New Music Friday: The Top 8 Albums Out Sept. 4 : All Songs Considered NPR Music picks the best new albums out this week, including new albums by Big Sean, Tricky, Lomelda, Bill Callahan and more. Click here to see all of our featured albums for the week of Sept. 4.
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New Music Friday: The Top 8 Albums Out Sept. 4

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New Music Friday: The Top 8 Albums Out Sept. 4

New Music Friday: The Top 8 Albums Out Sept. 4

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Bill Callahan released his new album, Gold Record, on Sept. 4. Hanly Banks Callahan/Courtesy of Drag City hide caption

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Bill Callahan released his new album, Gold Record, on Sept. 4.

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We open this week's show with hip-hop star Big Sean and his thoughtful, big-hearted Detroit 2, his fifth official album and a sequel to his beloved 2012 mixtape Detroit. Vritra, a founding member of Odd Future, returns with a jazzy, playful, decidedly concise set of sample-driven hip-hop. Tricky's 14th solo album explores the dark aftermath of his daughter's death in songs that radiate pain and hard-won hope, while Lomelda's new record is a bracing and revelatory showcase for singer Hannah Read. The sweetly uplifting Americana of Carolina Story, the hypnotic piano-and-loops compositions of Theo Alexander, the plainspoken profundity of Bill Callahan and an expansive tribute to T. Rex and Marc Bolan round out the mix, along with a packed lightning round.

NPR Music's Ann Powers and Stephen Thompson are joined this week by NPR Music's Marissa Lorusso, 88Nine Radio Milwaukee's Tarik Moody and WXPN's John Morrison.

Featured Albums:

  • Big Sean, Detroit 2
  • Vritra, Sonar
  • Tricky, Fall To Pieces
  • Lomelda, Hannah
  • Carolina Story, Dandelion
  • Theo Alexander, Animadversions
  • Bill Callahan, Gold Record
  • Various Artists, AngelHeaded Hipster: The Songs Of Marc Bolan And T. Rex(A Hal Willner Production)

Notable releases for Sept. 4:

Dirk Powell, When I Wait For You; Emily Barker, A Dark Murmuration Of Words; Afel Bocoum, Lindé; Josiah Johnson, Every Feeling On A Loop; Throwing Muses, Sun Racket; New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom Rockers, Vol. 1; Diplo, MMXX; Declan McKenna, Zeros; Grant-Lee Phillips, Lightning, Show Us Your Stuff; All Them Witches, Nothing As The Ideal; Hannah Georgas, All That Emotion; Laura Stevenson, Sit Resist (Remastered Deluxe Edition)