The best releases out on May 6 : All Songs Considered : NPR

Sharon Van Etten’s We’ve Been Going About This All Wrong is on our shortlist of the best albums out on May 6.

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Michael Schmelling


Sharon Van Etten’s We’ve Been Going About This All Wrong is on our shortlist of the best albums out on May 6.

Michael Schmelling

The artistic growth and evolution of Sharon Van Etten over the past ten years has been nothing short of remarkable, from her start as a solo singer-songwriter strumming quiet, acoustic songs, to her more recent turns toward driving rock and edgy synths. On her latest album, We’ve Been Going About This All Wrong, Van Etten presents her most expansive sound to date while exploring the beauty and joy that still beats in life’s darkest moments.

This week we’ve also got Arcade Fire’s best new music in years with the sonically adventures concept album WE, a collaboration between rapper IDK and producer KAYTRANADA, the Afro-French Cuban duo Ibeyi and more. But we open the show with rapper Jack Harlow’s highly anticipated sophomore album Come Home The Kids Miss You. Contributor Christina Lee joins WXPN’s John Morrison, NPR Music’s Reanna Cruz and Stephen Thompson, along with host Robin Hilton, to share their picks for the best new albums out on May 6.

Featured Albums:

  1. Jack Harlow — Come Home The Kids Miss You
    Featured Tracks: “Nail Tech,” “First Class”
  2. Ibeyi — Spell 31
    Featured Tracks: “Made of Gold,” “Sister 2 Sister”
  3. Arcade Fire — WE
    Featured Tracks: “Age of Anxiety I,” “End of the Empire”
  4. IDK & KAYTRANADA — Simple.
    Featured Track: “Dog Food”
  5. Sharon Van Etten — We’ve Been Going About This All Wrong
    Featured Tracks: “Headspace,” “Born”

Other notable releases for May 6:

  • !!! — Let It Be Blue
  • Bad Bunny — Un Verano Sin Ti
  • Belle And Sebastian — A Bit of Previous
  • Bryan Ferry — Love Letters
  • Ella Mai — Heart On My Sleeve
  • Emile Sandé — Let’s Say For Instance
  • Jermiside & The Expert — The Overview Effect
  • JOYFULTALK — Familiar Science
  • Kikagaku Moyo — Kumoyo Island
  • Midland — The Last Resort: Greetings From
  • Otoboke Beaver — Super Champon
  • Suki Waterhouse — I Can’t Let Go
  • Sunflower Bean — Headful of Sugar