Six of the year's best albums need your votes
The last 12 months have been rich with great music – and, consequently, albums – across all genres, areas of the world, and any other way you can think of to categorise artists. The nominees for Best Album supported by Orange Amplification at the VO5 NME Awards 2018 include six stellar examples of that brilliance – some that will reduce you to floods of tears, others that will have you planning your next big night out, and some that do both. Recap them all below.
The Vo5 NME Awards 2018 will take place at London’s O2 Academy Brixton on February 14. You can watch the ceremony live on the night via NME’s Facebook page.
We said: "It’s a rudely excellent album, introspective without ever being indulgent, OTT in all the right ways, honest and brave, full of brilliant songs with lyrics to chew over for months."
Did you know?: The voice saying "What is this tape?" on 'Hard Feelings/Loveless' is Paul Simon, sampled from a documentary about 'Graceland'.
Best track: 'Green Light'
We said: "J Hus’s prodigious genre-hopping means that – despite containing only four brief guest spots – his 17-track debut album remains energised and entertainingly unpredictable from end to end.
Did you know?: The album's Afrobeats sound was inspired by J's mother, who'd take him to parties as a kid where they'd play "African music all night long."
Best track: 'Bouff Daddy'
We said: "With ‘Visions Of A Life’ Wolf Alice are removing any doubt about their status in the UK music scene. Best band in Britain? 100 per cent."
Did you know?: The girl dancing around a podium with a horse's head on it on the album cover is Ellie Rowsell's auntie.
Best track: 'Don't Delete The Kisses'
We said: "The lawless, world-altering scenario ‘Humanz’ presents us with is not a poorly attended inauguration but a massive, cross-genre party, composed largely on an iPad by Damon Albarn and illustrated by his mate Jamie Hewlett."
Did you know?: Every collaborator was asked the following question before beginning work on their contributions: "Imagine a night where everything that you believed in was turned on its head. How would you feel?"
Best track: 'We Got The Power'
We said: "On ‘Yesterday’s Gone’ US rap’s trademark arrogance is replaced by unabashed sensitivity and some serious emotional openness."
Did you know?: The album features a hidden track the rapper's dad recorded on a secret album before his death in 2014.
Best track: 'Mrs C'
We said: "Matt Berninger, Aaron and Bryce Dessner, and Bryan and Scott Devendorf stray outside the previously clearly defined lines of what The National sound is."
Did you know?: The album became the band's first ever UK Number One on its release.
Best track: 'Turtleneck'