Saving Abel, Title TBD (Virgin)
Release Date: TBD
A gold-certified debut album has put a little pressure on Saving Abel, which plans to release its sophomore set in 2010. "You can't come out with something that's mediocre," frontman Jared Weeks says. "It just keeps us on the edge of our seats, where we should be anyway." Drummer Blake Dixon adds that the Mississippi rock quintet could "put [an album] out right now [that] people would love," but the group has chosen to go back into the studio this month with "Saving Abel" producer Skidd Mills at his Sound Kitchen studios in Cool Springs, Tenn. Noting that its breakthrough hit, "Addicted," was one of the last songs recorded for the debut, Dixon says the band will "hopefully come up with just a few more tunes that are over the top." The group has road-tested some of the new songs-including "Hell of a Ride," "Bloody Sunday" and Tap Out"-which Dixon says represent the "heavier and raunchy" side of the new material.