Arctic Monkeys top Q Magazine ‘Album of the Year’ list despite dividing fans

Arctic Monkeys top Q Magazine ‘Album of the Year’ list despite dividing fans

December 21, 2018

The Arctic Monkeys have topped an ‘Album of the Year’ list with Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino, despite it dividing fans for its drastic departure from the band’s sound so far.

Q Magazine has placed it at the top of the pile for this year’s best albums, after music critics praised the depth and musicality of the project.

The band’s sixth album beat Let’s Eat Grandma, whose I’m All Ears was placed second and The 1975, who bagged the third best long player of 2018.

Arctic Monkeys unveiled their album in May and it marked a complete reinvention of the band.

Frontman Alex Turner originally said he wasn’t sure if the new music he was writing was for the group or something else.

"Arctic Monkeys is something I keep reminding myself has been around for half my lifetime now, so it’s never really not there," he told the magazine.

"But there was something in writing on a piano which made me consider the idea that it might not be a Monkeys thing. It wasn’t until the others hearing the stuff and encouraging it that it became this thing."

Q editor Ted Kessler said: "There’s a lot of talk about ‘the will of the people’ being sacrosanct at the moment, but Q is a dictatorship and, so, having given the readers the vote for the Q Awards in October, we wrestled back control from them for the all-important writers’ end-of-year-vote and the order of the top two was reversed.

"This was very satisfying. Knowing that our readership’s taste is so close to those who write for us and that we all prize adventurous, tuneful melody most highly gives me heart for the onward journey through next year.

"All of the artists in the top 10, in fact, have attempted to make an album that subtly pushed themselves somewhere they haven’t been before, be it Paul Weller’s acoustic inner-visions on True Meanings, Christine and The Queens’ lavish feminist French funk or Arctic Monkeys’ winning baroque psychedelic-pop.

"The whole top 50 is a dream. It may have been cold outside in 2018, but these albums kept us warm all year."

Robyn’s Honey was fourth and Wide Awaaaaake! by Parquet Courts was fifth.

Chris, the latest release from Christine and The Queens, was sixth and Joy As An Act Of Resistance from Idles was seventh. American star Janelle Monae made it to eighth place with Dirty Computer and Paul Weller’s True Meanings was ninth.

The top 10 was rounded out by Anna Calvi’s Hunter.

The full 50 albums of the year list appears in this month’s Special Review of 2018 issue, on sale on December 18.

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