August is nearly done – thank goodness? Why ‘thank goodness’ you ask – well because the release weeks at times left much to be desired. September 2014 is definitely promising with a number of new releases. After examining a whole list via amazon.com, here are my 10 most Anticipated albums for September 2014!
1) Maroon 5, V (Interscope) September 2
I haven’t exactly ‘hearted’ Maroon 5 as much as once did – Overexposed was my least favorite album – but who can resist Adam Levine’s vocals seriously? “Maps” is no “This Love,” but let’s keep our fingers crossed V is truly special.
2) Lecrae, Anomaly (Reach Records) September 9
The Christian rap thing isn’t necessarily my lane (being honest), but I am a fan of Lecrae by all means.
3) Jhené Aiko, Souled Out (Def Jam) September 9
Usually, this guy prefers powerhouse vocals, but Jhené Aiko definitely provides an interesting antithetical approach. Her coolness works, or at least it did on Sail Out EP.
4) Barbra Streisand, Partners (Columbia) September 16
It’s Barbra Streisand – there really is nothing else to say. The legendary vocalist has a fantastic voice STILL at 72 years old.
5) Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga, Cheek to Cheek (Columbia/ Interscope), September 23
Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga really recorded an album? Amazing. Judging by the track list, it’s definitely in Tony Bennett’s lane, but who wouldn’t want to record with a legend? Plus, after ARTPOP was more lukewarmly received, Gaga likely needs to plan her next career/album move.
6) Tweedy, Sukierae (ANTI), September 23
The Wilco front man is releasing this highly anticipated solo album. Jeff Tweedy is one of the most versatile musicians of the times, and Sukierae should prove to be exceptional.
7) Jennifer Hudson, JHUD (RCA), September 23
My girl Jennifer Hudson is back with her long-awaited third album, JHUD. “Walk It Out” definitely satisfied me, even if it was more gimmicky than Hudson’s past work, but it wasn’t exactly a radio staple. Hopefully, Hudson really tries to promote this album. R&B has been suffering for sales.
8) Lenny Kravitz, Strut (Kobalt), September 23
9) Weezer, Everything Will Be Alright in The End (Universal Republic), September 30
Weezer’s last album Hurley wasn’t my favorite, but that doesn’t dissuade me from being excited about a new album from the aging hipsters.
10) Gerard Way, Hesistant Alien (Reprise), September 30
My Chemical Romance is no more, but Gerard Way is still in the house. As Fantasia sang, “It ain’t all bad.”