Hall of Fame

Depeche Mode Personal Jesus 30th anniversary

Depeche Mode’s “Personal Jesus” caused a fervor

How the band’s biggest single preceded a riot.

Nirvana Bleach hall of fame

Nirvana’s Bleach is still as potent after 30 years

The iconic grunge tome turns 30 this year.

Sigur Ros Agaetis Byrjun hall of fame 20th anniversary

Sigur Rós’ Ágætis byrjun didn’t change music forever, but it was a new beginning

Twenty years ago, the band reinvented themselves and delivered a masterpiece.

The Offspring Smash 25 years

The Offspring’s Smash is not the monster that you remember

After 25 years, the punk band’s thesis statement isn’t quite how we remember it.

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.

Ciccone Youth Whitey Album review

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.

roy montgomery island of lost souls review

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’s Spirit of Eden is a transformative masterpiece

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

Os Mutantes album 1968

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.