Top 10 Albums of the year!
Dirty Computer - Janelle Monae
In at number 4, it’s the resounding R&B hip-hopera that cements Janelle Monae’s place as a funk figurehead.
The Prince is dead. Long live the princess. When The Purple One left us in 2016, he left a vacancy for one who could be rhythmically explosive and unashamedly fabulous in equal measure. With her third album, his oft-time studio partner Janelle Monae has risen to the challenge. But she’s not riding Prince’s coattails. More showcasing her own line, rising to new and dizzying heights. ‘Dirty Computer’ is many things. It’s R&B. It’s hip-hop. It’s 80s synthwave. It’s a protest album. It’s a dance album. It’s sometimes serious, sometimes sexy, but never takes its eye off the prize. Back by such musical guests as Grimes, Pharrell Williams, Brian Wilson and Zoe Kravitz, Janelle Monae is the captain of her own syncopated ship. She stands centre stage, and she preaches real truth like no one else.
Best Track: ‘Make Me Feel’. The grooviest track on the album, a no-holds-barred 80s-inflected express train with a guitar lick to die for.
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