Those sounds are more than just another layer of Americana cosplay: her obsession with American archetypes, once dismissed as superficial, has matured into an acute understanding of how they are created and frustration at what they conceal. A subtly defiant assertion that Del Rey is here for the long haul, no matter what. Laura Snapes Read the full review. Until this year, rapper Dave was a singles artist — he managed 11 before his debut album was released — but Black marked a sea change: serious, reflective and grown-up. An absentee father, a sibling in prison his brother Christopher is serving a life sentence for his involvement in the killing of Sofyen Belamouadden , a burgeoning, pressurised music career — it all gets mixed into an urban opera that plays out intensely, and internally. Lanre Bakare Read the full review. Alexis Petridis Read the full review. But it summoned to mind that strain of 80s pop when older musicians would reach the top end of the charts with sophisticated, modern records that used production techniques from records for teenagers, and applied them to songs unmistakably written about adult life.
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The album won't go down without a fight. As the algorithmic thinking of the streaming music era tightens its grip on the record industry and consumer listening habits, artists are still writing and recording collections of new material, releasing them as cohesive units on specific dates, and suggesting that you listen to them in a pre-established order. As a format for enjoying multiple songs and a way of thinking about creative development, it remains essential. Even with all its tumult, didn't change that. There's always good new music out there, providing the soundtrack to the highs and lows of daily life. Sometimes it comes from a new artist you've never heard of before; sometimes it comes from a reliable veteran you perhaps stopped listening to consistently. Either way, great albums make an impression.
15. Jaime by Brittany Howard
There you are, with access to something like million hours of music and it's so difficult to choose just one song. We live in a time where our incredible access to music is both a blessing and a curse. How does one curate the thousands upon thousands of songs that will be released this year alone? Thankfully, we're pretty much tethered to our headphones most waking hours listening to all the latest tracks from the best and least known artists of today. Here, we've curated the best songs of so far. Listen to our Best of playlist on Spotify. Not Yola.
From pop comebacks to international acts finding crossover success to gorgeous ballads and irresistible dancefloor bait, was quite the year. Here are the songs we couldn't stop playing this year. Think the vulnerable voice of Nina Simone waxing poetic about the ills of millennial dating. Following in the footsteps of international kings like Burna Boy and WizKid, Rema's crisp, charming vocals float over a bouncy rhythm that blends Afropop and hip-hop to create three minutes and 15 seconds of sheer joy. Sex sells, but Rapsody has never been one to conform to hip-hop's misogynistic views of women. Angel Olsen's lush, throaty voice connects with an eerie, '80s-leaning production to create a musical masterpiece. One of the most ubiquitous songs of came from pop's newest power couple. Hate it or love it, Shawn and Camila make magic together. DaBaby covers common rap tropes, yes, but it's his signature breathless, rapid-fire flow matching the high-energy beats he cruises on that sets hi, apart from his contemporaries. Last summer, it was City Girls' "Act Up" that took over the summer.