Taking creative risks in order to fully express herself, ‘The Fall’ forced fans and critics alike to rethink what a Norah Jones album should be.
With ‘Electric Mud’ Muddy Waters took the blues in a new direction and managed to influence everyone from Chuck D to Jimi Hendrix.
Hailed as “the first true masterpiece of the 80s”, ‘Architecture & Morality’ pushed pop new directions. “It’s my favourite OMD album,” says Paul Humphreys.
Talk Talk frontman Mark Hollis released just one solo record, but it transcends time, achieving its creator’s goal “to make an album that is unique”.
Brimming with passion, Andrew Hill’s Blue Note debut, ‘Black Fire’, was a deeply personal album, indicative of a highly original musical mind.
R.E.M. released ‘Green’ to coincide with the US presidential election. Michael Stipe said they intended the album to be a gesture of hope and encouragement.
A collection of B-sides and rarities, ‘Flexible Strategies’ proves what a versatile group The Police were, and reveals a number of long-lost gems along the way.
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 eight-song mini-album prompted critics to describe U2 as the best live band of 1983.
With his second solo album, ‘Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy)’, Brian Eno introduced his Oblique Strategies cards, with seductively subversive results.
The success of his seventh studio album was fuelled by the powerful hit single 'I Am...I Said.'
‘Forever’ was a tough title to live up to. As Spice Girls’ final album, it found them moving into new territory even as they drifted apart.
Planet Gong’s ‘Live Floating Anarchy 1977’ saw the anarchic Daevid Allen and his band of psychonauts sell hippie idealism to punk rockers.
Canadian working-class hero Bryan Adams may not have invented arena rock, but he certainly perfected it on ‘Reckless’.
Showing that the American roots music dubbed “Americana” had infiltrated almost every type of music, reDiscover Johnny Cash’s ‘American II: Unchained’.
Brilliant and inventive, George Clinton’s debut solo album, ‘Computer Games’, was a funky return to form from the P-Funk mastermind.