Shakira, Lil Yachty & New Order Want It All In Albums Of The Week - May 26
Thu, 25 May 2017 16:04:21
There's a sense that the soundtrack to the summer of 2017 is starting to take shape. With a listen to the albums released this week, the cross-genre landscape has produced a range of work from artists who'll be hitting the road and appearing on festival stages and on our screens throughout the coming season.
Shakira pleases global audiences with a collection that's destined for a long life in radio rotation. Lily Yachty releases a debut that may not win over his haters, but it sure will thrill his supporters. New Order produce a wonderfully captured set of live shows from a show in a legendary venue. Justin Townes Earle steps into the scene of the new Americana with an album that could well be the best of his career so far.
So, without further ado — here are the albums that we feel are the best in their respective genres this week...
Shakira — "El Dorado" — Sony Latin
Colombian pop-star supreme Shakira returns with the eleventh full length studio album of her career. Having already spawned a number one single in the Hot Latin Songs Chart, in the shape of "Chantaje" the rest of this album scans like a collection of tunes that were built with radio play, remix and longevity in mind. Across English and Spanish language fanbases the work of Shakira continues to resonate and engage in a way that so few Latin artists achieve. This album from The Voice coach is a testament to her talents and her ability to test the pulse of the audience and deliver what's required at the right time.
New Order — "NOMC15" (New Order Music Complete)
This live album from New Order follows on the heels of their last album NOMC (New Order Music Complete) — with the addition of 15 to the title comes a new element. This album is the product of the band's live performance at London's Brixton Academy in 2015. Arguably you could think that there's little that a band like New Order can do to surprise you these days, and you may be right — but the consistency of tone, and the atmosphere captured here as the sequence of tracks unfolds — serves as a clear illustration of a band that have no spanned decades and have seldom dropped their game. Songs are loved, sung along with and roundly applauded — much like fans will receive this comprehensively titled offering.
Lil Yachty — "Teenage Emotions" — Virgin
There are few hip hop artists who navigate the landscape of their genre without the odd spat, or inducing the derision of their peers. Lil Yachty, who's debut album Teenage Emotions, has only just arrived, is already familiar with the world of friction, posturing and complaint. There's something about the outspoken rapper that affects people in a way that other outspoken rappers don't. Regardless of all the noise and nonsense, his new album, featuring collaborations with golden-boys Migos, and Diplo — to name just two — is a display of the respect and gravity Yachty has also already achieved. Like it or loathe it Teenage Emotions is an album that will define the summer memories of an entire generation of hip hop fans.
Justin Townes Earle — "Kids In The Street" — New West Records
Kids on the Street is the album that fans of Justin Townes Earle have been waiting for. Since the start of his alt-country career those initiated listeners have been anticipating something great from the man whose father's musical DNA was imprinted into much of his output. Across this selection of tunes Townes Earle removes himself from expectation, and delivers an album which is an expression of the artist's voice removed from the influence of expectation or his father. Jaunty songs, angular riffs, and tender piano pieces show a range of emotion that simultaneously broad and focused, and best in genre this week. It's fresh and reassuring take, and deserves close attention.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff