Stream The Week's Best New Albums: Brandy, Dominic Fike, Alanis Morissette, More : All Songs Considered NPR Music's picks for the week's best new releases include Brandy's first new album in eight years, a stunning debut from rapper and singer Dominic Fike, retro-country from Charley Crockett and more.

Featured Albums:
1. Brandy — B7
Featured Song: "Say Something"
2. Alanis Morissette — Such Pretty Forks in the Road
Featured Song: "Smiling"
3. Charley Crockett — Welcome to Hard Times
Featured Song: "Welcome to Hard Times"
4. Dominic Fike — What Could Possibly Go Wrong
Featured Song: "Joe Blazey"
5. Max Richter — Voices
Featured Songs: "Murmuration," "All Human Beings" and "Mercy"
6. Land of Talk — Indistinct Conversations
Featured Songs: "Look to You (Intro)" and "Look to You"
7. Mirah — You Think It's Like This, But Really It's Like This (20 Year Anniversary)
Featured Songs: "100 Knives" and "Of Pressure" performed by Mount Eerie
8. Thanya Iyer — Kind
Featured Song: "My Mind Keeps Running"
9. Charles Tolliver — Connect
Featured Song: "Blue Soul"

Other notable releases for July 31: Fontaines D.C. — A Hero's Death; Madeline Kenney — Sucker's Luch; Makaya McCraven — Universal Beings E&F Sides; Trevor Powers — Capricorn; The Psychedelic Furs — Made of Rain.

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Brandy. Her latest release, B7, tops our shortlist for the best new albums out on July 31. Beau Blanks/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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This week, both Brandy and Alanis Morissette are back after eight-year breaks with soul-baring albums of self-discovery, catharsis and healing. Other artists, like Land of Talk, composer Max Richter and singer Thanya Iyer, go deep on kindness, both with each other and ourselves. On this week's show, we give those new records a spin, along with the retro sound of country singer Charley Crockett, a stunning debut from the young rapper and singer Dominic Fike and more. NPR Music's Bobby Carter, WBGO and Jazz Night in America's Nate Chinen, NPR Music contributor Gavin Godfrey, NPR Music's Tom Huizenga, Marissa Lorusso and NPR's Ann Powers all join host Robin Hilton as they share their picks for the best new albums out on July 31.

Featured Albums:

  1. Brandy — B7
    Featured Song: "Say Something"
  2. Alanis Morissette — Such Pretty Forks in the Road
    Featured Song: "Smiling"
  3. Charley Crockett — Welcome to Hard Times
    Featured Song: "Welcome to Hard Times"
  4. Dominic Fike — What Could Possibly Go Wrong
    Featured Song: "Joe Blazey"
  5. Max Richter — Voices
    Featured Songs: "Murmuration," "All Human Beings" and "Mercy"
  6. Land of Talk — Indistinct Conversations
    Featured Songs: "Look to You (Intro)" and "Look to You"
  7. Mirah — You Think It's Like This, But Really It's Like This (20 Year Anniversary)
    Featured Songs: "100 Knives" and "Of Pressure" performed by Mount Eerie
  8. Thanya Iyer — Kind
    Featured Song: "My Mind Keeps Running"
  9. Charles Tolliver — Connect
    Featured Song: "Blue Soul"

Other notable releases for July 31: Fontaines D.C. — A Hero's Death; Madeline Kenney — Sucker's Luch; Makaya McCraven — Universal Beings E&F Sides; Trevor Powers — Capricorn; The Psychedelic Furs — Made of Rain.