New Music Friday: 6 Albums You Need To Hear Today : All Songs Considered Notable May 18 releases include Courtney Barnett's raging rock, the K-pop band BTS, rapper Nick Grant and the psych-folk of Ray LaMontagne.

New Music Friday: 6 Albums You Need To Hear Today

New Music Friday: 6 Albums You Need To Hear Today

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BTS's Love Yourself: Tear, one of the most anticipated albums of 2018, is out today. Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic hide caption

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BTS's Love Yourself: Tear, one of the most anticipated albums of 2018, is out today.

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All Songs Considered's Robin Hilton chats with NPR Music's Rodney Carmichael, Marissa Lorusso, Ann Powers and Stephen Thompson for a sprint through six noteworthy albums out May 18. This includes the raging rock of Courtney Barnett, Atlanta rapper Nick Grant, wildly ambitious psych-folk from Ray La Montagne and a whole lot more.

Featured Albums

Cover for Tell Me How You Really Feel

Courtney Barnett, 'Tell Me How You Really Feel'

  • Song: City Looks Pretty
  • from Tell Me How You Really Feel
  • by Courtney Barnett

One of the year's most anticipated releases, Courtney Barnett's new record goes in a slightly different direction than her full-length debut, turning inward, reflecting on her internal life and addressing what it means to be a woman in the world today.

Featured Tracks: "City Looks Pretty" and "I'm Not Your Mother, I'm Not Your Bitch"

BTS, Love Yourself: Tear
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BTS, 'Love Yourself: Tear'

  • Song: Intro: Singularity
  • from Love Yourself: Tear
  • by BTS

BTS is the biggest K-pop band in the world. The group, also known as the Bangtan Boys, has a massive online and worldwide audience. Featuring lyrics sung primarily in Korean, the boy band draws on rock and hip-hop, crafting ballads and anthems alike.

Featured Track: "Singularity"

Nick Grant, Dreamin' Out Loud

Nick Grant 'Dreamin' Out Loud'

  • Song:
  • from Dreamin' Out Loud
  • by Nick Grant

Nick Grant grew up in Atlanta, but he sounds nothing like most of the mainstream rap coming out of the city today. Grant follows his debut, Return of the Cool, with a focus on lyricism that harkens back to the lyrics-first golden era of rap.

Featured Tracks: "Gucci Plug ft. DRAM" and "Black Woman"

Ray LaMontagne, Part Of The Light

Ray LaMontagne, 'Part Of The Light'

  • Song: To The Sea
  • from Part Of The Light
  • by Ray LaMontagne

Ray LaMontagne returns with his seventh full-length, the psychedelic-leaning Part of the Light. With ambitious acoustic '70s-style sounds, LaMontagne's warmth radiates on a record that expands on what we've come to expect from the singer-songwriter.

Featured Track: "To The Sea"

Joan Armatrading, Not Too Far Away

Joan Armatrading, 'Not Too Far Away'

  • Song: Still Waters
  • from Not Too Far Away
  • by Joan Armatrading

Over the course of 21 albums, the veteran British singer-songwriter has crafted an inimitable sound, blending reggae influence with New Wave shine, all in service of her signature contralto voice. Not Too Far Away grapples with heartbreak and survival with confidence and tenderness.

Featured Track: "Still Waters"

Remember Sports, Slow Buzz

Remember Sports, 'Slow Buzz'

  • Song: You Can Have Alone Time When You're Dead
  • from Slow Buzz
  • by Remember Sports

It's an album that almost didn't happen: Facing an uncertain future after college graduation, Remember Sports recorded Slow Buzz, a pop-punk record that stares into the abyss of adulthood and tries to figure out what happens next.

Featured Track: "You Can Have Alone Time When You're Dead"

Other notable releases for May 18: GAS: Rausch, John Maus: Addendum, Low Cut Connie: Dirty Pictures (Part 2), Nellie McKay: Sister Orchid, Parquet Courts: Wide Awake!, Ryley Walker: Deafman Glance, Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks: Sparkle Hard.

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