Stream The Week's Best New Albums, From Gorillaz, Actress, Bruce Springsteen : All Songs Considered NPR Music's shortlist of the best new albums out on Oct. 23 includes Bruce Springsteen's Letter to You, a new concept record from Gorillaz, the electronic artist known as Actress and more.

Featured Albums:
1. Gorillaz — Song Machine, Season One: Strange Timez
Featured Song: "The Valley of the Pagans"
2. Actress — Karma & Desire
Featured Song: "VVY"
3. Songhoy Blues — Optimisme
Featured Song: "Assadja"
4. Keaton Henson — Monument
Featured Song: "Ambulance"
5. Junglepussy — JP4
Featured Song: "Spiders"
6. Bruce Springsteen — Letter to You
Featured Song: "Ghosts"
7. clipping. — Visions of Bodies Being Burned
Featured Song: "96 Neve Campbell"
8. Raye Zaragoza — Woman in Color
Featured Song: "The It Girl"
9. Laura Veirs — My Echo
Featured Song: "Freedom Feeling"
10. Xavier Omär — If You Feel
Featured Song: "Find Me"

Other notable Oct. 23 releases: Adrianne Lenker — Songs; Adrianne Lenker — Instrumentals; Ben Harper — Winter is for Lovers; Ela Minus — Acts of Rebellion; The Elwins — The Elwins IV; Fuzz — III; Jeff Tweedy — Love is King; Joel Ross — Who Are You; Luluc — Dreamboat; The Mountain Goats — Getting Into Knives; No Thank You — Embroidered Foliage; PUP — This Place Sucks Ass; Sam Amidon — Sam Amidon; Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings — Just Dropped in to See What Condition My Rendition Was In; TechN9ne — Fear Exodus; This is the Kit — Off Off On.
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Gorillaz, the virtual band started by Damon Albarn and illustrator Jamie Hewlett, is back with another wildly inventive album this week that features a sprawling list of collaborators, from Beck and St. Vincent to Elton John and Schoolboy Q. We kick-off this week's New Music Friday with Song Machine, Season One: Strange Timez and talk about the story and concept behind the project.

We've also got a driving rock record from Bruce Springsteen, the British electronic artist known as Actress, the experimental hip-hop group clipping., singer-songwriter Laura Veirs and more.

NPR Music contributor Christina Lee joins Radio Milwaukee's Tarik Moody, WXPN's John Morrison, NPR Music's Lauren Onkey and Ann Powers, along with host Robin Hilton, as they share their picks for the best new albums out on Oct. 23.

Featured Albums:

  1. Gorillaz — Song Machine, Season One: Strange Timez
    Featured Song: "The Valley of the Pagans"
  2. Actress — Karma & Desire
    Featured Song: "VVY"
  3. Songhoy Blues — Optimisme
    Featured Song: "Assadja"
  4. Keaton Henson — Monument
    Featured Song: "Ambulance"
  5. Junglepussy — JP4
    Featured Song: "Spiders"
  6. Bruce Springsteen — Letter to You
    Featured Song: "Ghosts"
  7. clipping. — Visions of Bodies Being Burned
    Featured Song: "96 Neve Campbell"
  8. Raye Zaragoza — Woman in Color
    Featured Song: "The It Girl"
  9. Laura Veirs — My Echo
    Featured Song: "Freedom Feeling"
  10. Xavier Omär — If You Feel
    Featured Song: "Find Me"

Other notable Oct. 23 releases: Adrianne Lenker — Songs; Adrianne Lenker — Instrumentals; Ben Harper — Winter is for Lovers; Ela Minus — Acts of Rebellion; The Elwins — The Elwins IV; Fuzz — III; Jeff Tweedy — Love is King; Joel Ross — Who Are You; Luluc — Dreamboat; The Mountain Goats — Getting Into Knives; No Thank You — Embroidered Foliage; PUP — This Place Sucks Ass; Sam Amidon — Sam Amidon; Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings — Just Dropped in to See What Condition My Rendition Was In; TechN9ne — Fear Exodus; This is the Kit — Off Off On.