Cardi B – Invasion of Privacy
Invasion of Privacy is the debut album by American rapper Cardi B. Opening with the explosive ‘Get Up 10‘, the 13 track record has a plethora of artists collaborating on it including Chance the Rapper, Bad Bunny, Kehlani and the brilliant Migos, who features on ‘Drip‘. The album goes through a narrative of highs and lows, with Cardi B making sure her voice is heard loud and clear. With its honest lyrics and hip-hop beats, ‘Bodak Yellow‘ is one of the many highlights on the album. If this is the kind of debut Cardi B delivers, we should expect even bigger and better things from album number two.
Lily Allen – No Shame
Mercury Prize nominee Lily Allen’s fourth studio album is a force to be reckoned with. The in-your-face lyrics and catchy melodies of ‘Come On Then‘ showcase the singer-songwriter back on top form. Blending pop with electro, dance and reggae, every song on the fourteen track album offers something different, with ‘Lost My Mind‘ and ‘Apples‘ particularly demonstrating Allen’s writing capability and lyrical honesty as she discusses themes of divorce, parental guilt and being in the public eye.
Arctic Monkeys – Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino
Arctic Monkeys’ sixth album has divided fans and critics alike. And whilst it’s a definite musical change from the Sheffield band, it’s also a welcome one, with casual opener ‘Star Treatment‘ slowly easing listeners into the laid-back album. A common theme throughout the record is science fiction and there are noticeably darker notes here than on previous albums. The band have dubbed Tranquillity Base Hotel & Casino as “lounge-pop” and with the smooth vocals from frontman Alex Turner and memorable melodies, it’s hardly a surprise that it’s earned them their third Mercury Music Prize nomination.
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