Complex, rich and formidable, Anohni’s masterwork proved that political music in 2016 need not be hackneyed and earnest. Instead it could be galvanising and confrontational. Just imagine what she has in store for Trump.
“It feels like the mainstream has been hijacked by hitmakers, people who are really good at writing songs that all drop in the right places, they’re all pleasant, but there’s not many people who really give of themselves, if you know what I mean,” he says. “When I was 19, there was still the mystery of rock’n’roll, there was still the wizard behind the curtain. Kids now, they know how to make... View details ⇨
Tesfaye pops his eyebrows, nods half a dozen times and says eventually that he “dibbles and dabbles and whatnot”. Everything in moderation, he insists. “When I had nothing to do but make music, it was very heavy. Drugs were a crutch for me. There were songs on my first record that were seven minutes long, rambling – whatever thoughts I was having when I was under the influence at the time. I... View details ⇨
You can understand the desire to occasionally alter the album’s emphasis from the political to the personal – it’s the kind of thing Legend’s 70s idols did all the time – but even the most devoted fan might find their empathy running on empty when they reach Overload, a duet with Miguel which turns its attention to another of 2016’s burning issues: the daily struggle faced by John Legend in... View details ⇨
Richards says the gig often regarded as marking the end of the innocent dreams of the 60s wasn’t all bad. “I think given that there about half a million people there, I’d say that 499,000 had a good time,” he says. “Which is not bad on the average, you know? And one man died, but a baby was born, so the same number came out as went in. If that hadn’t happened it would have been considered a... View details ⇨