Alphabeat - Express Non-Stop (September 24)
Excitement level: Moderate. ALPHABEAT IS BAAAACK. It's fair to say that I have been waiting for this album since my college graduation. This Danish POP band is massively underrated. As I pointed out last week, Carly Rae's latest single sounds quite a bit like Alphabeat... so perhaps, finally, with late-80s-early-90s-influenced jams on the radio, the public may be more open to Alphabeat's retro sound. If nothing else, we're glad to see a happy & colorful album cover for a change! Everyone else's album cover is just a lame, over-sized picture of his/her face (Bieber, je vou accuse).
Matt & Kim - Lightning (October 2)
Excitement level: Moderate. Matt & Kim consistently release delightful tunes, but their latest single, Let's Go, seemed quite tame. That aside, Lightning will surely be nothing less than an indie POP pleasure. I have always loved these two for making fun music on their own damn terms. Any year that Matt & Kim release a new album is a good year. Let's go let's go let's go!
Excitement level: almost high. Gregory & I are both a bit astounded by how excited we are for this album, neither one of us being die-hard Mika fans in the past (although I did love We Are Golden, especially the Calvin remix, back when Calvin was amazing). This time around Mika seems to be benefiting from hiring grade A collaborators - namely the Benassi clan & Nick Littlemore of Empire of the Sun. The way things are going, The Origin of Love could very well be our biggest surprise album of 2012. Listen to the album sampler here (prepare to be intrigued).
Excitement level: HIGH. To put it quite simply, both of us here at Unapologetically POP are expecting this to be the album of the year. And that is all there is to say.
We're curious: of these 4 albums, which are you most excited for?