Monae has so much to say and she says it with such style. Dirty Computer is rich with statements on race, gender and sexuality but it’s an incredibly fun listen from start to finish — equal parts political and funky.
I’m dedicating this week to some of the best new albums I’ve heard so far in 2018, and today is slated for indie folk rocker Brandi Carlile. This also happens to be my mother’s birthday — Happy Birthday, Mom!
Therefore the stars were aligned perfectly for me to feature Carlile’s song ‘The Mother’ today, acknowledging both a great song on a great album and the greatest mother in the world. Alas, I jumped the gun and posted ‘The Mother’ back in April, so that opportunity is gone.
The best pop album I’ve heard in 2018 actually came out in 2017. That’s Dua Lipa’s self-titled debut, which is so packed with bangers and bops that it could be a greatest hits collection. That woman is a talent.
The second best 2017 pop album I’ve heard is another debut, Camila by former Fifth Dimension member Camila Cabello. Best known for #1 hit ‘Havana,’ this is a sultry, introspective album about as far from Cabello’s girl band roots as she could get.
He once announced that he would cover Ryan Adams’ 1989, which is a song-by-song cover of Taylor Swift’s 1989, to “match one grotesque stunt with another.” Adams, in turn, bashed Father John Misty on Twitter, calling him “the most self-important Asshole on earth” and, amusingly, “Sir Fuckhead.” Adams later apologized, saying he was having a bad day.
On the other hand, a pop-rock anthem by Kesha (featuring Eagles of Death Metal) encouraging people to ignore criticism and shine on through the negativity is appropriate on any day, including a milestone birthday.
I’m cheating a bit by not featuring an individual song but instead an entire TV special as today’s SOTD. This is the 1990 celebration Sinatra 75: The Best is Yet to Come, a TV special that combined documentary footage with a live performance by the birthday boy himself.