New Album Needed?

new albumGuest blogger Jessica Kane talks about music groups who are long overdue for a new album in this post on the Mark Weber Music Blog…

Recording a new album takes time and work. The singer or band has to write the songs. During practice, they have to decide if the songs sound just right or if they needs tweaking. If the performers know exactly how their music should sound and have already made firm decisions on such matters as song order and song titles, they can spend as little as a month in a recording studio. Most bands, however, need significantly more time than that.

Recording a new album can take months or years.

This is especially likely to be the case if the artist is prone to experimentation and/or prefers to record a few long compositions rather than a bunch of short songs. Obviously, if the album itself is long, recording will take longer. There are several music groups who are long overdue for a new album. Here are 5:

Tool

The band Tool is notorious for going years between albums. The band formed in 1990, and has produced a meager four albums since then. Their last album, 10,000 Days, came out in 2006. In a 2014 interview, their guitarist Adam Jones talked about the increasing difficulties of getting the band together. Some of the problems were simply due to… life. Jones got married in 2013. Maynard James Keenan acts and owns a winery. Tool was also embroiled in a lawsuit that began in 2007, a complicated mess involving an insurance company and countersuits. They finally won in March 2015. Tool has been working on new music – they played an instrumental piece called “Descent” at a show in Tempe. They began touring with Primus in January. We shall see…

Radiohead

Radiohead’s last new album, The King of Limbs, came out in 2011. Since then, the band’s members have been working on various solo projects. Last year, Radiohead wrote a song for the most recent James Bond movie, Spectre. It wasn’t used – but it can be found on the band’s website. Last December, the band’s lead singer, Thom Yorke, gave a solo performance including two new songs, “Silent Spring” and “Desert Island Disk,” at the UN climate change conference in Paris. This past March, though, they announced an upcoming world tour – and the tickets have already sold out for some shows, prompting the band to add new shows. Radiohead will also be one of the headlining acts at the 25th edition of Lollapalooza this summer along with Red Hot Chili Peppers and LCD Soundsystem.

TLC

TLC angered fans in 2015 when they announced that the new album said fans had crowdfunded wouldn’t be coming out that year. Some fans wanted their money back and others held a #TLCGoingToJailParty on Twitter. The trio had been all over the place during the 1990s and had released three albums during that decade. Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes was killed in a car crash a few months before the release of the group’s fourth album in 2002. Her bandmates, Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozanda “Chilli” Thomas, did consider retiring, but ultimately decided not to. As of 2014, TLC’s second album, CrazySexyCool, was still the highest-selling album by an all-female group – and it first came out in 1994. So, it’s about time for new TLC songs.

Outkast

The hip hop duo hasn’t released a new album since 2006’s Idlewild. The pair, Andre 3000 and Big Boi, went on hiatus in 2007. In an interview with Billboard, Andre 3000 talked about feeling “stifled” by the fans’ expectations. He has performed as a guest artist on other people’s albums. In 2014, the duo reunited for a tour celebrating Outkast’s 20th anniversary. Much to fans’ dismay, the tour did not lead to an album. Outkast hasn’t even updated the “News” section of their website since September 2014.

Metallica

The venerable heavy metal band hasn’t had a new studio album since 2008’s Death Magnetic. They will, however, be the Ambassadors for this year’s Record Store Day on April 16. Metallica will also release a recording of their 2003 performance at Le Bataclan in Paris, and they will donate the proceeds to the victims of last year’s terrorist attacks. The record, Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité, Metallica!, will have nine songs on it. Metallica has also been working on a follow-up to Death Magnetic, which they plan to release someday.

Guest blogger Jessica Kane is a music connoisseur and an avid record collector. She currently writes for SoundStage Direct, her go-to place for all turntables and vinyl equipment, including VPI Turntables.

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