Though it’s been three years since Jon Pardi’s last LP, the country star’s lead single and title track from Heartache Medication showed fans he certainly hasn’t lost his twang on his third album. But Pardi promised at a recent listening party that the project’s 14 tracks (half of which Pardi co-wrote) aren’t all sad, and the album goes “great with beer and good times” — after all, there are track titles like “Tequila Little Time,” “Me and Jack” and “Buy That Man a Beer.” -- T.W.
Sound & Fury
Sturgill Simpson is following up his Grammy-winning set A Sailor’s Guide to Earth in bold fashion: the outlaw country singer is releasing his next album alongside an anime film. Both titled Sound & Fury and arriving on Sept. 27, the album will soundtrack the film, with each of the LP’s 10 tracks accompanying a different segment of the movie. Simpson has said in a statement that his latest album is his “most psychedelic” and “heaviest” yet, as indicated by the gritty, electric guitar-heavy lead single “Sing Along.” -- T.W.
Jesus Is King
Last year, Kanye West diehards were left disappointed after the announced project Yandhi failed to materialize. After reconnecting with his spiritual side through his weekly Sunday Service arrangements, however, West is seemingly eyeing redemption (based on the title, track list and release date his wife, Kim Kardashian-West, shared on social media, and West later confirmed) with Jesus Is King. -- CARL LAMARRE