25 October 2019 00:40
"I am unquestionably, undoubtedly, the greatest human artist of all time," West (who famously met Donald Trump at the White House last year) said in one instance. West also said he was planning on releasing a new Sunday Service album called Jesus Is Born this coming Christmas. Where a full album produced by Kanye West (2018's Nasir) didn't pan out – perhaps because West's perfectionism was a bad fit for Nas's penchant for procrastination – "You Mean the World to Me" sounds like it would have been a standout on that record had it not been abandoned on the cutting-room floor. (Roisin O'Connor) 5/67 Nina Nesbitt – The Sun Will Come Up, the Seasons Will Change Nesbitt is back with her second LP, switching to a brand of soul and R&B-fused pop that feels bang on time, and suits her far better. (Roisin O'Connor) Press image 6/67 Better Oblivion Community Center This self-titled record, a loose but beautifully crafted collection of folk-rock songs, explores the kinds of anxieties intrinsic to the modern age – the longing to be at once noticed and invisible; the paralysing effects of limitless information, and the desire to do good versus the desire to be seen doing good.
(Roisin O'Connor) Ashley Verse 10/67 Sleaford Mods – Eton Alive The album title of the year gives us an image of Brexit Britain trashed by Old Etonians David Cameron, Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg, but the fifth studio work from the punk duo has more than social commentary to offer. Instead, she's been busy honing her craft for Grey Area, which sees her land on a new, bolder sound assisted by her childhood friend – the producer Inflo [Michael Kiwanuka's Love & Hate] – for a record that incorporates her dextrous flow and superb wordplay with an eclectic range of influences. (Roisin O'Connor) (Photo credit should read GUILLAUME SOUVANT/AFP/Getty Images) 32/67 Aldous Harding – Designer On her third record, Aldous Harding combines the gothic folk of her self-titled 2014 debut with the dramatically intimate tones of her follow-up album Party. (Alexandra Pollard) 47/67 Slipknot – We Are Not Your Kind Frontman Corey Taylor, who had just emerged from a toxic relationship when recording this album, addresses feelings of belittlement and inadequacy with unflinching honesty and some of his best vocal work in years. Listen to the melodic harmonies in "Tell Me Lies" and it's not just the lyrics that'll remind you of Fleetwood Mac. Indeed, so heavily do The Black Keys wear their influences that the record – their ninth – risks coming across like Stars in Their Eyes: The Rock Edition.
Discussing the production of Jesus Is King, West – who describes himself as a Christian and has launched his own church service – said he asked those working on the album not to have premarital sex. He said: 'There were times where I was asking people not to have premarital sex while they were working on the album. Kanye West gave his first in-depth interview in months to promote his new album, Jesus Is King, and the rapper didn't hold back. "There's times I was asking people to not have premarital sex while they were working on the album.