Her fifth album sits to the left of just about every box you might try to put it in, those signature distorted guitars joined by bright, bold synths, organs and show-tune pianos. I never understood, until now, the importance of pop music as a beautiful way to escape. Blackstar is more alien than Ziggy; as inscrutable as the deepest corners of the universe. The EU referendum produced a shock result, David Cameron resigned as prime minister, and the arguing began, as a new harder-right politics emerged. Konnichiwa is an album heavy with contempt for authority; a sizzling brew of jungle, UK garage and dancehall into which he pours all of his anger, frustration, fear and suspicion. But, nearly 10 years on, it is rightly one of the most influential pop albums of the 21st century. Subscribe to Independent Premium to debate the big issues Want to discuss real-world problems, be involved in the most engaging discussions and hear from the journalists?
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