When the option “Music genre to artists” is disabled, the genre tab lists all genres, and under each genre a list of all albums of this genre. This includes compilation albums, which appear under the “album artist” (if the list is sorted by artist) or under the localized “Various artists” string which is seemingly set by Kodi. Even if no album artist is set at all (e.g. albums which have no individual track artists set), these albums are listed at the top of the list.
When the option “Music genre to artists” is enabled, the list of all album artists included in this genre is listed under each genre. But that does not apply to album artists of compilation albums - neither if set explicitly, nor if set by Kodi as “Various artists”. Those are not shown, and these albums cannot easily be navigated to through the genre tab.
The only possible workaround is to have the “album artist only” filter option disabled, then find and click on one of the track artists from the compilation album, switch to single listing instead of album listing (because there is no album for this artist, only individual tracks), and then you can see one of the tracks from the compilation. You can then long press the track and choose menu -> “go to album” to reach the album - very inconvenient.
If this was fixed and the album artist of a compilation would be listed, it would still be the question how compilation albums that have no album artist can be found under each genre. From my point of view, there should be a default “compilation” artist which collects either
- all albums which have the compilation flag set, or
- all albums which have the compilation flag set but no album artist.
This might beome even more necessary for albums which have no artists at all (neither “album artist” nor any artist in the individual tracks). It seems that Kodi sets a localized default compilation album artist, if an album has multiple track artists (in my case “Verschiedene Interpreten” which is German for “Various artists”). But Kodi does not set such an album artist, if the individual tracks do not have any artist set. So there is no way to navigate to these albums by artist.
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In my specific case, examples for above behaviour are the “Space Night” albums. Those have album artist “Space Night” set, so they show up under Genres -> Electronica -> scroll to “S” in the album list if sorted by artist. Once “Music genre to artists” is enabled, no album artist “Space Night” is listed and the albums cannot easily be reached.
An example for an album without any artist would be the album “Two Candles” (genre “Kompiliertes” -> this is a self-made mixtape with custom track titles, hence no artists).