Next week I'll be looking back at my favorite albums and singles of 2005. But first, I wanted to look ahead at what new albums are coming out early in 2006 that look most interesting:
1. The Strokes - First Impressions of Earth (Jan. 2). Usually the first week of the year is dry dry dry, but not so this year, as no less an act than The Strokes are trotting out their third album, preceded by the single "Juicebox."
2. Richard Ashcroft - Keys to the World (Jan. 23). Former frontman for the Verve puts out another longplayer; lead single "Break The Night With Colour" sounds decent.
3. Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I Am, That's what I'm Not (Jan. 30). They hit #1 with "I Bet That You Look Good on the Dancefloor," and have a second single out in early January. Full album will be available at the end of next month.
4. KT Tunstall - Eye to the Telescope (US Release) (Mar. 6). I knew it was only a matter of time before KT showed up stateside. Her fantastic debut album is tailor made for Hot AC radio, and if anything, will spice it up a bit.
5. Christina Aguilera - TBA (Apr. 3) Finally! It's been over 3 years since Stripped. I haven't heard anything about it yet.
6. Snow Patrol - Eyes Open (Apr. 10) I liked their last album, Final Straw, and hope this will be good too.
Still not sure what plans are for the new Scissor Sisters album. I've seen it listed as being released in "February," but with no specific day yet. I think it looks like it's getting pushed back.