Stream The Week's Best Albums, From Sufjan Stevens, Public Enemy, Joji, More : All Songs Considered NPR Music's picks for the best albums out on Sept. 25 include a long-awaited release from Sufjan Stevens, a searing new work from Public Enemy, the pop singer Joji and more.

Featured Albums:
1. Sufjan Stevens — The Ascension
Featured Song: "Lamentations"
2. Public Enemy — What You Gonna Do When The Grid Goes Down?
Featured Song: "Grid"
3. Nappy Roots — 40rty
Featured Song: "Do Better"
4. Joji — Nectar
Featured Song: "Pretty Boy"
5. Anna Von Hausswolff — All Thoughts Fly
Featured Song: "Sacro Bosco"
6. Deftones — Ohms
Featured Song: "Ceremony"
7. Sad13 — Haunted Painting
Featured Song: "Hysterical"
8. Lydia Loveless — Daughter
Featured Song: "Love is Not Enough"
9. Botany — End The Summer F(or)ever
Featured Song: "Your Whole Life"
10. The War & Treaty — Hearts Town
Featured Song: "Little Boy Blue"

Other notable releases for Sept. 25: The Band of Heathens — Stranger; Blitzen Trapper — Holy Smokes Future Jokes; Carrie Underwood — My Gift; Diana Krall — This Dream of You; Fleet Foxes — Shore; Idles — Ultra Mono; Shy Boys — Talk Loud; Surfer Blood — Carefree Theater; Sylvan Esso — Free Love; Thurston Moore — By the Fire; Tim Heidecker — Fear of Death; Will Butler — Generations.
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Sufjan Stevens has spent the past 20 years constructing a vast catalog of profoundly emotional and adventurous music, from delicate and intricately layered folk to completely bonkers electronica. His latest solo album, The Ascension, falls somewhere in the middle. It's built mostly on synths and programmed beats, but it's warm and lush. We open this week's show with the song, "Lamentations," from the album and talk about how and why Stevens seems to have soured on the American experience.

We've also got a searing new album from Public Enemy, pop singer Joji's sophomore full-length, the mind-bending organ work of composer Anna Von Hausswolff and much more. NPR Music contributor Gavin Godfrey joins Lars Gotrich, WXPN's John Morrison, Ann Powers and host Robin Hilton as they share their picks for the best albums out on Sept. 25.

Featured Albums:

  1. Sufjan Stevens — The Ascension
    Featured Song: "Lamentations"
  2. Public Enemy — What You Gonna Do When The Grid Goes Down?
    Featured Song: "Grid"
  3. Nappy Roots — 40RTY
    Featured Song: "Do Better"
  4. Joji — Nectar
    Featured Song: "Pretty Boy"
  5. Anna Von Hausswolff — All Thoughts Fly
    Featured Song: "Sacro Bosco"
  6. Deftones — Ohms
    Featured Song: "Ceremony"
  7. Sad13 — Haunted Painting
    Featured Song: "Hysterical"
  8. Lydia Loveless — Daughter
    Featured Song: "Love is Not Enough"
  9. Botany — End The Summer F(or)ever
    Featured Song: "Your Whole Life"
  10. The War & Treaty — Hearts Town
    Featured Song: "Little Boy Blue"

Other notable releases for Sept. 25: The Band of Heathens — Stranger; Blitzen Trapper — Holy Smokes Future Jokes; Carrie Underwood — My Gift; Diana Krall — This Dream of You; Fleet Foxes — Shore; Idles — Ultra Mono; Shy Boys — Talk Loud; Surfer Blood — Carefree Theater; Sylvan Esso — Free Love; Thurston Moore — By the Fire; Tim Heidecker — Fear of Death; Will Butler — Generations.