Spring 2022 Album Releases From Harry Styles, Miranda Lambert, And More

In a few weeks, Harry Styles opens “Harry’s House” for enthusiastic fans, Miranda Lambert acts as a tour guide on “Palomino” and Def Leppard brushes off any idea that their rock side has dulled on “Diamond Star Halos.”

The spring album slate is dotted with indie rock (Foals, Arcade Fire), artsy pop (Florence + The Machine) and European electro-pop (Sigrid). And while most of these albums are linked to complementary tours – and there will be plenty of opportunities to hear these new tracks in a common setting – we encourage you to just listen first.

Here are a dozen of our most anticipated releases.

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Miranda Lambert, ‘Palomino’ (April 29)

Always a bit of a country maverick, Lambert, along with Nashville, Tennessee, songwriters Luke Dick and Natalie Hemby, camped out at his Nashville farmhouse to create 15 songs that take the listener across the country. “We’re going 36 spots off the record,” Lambert told USA TODAY. “When you listen to the album, think of it as a map.” Spearheading his progressive sound is the first track “Actin’ Up”, which follows the bassline of David Essex’s “Rock On” and includes the lyrics, “Even Tiger Woods couldn’t rock it so well”. Even more impressively, on the gliding “Music City Queen,” Lambert figured out how to incorporate slide guitar and B-52s into the same song, with an interlude from Fred Schneider. But Lambert upped the twang on a cover of Mick Jagger’s “Wandering Spirit.” – Melissa Ruggieri

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The Head and the Heart unveil their fifth studio album,

Head and Heart, ‘Every Shade of Blue’ (April 29)

You don’t always realize you’re hearing the music of the indie folk-rock quintet born in Seattle over a decade ago when their tracks hit the media landscape. But over the years, songs like “Down in the Valley” and “Rivers and Roads” have been featured prominently on TV (“How I Met Your Mother,” “New Girl”) and movies (“Gleason “), offering a soft backdrop with a poetic message. On their fifth album, the band moves from “Virginia (Wind in the Night),” a tantalizing influence of a song residing on the alternate airplay chart, to the string-wrapped title track, which taps into our realization of the pandemic lockdown. of the fleeting nature of time (“It’s been a long year, the wrong year, to be left alone”). – Ruggieri

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Kehlani takes it back to the 90s on her third album

Kehlani, ‘Blue Water Road’ (April 29)

The R&B star takes it back to the ’90s on “Up at Night,” his sultry new collaboration with Justin Bieber who finds the two verses amusing about being head over heels and under the covers. The upbeat single is the latest taste of her emotional third album after showcasing her honeyed vocals and confessional storytelling on the warm “Little Story” and heady “Altar.” – patrick ryan

Releases by British singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé

Emeli Sandé, ‘Let’s say for example’ (May 6)

Although her only US hit was 2012’s soulful piano bop ‘Next to Me’, Sandé remained a constant presence on the UK charts with songs such as ‘Hurts’, ‘Clown’ and ‘What I Did for Love’ ( with electronic dance music maestro David Guetta). For her fourth studio album this decade, Sandé teased fans with the singles “There’s Not Much”, which sparkles with 80s-style production and a lavish chorus, as well as the gospel-tinged elevation of ” Brighter Days”. Perhaps this outing will boost his well-deserved American breakthrough. – Ruggieri

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Sigrid, ‘How to Let Go’ (May 6)

Sigrid’s electrifying debut ‘Sucker Punch’ was by far our most played album of 2019, with explosive hooks and anthemic choruses that could heal even the most cataclysmic heartbreak. The up-and-coming Norwegian is even more polished and razor-sharp in her second round, delivering empowerment (“Mirror”) and breaking confidence (“Burning Bridges”), and making Kylie Minogue proud on the soon-to-be to-be the gay anthem “A Driver Saved My Life.” – ryan

Arcade Fire returns this spring with the album

Arcade Fire, ‘WE’ (May 6)

