New Music Friday: The Top 9 Albums Out On Sept. 18 : All Songs Considered NPR Music's picks for the best new albums out on Sep. 18 include a long-awaited, self-titled release from Alicia Keys, PC Music's A.G. Cook, a rediscovered Thelonious Monk recording and more.

Featured Albums:
1. Alicia Keys — ALICIA
Featured Song: "Me x 7"
2. A.G. Cook — Apple
Featured Song: "Airhead"
3. Anjimile — Giver Taker
Featured Song: "To Meet You There"
4. Butcher Brown — #kingbutch
Featured Song: "Cabbage"
5. Thelonious Monk — Palo Alto
Featured Song: "Blue Monk"
6. Jealous of the Birds — Peninsula
Featured Song: "Pendulum"
7. Sly5thAve — What It Is
Featured Song: "What It Is"
8. Fenne Lily — Breach
Featured Song: "Elliott"
9. Steve Arrington — Down to the Lowest Terms: The Soul Sessions
Featured Songs: "Make A Difference" and "Soulful I Need That In My Life"

Other notable releases for Sept. 18: Ava Max — Heaven & Hell; Body Double — Milk Fed; Cults — Host; Daniel Romano — How Ill Thy World Is Ordered; Deradoorian — Find the Sun; Dig Nitty — Reverse of Mastery; Eastwood — It Never Gets Easy; Eivør — Segl; Elderbrook — Why Do We Shake in the Cold?; Gracie & Rachel — Hello, Weakness, You Make Me Strong; Handsome Ghost — Some Still Morning; Joan Osborne — Trouble and Strife; Johann Johannsson — Retrospective II; Nate Rocket Wonder & Roman GianArthur – Antebellum (Soundtrack); Sarah Davachi — Cantus, Descant; Saunder Jurriaans — Beasts; Semisonic — You're Not Alone; Yusuf Cat Stevens — Tea for the Tillerman; Ziggy Marley — More Family Time.
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Alicia Keys. Her new, self-titled album tops our shortlist of the best new albums out on Sept. 18. Milan Zirnic/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Alicia Keys has finally dropped one of the year's most-anticipated releases. Her stunning, self-titled album, ALICIA, was originally due out in March, then May, then pushed again to this week. It was well-worth the wait. We kick this week's New Music Friday off with the song "Me x 7" from the album and talk about where the record fits in a career already marked with many monumental, defining moments. We've also got a new solo release from PC Music's A.G. Cook, a long-lost live recording of Thelonious Monk performing at a high school, singer (and Phoebe Bridgers bath-time interviewer) Fenne Lily and more. Nate Chinen of WBGO and Jazz Night In America joins Radio Milwaukee's Tarik Moody, WXPN's John Morrison and NPR Music's Ann Powers and host Robin Hilton as they share their picks for the best new albums out on Sep. 18.

It's a super packed release week and we can only get to a fraction of the records we love. Be sure to check the list of other notable releases at the bottom of the page.

Featured Albums:

  1. Alicia Keys — ALICIA
    Featured Song: "Me x 7"
  2. A.G. Cook — Apple
    Featured Song: "Airhead"
  3. Anjimile — Giver Taker
    Featured Song: "To Meet You There"
  4. Butcher Brown — #kingbutch
    Featured Song: "Cabbage"
  5. Thelonious Monk — Palo Alto
    Featured Song: "Blue Monk"
  6. Jealous of the Birds — Peninsula
    Featured Song: "Pendulum"
  7. Sly5thAve — What It Is
    Featured Song: "What It Is"
  8. Fenne Lily — Breach
    Featured Song: "Elliott"
  9. Steve Arrington — Down to the Lowest Terms: The Soul Sessions
    Featured Songs: "Make A Difference" and "Soulful I Need That In My Life"

Other notable releases for Sept. 18: Ava Max — Heaven & Hell; Body Double — Milk Fed; Cults — Host; Daniel Romano — How Ill Thy World Is Ordered; Deradoorian — Find the Sun; Dig Nitty — Reverse of Mastery; Eastwood — It Never Gets Easy; Eivør — Segl; Elderbrook — Why Do We Shake in the Cold?; Gracie & Rachel — Hello, Weakness, You Make Me Strong; Handsome Ghost — Some Still Morning; Joan Osborne — Trouble and Strife; Johann Johannsson — Retrospective II; Kevin Keller — The Front Porch of Heaven; Luca Fogale — Nothing is Lost; Max — Colour Vision; Nate Rocket Wonder & Roman GianArthur – Antebellum (Soundtrack); Sarah Davachi — Cantus, Descant; Saunder Jurriaans — Beasts; Semisonic — You're Not Alone; Yusuf Cat Stevens — Tea for the Tillerman; Ziggy Marley — More Family Time.