Sleater-Kinney went on a hiatus following the release of their album The Woods in 2005. Just when fans were truly beginning to believe there was no reunion in sight, Corin Tucker, Carrie Brownstein, and Janet Weiss gave their fans a more-than-pleasant surprise, when they recorded a secret album and announced No Cities to Love back in 2015. Earlier this year, the threesome announced a Live in Paris album.
2. A Tribe Called Quest
Last Album Prior to Release: The Love Movement (1998)
Return Album: We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service (2016)
Years Between Release: 18
We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service was bittersweet and very special to the fans of A Tribe Called
Quest. It was not only their first album in eighteen years, but many believe that it may be the group’s last. During the recording process, founding member of the group, Phife Dawg, passed away during the recording process of the album. The group is still touring with the album, and will be stopping by Chicago forPitchfork 2017.
3. Pink Floyd
Last Album Prior to Release: The Division Bell (1994)
Return Album: The Endless River (2014)
Years Between Release: 20
The legendary band essentially dispersed following the release of The Divison Bell in the 90s. After Rick Wright’s death back in 2008, the Gilmour, Mason, and Wright unit reunited to eventually bring The Endless River (a largely instrumental album) as a possible farewell album to fans. Only time will tell if there’s more to come from the groundbreaking group, but Roger Waters is definitely releasing new music.
4. The Zombies
Last Album Prior to Release: Odessey And Oracle (1968)
Return Album: New World (1990)
Years Between Release: 22
The legendary Al Kooper, believe it or not, had to fight with Columbia Records to get The Zombies’, Odessey And Oracle released back in 1968. Part of the problem may have been that the group had already split up. Rod Argent formed Argent, for a bit Colin Blunstone sang lead vocals for the Alan Parsons Project, and Hugh Grundy did A&R for CBS Records for some time. The Zombies were stern with their refusal to reunite as a whole. While it didn’t feature them all, fans finally got something with a New World released in 1990 by Blunstone, Grundy and bassist Chris White. The album featured songs from Argent and the Zombies’ founding guitarist Paul Atkinson. The group has since released three more studio albums.
Read the full list of bands who kept fans holding their breath, here.