New Music Friday: The top 10 albums out on Oct. 8 : All Songs Considered NPR Music's picks for the best albums out this week include James Blake's Friends That Break Your Heart, new ones from Cimafunk, the underground hip-hop duo Atmosphere, Reba McEntire, and more.

Featured Albums:
1. James Blake — Friends That Break Your Heart
Featured Songs: "Foot Forward" and "Frozen"
2. BadBadNotGood — Talk Memory
Featured Song: "Beside April"
3. Susana Baca — Palabras Urgentes
Featured Song: "Cambalache"
4. Natalie Hemby — Pins and Needles
Featured Song: "Banshee"
5. Various — Broken Hearts and Dirty Windows Vol. 2 (John Prine tribute album)
Featured Song: "Summer's End" (Performed by Valerie June)
6. Cimafunk — El Alimento
Featured Song: "Sal De Lo Malo"
7. Various — It's A Good, Good Feeling: The Latin Soul of Fania Records
Featured Song: "Soul Drummers" (Performed by Ray Baretto)
8. Joshua Crumbly — ForEver
Featured Song: "KOLKATA"
9. Atmosphere — WORD?
Featured Song: "Fleetwood"
10. Reba McEntire — Revived, Remixed, Revisited
Featured Song: "Fancy"

New Music Friday: The top 10 albums out on Oct. 8

New Music Friday: The top 10 albums out on Oct. 8

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James Blake's Friends That Break Your Heart tops our list of the best albums out on Oct. 8. Josh Stadlen/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Like many during the pandemic lockdown, singer James Blake saw friendships falter and people who were once close drift away. The grief, frustration and disappointment he felt led to his latest full-length, Friends That Break Your Heart. We give the album a listen on this week's show, talk about the playfulness of James Blake and the chances he takes, despite the gloomy themes.

It's a packed release day, so we've also got new ones from BadBadNotGood, the veteran Peruvian singer Susana Baca, Cuban party starter Cimafunk, the underground hip-hop duo Atmosphere, Reba McEntire remixed and more. WBEZ and Vocalo Radio host Ayana Contreras joins Alt.Latino's Felix Contreras, WXPN's John Morrison, NPR's Ann Powers and Anamaria Sayre, along with host Robin Hilton, as they share their picks for the best albums out on Oct. 8.

Featured Albums:

  1. James Blake — Friends That Break Your Heart
    Featured Songs: "Foot Forward" and "Frozen"
  2. BadBadNotGood — Talk Memory
    Featured Song: "Beside April"
  3. Susana Baca — Palabras Urgentes
    Featured Song: "Cambalache"
  4. Natalie Hemby — Pins and Needles
    Featured Song: "Banshee"
  5. Various — Broken Hearts and Dirty Windows Vol. 2 (John Prine tribute album)
    Featured Song: "Summer's End" (Performed by Valerie June)
  6. Cimafunk — El Alimento
    Featured Song: "Sal De Lo Malo"
  7. Various — It's A Good, Good Feeling: The Latin Soul of Fania Records
    Featured Song: "Soul Drummers" (Performed by Ray Baretto)
  8. Joshua Crumbly — ForEver
    Featured Song: "KOLKATA"
  9. Atmosphere — WORD?
    Featured Song: "Fleetwood"
  10. Reba McEntire — Revived, Remixed, Revisited
    Featured Song: "Fancy"