New This Week: Taylor Swift, Evanescence, Seal

Wendy Geller
Writer, Yahoo Entertainment
Yahoo Music

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, from artists including Taylor Swift, Evanescence, Seal, and more. Check back every Friday for a fresh list of albums to help fuel your weekend playlists.

Taylor Swift: Reputation (Big Machine). Could this album have the “reputation” (ha, ha) of being the year’s most anticipated release? Swift abandons all pretense of flirting with other genres on this set, employing pop gurus Jack Antonoff, Shellback, and Max Martin to co-produce with her.

Evanescence: Synthesis (BMG Rights Management). On this release, the formerly hard-rock-oriented group embraces full-on orchestral grandeur. Viral pop violinist sensation Lindsey Stirling makes a guest appearance.

Seal: Standards (Republic). Seal takes on a collection of jazz standards and swing classics, including gems such as “Luck Be a Lady,” “My Funny Valentine,” and others. The singer worked with musicians who accompanied the song’s original performers, adding a nice dose of authenticity to the project.

Quicksand: Interiors (Epitaph). This is the post-hardcore legends’ first album in 22 years, and it shows the group still has its chops. Fans in search of this particular band’s signature sound will not be disappointed.

Elton John: Diamonds (Virgin/EMI). The legendary John presents his ultimate greatest hits set, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of his writing partnership with Bernie Taupin. It comes in a variety of formats (ranging from single disc to limited edition set), all of them including the essential hits to make any fan smile.

Shooter Jennings: Live at Billy Bob’s Texas (Smith Music Group). Jennings was the 48th artist recorded live at club Billy Bob’s Texas in Nov. 2016. The show, captured here, was part of the Billy Bob’s Texas 35th Anniversary celebration and includes a variety of his trademark outlaw tunes.

Walk the Moon: What If Nothing (RCA). The Cincinnati band’s third studio album is the follow-up to its 2014 breakout, which featured the ubiquitous “Shut Up and Dance.” Here, they deliver a fresh set of pleasantly poppy, energetic material sure to keep the fans dancing.

Smokey Robinson: Christmas Everyday (Smokey Robinson/Amazon Original). The R&B legend adds his holiday offering to the ever-increasing pile of Christmas records being offered this season. Guests include Trombone Shorty, Take 6, the Dap-Kings, and Us the Duo.

The Corrs: Jupiter Calling (U.K. — East West). T Bone Burnett takes the producer’s helm for the Irish group’s seventh release. Here, they get political, with a song about the unrest in Syria taking a center spot.

Tracy Lawrence: Good Ole Days (Lawrence Music Group). The country traditionalist duets here with a variety of Nashville hot names, including Tim McGraw, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Big & Rich, Chris Young, and Dustin Lynch. This is his first studio set since 2013.

Four Tet: New Energy (Temporary Residence). U.K. DJ/producer Kieran Hebden adds a selection of world music influences into this set, with the result being a smooth and highly listenable experience.

Lorrie Morgan & Pam Tillis: Come See Me & Come Lonely (Goldenlane). This all-covers record includes some unexpected choices such as numbers from Dwight Yoakam and the Everly Brothers. Joe Diffie and Darryl Worley make guest appearances.

Syleena Johnson: Rebirth of Soul (Shanachie). Johnson takes on remakes of soul classics on her latest set, including both well-known and rarer choices on the track listing.

Empire of the Sun: On Our Way Home (The Sleepy Jackson). The new EP from Australia’s electro-glam-pop duo features five new songs, including the title track, which was recorded during sessions for the band’s 2016 album, Two Vines.

Jidenna: Boomerang (Epic). The Grammy-nominated rapper, singer, producer, and artist took to Twitter to personally reveal the surprise project today. The EP boasts a total of six tracks, with four brand-new anthems and two remixes.