Say it with me: Taylor Swift isn't the only artist releasing new music this fall. That doesn't mean we're not excited to hear the final version of whatever exactly we made the controversial pop superstar do, but to view the rich musical landscape of the moment through the lens of Swift-mania would be a mistake. She's big, but, unlike the moon, she cannot cause a total eclipse. There's still light to be found.
So what should you get excited about? For one thing, there's an array of reliable career artists releasing new records this fall, including steady rock groups with back-to-basics LP's, prolific rappers with newfound swagger, and pop singers with carefully crafted new personas to trot out. With each fall, there's always new discoveries to make and old favorites to return to. As the unavoidable grabber of the limelight might ask, are you ready for it? The answer, hopefully after reading this list, will be yes.