Last month it was clear that spring has arrived by a) the sun appearing in the sky and b) the fact loads of great albums were released. Top of our list is Lostprophets, ‘Weapons’. The follow up to 2010’s ‘The Betrayed’ was recorded in LA. It can be streamed in full here.
Graham Coxon, ‘A&E’. We said it was his “most thrilling and noisy album since 2000’s ‘The Golden D'”. Read our full review here.
Nicki Minaj, ‘Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded’. The follow up to 2010’s ‘Pink Friday’ features collaborations with Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, Drake and Rick Ross.
Labrinth, ‘Electronic Earth’. The man behind Tinie Tempah’s ‘Pass Out’ (and the first non-talent show act to sign to Simon Cowell’s Syco label) finally releases his debut album.
Willis Earl Beal, ‘Acousmatic Sorcery’. XL’s enigmatic bluesman releases his lo-fi debut. Read the review here.
The See See, ‘Fountayne Mountain’. Psychedelic quintet’s debut following support slots with The Raconteurs and The Brian Jonestown Massacre. Released on May 28th.
The Futureheads, ‘Rant’. The Sunderland quartet go acapella and include covers of Kelis and Black Eyed Peas to boot. Read the review here.
Alabama Shakes, ‘Boys & Girls’. Hotly tipped favourites who have fans in Russell Crowe and Jack White. The album was recorded at The Bomb Shelter in Nashville and produced by the band themselves, will be released through Rough Trade in the UK. It’s released on April 9th.
Florence & The Machine, ‘MTV Unplugged’. Florence’s first live album, sees her stripping down some of her biggest tracks (but not, thankfully, ‘You Got The Dirtee Love’). To listen to her duet with Josh Homme on Johnny Cash’s ‘Jackson’, click here. It’s released on April 9th.
Death Grips, ‘Money Store’. California’s punk rapper’s follow up ‘Ex Military’ with their major label debut. To hear the track ‘Lost Boys’ click here. Released on April 23rd.
Battles, ‘Dross Glop REMIX’. Their 2011 album ‘Gloss Drop’ remixed by the likes of Shabazz Palaces, The Field and Gang Gang Dance. Released on April 16th.
Spritualized, ‘Sweet Heart Sweet Light’. The follow up to 2008’s ‘Songs In A&E’ was influenced by Dennis and Brian Wilson, along with Chuck Berry and jazzman Peter Brötzmann. It’s released on April 16th.
Jack White, ‘Blunderbuss’. The debut album from the former White Stripes man was premiered at London’s Debating Chamber at the city’s County Hall last month where White made a surprise appearance. Released on April 23rd.
Cate Le Bon, ‘CYRK’. Named after the Polish word for “circus”, her second album will be released through Gruff Rhys’ Ovni label. It’s released on April 20th.
Marina And The Diamonds, ‘Electra Heart’. Marina’s big pop comeback featuring collaborations with Diplo, Stargate and Dr Luke. To hear single ‘Primadonna’ click here. It’s released on April 30th.
Toro Y Moi, ‘June 2009’. The box set includes five 7″ discs but is also available on CD and digital. It was made after the singer graduated university. It’s released on April 23rd.
Rufus Wainwright, ‘Out Of The Game’. All opera’d out, Wainwright teamed up with Mark Ronson for his pop comeback which has been influenced by the 70s sounds of Elton John and David Bowie. It’s released on April 23rd. Click here to listen to the title track.
Marilyn Manson, ‘Born Villain’. His eighth album is follow up to 2009’s ‘The High End Of Low’. To hear single ‘No Reflections’, click here. It’s released on April 30th.
Sleepy Sun, ‘Spine Hits’. Their third album was recorded with producer Dave Catching, formerly of Queens of the Stone Age and Eagles of Death Metal. It’s released on April 9th.
Clock Opera, ‘Ways To Forget’. Long time coming debut from famed remixer of Marina & And Diamonds and Everything Everything. Released on April 23rd.