Elliott Smith’s self-titled second album remains both a comforting and disquieting piece of art and an essential statement from an acknowledged genius.
‘Never A Dull Moment’ found Rod Stewart laying down some of the finest songs he ever recorded, “played with gusto by the Faces in splendid disarray”.
With several albums and a decade’s worth of experimental music behind them, Sonic Youth hijacked the grunge mainstream with ‘Dirty’.
‘Bare Wires’ was John Mayall’s breakthrough album in the US. Released in 1968 in mixes blues, folk, jazz, R&B, progressive rock and even psychedelia.
After a decade of hard work, the Los Angeles native was on her way, as the 'Mistaken Identity' album followed 'Bette Davis Eyes' to the US chart summit.
The short in the arm that rock music needed, ‘Portrait Of An American Family’ introduced Marilyn Manson to the world while skewering mainstream culture.
Creating a deep space of its own, ‘Apollo: Atmospheres And Soundtracks’ found Brian Eno conjuring the feeling of man’s first walk on the moon.
Released during a transitional phase for Blue Note, the ‘Blue Mode’ album revealed Hammond disciple Reuben Wilson to be a soul-jazz master.
‘The Public Image Is Rotten’ celebrates PiL’s 40-year career and suggests they’ve made an even more lasting musical impression than Lydon’s Sex Pistols.
From electro-skank to serious roots reggae, Dennis Brown was right on target with ‘Foul Play’, an early 80s classic worthy of rediscovery.
Focusing on childhood dreams, ‘A Nod And A Wink’ was influenced by events close to mainstay Andy Latimer’s heart and remains the band’s final album to date.
Plundering history while looking to the future, ‘Born In The Echoes’ found The Chemical Brothers launching more electronic battle weapons.
In its quest for a fresh start, Tame Impala’s ‘Currents’ reveals layers of hope, uncertainty and anxiety beneath its warm, inviting surface.
It’s a heady mix of R&B, soul and Motown, country music, psychedelia, rockabilly and classic rock’n’roll that comes together to create the soundtrack to swamp rock.
A great soul album that should have made Frederick Knight a huge star, ‘I’ve Been Lonely For So Long’ contains much more than its hit title track.