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7 New Album Releases in 2016

The new music albums we're looking forward to most this year 

2016 promises to be a standout year for new music. Haim, Beck and Weezer are just a few of the music artists who are expected to drop new records this year. Thanks to a teaser on Instagram, we know that Haim will be collaborating with Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij on their follow-up record to “Days are Gone.” Beck’s new music album is rumored to be the complete opposite of his last album, the folk-rock classic “Morning Phase.” We can expect this record to be much more upbeat, dance-y and unrestrained. If his first single, “Dreams” is any indicator, this new album is sure to shoot to the top of the charts. 

Although there’s no guarantee that all of these musical projects will come to fruition in 2016, we’re crossing our fingers that we’ll have some awesome new songs to play on repeat soon enough.

Without further ado, here’s a look at the seven most anticipated music album releases of 2016. 

1. Jeff Buckley, “You and I” 

Genres: Alternative rock, folk rock, soul, blues 

Album Release Date: 11 March 2016

A previously undiscovered music album of Jeff Buckley’s early recordings has surfaced, nearly two decades after his accidental death in 1997. The new record, “You and I,” includes covers of Bob Dylan as well as a never-before-released original song. 

Buckley was able to release only one album, “Grace,” as well as a few EPs in his short lifetime, so it will be a very special treat to hear his hauntingly pure voice once more. One thing’s for certain — Buckley’s famous cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” will continue to chill us to the bone for many years to come.

Click the links below for high-res downloads of Jeff Buckley’s 1994 album, “Grace.” You’ll be able to hear every inflection in Buckley’s songbird voice.

2. Weezer, "The White Album"

Genres: Alternative rock, power pop, pop punk, indie rock 

Album Release Date: 1 April 2016 

Weezer’s 10th studio record, “The White Album,” will feature singles like “Thank God for Girls” and “King of the World.” Lead vocalist Rivers Cuomo describes it as a “beach album” that is based on his experiences “hanging around the Westside of Los Angeles, with people in Venice and Santa Monica, the beach, the Hare Krishnas, the Sikh on roller blades with the guitar, girls on Tinder within a four mile radius, seeing other bands and the kids from La Sera.”

To promote the coming release of their new album, Weezer is scheduled to go on tour with Panic! at the Disco this summer. 

Click the links below for high-res downloads of Weezer’s 2014 album, “Everything Will Be Alright in the End” and indulge in smooth harmonies and perfectly executed guitar riffs on tracks like “Lonely Girl.” 

3. Cheap Trick, “Bang Zoom Crazy...Hello”

Genres: Rock, hard rock, power pop 

Album Release Date: 1 April 2016 

Cheap Trick was formed back in 1973 in Rockford, Illinois. The band’s biggest hits include “Surrender,” “I Want You to Want Me,” “Dream Police” and “The Flame.”

Their new album, tentatively titled “Bang Zoom Crazy…Hello” is reminiscent of their classic ’70s sound, according to lead vocalist Robin Zander. 

Click the links below for high-res downloads of Cheap Trick’s 1985 album, “Standing on the Edge.” The high-res version adds clarity to the album’s cascading acoustic guitars and sheet metal harmonies. 

4. Meiko, Title TBA

Genres: Indie pop, folk

Album Release Date: May 2016 

Meiko is a rising folk/pop singer and songwriter based out of Nashville, Tennessee. Her songs are typically inspired by her own personal experiences with heartache and rocky relationships, which is what makes her music so refreshingly relatable. 

She is currently working on putting together a new album, tentatively scheduled to be released in May 2016. She will be recording it in Nashville with music producer Joshua Grange, who has worked with Dwight Yoakam, k.d. lang, Conor Oberst and Beck, among others.

Click the links below for high-res downloads of Meiko’s 2014 album, “Dear You.” Treat your ears to “Bad Things,” and you’ll definitely be able to hear the cooler, darker, electro-tinged qualities of Meiko’s third album. 

5. Haim, Title TBA

Genres: Pop rock, soft rock 

Album Release Date: 2016

Haim is a pop rock band based out of San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles that blew up the indie-rock scene in 2013 with their debut album “Days Are Gone.” The band features sisters Este, Danielle and Alana Haim, and drummer Dash Hutton. Last year, Rolling Stone reported that Haim was busy writing and working on their new record while on tour and promised that a second music album would be coming very soon. Let’s hope they keep their promises! 

Click the links below for high-res downloads of Haim’s 2013 album, “Days Are Gone” and experience the full glory of the snapping trap drums in tracks like “Falling” and “Forever.”

6. Beck, Title TBA

Genre: Alternative rock 

Album Release Date: 2016

Get ready to dance, Beck fans. According to music producer Greg Kurstin, Beck’s new album will be plenty more up-tempo than his last. He and Beck are hoping to finish songs for a new album early in 2016. 

Best known for his hit track from the ’90s, “Loser,” Beck has released nine studio albums, most recently “Morning Phase,” which won three Grammys, including Album of the Year. Here’s to hearing more award-winning work on this new album. 

Click the links below for high-res downloads of Beck’s 2002 album, “Sea Change.” You’ll be able to pick up every detail, including the album’s lush instrumentation and abrupt changes in temperament. 

7. Soundgarden, Title TBA

Genres: Grunge, heavy metal, alternative metal, hard rock 

Album Release Date: 2016

Seattle rock band Soundgarden broke up back in 1997 due to creative differences, but later reformed in 2010 and hasn’t looked back since. In fact, since getting back together, Soundgarden released one album in 2012, titled “King Animal,” which was celebrated by both fans and critics. The record was Soundgarden’s first in 16 years, and fortunately for their fans, it won’t be the last. Their new music album will hopefully be released sometime this year. 

Click the links below for high-res downloads of Soundgarden’s 1994 album, “Superunknown.” Listen to “My Wave” in high-res, and you’ll be hear the stark contrast between the stuttering syncopation of the verses and the softer groove of the chorus.  

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