It's been a long, cold, lonely musical winter, but now spring is officially upon us -- even if it doesn't necessarily look like it outside at the moment -- and with it, any number of exciting albums we've spent these snowy months staring longingly out of our window and waiting for. From reunited prog-metal bands to future-R&B artists embracing their inner Purple to electronic producers unplugging to go orch-pop, here are the 20 LPs we're most looking forward to as the weather (eventually?) gets warmer.
Jack White, 'Boarding House Reach' (Mar. 23)
Blues-rock veteran Jack White has been hard at work these past four years on his follow-up to 2014's chart-topping Lazaretto album. In an interview at the Making Vinyl Conference, White said his new set was “a bizarre one,” and later claimed he told actor Gary Oldman the album was “back-alley stabbing music.” Regardless, if the project is anything like the lead singles “Over and Over and Over” and “Connected by Love,” Boarding House Ranch is bound to be a rambunctious rock record all longtime fans should be eagerly anticipating. -- MACKENZIE CUMMINGS-GRADY
En Vogue, 'Electric Cafe' (Mar. 30)
The Funky Divas of '90s R&B -- who brought audiences the hits “Hold On,” "My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)" and “Don’t Let Go (Love), all of which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 -- are back with their first album in 14 years. Electric Cafe, the group’s seventh studio release, features the Ne-Yo-penned single “Rocket," which is already making waves on the Adult R&B Songs Chart, recently climbing into the tally's top 10. -- SHANTE HONEYCUTT
Hayley Kiyoko, 'Expectations' (Mar. 30)
Though she's already released an impressive series of irresistible singles -- with alluringly cinematic visuals to match -- the upcoming Expectations will actually be actor-turned-aspiring-pop-star Hayley Kiyoko's debut full-length. The album title is pretty on the money: Kiyoko has already earned such a following for her clever, seductive pop jams, sung from a clearly female-to-female perspective, that fans have already taken to referring to the 26-year-old artist as "Lesbian Jesus." -- ANDREW UNTERBERGER
Rich The Kid, 'The World Is Yours' (Mar. 30)
Queens-born rapper Rich the Kid has been hard at work since his underground emergence in 2014. After building his name off double-digits worth of mixtapes, the rapper born Dmitri Roger announced in February that his official first album is finally finished. Led by the Hot 100 hits “Plug Walk,” and the now Platinum-certified “New Freezer” (featuring Kendrick Lamar), Rich The Kid’s debut is already one of the most hyped rap projects of 2018. -- M.C-G.
Deadmau5, 'Where's The Drop?' (Mar. 30)
The answer to the title question of Deadmau5's new compilation: nowhere you're expecting. Where's the Drop? is the electronic producer's first orchestral project, with old compositions from the artist born Joel Zimmerman reimagined as live symphonies, done in collaboration with film score composer Gregory Reveret. The set will drop as a TIDAL exclusive on Mar. 30, but if you're not a subscriber, you can also catch Deadmau5 performing the project live in Los Angeles the following Saturday and Sunday (Mar. 31 & Apr. 1). -- A.U.
Kacey Musgraves, 'Golden Hour' (Mar. 30)
While Kacey Musgraves has made her mark over the years for her nuanced, sometimes controversial lyrics in the country mainstream, her upcoming third LP Golden Hour is promised to focus on marital bliss and domestic life. Recorded in a studio above Sheryl Crow’s horse barn, Musgraves intriguingly describes her new set as “trippy,” and evoking artists as diverse as Neil Young and Sade as fresh influences. -- M.E.
Azealia Banks, 'Fantasea II: The Second Wave' (March)
Though Banks mostly makes headlines for her off-court antics these days, longtime fans still can't resist the lure of a second Fantasea mixtape -- the first, released in 2012, still being one of the most exhilarating, unpredictable hip-hop releases of the decade. The versatile rapper promised The Second Wave for March, even tweeting out the full 22-song track list -- including features from Busta Rhymes and Spice Girl Mel B -- but with only a vague "March" release date promised, we'll be nervously glancing at our calendars until the thing actually drops. -- A.U.
Kylie Minogue, 'Golden' (Apr. 6)
In anticipation of her 14th studio album Golden, Australian sensation Kylie Minogue wants to go out dancing. The video for the album’s first single “Dancing”, features Minogue square-dancing in an assortment of rhinestone-encrusted and sparkly outfits. Kylie's 2018 is set to be a busy one for the pop legend, who will headline New York City’s Pride Island festival this summer. We predict she'll have plenty of new jams to pull from for her performance that we can't get out of our heads. -- S.H.
Tinashe, 'Joyride' (Apr. 13)
Tinashe’s long anticipated Joyride finally has a spring release date, which the singer recently revealed on Twitter. The follow-up to her acclaimed ebut Aquarius will include singles “No Drama” (featuring Offset) and “Faded Love” (featuring Future). The 25-year-old has a knack for blending pop with R&B and hip-hop, and from the sound of the singles, the rest of her sophomore effort will usher in a new wave of bangers and ballads to play on repeat. -- S.H.
