The Midgie's picks the best releases of the autumn
No need to ask what the most eagerly-anticipated album of the autumn is - Oasis’ Dig Out Your Soul is out on 6 Oct, and pundits are already declaring it a huge leap forwards from Don’t Believe the Truth. They say that after every one though, so at this rate the Gallaghers should be back to where they were before letting it slip in ‘96 in no time. Fans of meat ‘n’ potatoes anthem-mongering might also be made up to hear that U2’s new album is due on 15 Nov, and is reportedly called No Line On The Horizon. Also adding themselves to the lad-rock canon will be Kaiser Chiefs with Off With Their Heads, bravely slated for release on the same day as the Oasis album, and, more excitingly, AC/DC’s Black Ice. It’s the Aussie rockers’ first in eight years though, so it could go either way.
In an even more populist vein, The Killers will be hoping that the unscheduled Day and Age can help erase memories of the vastly disappointing Sam’s Town, while we’re all praying that Snow Patrol’s One Hundred Million Suns (24 Oct), Keane’s Perfect Symmetry (13 Oct) and Dido’s tepidly-anticipated, five years in the making Safe Trip Home don’t prove too annoying.
But let’s duck the mainstream, and instead focus on more esoteric artists. For those with leftfield tastes, Californian noise artistes Deerhoof’s Offend Maggie (7 Oct) and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy’s new live album Is It The Sea? (20 Oct) might keep you happy, while the sulky emo massive will be pleased to hear that Fall Out Boy release Folie à Deux on 4 Nov. Currently without a release date are 50 Cent’s fourth album Before I Self Destruct, while the whole world will be waiting to hear the biggest album of the winter - the newly-sane Britney Spears’ untitled sixth record.