Album of the Day
Janelle Monáe's DIRTY COMPUTER was among the final projects that Prince worked on and the Atlantic set has an ambition and inclusive approach to genre that would've made the Purple One proud. While still displaying some of the concept-album moves of her two preceding collections, there's more of Monáe in this one; its outspoken lyrics and confident delivery are clearly personal. Among the many highlights here are “Make Me Feel,” “Crazy, Classic, Life” and female-empowerment anthem “Pynk,” which features vocals by Grimes (other notable guests include Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder and Pharrell Williams). A Top 10 hit that garnered an Album of the Year Grammy nomination, DIRTY COMPUTER was cited by such outlets as The Associated Press, NPR and Time magazine as one of 2018's best, and it's still a knockout.