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NPR Music’s No. 1 Albums And Songs Of July: Madeline Kenney


The musical tastes of the NPR Music crew are a delightful jumble. On this edition of All Songs Considered, we pick our favorite music released in July 2020, featuring everything from Madeline Kenney‘s bummer indie-rock and Nubya Garcia‘s dubby jazz to Taylor Swift‘s Aaron Dessner-assisted Folklore and pianist Christian Sands‘ take on a classic-rock song from 1969. — Bob Boilen

Madeline Kenney: “White Window Light” from Sucker’s Lunch

When Madeline Kenney sings, “I’m waiting for this to get easy,” on her third record, it rings like a thesis statement on getting older just as much as taking a romantic plunge. Featuring full arrangements and lush textures, Sucker’s Lunch pairs perfectly with languid summer days, melding the energy of rock and the aching nostalgia of folk with sleepy elements of R&B and jazz for an unvarnished look at diving into the unknown. It’s an indie-rock record for a bummer summer, so when you’re overcome with the urge to stare out the window and think about your past and present converging, put on Sucker’s Lunch and get lost in your head. — Cyrena Touros

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