Top 5 Albums of 2018

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Top 5 Albums of 2018

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Travis Scott – Astroworld

Astroworld is the third studio album by American rapper Travis Scott. It was released on August 3, 2018, by Cactus Jack Records, Epic Records and Grand Hustle Records. “Stargazing”, the opening track on the album, has two separate musical movements throughout the 4 minute track. The beginning of the song is slow and takes a few seconds to digress, but once the beat builds up the album track after take it from there. On “Sicko Mode”, Scott teases the beginning of the track with a short glimpse of Drake’s voice before switching gears; “Sicko Mode” has been a huge hit throughout the end of 2018. The album finishes off with “Coffee Bean”; The finale track isn’t only considered as a “rap song”, but yet has many aspects of a jazz feel throughout it. The final track is definitely the most surprising sound on the album, as was the entire feeling of the album as a whole.

Ariana Grande – Sweetener

“No pop career should ever have a terrorist attack as a milestone. The bombing right after Ariana Grande’s concert in Manchester, England, in May 2017 is one inevitable backdrop to her fourth studio album, “Sweetener.” Released on Aug. 17, the album zoomed to No. 1.” says The New York Times.Sweetener” is the fourth studio album by Ariana Grande. It was released on August 17, 2018, through Republic Records. The album is the follow-up to her 2016 studio album, Dangerous Woman, and features guest appearances from Nicki Minaj, Missy Elliott, and Pharrell Williams who produced the album along with Ariana Grande, Scooter Braun, Charles Anderson, Brian Malik Baptiste, Tommy Brown, Michael Foster, Hit-Boy Ilya, and  Max Martin. Though this highly anticipated album was considered one of the best of 2018, it had lots of mixed reviews for most tracks produced by Williams. Some tracks displayed lots of funky-beats, and to some fans sounded like “three songs playing at once”. Some of these songs included “blazed” feat. Pharrell Williams, “borderline” feat. Missy Elliot, and the album titled song, Sweetener. Despite these reviews, songs like “no tears left to cry” and “God Is A Woman” became some of Ariana’s biggest songs to date. Grande closes out the album with the track “Get Well Soon”, a follow up song after the attack at her Manchester concert. The track ends with about 40 seconds of silence, commemorating the lives lost that day.

 

Camila Cabello – Camila

Camila is the debut studio album by singer and songwriter Camila Cabello. It was released on January 12, 2018, through Epic Records, Syco and Sony Music. Work on the album began in January 2017, following Cabello’s departure from the girl group Fifth Harmony. The opening track “Never Be The Same” was “a dark twist on typical Cabello music. The song was an “ear-pleasing juxtaposition hearing her croon about succumbing to love in a confident manner” says Atwood Magazine. Cabello’s album is a clear representation of where she is as an artist. When listening to Fifth Harmony’s final album with Cabello, 7/27 the album shows how much growth Cabello has achieved within the past two years once “Camila” is listened to.

 

Kacey Musgraves – Golden Hour

“The mystical grandeur of Golden Hour creates a magnetic effect as Kacey Musgraves sings simply about the world as if she’s the first person to notice, and you’re the first one she’s telling.” says Pitchfork Magazine. This is Musgraves third studio album, and clearly the most smooth and reinvention. After her past two albums, Musgraves takes a different approach to the workings of this album. “She now ventures beyond the front-porch hum of country music. The new Kacey Musgraves needs strings, vocoders, disco beats. And if this sounds like a left turn for the lovable cynic who once characterized the world as an absurd beauty contest, a vicious cycle, a bad party, and a toxic boys’ club, well, that’s kinda the point.” In the stunning single “Space Cowboy,” Musgraves weaves in dozens of genres without drawing any attention to it. Instead, you’re lost in the voice of Musgraves. “Sunsets fade/And love does too”

 

Cardi B – Invasion of Privacy

Cardi B’s “Invasion of Privacy” was hands down, the greatest album of 2018 after multiple sources agreed. “Cardi B’s remarkable debut places her, without a doubt, in the pantheon of great rappers. It is both brazen and vulnerable, filled with wild amounts of personality, style, and craft.The album is showy and upfront. On her assured and outspoken debut, Cardi shuffles from pop-rap to designer trap to sing-song ballads and strutting promenades. The first song on the record, “Get Up 10” sets the tone.  From wild songs like “Drip” and “I Like It” to ballads like “Be Careful”, the album is a perfect representation to a life in the spotlight, relationships, and more.