Ri­hanna’s Anti among Crit­ics’ Top Al­bums of 2016

The Star (St. Lucia) - - REGIONAL -

Bar­ba­dian su­per­star Ri­hanna has done just about ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble in and out of the world of mu­sic this year – from re­ceiv­ing a life­time achieve­ment award at the MTV Video Mu­sic Awards in Au­gust, to play­ing a prom­i­nent role in Prince Harry’s itin­er­ary dur­ing his re­cent visit to the is­land.

Now, the 28-year-old singer, model and ac­tress has chalked-up an­other suc­cess with her lat­est al­bum, Anti, se­cur­ing a place on the in­ter­na­tional mu­sic crit­ics’ favourite al­bum of the year list.

The re­sults of the “poll of polls” were com­piled by the BBC from 25 Al­bum of the Year polls, pub­lished by the most in­flu­en­tial mag­a­zines, news­pa­pers and blogs in mu­sic – from spe­cial­ist pub­li­ca­tions like Bill­board and Q Mag­a­zine to more main­stream out­lets, such as Cos­mopoli­tan and Dig­i­tal Spy.

The records were as­signed points based on their po­si­tion in each list – with the num­ber one al­bum get­ting 20 points, the num­ber two al­bum re­ceiv­ing 19 points, and so on.

There was re­port­edly huge di­ver­sity in the crit­ics’ picks, with 145 al­bums cited across the 25 polls sur­veyed.

Ri­hanna’s Anti placed twelfth over­all in the face of fierce com­pe­ti­tion in the mu­sic in­dus­try from artistes past and present.

The “Work” girl – who re­cently took her an­nual Christ­mas break back home in Bar­ba­dos – was nar­rowly edged out of 11th place by the late Leonard Co­hen’s You Want it Darker. Both took a back­seat to David Bowie’s sec­ond-placed Black­star, which was re­leased two days be­fore his death in Jan­uary.

Head and shoul­ders above the rest was Bey­oncé’s po­lit­i­cally charged vis­ual al­bum Lemon­ade, which tack­les themes of black em­pow­er­ment and fe­male iden­tity, and was de­scribed by Rolling Stone as “larger than life yet still heart­break­ingly in­ti­mate.”

Bey­oncé’s sis­ter Solange also proved to be a force to be reck­oned with. A Seat at the Ta­ble, her soul­ful por­trayal of the strug­gles faced by black women, placed fifth, beat­ing Kanye West’s Life of Pablo into sixth place.

Third place went to Frank Ocean’s Blonde, with Chance The Rap­per’s Colour­ing Book plac­ing fourth.

Round­ing off the top 10 were A Tribe Called Quest’s We Got It From Here; Ra­dio­head’s A Moon Shaped Pool; An­gel Olsen’s My Woman, and Mit­ski’s Pu­berty 2.

The 25 “best of” lists ap­peared in: The At­lantic, The AV Club, Bill­board mag­a­zine, Con­se­quence of Sound, Cos­mopoli­tan, Dig­i­tal Spy, En­ter­tain­ment Weekly, The Guardian, The i News­pa­per, Mojo, NME, NPR, Paste, Pitch­fork, Q Mag­a­zine, Rolling Stone, Sa­lon, Spin, Stere­ogum, The Times, Time Mag­a­zine, Time Out Lon­don, Time Out New York, Un­cut and Vice.

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