Kelly Clarkson, “Stronger” (Oct. 25): The original “American Idol” tries to revive a career that started strong but has slowed in recent years.
Pearl Jam, “Pearl Jam 20” (Sept. 20): Soundtrack to Cameron Crowe’s forthcoming documentary on the band’s 20th anniversary, loaded with rarities spanning the decades.
Superheavy, “Superheavy” (Sept. 20): Mick Jagger moonlights from the Rolling Stones with Eurythmics founder Dave Stewart, R&B singer Joss Stone, “Slumdog Millionaire” composer A.R. Rahman and reggae star Damian Marley.
Wilco, “The Whole Love” (Sept. 27): With its current lineup intact for three consecutive albums – a lifetime by Wilco’s once-volatile standards – the band creates a stylistically diverse collection of songs to debut its new label, dBpm Records.
Tom Waits, “Bad as Me” (Oct. 4): The singer’s first album of new material in seven years, once again with his wife, Kathleen Brennan, as coproducer.
Bjork, “Biophilia” (Oct. 11): Iceland’s grandest contribution to pop eccentricity tells the story of the universe’s creation in song, with accompanying iPad apps.
Coldplay, “Mylo Xyloto” (Oct. 24): The British band resumes its collaboration with producer Brian Eno on its fifth studio album, and includes a guest vocal by Rihanna on the track “Princess of China.”
Nirvana, “Nevermind (Super Deluxe)” (Oct. 25): The cannon shot from the Seattle trio that opened the alternative-rock era is retooled with bonus tracks and a DVD.
Lou Reed and Metallica, “Lulu” (Nov. 1): The season’s unlikeliest collaboration matches the godfather of punk with the thrash metal pioneers, with production by Reed’s confidante Hal Wilner. One track clocks in at more than 19 minutes, and two are 11 minutes long.
U2, “Achtung Baby (Super Deluxe Edition)” (Nov. 1): The Irish quartet reissue one of their most revered albums on its 20th anniversary with all the trimmings.
Beach Boys, “The Smile Sessions Box” (Nov. 1): The great, lost Beach Boys album from the ‘60s is finally unearthed with copious documentation.
The Who, “Quadrophenia: The Director's Cut” (Nov. 15): Pete Townshend’s second major rock opera makes a lavish reappearance.