Seven days have come and gone since the last time a bunch of albums came out, which means – you guessed it! – it’s another New Music Friday! Please your ears with these new releases, all out today, October 23rd.
Today’s biggest release is Sounds Good Feels Good, the second album from Australian pop-punk phenoms 5 Seconds of Summer. Jon Dolan writes about how they’re going bigger than ever and continuing to explode the boy-band formula this year.
Singer-songwriter Joanna Newsom returns with Divers, her first album in five years. As always, it’s a multi-layered work of art full of complex lyrical turns, but Will Hermes writes that she’s distilled her ambitious vision into an impressively focused set of songs about love, loss and memory.
Country music juggernaut Carrie Underwood continues her unstoppable run on Storyteller, with some smart nods to the rootsier feel of her earlier work.
Rod Stewart is having one of his best years ever – but Another Country, his new album, doesn’t have the songs to match his still-impressive voice, writes Will Hermes.
Thirteen years after “A Thousand Miles,” Vanessa Carlton has refined her voice as a songwriter. Liberman is her fifth studio album, and it’s turning heads.
Long Beard, a.k.a. New Jersey singer Leslie Bear, is building a word-of-mouth fanbase with Sleepwalker, the act’s debut LP.
That Would Be Me, says crooner Harry Connick Jr. on his fifth album, recorded in London and Nashville with pro pop producers Eg White and Butch Walker.
Depeche Mode’s Dave Gahan returns to his fruitful collaboration with the U.K. production duo Soulsavers for a second album, Angels & Ghosts, and it’s even better than the album they made together in 2012.
Judith Hill has been featured on The Voice and in Oscar-winning documentary 20 Feet From Stardom, and she was set to perform as a background singer on Michael Jackson’s This Is It shows before his death. Now she’s finally releasing her debut album, Back In Time, produced by Prince at Paisley Park.
Dreamy synth-pop act Pure Bathing Culture made their second album, Pray For Rain, with producer John Congleton (who’s worked with St. Vincent, Angel Olsen and more).
Shawn Mullins, the singer-songwriter best known for his 1998 hit “Lullaby,” has a new album out today too: My Stupid Heart, which, as you might have guessed from the title, is about romantic failure.