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The Observer: Kitty Empire's Best Pop and Rock of 2018

The Observer: Kitty Empire's Best Pop and Rock of 2018

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6. The Necks - Body

August 14, 2018
Critic Score
5 reviews

5. Mitski - Be the Cowboy

August 17, 2018
Critic Score
32 reviews

4. Kamasi Washington - Heaven and Earth

June 22, 2018
Critic Score
25 reviews

His second LP, a conceptual double album exploring earth (reality) and heaven (idealisation), is perhaps unlikely to sway the old guard, but it pushes forward with a purposeful vitality that was at times missing from his debut album, The Epic.

3. Christine and the Queens - Chris

September 21, 2018
Critic Score
29 reviews
In her new guise as the lustful Chris, Héloïse Letissier harnesses 80s funk to grapple with gender and identity on her ambitious second album.

2. Janelle Monáe - Dirty Computer

April 27, 2018
Critic Score
33 reviews

The aim here is to rocket-propel Monáe into the mainstream, and on that count Dirty Computer succeeds: it is a juicy, genre-crossing pop record ripe with the funk, which somehow combines Beyoncé’s Lemonade and St Vincent’s Masseduction with lashings of Lauryn Hill.

1. Arctic Monkeys - Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino

May 11, 2018
Critic Score
32 reviews

Once you ditch the notion that AM’s successor should rock like it, and give yourself up to rolling around in the psyche of one of our very greatest songwriters like an olive in a martini, then it’s a riveting and immersive listen – an album-bomb dropped without preceding singles, re-emphasising the importance of a cohesive work, rather than a shuffled, Spotified deconstruction.

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