Searching for something to listen to this weekend? Yahoo Music has you covered with a rundown of some of this week’s biggest and buzzing releases, including LCD Soundsystem, the Script, Joan Osborne, and more. Check back every Friday for a fresh list of albums to help fuel your weekend playlists.
LCD Soundsystem: American Dream (DFA/Columbia). The long-awaited fourth album from LCD Soundsystem brings forth everything fans could want from a much-publicized reunion (this is their first album in five years): Plenty of their ‘80s-influenced vibe, plus sticky, hooky rhythms. Although this is meant to usher in a new phase for the band, it reads more like they picked up the book, took out the bookmark, and moved along.
The Script: Freedom Child (Columbia). The band’s fifth full-length album comes at the end of a two-year break, paving the way for a set that is somewhat inconsistent but does deliver a different sound for each track –suggesting that the group had a lot of creativity stored up to manifest.
Joan Osborne: Songs of Bob Dylan, Vol. 1 (eOne Music). Osborne presents a variety of Dylan’s classics which she spent considerable time practicing during a pair of two-week residencies at New York City’s Café Carlyle in March 2016 and 2017.
Starsailor: All This Life (Cooking Vinyl). Starsailor mixes pop with some unexpected soul and funk on their latest, an overall well-crafted collection of songs that shows off a newfound maturity welcome in their evolution.
Mogwai: Every Country’s Sun (Temporary Residence Ltd.). The Scottish band’s ninth album is by turns orchestral, instrumental, pensive … and indicative of an ever-evolving sound, no small feat for a band that’s been around this long..
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark: The Punishment of Luxury (White Noise). Eighties new wave pioneers OMD have been working on their (re)evolution for some time, starting in 2006 to be exact. Their 13th studio album shows off a more thoughtful process, at least to those who are expecting nonstop dance tracks, but sticking with it should yield positive results.
The Grascals: Before Breakfast (Mountain Home). Bluegrass stalwarts the Grascals show off their command of traditional music on this set; retro-feeling country and inspirational songs are blended into the mix, all punctuated with wit and complete assurance.
Sheila E: Iconic Message 4 America (Stiletto Flats Music). The iconic drummer/percussionist/Prince protege collaborates with such names as Ringo Starr, Freddy Stone, George Clinton and others on this album — a collection of her take on favorite songs by the Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Curtis Mayfield, Sly and the Family Stone, and more.