As six iconic acts- from a hit ’90s boy band to a cult metal outfit-release their newest albums, we take a look at what their newest outings have to offer.
Backstreet Boys — in a world like this
Release date: July 30
Yes, they’re still together. The Backstreet
Boys’ eighth album, which comes four years after their previous offering, also marks their 20th year in business. The pop band, known best for hits like, Quit playin games and I want it that way, boasted of millions of fans at the height of their superstardom around a decade ago. This album seems to be a serious attempt by the boys (never mind the fact that they’re in their late 30s now) to get back into the limelight they once commanded.
Sting — The Last Ship
Release date: September 24
The celebrated English musician returns with an album after three years. This will be his eleventh record. A single from the album, Practical arragement, which released last month, is already been hailed as a lyrical gem. The Last Ship is available in three versions – standard one disc (12 tracks), deluxe two-disc (17 tracks) and a super deluxe(20 tracks).
Joan jett And the blackhearts — unvarnished
Release date: October 1
The leather-jacket donning, guitar-wielding queen of rock strikes again with her latest album, titled, Unvarnished. The songs in this record have a “serious tone, but they’re relatable,” said 54-year-old Jett in an interview available on her website. The ‘I love rock ‘n’ roll’ singer, considered inarguably the most iconic female rocker since she first made a debut in 1981, has released nine albums previously.
Pet Shop boys — electric
Release date: July 12
The newest album by this English pop-electronica duo is being touted as their best work in over a decade. This is the 12th offering by the act — which delivered hits like, West end girls and Always on my mind — since they first broke into the scene in 1986. One of the singles in the album, Vocal, is also available in nine versions, which are mostly club and dub mixes.
Bob Dylan — another self portrait: the bootleg series: volume 10
Release date: August 27
The father of popular folk-country-blues, and one of most prolific artistes of this century, gives his fans a reason to cheer about. This new compilation, an instalment in his Bootleg Series, features 35 tracks which were unused takes recorded during the making of his previous records. The two deluxe editions feature a remastered recordings from the Isle of Wight Festival and the album Self Portrait respectively.
Metallica — metallica through the never (soundtrack)
Release date: September 24
Three days before the 3D film, Metallica Through The Never, releases, the cult band will launch the soundtrack to it. The film is about a roadie who is looking for something, and it features performances by the band as well. “The soundtrack includes 15 songs recorded live in Edmonton and Vancouver in August 2012 while we were filming the performance footage in the movie,” announces the band on their website.