Hall of Fame

Velvet Underground 1969 self-titled 50th anniversary

The Velvet Underground wiped the slate clean with their 1969 self-titled album

The Velvets album with the most oblique legacy, and the least amount of baggage.

Mastodon Crack the Skye anniversary

How Crack the Skye cracked Mastodon’s prog-metal code

To understand the whole of Mastodon, it’s important to understand Crack the Skye.

My Bloody Valentine Isn't Anything 30th anniversary

My Bloody Valentine’s Isn’t Anything is grand and uncompromising

The prototype for shoegaze might be even more important than the masterpiece that followed.

Sonic Youth Daydream Nation hall of fame 30th anniversary

Sonic Youth built a more inclusive musical world on Daydream Nation

The album that turned Sonic Youth from lo-fi avant-gardists to something bigger.

The First Tindersticks Album Hall of Fame

The First Tindersticks Album was both a record out of time and ahead of its time

A huge and simply gorgeous piece of work that challenged the underground with elegance.

This Mortal Coil It'll End In Tears hall of fame

This Mortal Coil’s It’ll End In Tears captured a beautiful pain

A look back at a breathtaking darkwave classic, pieced together from disparate parts.

Talk Talk Spirit of Eden 30th anniversary hall of fame

Talk Talk created a transformative masterpiece on Spirit of Eden

After beginning life as a new wave band, the UK art-rock outfit completely rethought how their music worked.

Brazilian albums Os Mutantes

Os Mutantes’ debut album is a perfect distillation of chaotic joy

We take a look back at the classic album as it turns 50.

PJ Harvey Rid of Me hall of fame

The punishing primal scream of PJ Harvey’s Rid of Me

Harvey’s second album was the sound of a band at full strength, and on the verge of collapse.

Public Enemy It Takes a Nation of Millions hall of fame 30th anniversary

Public Enemy’s It Takes A Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back changed the shape of hip-hop

When this album dropped in 1988, hip-hop would never be the same.

Pulp This is Hardcore at 20

Pulp’s This Is Hardcore is still a shattering piece of work after 20 years

The album that killed Britpop loses none of its bite after two decades.

Iron Maiden Seventh Son hall of fame 30th anniversary

Iron Maiden’s Seventh Son of a Seventh Son is the band at their leanest, most focused

A look back at an iconic metal classic on its 30th anniversary.

Leonard Cohen I'm Your Man 30th anniversary Hall of Fame

The audacious comeback of Leonard Cohen’s I’m Your Man

Only under the right circumstances will Cohen’s 1988 masterpiece reveal itself to you.

Stars of the Lid The Ballasted Orchestra Twin Peaks

Stars of the Lid’s ‘The Ballasted Orchestra’ bridged Twin Peaks’ 26-year gap

How an imaginary soundtrack became inextricably connected to the series’ second coming

Bjork Homogenic Hall of Fame

Björk achieved peak poignancy and innovation with 1997’s Homogenic

Released in the middle of her career, Homogenic found Björk reaching an artistic peak.

The Birthday Party’s Junkyard turned post-punk upside down

Nick Cave and company’s most triumphantly turbulent moment, 35 years later.

Elvis Costello My Aim is True at 40

Revenge and Guilt: Elvis Costello’s My Aim Is True at 40

Revisiting an auspicious debut and the genius introduction to one of rock’s greatest songwriters.