Fall Music Preview: 24 New Albums to Check Out

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From Wilco to Metallica to Coldplay to Björk, a batch of new records for a new season

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With Labor Day bringing barbecue-boombox season to a close, we can stop listening to the "song of the Summer"—and stop debating whether that title should have gone to Pitbull, LMFAO, Foster the People, or nobody.

Fall actually may be most bountiful season for new music, as records jockey to land on holiday wish lists, soundtrack autumn's prestige pictures, and get in line for publications' best-of-the-year roundups. Certainly, 2011's offerings will be diverse: There are releases from standards singers who have enjoyed decades of popularity, newly important '90s acts, and, most excitingly, promising up-and-comers. Below, a rough list of the records you can expect to hear—or at least hear people talking about—in the coming months.

Note: Some of the music players may be slow to load. Give 'em a few seconds.


What did we miss? What are you looking forward to?

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Before coming to The Atlantic, he worked as an editor for AOL's Patch.com and as a staff writer at Village Voice Media's OC Weekly. He has also written for Spin, The AV Club, RollingStone.com, Field & Stream, and The Orange County Register.

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