Music Reviews Music reviews of new albums in pop, rock, folk, jazz, blues, classical, world, and hip-hop.

The latest album from Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band, The Serpent's Mouth, walks a tightrope between embracing steel pan's melodious charm and its kitschy past. Sesse Lind/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

toggle caption
Sesse Lind/Courtesy of the artist

Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band Travels Across Generations And Genres

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/648791078/648849149" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Carrie Underwood latest album, Cry Pretty, pushes her creative boundaries and leans into modern R&B while still retaining her Oklahoma roots. Randee St. Nicholas/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

toggle caption
Randee St. Nicholas/Courtesy of the artist

Carrie Underwood Pushes Her Boundaries And Addresses Gun Violence On 'Cry Pretty'

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/646796095/648016223" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Wayne Shorter, photographed in 2014. The famed saxophonist's ambitious new project, Emanon -- encompassing three discs of interweaving jazz explorations and orchestral arrangements, with an accompanying graphic novel — was released Sep. 14, 2018. NurPhoto/Corbis via Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
NurPhoto/Corbis via Getty Images

Mountain Man's Magic Ship comes out Sept. 21. Shervin Lainez/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

toggle caption
Shervin Lainez/Courtesy of the artist

Magic Ship

  • Buy Featured Music

    Song
    Magic Ship
    Album
    Magic Ship
    Artist
    Mountain Man
    Label
    Nonesuch
    Released
    2018

    Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How?

Metric's new album, Art of Doubt, comes out Sept. 21. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

toggle caption
Courtesy of the artist

Art of Doubt

  • Buy Featured Music

    Song
    Art of Doubt
    Album
    Art of Doubt
    Artist
    Metric
    Label
    MMI/Crystal Math Music
    Released
    2018

    Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How?

Christian Sands' Facing Dragons comes out Sept. 21. Anna Webber/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

toggle caption
Anna Webber/Courtesy of the artist

Facing Dragons

  • Buy Featured Music

    Song
    Facing Dragons
    Album
    Facing Dragons
    Artist
    Christian Sands
    Label
    Mack Avenue Records
    Released
    2018

    Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How?

Singer-songwriter Blaze Foley (Ben Dickey) met Sybil Rosen (Alia Shawkat) in 1975. Later, the two lived together in a tree house in the woods. Courtesy of IFC Films hide caption

toggle caption
Courtesy of IFC Films

The Music Soars As A Singer Burns Out In A Muddled 'Blaze'

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/645208590/645272390" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript