Our top picks of the latest albums to listen to every month, from pop to rap to rock. Our top choices this month will be a great addition to anyone’s record collection.
We have picked out our favourite songs from the albums below. Check out our January Songs of the Month playlist.
Hannah Wicklund | Strawberry Moon Records
Rock n roll singer Hannah Wicklund introduces The Prize, her second studio album. Following touring with Greta Van Fleet in 2022, bassist Sam and drummer Danny had an important part to play on her latest record. Used to baring her heart and soul, Wicklund delves even further than before, saying "It's a lot more fun and painful, at the same time, to write what you experience”. With politics from within the music business delaying this record for nearly four years, fans can finally look forward to what’s next for the Nashville-based star.
SPRINTS | City Slang
Irish garage punk band SPRINTS release their debut album, Letter to Self. At the very heart of the album, lead-songwriter Karla Chubb tackles her inner turmoil, saying “No matter what you're born into, or have experienced, there's a way to emerge from this and be happy within yourself.” Produced by Daniel Fox of Gilla Band, their vulnerability and passion shines through and with influences from the likes of Pixies and IDLES, this record is a true summary of the bands evolution and growing reputation over the past three years.
Marika Hackman | Chrysalis Records
On her fifth studio album, and her first album in five years, multi-instrumentalist Marika Hackman embraces her vulnerability. “Stepping into a new world, moving forward, chipping away. Breathe in, breathe out. Big sigh.” Taking a different approach to writing than her previous work, Hackman is far more sensitive and thoughtful on Big Sigh, as she tackles more sensitive topics, including love and loss. Dark and sombre with a wonderful balance, this record truly demonstrates what an accomplished songwriter Hackman is.
The Vaccines | Super Easy
English indie rockers The Vaccines return for their sixth studio album. The title Pick-Up Full of Pink Carnations is ultimately about "the loss of dreams”, and was inspired by the lyrics to Don McLean’s "American Pie”. An album about reconciling with loss, and gratitude for people and places, past or present - its incredibly dynamic and cohesive. Though it has the type of anthemic tracks, with uplifting vibes, that fans are used to, it has far more depth, and certainly brings a new era for the band’s sound.
Shed Seven | Cooking Vinyl Limited
A Matter of Time is the exceptional sixth studio album from British rock band Shed Seven. Drawing inspiration from the sounds that ignited their passion for songwriting, their first studio release in six years has finally put them in the spotlight. Surprisingly, this is the first number one album of their career, but fans will agree that anyone who hasn’t listened to them would be wise to visit their fantastic catalogue of work, which dates back to the mid 90s. Catchy, fresh and full of energy, this is quite possibly their best album yet.
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