Foo Fighters, “Medicine at Midnight” (Feb. 5): Dave Grohl has mentioned that the band finished the album a year ago with a massive world tour planned in 2020 to support it and celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Foos. But rather than wait until the nine new songs — packed into 37 minutes — could be blown out at a music festival in front of tens of thousands, they’re delivering their fist-clenching rock to the people now.
Country legend Loretta Lynn will release her 50th studio album in 2021.
Loretta Lynn, “Still Woman Enough” (March 19): This will mark the 50th (!!) studio album from the country doyenne, who, at 88, is still checking off a few things on her “to do” list. Couched as a celebration of women in country music, the album includes duets with Margo Price (“One’s on the Way”), Tanya Tucker (“You Ain’t Woman Enough”), Reba McEntire and Carrie Underwood (“Still Woman Enough”), as well as an homage to Mother Maybelle Carter and the Carter Family with a cover of “Keep on the Sunny Side.”
Sting, “Duets” (March 19): Originally scheduled for release last year, Sting’s latest was bumped to March, which better aligns with his rescheduled May residency at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. From a pairing with Algerian musician Cheb Mami on “Desert Rose” and linking with Eric Clapton for “It’s Probably Me” to a pairing with onetime tour mate Annie Lennox on “We’ll Be Together,” Sting again proves himself a renaissance musician. The 17-song set also includes the previously unreleased song “September,” with Italian R&B-rock singer Zucchero.
Greta Van Fleet (left to right): Jake Kiszka, Josh Kiszka, Sam Kiszka and Danny Wagner drop their sophomore album in April.
Credit: Alyse Gafkjen
Credit: Alyse Gafkjen
Greta Van Fleet, “The Battle at Garden’s Gate” (April 16): Produced by Greg Kurstin, the sophomore release from the young Michigan rockers was crafted primarily on the road as they toured the world to support their 2017 breakthrough single, “Highway Tune,” and debut album, “Anthem of the Peaceful Army.” The quartet has relocated to Nashville, and bassist Sam Kiszka said the new music will reflect how the band’s perception of the world has changed: “We’ve gained a larger understanding of why we’re all here.”
Weezer, “Van Weezer” (May 7): The band planned to release their 14th album last year, prior to the launch of their “Hella Mega” stadium tour with Green Day and Fall Out Boy. We all know what became of that (but here’s to that June 9 restart). Reportedly packed with rock guitar, the album has already spawned a few singles, including “Hero” and “Beginning of the End.” Weezer is also honoring the memory of guitar superman, Eddie Van Halen, by dedicating the album to his memory.