New Music Friday: The Top 8 Albums Out On August 21 : All Songs Considered NPR Music's shortlist for the best new albums out this week includes the first full-length from Bright Eyes in nearly a decade, the rapper Lecrae, U.K. jazz wonder Nubya Garcia and more.

Featured Albums:
1. The Killers — Imploding the Mirage
Featured Song: "Dying Breed"
2. The Mavericks — En Español
Featured Song: "Recuerdos"
3. Nubya Garcia — Source
Featured Song: "Before Us In Demerara & Caura"
4. Cidny Bullens — Walking Through This World
Featured Song: "The Gender Line"
5. Bright Eyes — Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was
Featured Songs: "Dance and Sing" and "Pageturner's Rag"
6. Lecrae — Restoration
Featured Song: "Set Me Free"
7. L.A. Witch — Play With Fire
Featured Song: "Dark Horse"
8. Roomful of Teeth — The Ascendant & Just Constellations
Featured Songs: "The Beginning And..." and "The Magic Constellation - Winter"

Other notable releases for Aug. 21: Nas — King's Disease; Alex the Astronaut — The Theory of Absolutely Nothing; Bully — Sugaregg; Chuck Prophet — The Land That Time Forgot; Logan Farmer — Still No Mother; Matmos — The Consuming Flame: Open Exercises in Group Form; The Front Bottoms — In Sickness & In Flames.
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The rapper, singer and New York Times bestselling author Lecrae. His latest release, Restoration, is on our shortlist for the best new albums out on Aug. 21. Alex Harper/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The artist Lecrae is a rapper, singer and New York Times bestselling author whose uplifting new album, Restoration, documents the healing joy he's found after years of struggling with childhood abuse, addiction and despair. It comes just ahead of his second book, due out in October, called I Am Restored: How I Lost My Religion but Found My Faith. On this week's New Music Friday, we give Restoration a spin and talk about the inspiration Lecrae offers through his art and activism.

Also on the program: The Killers come storming back with a big, anthemic collection called Imploding the Mirage; the band Bright Eyes returns after a nearly decade-long break with another big swing they're calling Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was; and the Miami country and Americana band The Mavericks, 30 years after releasing their debut album, have their first-ever entirely in Spanish — plus, the U.K. jazz wonder Nubya Garcia, the swampy, rock group L.A. Witch and more. Host of NPR's AltLatino, Felix Contreras joins NPR Music contributor Stefanie Fernandez, Tom Huizenga, Radio Milwaukee's Tarik Moody, WXPN's John Morrison, Ann Powers and host Robin Hilton as they share their picks for the best new albums out on August 21.

Featured Albums:

  1. The Killers — Imploding the Mirage
    Featured Song: "Dying Breed"
  2. The Mavericks — En Español
    Featured Song: "Recuerdos"
  3. Nubya Garcia — Source
    Featured Song: "Before Us In Demerara & Caura"
  4. Cidny Bullens — Walking Through This World
    Featured Song: "The Gender Line"
  5. Bright Eyes — Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was
    Featured Songs: "Dance and Sing" and "Pageturner's Rag"
  6. Lecrae — Restoration
    Featured Song: "Set Me Free"
  7. L.A. Witch — Play With Fire
    Featured Song: "Dark Horse"
  8. Roomful of Teeth — The Ascendant & Just Constellations
    Featured Songs: "The Beginning And..." and "The Magic Constellation - Winter"

Other notable releases for Aug. 21: Nas — King's Disease; Alex the Astronaut — The Theory of Absolutely Nothing; Bully — Sugaregg; Chuck Prophet — The Land That Time Forgot; Logan Farmer — Still No Mother; Matmos — The Consuming Flame: Open Exercises in Group Form; The Front Bottoms — In Sickness & In Flames.