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Twenty-one Albums to Look Forward to

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Summer has passed and acts such as Suzanne Vega, Tegan and Sara, M.I.A., Spoon, and Rilo Kiley have reclaimed the spotlight after significant hiatuses, but the year is far from over. It’s now time to look forward to albums on the horizon that look like winners already:

21. In Our Bedroom After the War – Stars: The popular Canadian indie outfit is poised to take America by storm. (Release date: September 25)

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20. As I Am – Alicia Keys: With contributions from John Mayer, John Legend, Linda Perry, and Timabland, As I Am is shaping up to be the album of Keys’ career. (Release date: November 6)

19. Strawberry Jam – Animal Collective: Experimental rock’s superheroes are back and, with an album named after a breakfast condiment, things are looking bright. (Release date: September 11)

18. The Real Thing – Jill Scott: Since 2004’s breakthrough, Beautifully Human, Jill Scott is back and looking better than ever. (Release date: September 25)

17. TBA – Rachael Yamagata: After a promising debut and numerous collaborations (we’ll forgive the Mandy Moore thing), she looks ready to throw another sucker punch of an album. (Release date: 2007)

16. TBA – No Doubt: Now that Gwen Stefani has scratched that solo career itch with two albums, a glorious return to those days of ska/punk/pop/reggae seems imminent. (Release date: 2008)

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15. TBA – Gnarls Barkley: Who is not looking forward to another Gnarls Barkley album? (Release date: November 2007)

14. TBA – The Avalanches: Since I Left You was a groundbreaking album and we still haven’t forgotten it, six years later. The time is now. (Release date: 2007)

13. Frank – Amy Winehouse: Although it was her first album, it will allow for U.S. fans to catch a glimpse of the jazzy songbird that the Brits have grown to love (and lament). (Release date: November 13)

12.In Our Nature – José González: With only one album under his belt, José González is about to make another great contribution to music and hopefully he’ll steal your heart at the same time. (Release date: September 25)

11. Our Ill Wills – Shout Out Louds: Another great album from Swedish pop darlings Shout Out Louds looks inevitable. (Release date: September 11)