SOUND JUDGE­MENT

THE BEST AL­BUMS FROM THE PAST 12 MONTHS

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CARDI B

IN­VA­SION OF PRI­VACY (re­leased April 5)

ALL hail Cardi B, who fi­nally dropped her de­but al­bum af­ter a wait that seemed painful to many fans.

In­va­sion Of Pri­vacy, the 25-yearold rap­per’s first full LP fol­low­ing her smash-hit de­but sin­gle Bo­dak Yel­low in 2017, was well and truly worth the wait. It’s a glit­ter­ing ex­am­ple of fe­male em­pow­er­ment, sex ap­peal and pure at­ti­tude com­bined with the artistry of old-school hip hop.

The record is brim­ming with top-notch col­lab­o­ra­tions, with Chance The Rap­per, SZA and Mi­gos among those tak­ing part.

IDLES

JOY AS AN ACT OF RE­SIS­TANCE (re­leased Au­gust 31)

BRIS­TOL punk rock out­fit Idles fol­low up their ac­claimed de­but Bru­tal­ism with a fe­ro­cious at­tack on toxic mas­culin­ity, racism and tele­vi­sion’s en­force­ment of a neg­a­tive body im­age.

Singer Joe Tal­bot’s acer­bic lyrics make you laugh and think in equal mea­sure. Drum­mer Jon Beavis’ omi­nous stick work on opener Colos­sus are rem­i­nis­cent of a train chug­ging down a track that’s about to run you over. When the break comes the al­bum bursts into life as Tal­bot screams “I put ho­mo­phobes in coffins”.

Idles suc­ceed in ex­press­ing a del­i­cate vul­ner­a­bil­ity through pow­er­ful and sav­age means.

CHRIS­TINE AND THE QUEENS

CHRIS (re­leased Septem­ber 21)

WHEN Heloise

Letissier de­liv­ered

Chris to her record la­bel, she pro­duced not only a col­lec­tion of vividly imag­ined and bril­liantly cap­tured songs of self-dis­cov­ery but also a 15-page dossier that por­trayed her phys­i­cal eman­ci­pa­tion as she em­braces her an­drog­y­nous, non-bi­nary self.

Chris is a fresh shell for Letissier and an un­shack­led con­fi­dence streams through the record – the basslines funkier, lyrics punchier, the full pack­age strik­ingly sen­su­ous. Girl­friend, the glit­ter­ball-disco sin­gle, has Chris can­didly pur­su­ing flings above com­mit­ment, and is one of sev­eral songs that re­call peak-pe­riod Michael Jack­son.

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