Our sprint through this week's best new albums includes one of the most ambitious and visionary works The National has produced in its nearly 20-year career, pop wisdom and a call for kindness from Carly Rae Jepsen, the raw and defiant sounds of Houston rapper Megan Thee Stallion and more. Host Robin Hilton is joined by NPR Music's Sidney Madden and Stephen Thompson as they share their picks for the best new albums out on May 17.
- The National: I Am Easy to Find
Featured Songs: "Rylan," "Not In Kansas" and "Her Father in the Pool"
- Ducwrth: The Falling Man
Featured Song: "Nobody Falls"
- Christone "Kingfish" Ingram: Kingfish
Featured Song: "Outside of This Town"
- Carly Rae Jepsen: Dedicated
Featured Song: "No Drug Like Me"
- Megan Thee Stallion: Fever
Featured Song: "Simon Says"
- The Head and the Heart: Living Mirage
Featured Song: "See You Through My Eyes"
Other notable releases for May 17: Alex Lahey: Best of Luck Club; DJ Khaled: Father of Asahd; Injury Reserve: Injury Reserve; Josephine Wiggs: We Fall; Olden Yolk: Living Theater; Slowthai: Nothing Great About Britain; Steel Pulse: Mass Manipulation; Tyler, The Creator: IGOR.