Where ‘1992…’ was fresh and distinctly Princess Nokia ... ‘Everything is Beautiful’ feels a bit like a playlist of her favourite artists.
This is an album full of big ideas, strong conviction and unguarded emotion, produced by a band who have every right to be proud of their journey.
Instead of issuing another state-of-the-world album, The 1975 have somehow put out an album made for introspection and headphone listening and dancing around your living room, something deep and sprawling and occasionally silly to dig deep into over many listens, during which your favourite track will shift on a daily basis.
By stripping back the stories to their very personal core, Halsey has made a record that is as thrilling as it is vulnerable, and her best effort yet.
The Florida star's debut album pays tribute to guitar heroes of the past while adding a fresh alt-pop edge.
Taking everything that’s brilliant about Yungblud and amplifying it, album two is Harrison at his most extreme. It’s exactly where he belongs, too. Yungblud’s never seemed more inspiring or vital as he proves himself as one of the most important rock stars around. ‘weird!’ really is wonderful.
The jazz-fusion bassline don reins in the funk to honour his fallen friend, though also lets loose with the likes of Childish Gambino by his side.
As explorations of pain go, ‘Color Theory’ is as beautiful as it is brave.
The 21-year-old might be trying to shake off any unwieldy labels from critics this time around, but he’s doing so in electric, entertaining and thought-provoking form.
Lorely Rodriguez conjures up half an hour of breathtaking avant-pop on her powerful third album.
For the converts there’s enough familiarity and boundary pushing to justify continuing to invest in this band ... But for the doubters and sceptics still on the fence, this album might prove even more enjoyable and surprising. Only a fool would deny themselves this collection of big pop bangers.
The folk singer's seventh album, a tribute to a figurative character, largely eschews percussion in favour of piercing words. It's a graceful ode to resilience.
This is a bold, brilliant record.
Tame Impala’s first album in five years sees them move away from guitars and into mega-pop songwriting. The results are exhilarating.
The band's reunion with producer Terry Date results in an album that's as thrilling – and as emotional – as they have ever sounded.
On her debut, the 25-year-old combines West Coast samples with the Southern sounds of her youth. The message: she's staying sunny, despite her setbacks.
The growth and progression here is stunning.
The leap from bedroom-dweller to teenage riot instigator has been a swift and fruitful one, and what could be considered derivative is genuine in every sense.
By allowing her songs to breathe, leaving space for contemplation, ‘Inner Song’ is a perfectly-arranged album where each track has a part to play: an emotive-yet-euphoric collection that’s made for late-night reflection, Kelly Lee Owens has made one of the most beautiful records of the year.
The LA songwriter’s ability to paint this lingering feeling of dread so vividly is perhaps the biggest factor in her rapid rise to cultish indie household name; just look at the state of the world right now.
There’s plenty to praise on the record, even though the listener has been certified as a second thought. Like its cover, the Jean-Michel Basquiat artwork ‘Bird On Money’, it’s spiky but quite stunning. This is a cool album, the kind you begrudgingly grow to love, even if it never cared about you.
‘Future Nostalgia’ is a bright, bold collection of pop majesty to dance away your anxieties to… if only for a little while.
This rich isolation album boasts collaborations with Bon Iver and The National's Aaron Dessner, and might just feature Taylor's best song ever.