Featured New Releases for
April 12, 2024

Don't Forget Me
The singer-songwriter's third album is a candid, musically assured statement of her independent spirit.
- Matt Collar
A confident, often celebratory set of alt-pop and dance-rock that finds the candid lyricist rebounding from the mental-health struggles of her debut.
- Marcy Donelson
One Deep River
Blue Note / EMI / EMI Records
A reliable mix of sentimentality, wit, and warm storytelling from the English journeyman.
- Timothy Monger
Perceive Its Beauty, Acknowledge Its Grace
Impulse! / Verve
The first full-length by the British jazzman to fully explore his commitment to the flute, with an illustrious cast.
- Thom Jurek
All GistEditors' Choice
Paradise of Bachelors
The two fingerstyle guitar aces converge for a third volume of intricate and tasteful duets.
- Timothy Monger
Silence Is LoudEditors' Choice
Full-length debut from the award-winning singer/producer, seamlessly blending jungle's head-rush breakbeats with neo-soul introspection.
- Paul Simpson
Red Hot & Ra: The Magic CityEditors' Choice
Red Hot Organization
Meshell Ndegeocello explores the music and example of Sun Ra, aided by a star-studded cast that includes Marshall Allen and Immanuel Wilkins.
- Thom Jurek
The Muscle Shoals Sessions
Le Label
A stripped-down, soulful set that almost plays like a duet album between Sharleen Spiteri and legendary soulman Spooner Oldham.
- Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The rapper/crooner's fourth album bridges the anything-goes creativity of his early days and his later serious soulfulness.
- Heather Phares
Warner Music / Warner Records
Thoughtfully curated collection of emotionally charged smash hits from the Grammy-winning, genre-busting crew.
- Neil Z. Yeung
Unwishing WellEditors' Choice
A set of reflective and subdued songs from this Bay Area jangle pop outfit brings back some of the textural dreaminess of their earlier output.
- Fred Thomas
EXTRAEditors' Choice
This collection of single tracks and live cuts helps present a complete picture of the group's gripping blend of gothic drama and noise-damaged guitar rock.
- Tim Sendra
Get Lost (Don't Lie!)
First album by a band who inherited the mantle of noisy drama rock from the Birthday Party.
- Tim Sendra
I'm Never Gonna Die Again
The band's second album of noisy, dramatic, and fiery guitar rock is more layered and arranged, but still just as gloriously desperate and damaged.
- Tim Sendra
OrbitalEditors' Choice
London Records
Double-CD reissue of the U.K. techno duo's seminal debut, including rarities, remixes, and two previously unreleased tracks.
- Paul Simpson
When We Were LookingEditors' Choice
Yep Roc
Produced by Sam Kassirer (Josh Ritter, Lake Street Dive), an accomplished debut that merges alt-country, indie folk, dreamy psych, and dolefulness.
- Marcy Donelson
Up on Gravity Hill
Sub Pop
This notoriously hard-hitting band make more room for melody and nuance than ever before, without sacrificing their power.
- Mark Deming
Our Brand Could Be Yr Life
Chrysalis Records / SD
The band inject their arch new wave with guitars of all sorts -- jangling to grungy -- while crafting a fine indie rock LP.
- Tim Sendra
Friendly Persuasion: Please StayEditors' Choice
Cherry Red
Archival compilation fills out the timeline of this Joe Meek-affiliated mid-'60s band with a wealth of previously unreleased material.
- Fred Thomas
EMI / EMI Nashville
The Florida Georgia Line singer finds a way to mature with ease on this finely crafted mainstream country-pop album.
- Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Who Killed AI?
Mack Avenue
The saxophonist balances improvisation with groove-based soundscapes on his first all-electronic album.
- Matt Collar
The Endless Echo
Ghost Box
The producer's contemplation of the passing of time captures his music at its pensive, mysterious best.
- Heather Phares
Soul Provider
Bible & Tire Recording Company
On her third Bible & Tire outing, the sacred soul queen and her backing band move through gospel, blues, funk, and truth.
- Thom Jurek
Comeback Kid
Keeled Scales
Engaging third album of soulful, literate pop from the Lake Street Dive bassist/songwriter.
- Matt Collar
World of Work
A piano-based fourth LP with plenty of spacey components and inspirations spanning medieval music, rock, Celtic music, poetry, philosophy, and more.
- Marcy Donelson
My Black Country: The Songs of Alice Randall
Various Artists
Oh Boy
One of the handful of Black women writing songs in Nashville in the 1990s and beyond gets a tribute from Black women country and Americana artists.
- Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Bad Bad Hats
Bad Bad Hats / Don Giovanni
The self-titled fourth album from this Minneapolis duo is pure indie pop satisfaction from start to finish.
- Mark Deming
Mozart: Overtures
An enjoyable set of Mozart overtures featuring brisk tempos and crisp attacks.
- James Manheim
Sogno: Tosti Songs
PentaTone Classics
A nuanced rediscovery of Tosti's songs from a rising tenor.
- James Manheim
Grieg: Symphonic Dances; Before a Southern Convent; etc.
Grieg favorites and obscurities for orchestra in crisp, compelling performances.
- James Manheim
Suite italienne: Vivaldi, Sollima, Stravinsky
Linn Records
A fresh take on the neoclassic impulse effectively mixes Baroque, 20th century, and contemporary selections.
- James Manheim
Janácek: Katya Kabanova
LSO Live
Superb turns by several leads in this driven, dramatically effective Janáček opera.
- James Manheim
Handel: Theodora, HWV 60Editors' Choice
Elegant solo singing and bright, clean playing bring this grim martyrdom oratorio alive.
- James Manheim
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