Albums You Can’t Miss: Taylor Swift, Arctic Monkeys and More

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Listeners are in full battle gear right now because there’s some good music that came out this week and we can’t decide which one to listen to first.

Surely, you wouldn’t want to miss this week’s albums from Taylor Swift, Arctic Monkeys, Dry Cleaning, Armani Caesar, Dawn Richard & Spencer Zahn and Frankie Cosmos.

Six albums you don’t want to miss below:

Midnights by Taylor Swift [Republic]

After a few woody albums with Aaron Dessner and Jack Antonoff, the pop superstar delivers even more. Taylor Swift’s most recent LP tells “the stories of 13 sleepless nights scattered throughout [her] life.”

Antonoff comes back aboard to co-produce and co-write the Evermore follow-up.

Midnights features work from Lana Del Ray, Zoe Kravitz, Sam Dew, Sounwave, and Swift’s lover Joe Alwyn (under another name William Bowery). 

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The Car by Arctic Monkeys [Domino]

Four years after Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, Arctic Monkeys delivers us another LP.

The arthouse-comedy ballad “There’s Better Be a Mirrorball” leads the band’s seventh album. It sits between orchestral pop, raucous funk with “I Ain’t Quite Where I Think I Am,” studio-rat sophistipop, and rousing rock sing-alongs with “Body Paint.” 

Moreover, additively witty and cryptic lyrics are on its track. 

The Car is an album of love, longing, and doubt,” said Matthew Strauss, a Pitchfork journalist, in his review. “The obfuscation serves to bolster its core belief that the simplest truths are the hardest ones to discover.” 

Stumpwork by Dry Cleaning [4AD] Albums

Dry Cleaning returns. This time around, the album features more impassive stories of everyday events and social commentary on songs where it seems like next to nothing is going on.

This New Long Leg follow-up features the single “No Decent Shoes for Rain.” 

The Liz 2 by Armani Caesar [Griselda]

R&B’s Dawn Richard dodges a bit into contemporary classical on her first album with Spencer Zhan, a New York bassist. 

This collaborative album establishes these artworks’ grounding in “dance, self-expression, and community, through the lens of New Orleans’s contemporary art scene,” says press materials. 

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Inner World Peace by Frankie Cosmos [Sub Pop]

This new album “is about wishing for inner peace, and conversely: spiraling,” said spokesperson Greta Kline in press materials. 

Also, Market’s Nate Mendelsohn, Katie Von Schleicher, and Frankie Cosmos co-produced the indie group’s latest album in New York. 

“One Year Stand” leads the album. Kline called the song “an encapsulation of the record, in that it’s strange and vast while also being contained and interior.”

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