Guess what? It’s March people! That means another new month of exciting new music! Looking throughout the course of March 2016, there seems to be plenty of notable new albums dropping from big-name artists. This week isn’t quite as decorated as some to come, but names like Ray LaMontagne and Loretta Lynn (yes THE Loretta Lynn) just can’t be written off. Here are seven albums to check out this week, plus a list of others that aren’t highlighted here. Get those wallets ready!
1) Ray LaMontagne, Ouroboros (RCA)
42-year old singer/songwriter Ray LaMontagne returns with a uniquely named album Ouroboros, his sixth studio album. Ouroboros arrives after a two-year gap between albums. Previous LP Supernova started off respectably, debuting at no. 3 on the Billboard 200. LaMontagne would likely love to keep the top-3 album trend going, dating back to 2008 effort Gossip In The Grain. Ouroboros runs just eight tracks deep, with songs “Part One – Hey, No Pressure” and “Part Two – In My Own Way” available prior to the album’s release.
2) Miike Snow, iii (Jackalope/Atlantic)
Alternative trio Miike Snow returns with their first album in nearly four years, III. III follows up 2012’s Happy to You, which cracked the top 50 of the Billboard 200. III has two featured guests: Charli XCX (“For U”) and Run The Jewels (“Heart Is Full Remix”). 11 tracks deep, five songs arrived prior to the release o the album: “The Heart of Me,” “Genghis Khan,” “Heart Is Full,” “I Feel the Weight” and the aforementioned “Heart Is Full Remix.”
3) Bas, Too High To Riot (Dreamville/Interscope)
J. Cole signed rapper Bas releases his sophomore album, Too High To Riot, nearly two years after quietly releasing his debut, Last Winter. Last Winter didn’t ignite the charts, peaking at no. 103, so Bas is likely looking for greater success his second go-round. Running 12 tracks deep, five songs were available prior to Too High To Riot, including J. Cole collaboration, “Night Job.”
4) Loretta Lynn, Full Circle (Legacy)
Her first album in nearly 12 years (Van Lear Rose, 2004), Loretta Lynn’s Full Circle arrives just shy of the country veteran’s 84th birthday. 14 tracks deep, Full Circle features two notable guests: Elvis Costello and Willie Nelson. According to Rolling Stone, Full Circle is produced by daughter Patsy Lynn Russell and John Carter Cash. Three songs arrived prior to Full Circle’s release: “Who’s Gonna Miss Me?” “Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven,” and “Everything it Takes” featuring Elvis Costello.
5) Granger Smith, Remington (Wheelhouse)
Country singer Granger Smith returns with his latest album, Remington. Remington comprises of 15 tracks. “Backroad Song” and “If the Boot Fits” were among four songs arriving prior to Remington’s release. Remington’s featured guests include Brooke Eden and Earl Dibbles, Jr.
6) Steven Curtis Chapman, Worship and Believe (Provident / Sony)
Contemporary Christian music vet Steven Curtis Chapman releases Worship and Believe, his first new studio album in three years (The Glorious Unfolding, 2013). Running 17 tracks in its deluxe version, Worship and Believe features studio and live performances. “We Believe,” “Amen” and “More Than Conquerors” were available in both studio and live versions prior to the album’s release. What else to know about Worship and Believe? Chris Tomlin and Matt Maher guest on the set.
7) Drowning Pool, Hellelujah (Entertainment One)
Dallas, Texas metal band Drowning Pool releases Hellelujah, their first album in more than a year (Sinner: Unlucky 13, late 2014). Hellelujah also marks their first album for indie super label, Entertainment One. 13 tracks deep, “By the Blood” and “Snake Charmer” were issued prior to the album’s release. Maybe most interesting are the songs titles themselves…
Also released: Dream Junkies, Good Religion (Kings Dream Ent.); Esperanza Spalding, Emily’s D+Evolution (Concord); Greg Laswell, Everyone Thinks I Dodge A Bullet (Vanguard/Concord); Judah & the Lion, Folk Hop N’ Roll (Judah and the Lion); Ninja Sex Party, Under The Covers (Ninja Sex Party); River Valley Worship, Edge of Heaven (River Valley Church); RuPaul, Butch Queen (RuCo, Inc.); Tonight Alive, Limitless (Fearless); Violent Femmes, We Can Do Anything (Add it Up)
Photo Credits: © RCA Records // Photo credit: Dan Winters, © RCA, © Jackalope/Atlantic, © Dreamville/Interscope, © Sony, © Wheelhouse, © Provident/Sony, © Entertainment One