The indie titans divided critics with 2017’s “Everything Now,” a much-underrated collection of vibey dance rock that’s also indebted to ABBA and Talking Heads. Five years later, the Grammy winners “Suburbs” are back with what the band described as a “concise 40-minute epic,” consisting of just seven songs. The album’s underpinnings of loneliness and connection are apparent in the slow-building first single “The Lightning I, II,” whose heart-pounding second half begs to be experienced live. -Ryan

Florence + The Machine's fifth album

Florence + The Machine, ‘Dance Fever’ (May 13)

If you loved her hypnotic bangers with Calvin Harris and Jamie xx, then Florence Welch has made the album for you. For her long-awaited fifth release, the ethereal-voiced British singer returns with all the drama and vivid imagery you’ve come to expect, drawing lyrical inspiration from gothic fiction and folk horror films like “Midsommar.” But she also infuses new songs with throbbing bass lines (“King”) and swirling club-ready beats (“My Love”), as she teams up with Glass Animals co-producers Jack Antonoff and Dave Bayley. -Ryan

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Hanson, ‘Red Green Blue’ (May 20)

The Hanson Brothers are celebrating, in a somewhat unbelievable way, their 30 years as a band. To showcase their individual creativity, each of the guys wrote and produced a third of their new album (Taylor’s five-song section is red, Isaac’s green, and Zac’s blue). The inaugural singles released from the album indicate their varied musical directions: Isaac’s “Write You a Song” is peppered with organ and tambourine, Taylor’s “Child at Heart” soars with guitars and layered harmonies, and Zac’s arena rocker “Don’t Let Me Down” sound suited to fist-pumping. But even crafting their songs separately, the gift of melody is deeply embedded in Hanson’s DNA. – Ruggieri

Harry Styles' third album,

Harry Styles, “Harry’s House” (May 20)

If his soulful number “As It Was” is any indication, Styles will travel back in time from sunny ’70s rock of 2019’s “Fine Line” to infectious ’80s synth-pop on his highly anticipated third album. Little is known about the former One Directioner’s next effort, though Joni Mitchell has already expressed his approval of his titlewhich nods to his track “Harry’s House/Centerpiece” from 1975’s “The Hissing of Summer Lawns.” -Ryan

Def Leppard's 12th studio album, featuring the hit rock single

Def Leppard, ‘Diamond Star Halos’ (May 27)

On their first new album since 2015, the hardy rockers recruited bluegrass maven Alison Krauss for a few songs, unearthed a track guitarist Phil Collen wrote 17 years ago (“This Guitar”) and paid homage to the T. Rex’s 1971 glam-slammer “Bang A Gong (Get It On)” with the album title. They also returned to the Billboard rock charts for the first time in 15 years with the anthem “Kick” , a snazzy stomper filled with the band’s trademark harmonies and a custom chorus for the stadium songs they’ll be cheering on this summer while touring with Motley Crue, Poison and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts. – Ruggieri

Angel Olsen's sixth album

Angel Olsen, ‘Big Time’ (June 3)

Olsen runs through huge emotions without losing any of his trademark intimacy on new single “All the Good Times,” his nod to country legends Emmylou Harris and Tammy Wynette. The track is taken from his upcoming sixth album, which was inspired by the loss of his parents, as well as Olsen’s experience of coming out as queer to them shortly before their deaths. “Some experiences just make you feel like you’re five, no matter how wise or grown-up you think you are,” she said in a statement. “Finally, at the ripe old age of 34, I was free to be me.” -Ryan

English alternative rockers Foals release their seventh album,

Foals, ‘Life is yours’ (June 17)

The brawny alt-rock techno that has powered most of the British band’s albums since the late 2000s took a detour to a more pop side street for their seventh album. This is their first as a trio, following the departures of keyboardist Edwin Congreave in 2021 and bassist Walter Gervers in 2018, leaving guitarist/keyboardist Jimmy Smith, drummer Jack Bevan and vocalist Yannis Philippakis. “Looking High” is as much sugar as it is sinew, while “2 am” and “Wake Me Up” alternately bounce off the power of Bevan’s relentless snare drum and soar over a plane of wavy synthesizers. – Ruggieri

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