Fall Album Preview, Part Two: Don’t Forget About The Little Guys

By Christopher “CJ” Smith

Yesterday we ran a story about this fall’s slate of superstar releases, but there are plenty more albums due out this leaf-changing season.

October 7

Rise Against’s Appeal to Reason: Will these punkers be able to follow up on the success and critical acclaim of 2006’s The Sufferer & the Witness?

OasisDig Out Your Soul: The Brit rockers cling to legitimacy on their seventh album, which (surprisingly) has been getting favorable reviews. Can they stage a comeback to relevancy?

October 14

Keane’s Perfect Symmetry: The boys follow up 2006’s underrated Under the Iron Sea by tapping beloved producer Jon Brion to help ’em out. We predict glockenspiels, harpsichords and tympani will surround the whiny vocals we’ve come to expect from the VH1 staples.

October 21

AC/DC’s Black Ice: The Australian hard-rock legends return after eight long years, with a Wal-Mart exclusive release. Will NASCAR fans bite?

Kaiser ChiefsOff With Their Heads: Trying to make amends for last year’s lackluster sophomore effort, Yours Truly, Angry Mob, the former You Hear It First quintet tapped Mark Ronson to produce their third record and hopefully capture the energy of their debut.

October 28

Ryan Adams & the Cardinals’ Cardinology: Cult favorite Adams releases his 10th record of the decade — will it continue down the more mature (read: boring) path of 2007’s Easy Tiger?

The Cure’s 4:13 Dream: The Cure, still alive and kicking …

Deerhunter’s Microcastles: ATL post-psych-punk-indie faves release their poppier follow-up to 2007’s critically acclaimed Cryptograms.

November 4

Chris Cornell’s Scream: Expect a new sound from Cornell when this Timbaland-produced album hits stores.

November 11

Taylor Swift’s Fearless: Swift’s debut sold more than 3.4 million copies — will she find even more crossover appeal with her second release?

Love Is All’s Hundred Things Keep Me Up at Night: Critically acclaimed Swedish lo-fi rockers return with their sophomore release.

November 18

Nickelback’s yet-untitled album: Sure to sell gazillions, sure to sound the same as all previous efforts.

All-American RejectsWhen the World Comes Down: On their third record, will Tyson Ritter and crew fall into obscurity or rise to the occasion?

November 25

Scott Weiland’s Happy in Galoshes: Stone Temple Pilots may be back together, but we’ve heard nothing new from them just yet — a double album from a solo Weiland will have to hold us over.

December 16

PliesDa Realist: Remember back in ’98 when DMX dropped two albums in one year? Plies takes a page from the X playbook when he drops his third album (and second of 2008) in December.