‘Yeezus’ is proof that hip-hop can take any form. Kanye West’s exercise in minimalism was polarizing to some, but uncompromising in its sonic mission.
The power that a big hit single has to sell an album cannot be underestimated.
A psycho-sexual drama charting obsession and a descent into madness, ‘L’Homme À Tête De Chou’ remains one of Serge Gainsbourg’s finest concept albums.
There’s not a blues guitarist that has not copped Albert King’s licks and fallen under his spell.
The first hip-hop album ever to top the ‘Billboard’ 200, ‘Licensed To Ill’ saw Beastie Boys lay the groundwork for the hip-hop world we now live in.
This is a blues album which jazz lovers may also love; John Mayall’s ‘The Turning Point’, from 1969, is well worth rediscovering.
Released in 1971, ‘Black Moses’ was Isaac Hayes’ fifth album to be released in a little over two years, and is arguably his crowning achievement.
With his second album, ‘The Sinister Urge’, Rob Zombie upped the ante, unleashing the closest thing he has to a straight-up party record.
With a primal power that still through loud and clear, Siouxsie And The Banshees’ debut album, ‘The Scream’, remains one of post-punk’s landmark releases.
The album advertised the artist's rare ability to interpret UK and US pop, the country, soul and folk flavours of her past and the West Coast album sound.
The final work of Daevid Allen’s life, Gong’s ‘I See You’ found him writing some of the best material of his career, while Gong updated their classic sound.
With ‘Electric Mud’ Muddy Waters took the blues in a new direction and managed to influence everyone from Chuck D to Jimi Hendrix.
With his second solo album, ‘Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy)’, Brian Eno introduced his Oblique Strategies cards, with seductively subversive results.
The fourth Wu-Tang Clan solo album, ‘Liquid Swords’ is an out-and-out masterpiece on which GZA brought his A-game, ruining it for everyone else.
The success of his seventh studio album was fuelled by the powerful hit single 'I Am...I Said.'
Planet Gong’s ‘Live Floating Anarchy 1977’ saw the anarchic Daevid Allen and his band of psychonauts sell hippie idealism to punk rockers.