Hot Chip’s Freakout/Release is an extraordinary display of synthpop versatility and invention, born of collaboration, improvisation, and the psychological mess of lockdown.
Pulp’s We Love Life exists in the shadow of Different Class and This Is Hardcore, with no iconic singles. Yet it’s the Sheffield band’s most cohesive and heartfelt work, which has the distinction of being, well, a sort of folk album.
The Beatles’ White Album was the single biggest influence on US alternative rock as it burst into the mainstream in the late ’80s and early ’90s.
The Beths’ new live album, Auckland, New Zealand, 2020, features possibly the most exhilarating music to yet come out of the COVID darkness.
It's 40 years since the first explosion of electronic songs revitalized the UK charts with futuristic subject matter, DIY aesthetics, and occasionally pompous lyrics. To celebrate, here's a chronological list of those Moog-infused tracks of 1980 that had the biggest impact.
Much loved Scottish band Deacon Blue deliver a confident set of arena-friendly songs of hope on their ninth studio album, City of Love. Just don't call them a legacy act.
On remastered and reconfigured versions of Prefab Sprout LPs Swoon, From Langley Park to Memphis, Jordan: The Comeback, and A Life of Surprises, songs involving a chess grandmaster, Springsteen, Elvis, Jesse James, God and Lucifer get a deserved new lease of life.
By way of Charles Manson, Suzanne Vega, Gram Parsons, and, yes, Simon and Garfunkel, the Lemonheads once utilized cover songs to reinvent themselves and spark brilliantly infectious guitar-pop originals. And they will again. One day. Perhaps.
Showcasing supreme piano versatility, a solo Anne Dudley proves that the instrumental gems she co-created in synthpop group Art of Noise can survive and even flourish without the car engine samples and robotic "dum-dum-dum" effects.
Never mind Eurythmics' era-defining singles and videos, it's time to reconnect with the new wave duo's broader artistic statements in a more intimate way.