You know summer is well and truly over when the humidity recedes, the days start getting shorter and the big album releases start coming thick and fast. Yep, it’s almost time for the September rush, and this year the crop is particularly good — so much so, in fact, that we’ve expanded our usual round-up of 10 albums you need to hear in the month to come to a bumper list of 15. As ever, we’ve also rounded up the rest of the month’s notable releases: the good, the bad, and the ugly. So tell us: what are you looking forward to hearing in September?
Animal Collective — Centipede Hz (September 4)
Um. Well. What to do after you’ve made the album that everyone has decided is your masterpiece? It’s a question that plenty of bands have struggled with over the years, and one that few have managed to answer satisfactorily. How does Centipede Hz fare? Well, it’s no Kid A, put it that way — although it does have its moments, it’s certainly not “a record so excellent we don’t understand it yet”. Mo’ money, mo’ problems, and all that.