Fall 2014 Music Preview: 20 Albums to Get Excited About

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With the Song of the Summer debate finally fading in the rearview (it was a tie between Iggy and Ariana, right?), it’s time to look ahead to fall’s musical promise. Autumn always feels like a time to get weird, to invest in albums after a sunny singles-filled season.

This fall, we’re seeing a few trends: indie/alt rock staples searching for reinvention (Weezer, Wilco, Interpol, even Karen O); the adventurous new sounds of English pop, whose players are looking to prove themselves beyond promising debuts (SBTRKT, Jessie Ware, alt-J, Charli XCX); and bold departures from mid-level experimentalists several albums in (Perfume Genius, Flying Lotus, Zola Jesus). Also, Taylor Swift.

Nicki Minaj may not let the season pass without putting her Pink Print all over it, and I guarantee it’ll be one of the year’s most exciting mainstream pop records. But for now, let’s focus on the albums that have been announced, as the competition is already stiff enough.