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The rapper, actor and activist Common. His latest project, <em>A Beautiful Revolution Pt. 1</em>, is on our shortlist of the best new albums out on Oct. 30. (Durimel/Courtesy of the artist)
The rapper, actor and activist Common. His latest project, A Beautiful Revolution Pt. 1, is on our shortlist of the best new albums out on Oct. 30. (Durimel/Courtesy of the artist)

The rapper, actor, writer and activist Common surprised fans by announcing a new album this week. A Beautiful Revolution Pt. 1 is a stirring collection of anthems to, in Common's own words, "uplift, heal and inspire listeners dealing with racial injustices as well as other social injustices." On this week's show, we give it a spin and talk about the power and beauty of Common's words.

We've also got the 20th anniversary edition of Outkast's Stankonia, Busta Rhymes' first new album in eight years, singer Sam Smith, Norwegian artist Ane Brun and a bunch more. Nate Chinen of WBGO and Jazz Night in America joins NPR Music contributor Gavin Godfrey, NPR Music's Lars Gotrich, contributor Christina Lee, Ann Powers and host Robin Hilton as they share their picks for the best new albums out on Oct. 30.

Featured Albums:

  1. Outkast — Stankonia 20th Anniversary Edition
    Featured Songs: "So Fresh, So Clean" and "B.O.B. (A Cappella version)"
  2. Sam Smith — Love Goes
    Featured Song: "Love Goes (feat. Labrinth"
  3. Busta Rhymes — Extinction Level Event 2: The Wrath of God
    Featured Song: "True Indeed"
  4. Ane Brun — After the Great Storm
    Featured Song: "After the Great Storm"
  5. Emma Ruth Rundle & Thou — May Our Chambers Be Full
    Featured Song: "Ancestral Recall"
  6. Common — A Beautiful Revolution Pt. 1
    Featured Song: "Fallin'"
  7. Nothing — The Great Dismal
    Featured Song: "Say Less"
  8. Elvis Costello — Hey Clockface
    Featured Song: "We Are All Cowards Now"
  9. Cam — The Otherside
    Featured Song: "The Otherside"
  10. Junk Magic — Compass Confusion
    Featured Song: "Laser Beaming Hearts"

Other notable releases for Oct. 30: 38 Spesh — Interstate 38; Andrew Bird — Hark!; Creature Comfort — Home Team; Dizzee Rascal — E3 AF; Echo Collective — The See Within; Goo Goo Dolls — It's Christmas All Over; Grateful Dead — American Beauty 50th Anniversary Edition; Joni Mitchell — Joni Mitchell Archives Vol. 1 - The Early Years (1963-1967); King Khan — The Infinite Ones; LÉON — Apart; Marco Pavé — Crossroads; Suzzy Roche & Lucy Wainwright Roche — I Can Still Hear You; War on Women — Wonderful Hell.

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