Our countdown is complete, and top spot goes to a timely blast of identity pop – adding to a fine selection of albums that range from the socially conscious to the political, as well as pure slices of ecstatic afro – hip hop and cutting rap
Some of 2018’s zeitgeist-grabbing, conversation-driving pop music moments occurred completely outside the boundaries of the conventional album — or even the song. How do you classify a collective experience like the stream of Beyoncé’s performance at Coachella in April? Or On Drake’s globetrotting “playlist” More Life,the Nigerian reggae-dancehall innovator Burna Boy who didn’t exactly get a moment in the spotlight after collaborating with the Toronto rapper.
Instead of having his own “Buried Alive Interlude” showcase, the 26-year-old singer ended up flying under the radar on a project piled with high-profile guests, co-writers, and collaborators. (He later called the controversy about his lack of a credit on the record “not that deep.”) Burna Boy sounds invigorated on Outside, his latest collection of daring and graceful Afropop.
Or the joy and terror of watching a guy on Instagram dance to Drake’s “In My Feelings” in oncoming traffic? These ephemeral trends, digital events that linger in the mind, don’t end up on lists like this.
Still, the album is resilient. For musicians across genres, the format remains an effective, flexible, and absorbing way to capture a mood, a feeling, or an idea. Even in a year when many of music’s biggest acts didn’t release new collections — or alienated fans by releasing weak projects — there were still more good records than we knew what to do with. Here are the best of the bunch.
See Below Our Top Albums of 2018 In No Particular Oreder:
Nicki Minaj – Queen
Travis Scott, ‘Astroworld’