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September 3, 2012 / jhsaeger

The Ten Most Anticipated Albums of Fall 2012

   …and with this weekend and that turn of the calendar page, we have stumbled across the unfortunate passage of summer. For music fans that can be a good thing, as the third and fourth quarters traditionally contain many of the best releases of the year. Here are Long After Dark’s Ten Most Anticipated Albums of the Fall:

Fitz and the Tantrums, TBA Long After Dark has been anxiously waiting for this album for two long years. The follow-up to 2010’s Pickin’ Up The Pieces, the yet-to-be-named record will be the second in the band’s young catalog and should cement the group’s budding profile.

John Fogerty, Wrote A Song For EveryoneDuets albums can be stale, occasionally yielding only a couple of good songs, but this one has some great potential. The ex-CCR songwriter corralled Dawes, Foo Fighters, Bob Seger, My Morning Jacket, and Jennifer Hudson (among others) to collaborate on various tracks on his impressive catalog.

No Doubt, Push And Shove – Gwen Stefani’s band will put out its sixth album later this month, their first since 2001’s Rock And Steady. No Doubt has not charted outside of the top ten since their career-defining Tragic Kingdom and has a solid chance to seize the number one plateau for the first time since the 1995 album that sold 16,000,000 copies.

Avett Brothers, The Carpenter The Avett Brothers last album, I And Love And You, gave them their most successful record thus far and earned them a slot with Bob Dylan at the Grammys. The Carpenter will land on September 11thas the group’s second collaboration with superproducer Rick Rubin.

The Wallflowers, Glad All OverBoth Dylans may be releasing an album this fall, but Long After Dark is betting that the younger Dylan crafts the better record as The Wallflowers celebrate their 20th anniversary as a band. 

Mumford & Sons, BabelThere have been few groups to debut with bigger success over the last few years since the British acoustic group burst onto the scene in 2009 with Sigh No More. Their follow-up is one of the most highly anticipated albums of the year and has similarly large expectations.   

John Frusciante, PBX Funicular Intaglio ZoneFrusciante’s second full-length album since he departed the Red Hot Chili Peppers following the double-disc Stadium Arcadium will run nine tracks long with a special 11-track bonus edition that will only be available in Japan.

Green Day, uno! – The alt rock vets are releasing not one, but three albums over the next five months, starting with uno! on September 25. The ambitious successors, dos! and tre! will hit shelves in November and January, respectively.

Soundgarden, King AnimalThe reunited Seattle rock band last put together an album in 1996, with their hour-plus Down On The Upside. Chris Cornell’s last project, the Screamcollaboration with producer Timbaland, was a bit of a dud. He has not had the power of a full band in the studio since Audioslave dissolved in 2006 and with luck Cornell will recapture his songwriting prowess.

Peter Buck, TBA – The first solo record from a member of R.E.M. since their breakup last year, the longtime guitar player joined up with songwriter Joseph Arthur. The release date and title have yet to be released, but it will be interesting to see if Buck can reclaim the magic R.E.M. once had a long time ago by his lonesome. 

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