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20 Fall Albums We're Looking Forward To

September 12, 2013  |  1:33pm

There are plenty of reasons to get excited for fall—sweater weather, the leaves changing—but while the rest of the world is losing its mind over pumpkin-spice lattes, we at Paste have a slew of new album releases to get us pumped for the season.

From promising newcomers to a Beatle, it seems like everyone and their mother has a record coming out this fall. Here are the 20 we’re most looking forward to.

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20. PAPA, Tender Madness
Release date: Oct. 8
Tender Madness, due to be released on Oct. 8, is true to PAPA’s mission of standing apart, and it sounds like nothing else happening in rock ‘n’ roll. Though the DIY approach went into its creation, the closest it comes to punk is the first sung moments of the album, when Darren Weiss screams while counting off “Put Me to Work.” Instead, the album sounds like a band that listened to The Big Chill soundtrack a lot as kids, with huge choruses and a classic-soul delivery that is distinctly American.—Philip Cosores

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19. Drake, Nothing Was the Same
Release date: Sept. 24
It’s been two years since we named Take Care one of the 50 Best Albums of 2011, which means we’re due for a follow-up. Drake teased us with “All Me” back in August, but he eventually pushed back Nothing Was the Same to Sept. 24. But c’mon—the album art alone is worth the wait.

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18. Lorde, Pure Heroine
Release date: Sept. 30
Ella Yelich-O’Connor—aka Lorde—is, in a word, intense. This applies to every facet of the aspiring pop marvel’s being, whether we’re talking about her album, the timbre of her voice or her stage presence. It’s a fitting description for her impermeable gaze that stops you dead in your tracks and draws you in like a tractor beam, regardless as to whether you’re watching her from your computer screen or the back row of her concert. It refers to the scowls, winces, elated grins and downcast glances she throws when she’s behind the microphone, be it in the comfort of a studio or before a slack-jawed crowd in a nightclub. It accurately sums up the gravity of her lyrics, in that Lorde—who’s only 16 years old—touches on depths of love and loss that those who’ve lived a life full of each can’t articulate in such an engaging manner.—Hilary Hughes

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17. Dr. Dog, B-Room
Release date: Oct. 1
The Philadelphia band is touting B-Room, its follow-up to last year’s Be the Void, as its “soul album,” an exciting prospect. They’ve already released The Truth and Broken Heart, and we can’t wait to hear what the rest of the album holds.

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16. The Avett Brothers, Magpie and the Dandelion
Release date: Oct. 15
The Avetts recently released a letter that details what the band has been up to throughout the past year, following the release of their Grammy-nominated album The Carpenter. The band detailed that while they were working on The Carpenter with Rick Rubin, they found themselves so inspired that they wrote another record: “During those sessions, we just felt it. Working with Rick Rubin again, we tapped into something very special. It’s like everybody was in the same zone.”—Grant Golden

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15. Blitzen Trapper, VII
Release date: Oct. 1
The fittingly titled forthcoming VII, Blitzen Trapper’s seventh full-length, is filled with the vivid lyrical imagery that fans came to love in years past, but feels a bit more danceable with heavy beats and guitar licks. Listen to first single “Shine On” here;Dacey Orr

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14. Cults, Static
Release date: Oct. 15
Three years ago, Cults dove in head-first by signing to Lily Allen’s Columbia imprint In The Name Of and their first album was filled with climactic, dreamy indie-pop that harkens back to Phil Spector’s grandiose soundscapes. Static finds the band reuniting with producer Shane Stoneback, who co-produced the band’s eponymous debut, but it also marks the band’s first time working with producer Ben Allen (Animal Collective, Washed Out, Youth Lagoon).—Grant Golden

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