New Music Friday: The best releases out on May 27 : All Songs Considered The best albums out this week include Wilco's double-length Cruel Country, a debut from the singer UMI, the latest installment in Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Younge's Jazz Is Dead series and more.

Featured Albums:
1. Jean Carne, Ali Shaheed Muhammad & Adrian Younge — JID012
Featured Songs: "Black Love," "Visions"
2. Wilco — Cruel Country
Featured Songs: "I Am My Mother," "The Plains," "A Lifetime To Find"
3. X Alfonso — Ancestros Sinfonicos
Featured Song: "Yakuma Kareré"
4. UMI — Forest in the City
Featuared Song: "what would u do?"
5. Nduduzo Makhathini — In the Spirit of NTU
Featured Songs: "Mama," "Emlilweni"

Other notable releases for May 27:
Brian Jackson — This Is Brian Jackson
Bright Eyes — A Collection of Songs Written and Recorded 1995-1997, Letting Off the Happiness and Fevers and Mirrors
Dehd — Blue Skies
HAAi — Baby, We're Ascending
Isaac Dunbar — Banish the Banshee
Jonny Greenwood — The Power of the Dog OST (physical release)
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith & Emile Mosseri - I Could Be Your Dog / I Could Be Your Moon
Liam Gallagher — C'MON YOU KNOW
Maria BC — Hyaline
Rosie Carney — I Wanna Feel Happy
Sean Paul — Scorcha
Sofie Birch — Holotropica
Stars — From Capelton Hill
Steve Earle & The Dukes — Jerry Jeff

New Music Friday: The best releases out on May 27

New Music Friday: The best releases out on May 27

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R&B singer UMI's debut full-length, Forest in the City is one of NPR Music's picks for the best new albums out on May 27. Eddie Mandell hide caption

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Wilco gets back to its alt-country roots with an expansive double album called Cruel Country. The title, however, is a reference to the state of America and the hyper-polarized social and political divide that's left much of the country feeling broken beyond repair. We give a listen to the album on this week's show and dig into Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy's brilliant lyricism across the record. But first we open the show with the latest installment in Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Younge's Jazz Is Dead series, this time featuring the veteran jazz and pop singer Jean Carne.

We've also got what Alt.Latino's Felix Contreras says is his album of the year, from X Alfonso, a staggering release from South African pianist and composer Nduduzo Makhathini, a debut from R&B singer UMI and more. WBEZ and Vocalo Radio's Ayana Contreras joins Felix Contreras and WBGO and Jazz Night In America's Nate Chinen, along with host Robin Hilton, as they share their picks for the best new albums out on May 27.

Featured Albums:

  1. Jean Carne, Ali Shaheed Muhammad & Adrian Younge — JID012
    Featured Songs: "Black Love," "Visions"
  2. Wilco — Cruel Country
    Featured Songs: "I Am My Mother," "The Plains," "A Lifetime to Find"
  3. X Alfonso — Ancestros Sinfónicos
    Featured Song: "Yakuma Kareré"
  4. UMI — Forest in the City
    Featuared Song: "what would u do?"
  5. Nduduzo Makhathini — In the Spirit of NTU
    Featured Song: "Mama," "Emlilweni"

Other notable releases for May 27:

  • Brian Jackson — This Is Brian Jackson
  • Bright Eyes — A Collection of Songs Written and Recorded 1995-1997, Letting Off the Happiness and Fevers and Mirrors
  • Dehd — Blue Skies
  • HAAi — Baby, We're Ascending
  • Isaac Dunbar — Banish the Banshee
  • Jonny Greenwood — The Power of the Dog (physical release)
  • Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith & Emile Mosseri - I Could Be Your Dog / I Could Be Your Moon
  • Liam Gallagher — C'MON YOU KNOW
  • Maria BC — Hyaline
  • Rosie Carney — I Wanna Feel Happy
  • Sean Paul — Scorcha
  • Sofie Birch — Holotropica
  • Stars — From Capelton Hill
  • Steve Earle  & The Dukes — Jerry Jeff