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The Comet Is Coming - Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery makes 'the 10 best new albums NPR heard In march'

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Youthful talent dominates our list of the month's essential albums. Billie Eilish's debut album is an eerily assured outing that splits the difference between industrial-infused pop and Spotify-core, Little Simz sharpens her promise as an MC on the transcendent GREY Area and Jamaican talent Koffee lays out the future of reggae in five songs. But it wasn't all young guns. Jenny Lewis delivers what might be her best solo outing yet, a nuanced trek into love and loss through the music of Laurel Canyon and Nashville. Meanwhile, Yo-Yo Ma partnered with composer Esa-Pekka Salonen for a foray into the stratosphere, and rap veteran Quelle Chris wields his vocal weaponry to deconstruct our national fascination with guns.

 

There's a good chance that an algorithm is going to suggest this album to some teenage music fans and it's going to change their world - the way they look at and listen to music - in the same way some late-night FM radio DJ turned us on to John Coltrane. That's not to say that this London trio of sax, electronics and drums is quite as visionary as Coltrane, but it is to say that King Shabaka (a.k.a. U.K. jazz chieftain Shabaka Hutchings), Danalogue and Betamax are such a perfect antidote to the branded and ego-filled themes that pervades popular music. It's a beautiful escape that feels so damn good. -Bob Boilen

CLICK HERE FOR an alphabetized list of NPR Music's top 10 albums for March 2019. Be sure to check out our top 20 songs from the month as well, which are also available in our Spotify playlist.