Platform’s Mark Spencer looks ahead to three forthcoming album releases that are exciting him most.
Kanye West – Untitled
Kanye West only last year released the album ‘Yeezus’ which was praised positively by critics but on a personal note, it felt like Kanye swayed away from what made prior albums so replayable and sparked thought. Rather than slick lines such as ‘Sex is on fire, I’m the King of Leon-a Lewis’, we heard ‘You see there’s leaders and there’s followers, but I’d rather be a dick than a swallower’ *let’s take a moment to comprehend* this album came across as a reflective piece of art delving into controversial topics such as slavery and ethics. This is to be expected of Kanye West, however this album just sounds angry, even tracks which inspire relaxation such as ‘Bound 2’ portray a frustrated love. Which only leaves me wondering what’s next for this man, will Kanye delve into space/time/royalty? Or will he go back to the style of his previous albums such as ‘Graduation’ or even ‘My Beautiful Dark Fantasy’.
Lana Del Rey – Ultraviolence
The almost overnight star from New York released the thought provoking triple platinum album ‘Born To Die’ back in 2012. In which 2 out of 3 songs had this unexplainable 60’s cinematic feel to them, with Lana possessing a unique lyrical delivery, somewhere between rap and soul styled singing. From ‘Cola’ to ‘National Anthem’ everything done by this woman is daring, unexpected and brings growth to the genre. 2014 will see the release of her next album, ‘Ultraviolence’ the name indicates it may contain more club hits or may be a delve into techno or house, who knows.
Gnarls Barkley – Untitled
If rumours are true then Cee Lo Green and Danger Mouse will be reuniting and when they do, they form ‘Gnarls Barkley’. With 2006’s smash hit ‘Crazy’ and their song featuring in Breaking bad ‘Who’s gonna save my soul’ the anticipation to hear what these two will make next is growing. It will be interesting to see what happens as Cee Lo Green released solo songs such as ‘Forget You’ written by Bruno Mars. Will he again be receiving the help of Mars to help write this new album and if so will it sound like the same Gnarly Barkley from 2006? Either way this album is sure to bring life back to the Soul genre.