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Before the deadly Coronavirus was declared a pandemic, who would have thought it would bring the world down to its knees and we’ll be spending most of our 2020 days in total isolation. Musical Ninja was in a haitus for the past few months, but now its time to pick up where we had left it last. So your favorite music resource is back to entertain you in the days of total lockdown.

In a time such as these, thankfully some of our favorite artists are working ahead to release their new albums. Here are 5 of the most anticipated ones that are scheduled to release in the first half of the year.

1. Alanis Morissette: Such Pretty Forks in the Road

Last year, Alanis Morissette released the first single of her ninth album called “Reasons I Drink“. The Canadian singer-songwriter confronts her vices and anxiety over shredding guitars in this new album Such Pretty Forks in the Road, the follow up of her 2012 album titled Havoc and Bright Lights. The album is scheduled to release on May 1st.

Pre-order available at Apple Music.

Reasons I Drink Lyrics

2. Dixie Chicks: Gaslighter

On March 10, 2003 Dixie Chicks singer Natalie Maines made a comment that brought their career to a halt.

The Texas-based trio, sisters Emily Robison (now Emily Strayer) and Martie Maguire (now Martie Erwin), were performing at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire theater in London, England. News was buzzing all over the globe about the United States’ impending invasion of Iraq, under the leadership of then-President George W. Bush.

While introducing their latest single, “Travelin’ Soldier“, Maines said “Just so you know, we’re on the good side with y’all. We do not want this war, this violence, and we’re ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas.”

Though they released one more album, 2006’s Taking the Long Way, the backlash over that comment ultimately ended their career as superstars. Their only Top 40 single from the record was “Not Ready to Make Nice“, a song about their banishment from the industry following the comment.

In 2009 Maines said, “Our last album was the most personal and autobiographical we’ve ever been, and then this one is 10 times that.” This surely is one of the most anticipated albums of the year as the band comes back from a decade long hiatus. The album is scheduled to release on May 1st.

Pre-order available at Apple Music , Rough Trade

Gaslighter Lyrics

3. Moses Sumney: græ

Moses Sumney calls his upcoming double-album græ a “conceptual patchwork about grayness”. He released the first half of the 20-song collection back in February. The fourth single from the album, called “Cut Me,” lingers in the masochism of constantly learning things the hard way. The album is scheduled to release on May 15th.

Pre-order available at Apple Music

4. Rina Sawayama: SAWAYAMA

The British-Japanese singer Rina Sawayama is set to release her debut album SAWAYAMA on April 17th. In this album she explores her complicated family history as well as covers topics like climate change and toxic masculinity.

XS Lyrics

Woods: Strange to Explain

Jeremy Earl and Jarvis Taveniere’s 12th studio album as the folk-rock band Woods is set to release on May 22nd. Titled Strange to Explain, it is a follow up to their last album Love is Love which was released in 2017.

Pre-order available at Apple Music, Rough Trade

Where Do You Go When You Dream Lyrics

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