A key milestone in the development of West Coast punk, ‘Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables’ was an energetic, technically accomplished and politically switched-on debut.
Mark Linkous’s first Sparklehorse album, ‘Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot’ is split between spacy folk-rock and scuffed, lo-fi indie.
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.
The magnificent epitaph for Ian Curtis and Joy Division, ‘Closer’ is a bleak and beautiful masterpiece that very few have subsequently equalled.
A symbol of youthful spirit at the dawn of Thatcherism, Dexys Midnight Runners’ debut ‘Searching For The Young Soul Rebels’ is still remarkably fresh.
A sour, vitriolic and pessimistic vision for the Seventies after the death of the hippie dream, The Stooges’ gritty, sleazy second album ‘Fun House’ is a proto-punk classic.
A great leap forwards in Isaac Brock’s artistry, Modest Mouse’s ‘The Moon & Antarctica’ was a successful transition from the indies to the majors.
A jaded, cynical yet ultimately touching analysis of Western civilisation’s obsession with technology at the dawn of the millennium, Grandaddy’s ‘The Sophtware Slump’ feels even more relevant 20 years on.
The point at which The National began to outgrow their cult status to become one of the world’s finest bands, ‘High Violet’ turns 10 years old.
One of the most challenging and avant-garde albums from a major artist of all time, Scott Walker’s malevolent ‘Tilt’ turns 25 years old.