Hall of Fame

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.

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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.

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Leonard Cohen’s I’m Your Man delivered an audacious comeback

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 junkyard

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.

Company Flow Funcrusher plus 20th anniversary

Company Flow’s ‘Funcrusher Plus’ was an epochal, inimitable debut

A look back at an underground hip-hop catalyst on its 20th anniversary.

Ice Cube Amerikka's Most Wanted Hall of Fame

Ice Cube’s AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted was a pivotal cry for social justice

After NWA, Ice Cube took a step in an entirely new direction.

Yo La Tengo I Can Hear the Heart beating as one

Yo La Tengo’s I Can Hear the Heart Beating As One set a benchmark in indie rock

At 20, the New Jersey trio’s classic album remains a high water mark for indie rock.

Atari Teenage Riot Burn Berlin Burn

Atari Teenage Riot’s Burn, Berlin, Burn! started a digital hardcore riot

The German trio’s U.S. compilation might have been the most punk album of the ’90s.

Elliott Smith either or Hall of Fame 20th anniversary

Elliott Smith’s either/or is a statement of artistic freedom and cautious optimism

There’s real emotion on Elliott Smith’s landmark 1997 album; there’s also a musical genius having fun.

Heatmiser Mic City Sons 20th anniversary

Heatmiser’s ‘Mic City Sons’ built a bridge to Elliott Smith’s solo albums

How an ending for an underrated band segued into the rise of a great solo artist.

Nebraska Suicide

Nebraska: How Suicide influenced Bruce Springsteen’s dark masterpiece

At the peak of Bruce Springsteen‘s Born in the U.S.A. fame in 1984, he appeared…

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How Jay Z’s Reasonable Doubt launched a hip-hop legacy

“Who do you think you are? Baby one day, you’ll be a star…” Jay Z…

David Bowie Station to Station Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame: David Bowie’s Station to Station

A look back at an innovative transitional album on its 40th anniversary.