A Perfect Circle, 'Eat the Elephant' (Apr. 20)
After a 14-year hiatus, early-century prog-metal favorites A Perfect Circle announced their reunion in late 2017, and debuted the excellent new epic, “The Doomed,” to announce their return. Now with two more advance tracks, “Disillusioned” and “Talk Talk,” under their belt, the release date for new record Eat The Elephant was set for this April. Fans couldn’t be more excited for the atmospheric rock band to make their long-awaited return. -- M.C-G.
Anne-Marie, 'Speak Your Mind' (Apr. 27)
British dance-pop singer Anne-Marie is already a star in her home country, where she's scored hits with her own confections "Alarm" and "Ciao Adios," and topped the charts with her appearance on Clean Bandit's international smash "Rockabye." Now, she looks to take over the States with her upcoming debut full-length Speak Your Mind -- and given the recent success of its scorching Marshmello collab "Friends," recently hitting a new peak of No. 41 on the Billboard Hot 100, she just might be a household hyphenate over here soon enough as well. -- A.U.
Janelle Monae, 'Dirty Computer' (Apr. 27)
Janelle Monáe has long proven herself to be one of the artists most reliably reinventing pop and R&B music. The singles eleased so far from her upcoming Dirty Computer -- the Prince-indebted (and Prince-assisted) "Make Me Feel" and the Drake-reminiscent "Django Jane," show two very different sides of the multi-platform star, but both are addictive, and singularly Monáe. The same is sure to be true of the rest of the album. -- ABBY JONES
Shinedown, 'Attention Attention' (May 4)
One of the last surviving post-grunge bands of the '00s to still have a major commercial impact, Shinedown successfully reinvented their sound on 2015’s Threat to Survival. The melodic hard-hitting stadium-ready “Devil” now sets the mood for their next album, Attention Attention, which aims to be just as powerful as their last project. Early returns for the band are encouraging, as "Devil" catapulted into the top 10 of Billboard's Rock Songs chart this week. -- M.C-G.
Charlie Puth, 'Voicenotes' (May 11)
Charlie Puth proved that Voicenotes' rapturously received lead single "Attention" was no fluke when follow up "How Long" followed it to the Hot 100's top 40, with the similarly irresistible Kehlani collab "Done for Me" now looking to make it three-for-three. Now, all that remains is for Puth to prove that he has enough slinky pop-soul jams in his arsenal to make his fans go OH, Charlie for an entire LP -- and we certainly wouldn't bet against him at this point. -- A.U.
Courtney Barnett, 'Tell Me How You Really Feel' (May 18)
The Aussie rocker has had a smashing few years, first pricking up ears in a big way with her witty, self-ribbing 2015 debut album Sometimes I Sit And Think and Sometimes I Just Sit and further leaving her mark in 2016 with her acclaimed full-length Kurt Vile collaboration, Lotta Sea Lice. Now, her sophomore solo LP promises to turn her trademark self-doubt inside-out, clapping back at misogynist creeps, Internet trolls and other ne’er-do-wells with equal zeal. -- M.E.
James Bay, 'Electric Light' (May 18)
The advance singles from Bay's upcoming sophomore album Electric Light -- "Wild Love" and "Pink Lemonade" -- hint at different approaches for the singer/songwriter to the gritty, acoustic sound that shot him to fame in the first place, the former dabbling in electronic-based pop and the latter more of a Future Islands-like alt-rock rave-up. However, it seems like regardless of his genre, Bay's raw passion will still be evident as he enters the next phase of his career. -- A.J.
CHVRCHES, 'Love Is Dead' (May 25)
For their highly anticipated third album, Chvrches sought to shake up the formula. Instead of self-producing their material as usual, they teamed with producer Greg Kurstin (Adele, Sia, Foo Fighters), who will undoubtedly work the trio's pop muscles like never before. We can't wait to hear the results -- especially since Lauren Mayberry teased the LP to Entertainment Weekly as "the most pop stuff we’ve done and also maybe the most aggressive and vulnerable at the same time.” -- M.E.
Snow Patrol, 'Wildness' (May 25)
It's been seven years since their previous release Fallen Empires, but in March, the “Chasing Cars” quintet announced their return with Wildness, their first album since signing to Republic Records. While no singles have been released yet, Snow Patrol teased the release with a minute-long trailer that features lead singer Gary Lightbody singing about "a love you haven’t had before.” The track appears to be both heartbreaking and moving; we’re ready for the journey that the group will take us on. -- S.H.
The 1975, 'Music For Cars' (June 1)
After giving their dedicated fans just long enough of a break, alt-poppers The 1975 are making their grand return -- most likely on June 1, assuming recent cryptic tweets are to be believed -- to steal fans' hearts all over again. There's something about their blend of new wave sound with a dark undercurrent that keeps listeners hooked, as evidenced by the No. 1 debut of their previous LP (2016's lush and imaginatively titled I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful, Yet So Unaware of It) on the Billboard 200 albums chart. -- A.J.
Roger Daltrey, 'As Long As I Have You' (June 1)
Before Pete Townshend wrote indelible hits like “I Can’t Explain” and “Substitute” for Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Who, the group started off essentially as a soul cover band in the early ‘60s. Over a half century past those wet-behind-the-ears years, we’re looking forward to hearing the group’s lead vocalist Roger Daltrey pays homage to those roots and his life today, with this heady mix of originals and covers of the likes of Nick Cave and Stevie Wonder. -- MORGAN ENOS