New Music Friday: The best releases out on Feb. 24 : All Songs Considered The best new albums out this week include Cracker Island from Gorillaz, the 30th anniversary of Naughty By Nature's 19 Naughty III, Gracie Abrams' Good Riddance and more.

Featured Albums:
1. Gorillaz — Cracker Island
Featured Songs: "Oil (feat. Stevie Nicks)," "Tormernta (feat. Bad Bunny)," "Silent Running (feat. Adeleye Omotayo)"
2. Naughty By Nature — 19 Naughty III - 30th Anniversary
Featured Songs: "Hip Hop Hooray," "Daddy Was A Street Corner," "It's On (Beatnuts Remix)"
3. quinnie — flounder
Featured Songs: "emblem," "touch tank," "man"
4. Gracie Abrams — Good Riddance
Featured Songs: "Where do we go now?," "I should hate you"
5. Christian McBride's New Jawn — Prime
Featured Songs: "East Broadway Rundown," "Head Bedlam"

Lightning Round:
Buster Williams — Unalome
Kate Fagan — I Don't Want to Be Too Cool [Expanded Ed.]
Laraaji — Segue to Infinity
Neutral Milk Hotel — The Collected Works of Neutral Milk Hotel

Other notable releases for Feb. 24:
Adam Lambert — High Drama
Algiers — Shook
The Church — The Hypnogogue
Dierks Bentley — Gravel & Gold
Gruff Rhys — The Almond and the Seahorse
Iris DeMent — Workin' on a World
Logic — College Park
Miss Grit — Follow the Cyborg
Philip Selway — Strange Dance
Shame — Food for Worms
Russ Millions — One Of A Kind
The Strokes — Singles, Vol. 1
U.S. Girls — Bless This Mess

New Music Friday: The best releases out on Feb. 24

New Music Friday: The best releases out on Feb. 24

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Cracker Island, the latest from Gorillaz, is on our shortlist of the best new releases out on Feb. 24. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The self-proclaimed "virtual band" Gorillaz returns this week with a surprisingly chill collection of songs filled with bleary-eyed reflections on encroaching technology, the bane of social media and our dying planet. Like previous Gorillaz releases, Cracker Island is also feature-heavy, with appearances this time from Stevie Nicks, Thundercat, Beck and more. We open this week's show with several samples across the album and talk about the ways frontman Damon Albarn navigates dystopian themes with sly grooves and opaque but effective storylines.

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We've also got the 30th anniversary edition of Naughty By Nature's 19 Naughty III, a heartrending breakup album from singer Gracie Abrams, an expansive set of songs from jazz bassist Christian McBride and more. NPR Music editor Hazel Cills joins WXPN's John Morrison, WBGO's Nicole Sweeney and host Robin Hilton as they share their picks for the best releases out on Feb. 24.

Featured Albums:

  1. Gorillaz — Cracker Island
    Featured Songs: "Oil (feat. Stevie Nicks)," "Tormernta (feat. Bad Bunny)," "Silent Running (feat. Adeleye Omotayo)"
  2. Naughty By Nature — 19 Naughty III - 30th Anniversary
    Featured Songs: "Hip Hop Hooray," "Daddy Was A Street Corner," "It's On (Beatnuts Remix)"
  3. quinnie — flounder
    Featured Songs: "emblem," "touch tank," "man"
  4. Gracie Abrams — Good Riddance
    Featured Songs: "Where do we go now?," "I should hate you"
  5. Christian McBride's New Jawn — Prime
    Featured Songs: "East Broadway Rundown," "Head Bedlam"

Lightning Round:

  • Buster Williams — Unalome
  • Kate Fagan — I Don't Want to Be Too Cool [Expanded Ed.]
  • Laraaji — Segue to Infinity
  • Neutral Milk Hotel — The Collected Works of Neutral Milk Hotel

Other notable releases for Feb. 24:

  • Adam Lambert — High Drama
  • Algiers — Shook
  • The Church — The Hypnogogue
  • Dierks Bentley — Gravel & Gold
  • Gruff Rhys — The Almond and the Seahorse
  • Iris DeMent — Workin' on a World
  • Logic — College Park
  • Miss Grit — Follow the Cyborg
  • Philip Selway — Strange Dance
  • Shame — Food for Worms
  • Russ Millions — One Of A Kind
  • The Strokes — Singles, Vol. 1
  • U.S. Girls — Bless This Mess