Highly anticipated releases from Kelly Clarkson, Common, and more

By EW Staff
Updated August 26, 2011 at 04:00 AM EDT

Wilco, The Whole Love
After 2009’s folk-friendly Wilco, the Chicago rockers are experimenting more with synthesizers, Mellotron, strings, and loops: Check out the seven-minute Krautrock-style opener ”Art of Almost.” Sept. 27

Patrick Stump, Soul Punk
The former Fall Out Boy frontman, newly slim and suave, explores eclectic post-emo avenues on his solo debut — including the anthemic Lupe Fiasco collab ”This City.” Oct. 18

Kelly Clarkson, Stronger
Clarkson will be providing plenty of new fodder for her fans’ fall mixes when she drops her fifth album, penned with the likes of star songwriter Bonnie McKee (Katy Perry, Britney Spears) — and no, most of it’s got nothing to do with the tracks that leaked online this summer. Oct. 25

Lou Reed and Metallica, Lulu
Inspired by two German expressionist plays and conceived at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame anniversary concerts in 2009, Lulu pairs metal’s greatest thunder lizards and the Velvet Underground mastermind for a match made in heaviosity heaven. Nov. 1

Common, The Dreamer, The Believer
The rapper/actor’s ninth studio album was helmed by longtime collaborator No I.D., and has already made ’90s hip-hop heads very happy with lead single ”Ghetto Dreams,” featuring a guest spot from fellow ace MC Nas. Nov. 15