As the new millennium dawned, George Strait’s self-titled album proved that The King Of Country would have no problem retaining his crown.
Arguably less immediate and less accessible than previous R.E.M. landmark albums, ‘New Adventures In Hi-Fi’ was a sprawling, “White Album”-esque affair.
Waters was accompanied by a dazzling team of British and Irish musicians and admirers of the great bluesman.
Tori Amos meant business on her 15th album, ‘Native Invader’: a work of great beauty that’s built from love, fury and personal and political despair.
The Slits’ ‘Cut’ introduced an atypical group at the vanguard of female-fronted punk, influencing everyone from Massive Attack to Sleater-Kinney.
With ‘… And Justice For All’, Metallica created a complex, powerful work, opening a door to a world it’s now impossible to imagine without them.
Full of soul and songs of love, Ollie And The Nightingales’ self-titled album came at a time when soul music was changing fast, but it held its own.
With his monumental eight-hour composition 'Sleep' Max Richter unwittingly created the perfect soundtrack for World Sleep Day on March 13.
Honed over years of playing Las Vegas bars, ‘Night Visions’ introduced Imagine Dragons as one of the most exciting rock bands of the 2010s.
Over a decade on from its original release, ‘Revelations’ sounds like the beginning of what should have been Audioslave’s next chapter, not a final goodbye.
George Strait’s debut album, ‘Strait Country’, introduced a country music newcomer 'skilled at more artistic ventures than roping cattle.'
Modern and strictly electronic, Tangerine Dream’s September 1981 album, ‘Exit’, was a tightly structured effort with a dancefloor-friendly pop sensibility.
Bee Gees’ ‘ESP’ album found Barry Gibb literally writing a hit in his sleep, proving the group could keep up with trends in the 80s.
Released at the height of punk, ‘A Farewell To Kings’ nevertheless proved that Rush could make music on their own terms, and take it into the charts.
‘Document’ gave R.E.M. the chance to further broaden their palette, fashioning songs from riffs written on instruments such as mandolins and accordions.
His second album for Blue Note, ‘Sonny’s Crib’ established the short-lived pianist as an in-demand giant in the jazz world.