New Music Friday: The top 6 albums out on Nov. 12 : All Songs Considered The Bruno Mars-Anderson .Paak collab as Silk Sonic tops NPR Music's shortlist of the best albums out this week, along with new ones from Courtney Barnett, Aesop Rock, Jon Hopkins and more.

Featured Albums:
1. Silk Sonic — An Evening with Silk Sonic
Featured Songs: "Fly As Me" and "Blast Off"
2. Atarashii Gakko — Snacktime!
Featured Song: "Free Your Mind"
3. Jon Hopkins — Music for Psychedelic Therapy
Featured Songs: "Love Flows over Us in Prismatic Waves" and "Sit Around the Fire"
4. Courtney Barnett — Things Take Time, Take Time
Featured Song: "Turning Green"
5. Aesop Rock & Blockhead — Garbology
Featured Song: "The Sea"
6. Joell Ortiz — Autograph
Featured Songs: "Uncle Chris Car" and "OG"

Other notable releases for Nov. 12: Bill Charlap — Street of Dreams; IDLES — Crawler; Nirvana — Nevermind (30th Anniversary Super Deluxe); Taylor Swift — Red (Taylor's Version); They Might Be Giants — Book.

New Music Friday: The top 6 albums out on Nov. 12

New Music Friday: The top 6 albums out on Nov. 12

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Anderson .Paak and Bruno Mars, together as Silk Sonic. Their debut, An Evening with Silk Sonic, tops our shortlist of the week's best new albums. John Esparza/Silk Sonic hide caption

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Anderson .Paak and Bruno Mars, together as Silk Sonic. Their debut, An Evening with Silk Sonic, tops our shortlist of the week's best new albums.

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Back in 2017, Anderson .Paak and Bruno Mars were on a joint tour through Europe when an impromptu, late-night jam session convinced them they should make an album together. Now, four years later, that album, An Evening With Silk Sonic, is finally here. We dig into the record's deep soul and funk grooves on this week's show and talk about why Silk Sonic may be the year's most exciting collaboration.

We've also got a quieter, more reflective album from Courtney Barnett, the frenetic fun of Japanese pop group Atarashii Gakko, deeply meditative music from Jon Hopkins and more. NPR Tiny Desk producer Bobby Carter joins NPR Music's Hazel Cills, contributor Christina Lee and WXPN's John Morisson, along with host Robin Hilton, as they share their picks for the best new albums out on Nov. 12.

Featured Albums:

  1. Silk Sonic — An Evening with Silk Sonic
    Featured Songs: "Fly As Me" and "Blast Off"
  2. Atarashii Gakko — Snacktime!
    Featured Song: "Free Your Mind"
  3. Jon Hopkins — Music for Psychedelic Therapy
    Featured Songs: "Love Flows over Us in Prismatic Waves" and "Sit Around the Fire"
  4. Courtney Barnett — Things Take Time, Take Time
    Featured Song: "Turning Green"
  5. Aesop Rock & Blockhead — Garbology
    Featured Song: "The Sea"
  6. Joell Ortiz — Autograph
    Featured Songs: "Uncle Chris Car" and "OG"

Other notable releases for Nov. 12: Bill Charlap — Street of Dreams; IDLES — Crawler; Nirvana — Nevermind (30th Anniversary Super Deluxe); Taylor Swift — Red (Taylor's Version); They Might Be Giants — Book.