New This Week: Fergie, the Killers, Macklemore, and more

Wendy Geller
Writer, Yahoo Entertainment

Searching for something to listen to this weekend? Yahoo Music has you covered with a rundown of some of this week’s biggest and buzzing releases, including Fergie, the Killers, Macklemore, and more. Check back every Friday for a fresh list of albums to help fuel your weekend playlists.

Fergie: Double Dutchess (Dutchess Music/BMG Rights Management). This marks the singer’s first full-length solo effort in 11 years, and she’s going all out. The set features collaborations with YG, Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross, and even her young son Axl.

The Killers: Wonderful Wonderful (Island). Much of the band may be sitting out the forthcoming tour, but they’re all on the group’s latest album, introduced by the edgy dance track “The Man.” It also includes the boxing throwback “Tyson vs. Douglas.”

Macklemore: Gemini (Bendo). The rapper became a household name with producer Ryan Lewis, but now he’s going solo. However, he gets plenty of help from a slew of other collaborators, including Skylar Grey, Lil Yachty, Kesha, and King Draino.

Leon Russell: On a Distant Shore (Palmetto+/MRI). This posthumous release has the legend revisiting such classics as “A Song for You,” “Hummingbird,” and “This Masquerade,” as well as serving up less familiar tunes, such as the emotional “Just Leaves and Grass.”

Van Morrison: Roll With the Punches (Exile). The iconic singer’s 37th album focuses on covers of blues and soul classics, with a few original songs thrown in for good measure. Guests include Chris Farlowe, Georgie Fame, Jeff Beck, Paul Jones, and Jason Rebello.

The Horrors: V (Wolftone/Caroline International). The dreamy British rockers get down with noted producer Paul Epworth for their aptly titled fifth album. A standout is the Krautrock-inspired “Machine.”

Mastodon: Cold Dark Place (Reprise). Fans of Mastodon will be delighted with their latest offering, which serves as yet another chapter in its continuous and reliable sound evolution.

Ledisi: Let Love Rule (Verve). Ledisi’s ninth album shows off her intense voice on a series of classic R&B songs. Helping things along are guest appearances from John Legend, Kirk Franklin, BJ the Chicago Kid, Sebastian Kole, DJ Camper, and DJ Khalil.

Haley Reinhart: What’s That Sound? (Concord). Reinhart tackles covers of 1960s classics by such artists as Jefferson Airplane, the Box Tops, and Nancy Sinatra, adding three original songs to the mix.

Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers: The Long-Awaited Album (Rounder). Fans of Martin know that not only is he a talented actor, he’s a well-heeled banjo player too. This record shows off his ability to tell a variety of stories via song and a lot of twang.

Bill Murray, Jan Vogler, and Friends: New Worlds (Decca Gold). Murray brings his humor to a variety of songs by Foster, Gershwin, and Bernstein, as well as readings of classic American poetry and prose by Whitman, Hemingway, Twain, and others. He’s accompanied by cellist Vogler.

Lee “Scratch” Perry + Subatomic Sound System: Super Ape Returns to Conquer (Subatomic Sound). Check out this groovy remake of Perry’s 1976 album Super Ape, featuring guests Jahdan Blakkamoore, Screechy Dan, and Ari Up.

Marc Almond: Shadows and Reflections (BMG Rights Management). Almond’s latest includes songs written or recorded by artists such as Burt Bacharach, the Action, the Yardbirds, Bobby Darin, Julie Driscoll, Billy Fury, and the Young Rascals, plus a pair of original compositions.

Stephen Stills & Judy Collins: Everybody Knows (Wildflower/Cleopatra). This marks the very first collaborative album in these two artists’ 50-year friendship; it features a variety of covers and an original song, “River of Gold.”

Lecrae: All Things Work Together (Reach/Columbia). This thoughtful, introspective release explores hope and reconciliation; guests include Tori Kelly, Ty Dolla $ign, Aha Gazelle, 1K Phew, Verse Simmonds, Kierra Sheard, and Jawan Harris.

Cradle of Filth: Cryptoriana — The Seductiveness of Decay (Nuclear Blast). Extreme metal meets horror meets pure Victorian gothic vibes in the latest from this English band.

Midland: On the Rocks (Big Machine). The Texas country trio serves up a debut that includes co-writes with Rhett Akins, Josh Osborne, Shane McAnally, and others. The album’s first single, “Drinkin’ Problem,” is doing a brisk business on the country singles chart.

Tricky: ununiform (False Idols/!K7). Tricky trips out on his intricate 13th album with a variety of guests including Martina Topley-Bird, Mina Rose, Smoky Mo, Asia Argento, and Francesca Belmonte.

Lights: Skin&Earth (Warner). The Canadian singer’s fourth record is a personal, open work traversing some untraveled subject matter, fueled by help from Corin Roddick of Purity Ring, Big Data, and Josh Dun of twenty one pilots.

Chris Hillman: Bidin’ My Time (Rounder). Produced by Tom Petty, the latest from the legendary Byrd co-founder includes guests appearances from Petty, David Crosby, Roger McGuinn, Benmont Tench, Steve Ferrone, John Jorgenson, and others.

The Bronx: (V) (ATO). The L.A. punk band remains as angsty and aggressive as ever on its fifth album, which is filled with biting social commentary and a hefty dose of rage.

The Clientele: Music for the Age of Miracles (Merge). This marks the band’s first release of new music since 2010’s Minotaur EP; it’s filled with lush choral harmonies and poetic lyrical matter, with the end result being a very emotional set overall.

Cut Copy: Haiku from Zero (Astralwerks). It’s been four years since we’ve heard from Cut Copy. The latest album is a delightfully complex and diverse blend of genre play.

Tino Drima: Her Kind of Man (Friendship Fever). Indie rock genre hoppers Tino Drima take a unique punk-inflected approach and mix it up with big-band doo-wop. Sound intriguing? It’s all brought together with frontman Gregory DiMartino’s flexible vocals, which range from a howl to a croon.

SpongeBob SquarePants — The New Musical (Original Cast Recording) (Masterworks Broadway). This powerhouse of a soundtrack features original songs by David Bowie, Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, the Flaming Lips, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T’s, and They Might Be Giants.