Our Top 7 Albums Out Aug. 30 : All Songs Considered : NPR

Lana Del Rey. Her latest release, Norman F****** Rockwell, is on our shortlist for the best new albums out on Aug. 30.

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After trickling out singles for more than a year, singer Lana Del Rey has finally dropped her sixth full-length studio album with the oddly comical title, Norman F****** Rockwell. On this week’s New Music Friday, we dig into this expansive mix of slow-burning ballads and sometimes strange but profound, odyssey-length adventures.

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Also, on the show: The artist known as Boy Scouts releases an album of love and empathy for her Anti Records debut; Black Belt Eagle Scout celebrates the power of friendship on a full-length that comes less than a year after her previous album; and The Boston emo band Somos has a new album just weeks after the band’s guitarist, Phil Haggerty, tragically passed away at the age of 28. All those, plus Sheryl Crow‘s features-heavy (and reportedly final) album, the Australian singer G Flip and more. NPR Music’s Lars Gotrich, Marissa Lorusso and Stephen Thompson join host Robin Hilton to share their picks for the best new albums out Aug. 30.

Featured Albums: G Flip – About Us
Featured Song: “Drink Too Much” Boy Scouts – Free Company
Featured Song: “Expiration Date” Black Belt Eagle Scout – At The Party With My Brown Friends
Featured Song: “I Said I Wouldn’t Write This Song” Lana Del Rey – Norman F****** Rockwell
Featured Songs: “Happiness Is A Butterfly” and “Cinnamon Girl” Close Talker – How Do We Stay Here
Featured Song: “Wait” Somos – Prison On A Hill
Featured Song: “Absent And Lost” Sheryl Crow: Threads
Featured Song: “Wouldn’t Want To Be Like You”

Other Notable Releases For Aug. 30: Bon Iver – i.i (physical release); Common – Let Love; The Futureheads – Powers; Joan Shelley – Like The River Loves The Sea; Pharmakon – Devour; Tool – Fear Inoculum; Trisha Yearwood – Every Girl; Whitney – Forever Turned Around.

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