The most anticipated new albums of 2021
29 March 2021, 12:03 | Updated: 31 March 2021, 13:21
Radio X looks at the artists that will be coming back with new material this year...
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, there were still a number of great albums released in 2020. But what of 2021? Lockdown life has meant no touring for artists, so they've headed back to the drawing board written more material! Potentially, then, 2021 could be a golden year for albums.
Here's what's definitely on the album release schedule for 2021 - and who we think could be dropping an album at some point in the next twelve months...
The Snuts - W.L.
- The debut album from the much-touted indie rockers from West Lothian will drop on 2 April 2021.
- The album will include the singles Somebody Loves You and Elephants.
Glasvegas - Godspeed
- The fourth album from the Glaswegian trio will arrive on 2 April 2021.
- It's their first LP since 2013's Later...When the TV Turns to Static.
London Grammar - Californian Soil
- The band's third album has been pushed back from February to 16 April 2021
- They've recently issued another preview track, Lose Your Head.
Rag 'N' Bone Man - Life By Misadventure
- Rory Graham follows up his excellent 2017 debut Human with a second set of new material on 23 April 2021.
- Recent Radio X Record Of The Week All You Ever Wanted is the lead single.
Royal Blood - Typhoons
- The tracks Trouble's Coming and Typhoons have whetted our appetite for the third album from Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher, which is released on 30 April.
- The duo have promised a fair bit of sonic exploration on the new one. Kerr told Radio X that the album sees the pair plundering their record collections for inspirations and now they're making music "in colour for the first time".
- "On paper, it’s a small reinvention," says Kerr. "But when you hear it, it sounds so fresh."
The Coral - Coral Island
- Released on 30 April 2021.
- It's the tenth album - and first double album - from the Liverpool band.
- The track Lover Undiscovered was issued as a teaser in March.
Alfie Templeman - Forever isn't Long Enough
- Released on 7 May 2021
- Acclaimed new singer-songwriter from Bedfordshire releases a new eight track mini album.
New Order - Education Entertainment Recreation (Live at Alexandra Palace)
- A deluxe edition of the veteran Manchester band's show from 2018 which mixes NO favourites with some classic Joy Division material.
- Also available in a nice box set with a book and a blu-ray of the gig.
- Released on 7 May 2021.
Weezer - Van Weezer
- Rivers Cuomo and co are industrious types, but the COVID-19 pandemic put a stop to their Hella Mega Tour jaunt around the world with Green Day and Fall Out Boy.
- Nevertheless, Cuomo has promised a rockier sound for their fourteenth album, which is named as a tribute to the legendary metal guitarist Eddie Van Halen, who died last year.
- Released on 7 May 2021.
Paul Weller - Fat Pop (Volume 1)
- Released on 14 May 2021.
- Sixteenth solo album from The Modfather.
- Check out the lead track Cosmic Fringes.
Lana Del Rey - Rock Candy Sweet
- Released on 1 June 2021
- Hot on the heels of March's Chemtrails Over The Country Club comes another album from Lana.
James - All the Colours of You
- The sixteenth album from the veteran Manchester band will be released on 4 June 2021.
Wolf Alice - Blue Weekend
- Released on 11 June 2021.
- Blue Weekend is the third album from Ellie Rowsell, Joff Oddie, Joel Amey and Theo Ellis.
- Includes the Radio X Record Of The Week Last Man On Earth.
Garbage - No Gods, No Masters
- Released on 11 June 2021
- The seventh album from the alt-rock outfit fronted by Shirley Manson
- "“It was our way of trying to make sense of how f**king nuts the world is and the astounding chaos we find ourselves in. It’s the record we felt that we had to make at this time," says Manson of the new record.
- The lead track is The Men Who Rule The World, which is out now
Inhaler - It Won't Always Be Like This
- Released on 16 July 2021.
- Debut album from the Dublin quartet fronted by Bono's son Elijah Hewson.
- Latest single Cheer Up Baby is a Radio X Record Of The Week.
Blink-182 - TBA
Travis Barker confirmed in an Instagram post in January that new Blink material was due "this year".
Red Hot Chili Peppers - TBA
This will be one of the most keenly-awaited albums of recent times - the return of guitarist John Frusciante to the Chili Peppers family. However, the pandemic has caused havoc with the band's schedule, as he explained to the ABC: "We were rehearsing for a couple of months, then the quarantine started and then we stopped rehearsing for a couple of months. Then we went back to rehearsing." The Chilis are due to play Bottlerock festival in May, so let's see whether there's any new material to be heard.
Arcade Fire - TBA
Win Butler told producer Rick Rubin on his podcast that he'd already written a stack of songs before the COVID-19 pandemic hit - and since then he's been even busier. He claimed that the band went into the studio in Texas during the run-up to the US election in November, so we could see something concrete in 2021.
The Cure - TBA
Robert Smith has been working on the follow-up to 2008's 4:13 Dream since 2019 and claims to have recorded a full set of tunes for an album that has the working title of Live From The Moon, recorded at Rockfield Studios in Wales, where Queen gave birth to Bohemian Rhapsody. However, he also said that the record was to have been released by Christmas 2019 and that there was enough material for three albums, so we won't rest until we actually hear the thing.
The Killers - TBA
Brandon Flowers revealed that the lack of a tour to support the band's last album Imploding The Mirage sent the frontman back to the piano to work on the follow-up, so who knows if it will appear in 2021? He noted that the new tunes have "weirdly Nineties vibrations and ruminations on being a teenager in a town where I felt hopeless". Cheers.
Adele - TBA
"Peace out til next year" was how Adele signed off an Instagram post on 28 October, after she hosted Saturday Night Live in the US. It's been over five years since the release of 25, and session drummer Matt Chamberlain revealed last month that he'd been recording with the star.
Billie Eilish - TBA
Billie and brother Finneas have been busy in lockdown - she told Vanity Fair in October that she has 16 songs and that there would be some form of music project in 2021. Could this be the follow-up to When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - TBA
Noel claims to be considering an album of songs written for Oasis, but which were never recorded for any of the Manchester band's albums. “I’ve listed the proper songs and there were 14,” he told the Matt Morgan podcast. "They just fell by the wayside of various projects from down the years. I’m going to record them. Some are quite old-school." Needless to say, it's unlikely to feature an appearance from Liam Gallagher and whether or not anything new comes from the Noel camp in 2021 remains to be seen.
Jake Bugg - Saturday Night, Sunday Morning
- Released on 20 August 2021.
- Long-awaited fifth album from the Nottingham singer-songwriter.
- Includes the recent hit All I Need, as performed for Radio X recently.