years after founding bassist Peter Hook split, the English act's remaining members are forging on with vocal help from Iggy Pop and Brandon Flowers. Singer Bernard Sumner has promised "an orchestral feel" on some tracks.

Eagles of Death Metal

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Eagles of Death Metal

Title: Zipper Down

Date: October 2nd

Josh Homme (who moonlights as this band's drummer) has described the new one as "an eargasm trapped inside a crazerbeam." ​


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Title: V

Date: October 2nd

Frontman Nathan Williams has complained on Twitter about lack of label support for his grunge-y band's fifth album: "You don't scare me," he tweeted at Warner Bros. Records. "I'm not scared of getting dropped." Even so, the LP is coming out on time this fall.

Coheed and Cambria

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 30: Claudio Sanchez of Coheed and Cambria at The Fillmore on September 30, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Scott Legato/Getty Images)

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Coheed and Cambria

Title: The Color Before the Sun

Date: October 9th

These guys are known for their ambitious concept LPs, but their latest is a set of unrelated songs about subjects, including fatherhood.

Selena Gomez

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 23: Recording artist Selena Gomez performs onstage at the 2014 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/AMA2014/Getty Images for DCP)

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Selena Gomez

Title: Revival

Date: October 9th

Gomez has said that writing songs for her latest LP pushed her "out of my comfort zone." It's working: Her uncharacteristically moody single "Good for You" made the Top 10.


AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 9: Bradford Cox of Deerhunter performs as part of the Fun Fun Fun Festival at Auditorium Shores on November 9, 2013 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)

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Title: Fading Frontier

Date: October 16th

Work on the Atlanta psych-rock crew's latest was delayed when singer Bradford Cox suffered a serious car accident in December. He's back in action on a set with echoes of Bowie and Seventies AM radio.

Joanna Newsom

FARNHAM, DORSET - SEPTEMBER 04: Joanna Newsom performs on stage during End Of The Road Festival 2011 at Larmer Tree Gardens on September 4, 2011 in Farnham, United Kingdom. (Photo by Andy Sheppard/Redferns)

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Joanna Newsom

Title: Divers

Date: October 23rd

It's been five years since Newsom's triple LP Have One on Me. This one's just one disc. Lead single "Sapokanikan" is a paradoxically hook-y tune that's teeming with historical allusions.

Janet Jackson

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 28: Honoree Janet Jackson performs onstage during the 2015 BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater on June 28, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/BET/Getty Images for BET)

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Janet Jackson

Title: Unbreakable

Date: TBD

"No Sleeep," a quiet-storm jam featuring rapper J. Cole that Jackson released in June, is a sign of where she's heading on her first album since 2008's Discipline.

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