The revelatory ‘Smoke + Mirrors’ took Imagine Dragons up another level, revealing them as a “tightly focussed rock juggernaut” hitting greatness.
Making success sound so easy, Tone Lōc’s ‘Lōc-ed After Dark’ was a laidback mega-hit with two juggernaut singles, ‘Wild Thing’ and ‘Funky Cold Medina’.
After leaving Yes, Rick Wakeman’s first solo work, ‘The Six Wives Of Henry VIII’, was an ambitious concept album that remains a jewel in his crown.
‘Dystopia’ found Megadeth hitting the Reset button and returning to their thrash metal roots. The result was an album that resonated with longtime fans.
Enrique Iglesias’ second album, ‘Vivir’, maintained its predecessor’s winning formula, emerging as an early masterclass in building an audience.
Adapting to the new funk scene of the early 70s, Booker T & The MGs released the perfectly titled ‘Melting Pot’, an album that still sounds in the moment.
‘Boogie With Canned Heat’ is a classic slice of late 60s blues-rock, thanks in no small part to the inclusion of ‘On the Road Again’.
Left on the shelf for almost two decades, ‘Comin’ Your Way’ eventually offered a vivid snapshot of the soul jazz style at the peak of its popularity.
With their ‘What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World’ album, The Decemberists took a more free-form approach to “see what happened”.
Hailed by ‘Billboard’ magazine as a “winning package”, ‘Between The Buttons’ has somehow become an overlooked Rolling Stones album.
Nick Lowe's assured production kept the delivery crisp and disciplined, but live and vital, on a record that enhanced Costello’s reputation for depth behind the vitriol.
Emerging from an aborted sci-fi movie and a scrapped double-album project, the ‘Sleep Dirt’ album offers rare treats in his prestigious catalogue.
'Blues From Laurel Canyon' was Mayall's first “solo” record since retiring the band name the Bluesbreakers.
Beckoning us back from isolation, ‘Assume Form’ finds James Blake reasserting his dominance and surpassing his biggest rival: himself.
The Roots’ ‘Do You Want More?!!!??!’ album brought an ambitious sense of experimentation to hip-hop, revealing what a live band could do with the genre.
Hailed as ‘a musical diary of the heart’, ‘The Soul Cages’ found Sting reckoning with the death of his father, channelling his grief into a creative peak.