George Michael’s Older showed an artist who was firmly in the mainstream yet still chafed at being dismissed as merely a “pop star”.
Marianne Faithfull’s She Walks in Beauty captures the sad, reflective mood of the world. It’s an apt period to a very long and moving sentence.
Yoko Ono’s story is of a passionate and powerful songwriter and artist. A creative and sensitive musician who worked doggedly to bring her avant-garde aesthetic to pop music and to use her voice to advocate for the rights of women, racial minorities, and LGBTQ people.
Jennifer Lopez’s nostalgic Love? harkens back to the mid-90s, when expensive pop albums fronted by dazzling divas were released to great fanfare.
Part of why serpentwithfeet’s DEACON is so remarkable – aside from its obvious musical merits – is that it’s a rare record that highlights Black queer love.
Rick James’ ground-breaking Street Songs exposed Motown’s struggle to grow and change alongside the shifting pop music landscape.
Alanis Morissette’s Alanis remains an important record because it kickstarted the career of a brilliantly talented artist who has made an incredible mark on popular music.
Talib Kweli’s memoir, Vibrate Higher, is an excellent documentation of hip-hop’s history, New York City in the ’80s and the life of this exceptionally talented man.
Despite the rowdy noise of TYRON's first seven tracks, it's the gentler songs on the second half that genuinely highlight Slowthai's voice.