Our shortlist of the best albums out on May 3 includes Vampire Weekend's first new album in six years, life-affirming "pep talks" from Judah & The Lion, the interdimensional sounds of Big Thief's latest album U.F.O.F., the profound lyricism of Nashville singer-songwriter Caroline Spence, former Civil Wars singer Joy Williams and more. Host Robin Hilton is joined by NPR Music's Lars Gotrich and Stephen Thompson as they share their picks for the week's best new albums.
- Judah & The Lion: Pep Talks
Featured Songs: "Quarter-Life Crisis," "Pictures" and "Family / Best is Yet to Come"
- Caroline Spence: Mint Condition
Featured Song: "Who's Gonna Make My Mistakes"
- Big Thief: U.F.O.F.
Featured Songs: "UFOF" and "Contact"
- SYML: SYML
Featured Song: "The Bird"
- Vampire Weekend: Father of the Bride
Featured Songs: "This Life" and "Sympathy"
- Joy Williams: Front Porch
Featured Song: "Canary"
- Rhiannon Giddens: There is no Other
Featured Song: "Brown Baby"
- Unwed Sailor: Heavy Age
Featured Song: "Indian Paintbrush"
Other notable releases for May 3: Barrie: Happy to Be Here; Empath: Active Listening, Night on Earth; Fury: Failed Entertainment; Jesse Mac Cormack: Now; L7: Scatter the Rats; Lucy Spraggan: Today Was a Good Day; Protomartyr: No Passion All Technique; Tacocat: This Mess is a Place; Tank and the Bangas: Green Balloon.