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Fall releases in music Part I

September 7, 2016
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A look ahead at autumn's new albums

It looks like a tuneful, fruitful autumn for music lovers, with expected releases from established artists and newcomers alike. This week, part one of our look at the some of the most highly anticipated new titles for fall 2016 from veteran music-makers.

Wilco 'Schmilco' (dBPm; Sept. 9)

Like last year's 'Star Wars,' Wilco's 10th studio album (recorded during the same sessions) differs stylistically from the rest of the band's catalog - folkier and moodier, but just as melodic. Wilco has no interest in resting on their laurels or retracing their steps.

KT Tunstall 'KIN' (Caroline Records; Sept. 9)

Album number six from the Scottish-born singer and songwriter finds her turning up the tempo compared with recent releases, but also retaining the punch and melody that brought her initial American success with 'Black Horse and the Cherry Tree' and 'Suddenly I See' more than a decade ago.

Jason Aldean 'The Don't Know' (Broken Bow; Sept. 9)

Containing two songs that are already hits - the first single 'Lights Come On' and his summer hit 'A Little More Summertime' - Aldean's fans can expect more of what they already know and like from the 2016 ACM Entertainer of the Year: 15 tracks with a mix of country, pop and ballads, including one solely written by Aldean called 'The Way a Night Should Feel.'

Casting Crowns 'The Very Next Thing' (Reunion; Sept. 16)

The latest from Billboard's top-selling Christian band over the last 10 years. 'The Very Next Thing' will be Casting Crowns' eighth studio album. In a press release, frontman Mark Hall discusses the theme of the album: 'We are all in different stages of next.' There's a next step from where you are right now. We all feel like there's a stage that we have to reach to move on to what is next - but God has you right here right now for your next,' and all of these songs touch on that idea.'

Meat Loaf 'Braver The We Are' (Savoy Label Group; Sept. 16)

Meat Loaf and Jim Steinman, the team that gave us 'Bat Out of Hell' and its sequel, have joined forces once again along with vocalists Ellen Foley and Karla DeVito. Will they be able to recapture former glory? Stop right there. We want to know right now.

Shawn Mendes 'Illuminate' (Island Records; Sept. 23)

The Canadian singer-songwriter will issue his second album this fall to fans wondering how it will differ from his debut. Mendes says he promises an edgier collection of songs and a more mature sophomore album, one which includes the advance top-10 hit 'Treat You Better.'

The Pixies 'Head Carrier' (Pias America; Sept. 30)

Two years ago, these legendary alt-rockers issued their first new album in 23 years. They follow it up with a record recorded with new bassist Paz Lenchantin. The band reportedly spent six weeks rehearsing the material, which helped cut down on recording time.

Barry Gibb 'In The Now' (Columbia; Oct. 7)

For Gibb's first solo album since 1984's 'Now Voyager,' the sole surviving Bee Gee signed to Columbia and recorded an album of new original songs in Miami with John Merchant, a producer who had previously worked with the Gibb brothers. Robin and Maurice may be gone, but Gibb had some help on the record from his sons, Stephen and Ashley.

Green Day 'Revolution Radio' (Reprise; Oct. 7)

A new album of Green Day songs is pretty much a guaranteed big seller, but Billie Joe Armstrong says this one might upset a few people. With contemporary social themes and lots of bowed guitar (a la Jimmy Page), he says the album is part chaos and part personal introspection.

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