Albums from Bring Me the Horizon and Adele are due, while a cannabis music festival is being curated by Mike Tyson. Bring on 2019.
Next year promises to be an exciting one. We have the “whole will they, won’t they?” drama of the UK leaving the EU, the ramping up of the penultimate episode of Trump’s presidency and, of course, a whole year of new music coming out. So let’s look at three very different milestones that lay ahead in the latter for us in 2019.
The terrible: Sheffield metalcore act (I mean, former metalcore act) Bring Me the Horizon are to release a new album, called Amo, and I think it’s fair to assume that it’ll be yet another nosedive downwards in quality from their career zenith of Sempiternal.
The band’s last effort, 2015’s That’s the Spirit, was an album that deteriorated as it went on. It’s first three tracks – Drown, Happy Song and Throne – all held some of the ferocity of Sempiternal, while adding in a welcome melodic element. However, from the turgid True Friends onwards, the album slipped into a nonsensical direction that culminated in the God-awful Oh No. My fear, particularly from what I’ve heard of the new effort, is that the band will continue down this path and Amo will be another nail in the coffin of a band that seemed so exciting not so long ago.
The sublime: Meanwhile, Adele is to release 30, the latest in her line of chronologically-titled albums. I think it will indeed be a quality effort but I genuinely don’t know what to expect from this one musically, particularly after reading what the south London singer said about it recently.
“‘Have you been heartbroken again lately, Adele?’ the label bosses said to me, and I had to sing mournfully back to them: ‘No–ooh–oh, ooh–oh–ooh–oh,’” she said. “‘I’ve been happily loved up since 2011, haven’t I? Big massive son in 2012. Married to my long-term partner in 2016. Mainly just drink tea and that now.’”
So, we could be in for something wholly more upbeat lyrically, although I can’t for one minute believe that Adele won’t have a huge soaring ballad in there somewhere. I must say I’m looking forward to it and have a sneaky feeling this could end up as one of the albums of the year.
While the writer Cyril Connolly once glibly noted that “there is no more sombre enemy of good art than the pram in the hall”, I actually feel the time away Adele has taken will be beneficial and will result in a fine record of well crafted pop.
The ridiculous: Finally, former undisputed world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson is to host a cannabis-themed music festival called Kind Music Festival next year. I think I needn’t explain in any great detail why this is in this particular section – just read that sentence back again for clarity. Happy new year folks.
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