Tom Jones 24 Hours, Album, Parlophone, November 10 ***
At the age of 68 Sir Tom has put pen to paper for the first time and taken on the bulk of the writing duties for his latest release - but you wouldn't have guessed because it's business as usual for the Welsh legend.
From the cheesy, 'sexy' horns to the cringey lyrics, it's Jones by numbers.
In Style And Rhythm ("I see the girls by the pool and they're playing it cool") and Sugar Daddy ("I've got man intuition, I've got sexual ambition") see him at his hip-swivelling best.
His take on Bruce Springteen's The Hitter shows off his voice which, at a time he could legitimately be drawing his pension and singing around the piano in his local boozer, is as powerful as ever and can still fill a room 10 times over.
It might not be new and exciting, but let's face it, we'd probably be disappointed if it was.
Seal Soul, Album, Warner Bros, November 10 ***
In the run up to Christmas the shops are always packed with these kind of records - compilations, best ofs...perfect for that friend or family member you don't really know that well.But this one's actually worth a listen.
One of the most distinctive voices in pop lends his thick, velvety voice to a collection of 12 classic soul tracks.
Covers include Ann Peebles' I Can't Stand The Rain, James Browns' It's A Man's Man's Man's World, Knock On Wood by Otis Reading and Stand By Me by Ben E King.
They're all straight cover versions, but for soul fans it's a great compilation and Seal fans will be glad to see their idol - who's released just five other albums in his 17 year career - back so soon after 2007's System.
Emmy The Great We Almost Had A Baby, Single, Close Harbour, November 10 ****
Sometimes the most haunting songs are the ones that on first listen sound perfectly harmless. Emmy The Great is a master at this, and no where is this clearer than on this latest single.
An unassuming country tinged track with a swell of 60s girl group melancholy, its subject matter is hidden away until the second listen. Emmy's soft, whispy vocals sound close to tears throughout this tale of a brittle relationship that almost sinks into permanence.
The rolling melodies are quirked up with jingling percussion. A brilliant, sparkling pop song and an insight into her debut album, due in January.