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New Music Friday: Our Top 8 Albums Out Feb. 22

Atlanta rapper Gunna's new album <em>Drip Or Drown 2 </em>is on our short list for the best albums out on Feb. 22.
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Atlanta rapper Gunna's new album Drip Or Drown 2 is on our short list for the best albums out on Feb. 22.

Our picks for the best albums out this week include an epic treatise on Americanism from Gary Clark Jr., the delicate and beautiful sounds of Julia Jacklin, Atlanta rapper Gunna, a gorgeous study in the healing powers of restraint from Lowland Hum, and more. Host Robin Hilton is joined by NPR Music's Rodney Carmichael and Stephen Thompson as they share their top picks for Feb. 22.

Featured Albums

  • Gary Clark Jr., This Land
    Featured Song: "Gotta Get Into Something"
  • Adia Victoria, Silences
    Featured Song: "Clean"
  • And The Kids, When This Life Is Over
    Featured Song: "Champagne Ladies"
  • Bayonne, Drastic Measures
    Featured Song: "Uncertainly Deranged"
  • Gunna, Drip Or Drown 2
    Featured Song: "Who You Foolin'"
  • Higher Brothers, Five Stars
    Featured Song: "Open It Up"
  • Julia Jacklin, Crushing
    Featured Song: "Pressure To Party"
  • Other Notable Albums Out Feb. 22: The Claypool Lennon Delirium, South of Reality; Half Japanese, Invincible; James Yorkston, The Route to the Harmonium; Kehlani, While We Wait; Lily & Madeleine, Canterbury Girls; Nakhane, You Will Not Die; Our Native Daughters, Songs of Our Native Daughters; Telekinesis, Effluxion; Yola, Walk Through Fire.

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    Stephen Thompson is a writer, editor and reviewer for NPR Music, where he speaks into any microphone that will have him and appears as a frequent panelist on All Songs Considered. Since 2010, Thompson has been a fixture on the NPR roundtable podcast Pop Culture Happy Hour, which he created and developed with NPR correspondent Linda Holmes. In 2008, he and Bob Boilen created the NPR Music video series Tiny Desk Concerts, in which musicians perform at Boilen's desk. (To be more specific, Thompson had the idea, which took seconds, while Boilen created the series, which took years. Thompson will insist upon equal billing until the day he dies.)
    Robin Hilton is a producer and co-host of the popular NPR Music show All Songs Considered.
    Rodney Carmichael is NPR Music's hip-hop staff writer. An Atlanta-bred cultural critic, he helped document the city's rise as rap's reigning capital for a decade while serving on staff as music editor, culture writer and senior writer for the defunct alt-weekly Creative Loafing.