The Top 11 Albums Out On Sept. 10 : All Songs Considered : NPR

J Balvin’s JOSE is on our shortlist for the best albums out on Sept. 10.

J Balvin’s JOSE is on our shortlist for the best albums out on Sept. 10.

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It’s an embarrassment of riches as far as new music goes this week. Colombian reggaeton luminary J Balvin has an epic collection of two-dozen new tracks called JOSE. The rapper, actor and activist Common is back with a follow-up to last year’s incredible A Beautiful Revolution Pt. 1; A Beautiful Revolution Pt. 2 picks up where the first installment left off, with stirring poetry on love, hope and encouragement for anyone struggling to be human. The rapper AZ has an album sequel as well — Doe or Die II — that comes more than 25 years after the first installment dropped. Kacey Musgraves documents the highs and lows of recovering from a crushing divorce on her latest, Star-Crossed.

We’ve also got new music from Kendrick Lamar collaborator and rising rapper Baby Keem, the outsized euphoria of Andrew W.K., Low, Park Hye Jin and more. NPR’s Tiny Desk producer Bobby Carter joins Alt.Latino‘s Felix Contreras and Annamaria Sayre, contributor Christina Lee, WXPN’s John Morrison, contributor Cyrena Touros and NPR Music’s Stephen Thompson, along with host Robin Hilton, as they share their picks for the best albums out on Sept. 10.

Feature Albums:

  1. Common — A Beautiful Revolution Pt 2
    Featured Song: “A Beautiful Chicago Kid”
  2. Kacey Musgraves — Star-Crossed
    Featured Songs: “Cherry Blossom” and “Gracias A La Vida”
  3. J Balvin — JOSE
    Featured Song: “La Familia”
  4. Yebba — Dawn
    Featured Song: “Boomerang”
  5. Andrew W.K. — God Is Partying
    Featured Songs: “Babalon” and “Goddess Partying”
  6. AZ — Doe or Die II
    Featured Song: “Check Me Out”
  7. Park Hye Jin — Before I Die
    Featured Song: “Me Trust Me”
  8. Low — Hey What
    Featured Song: “White Horses”
  9. Deb Never — Where Have All The Flowers Gone
    Featured Song: “Stupid”
  10. Bomba Estéreo — Deja
    Featured Song: “Agua”
  11. Baby Keem — The Melodic Blue
    Featured Song: “Range Brothers”

Other notable releases for Sept. 10: Heartless Bastards — A Beautiful Life; Matthew E. White — K Bay; Sleigh Bells — Texis; We Were Promised Jetpacks — Enjoy The View.