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Digital Subscriptions > Classic Pop > Jan-19 > THE BEST OF 2018

THE BEST OF 2018

JOIN US AS WE SERVE UP OUR PICK OF THE FINEST NEW ALBUMS, REISSUES, COMPILATIONS AND BOOKS TO HIT PLANET POP IN THE PAST 12 MONTHS…

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1 LILY ALLEN

NO SHAME PARLOPHONE

A tour de force of pop nous, Allen’s fourth defied haters with sensitivity and caustic wit. Sparing no one, least herself, it conceded addictions (Everything To Feel Something), infidelities (My One) and tabloid persecutors (Come On Then), then, in Three, offered insight into the mother/child relationship.

2 ELVIS COSTELLO & THE IMPOSTERS

LOOK NOW CONCORD

On arguably his finest collection since 1989’s Spike, Costello combined his sometimes-acerbic articulacy with a heart-onsleeve sentimentality so effective even Burt Bacharach and Carole King failed to eclipse him. From galloping opener Under Lime to Broadway-esque closer He’s Given Me Things, this represented a master at work.

3 JANELLE MONÁE

DIRTY COMPUTER ATLANTIC

“I’m not America’s nightmare, I’m the American dream,” Crazy, Classic, Life insisted, but uncomfortable truths like: “The same mistake, I’m in jail, you on top of shit” probably provoked American conservatives, as doubtless did Django Jane’s “Let the vagina have a monologue”. A feast of funk, hip-hop and R&B that former mentor Prince would applaud.

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Issue 48 is on sale now! In our latest issue we look ahead to the most hotly-anticipated album of 2019 – it’s the return of Madonna. We also analyse her six personas that changed the face of pop and wax lyrical about her classic album Like A Prayer. We’ve got outrageous must-read interviews with Paul Heaton plus Echo and the Bunnymen’s Ian McCulloch and Ultravox fans will love our chat with the legendary Midge Ure. Our panel of experts look back over the year to count down their pick of the finest albums, reissues, compilations and books of 2018 and elsewhere we catch up with The Fizz to hear about their rollercoaster year as well as tracing the make-or-break record that saved The Jam’s career. We review new releases by Trevor Horn, Joe Jackson and Fun Lovin' Criminals while in our packed reissues section we look at Simple Minds, Depeche Mode, Brian Eno and much more. We also check out gigs by Heaven 17, Rick Astley and Blancmange.