The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Category Classic Albums

CLASSIC ’80s: Talking Heads – ‘Remain In Light’

An entrancing hybrid of Western rock and African musical traditions that appealed to the soul as well as the brain, Talking Heads’ 1980 album ‘Remain In Light’ remains a beacon of inspiration.

CULT ’00s: Radiohead – ‘Kid A’

Innovative in promotional terms as well as purely musical ones, it’s hard to remember a major label album as shocking and revolutionary as Radiohead’s ‘Kid A’.

CULT ’10s: Deerhunter – ‘Halcyon Digest’

A masterwork of complex, multi-faceted and deeply moving dream-pop, Deerhunter’s 2010 album ‘Halcyon Digest’ was one of the decade’s most underrated records.

CLASSIC ’70s: Neil Young – ‘After The Gold Rush’

‘After The Gold Rush’ stands as a late entry to the Great American Songbook, properly establishing Neil Young as a solo star.

CULT ’90s: Sparklehorse – ‘Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot’

Mark Linkous’s first Sparklehorse album, ‘Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot’ is split between spacy folk-rock and scuffed, lo-fi indie.

CLASSIC ’10s: Arcade Fire – ‘The Suburbs’

Grandiose yet heartfelt and nuanced, Arcade Fire’s 2010 album ‘The Suburbs’ cemented their position as one of the world’s biggest and best bands.

CULT ’80s: Joy Division – ‘Closer’

The magnificent epitaph for Ian Curtis and Joy Division, ‘Closer’ is a bleak and beautiful masterpiece that very few have subsequently equalled.