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Alabama Shakes singer and guitarist Brittany Howard has just released her masterpiece. Jaime, her debut solo album,is a complex, deeply personal and genre-defying examination of spirituality, identity and survival. On this week's New Music Friday, we attempt to peel back its many layers and explore the life-stories behind the music. We've also got sad bangers from Tove Lo, the late-'60s, Laurel Canyon pop of Andrew Combs, a profoundly beautiful and poignant debut solo LP from Mountain Man's Molly Sarlé, a posthumous album from the legendary Algerian singer Rachid Taha and more. NPR Music's Ann Powers and Stephen Thompson join host Robin Hilton to share their picks for the best albums out on Sept. 20.
- 1. Andrew Combs — Ideal Man
Featured Song: "Stars of Longing"
- Brittany Howard — Jaime
Featured Songs: "Gloria," "13th Century Metal," "Run to Me"
- Molly Sarlé — Karaoke Angel
Featured Song: "Almost Free"
- Rachid Taha — Je Suis Africain
Featured Song: "Wahdi"
- Tov Lo — Sunshine Kitty
Featured Songs: "Stay Over," "Glad He's Gone"
- Pieta Brown — Freeway
Featured Song: "Bring Me"
- Darrin Bradbury — Talking Dogs and Atom Bombs
Featured Song: "This Too Shall Pass"
Other Notable Releases For Sept. 20: Blink 182 — Nine; Cashmere Cat — Princess Catgirl; Charley Crokket — The Valley; Chastity Belt — Chastity Belt; Efterklang — Altid Sammen; Fitz and the Tantrums — All the Feels; Hiss Golden Messenger — Terms of Surrender; Keane — Cause and Effect; Liam Gallagher — Why Me? Why Not?; M83 — DSVII; Nils Frahm — Encores 3; Robbie Robertson — Sinematic; Y La Bamba — Entre Los Dos; Vivian Girls — Memory.