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The 20 albums we can't wait to hear this fall

By August Brown, Randall Roberts and Mikael Wood, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Entertainment News

With large-scale tours and festivals still nowhere in sight, getting pumped about new music this fall means getting pumped about the season's upcoming albums. Fortunately, there are plenty to stoke our excitement, from the highly anticipated debut by K-pop's biggest girl group to a timely return from a veteran club queen. Here are the 20 LPs we can't wait to hear.

The Neighbourhood, "Chip Chrome & the Mono-Tones" (Sept. 25)

A character-driven concept album is a counter-intuitive conceit for a rock band in the age of TikTok's streaming firehose. But OC-formed rockers the Neighbourhood are more in tune with modern tastes than most, and their R&B-influenced, big-budget indie sound has proved both adept and incredibly popular with Gen Z years into their career. Singles like "Devil's Advocate" and "Cherry Flavoured" show how the band can still carve room for ambitious rock around the top charts. (August Brown)

Sufjan Stevens, "The Ascension" (Sept. 25)

Two years after the exquisitely wispy "Mystery of Love" (from "Call Me By Your Name") carried him to the Oscars, Stevens has returned with a furious and densely arranged electro-folk album about what he views as the "diseased" state of American culture in the age of Trump. (Mikael Wood)

SuperM, "Super One" (Sept. 25)

 

A K-pop supergroup featuring members of EXO, SHINee, NCT127 and WayV, Super M was built with the express purpose of producing the biggest records and stadium shows possible. They got there almost immediately with the instantly meme-able techno-pop single "Jopping," a Billboard 200-topping EP and sold-out Forum dates, and now they're prepping a full-length debut, preceded by a pair of high-octane singles, "100" and "Tiger Inside." (AB)

Blackpink, Blackpink: The Album (Oct. 2)

When the four members of Blackpink walked offstage at Coachella in April 2019 - the first K-pop girl group to perform there - everyone who keeps up with the genre expected them to sweep the U.S. in a matter of months. A turbulent 18 months delayed their ascent, however, as the Burning Sun scandal upended their Korean label YG and COVID-19 put a stop to touring. Now after months spent tweaking the record, they've finally popped the cork on their full-length rap and electro-pop-influenced debut. With singles like the smash "How You Like That?" and Selena Gomez collab "Ice Cream," it's as surefire a hit as anything in K-pop without BTS on the cover. (AB)

North Americans, "Roped In" (Oct. 9)

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