It's another busy release week, with intimate home recordings from Prince, ragged rock from Metric, the angelic harmonies of Mountain Man and Richard Swift's final recordings among our shortlist for the must-hear albums out on Sep. 21. All Songs Considered's Robin Hilton talks with NPR Music's Ann Powers, Lars Gotrich, Rodney Carmichael and Stephe Thompson, along with Nate Chinen from WBGO about the music you need to hear now.
- Metric: Art of Doubt
Featured Song: "Die Happy"
- Mountain Man: Magic Ship
Featured Song: "AGT"
- Christian Sands: Facing Dragons
Featured Song: "Fight For Freedom"
- Father: Awful Swim
Featured Track: "Throw It"
- Prince: Piano and a Microphone, 1983
Featured Song: "Cold Coffee and Cocaine"
- Richard Swift: The Hex
Featured Song: "SelfishMath"
- Lonnie Holley: MITH
Featured Song: "Sometimes I Want To Dance"
- Villagers: The Art Of Pretending to Swim
Featured Song: "Again"
Other Notable Releases For Sep. 21: Lupe Fiasco: Drogas Wave; Brockhampton: Iridesence; Christine and the Queens: Chris; Mutual Benefit: Thunder Follows the Light; Liars: Titles With the Word Fountain