After the Sex Pistols imploded in early ’78, John Lydon wasted absolutely no time in building a new group, putting out this debut album at the end of that year. Freed of the more ‘commercial’ tendencies of the Pistols and Malcolm McLaren, PiL looked to detonate the already extensive clichés of the punk scene, folding […]
The mysterious Boards of Canada created a critically acclaimed cult album with their 1998 debut Music Has the Right to Children on Warp Records. So four years later, expectations were high. Luckily Geogaddi more than lived up to the hype. Themes including cults and the occult, numerology and satanism are intertwined, buried and revealed under […]
Untainted by the music industry, the debut album is often unique in an artist’s repertoire. Unpolished, impassioned, and powered by raw energy, that’s definitely the case for Dirk Wears White Sox. Forget the commercial successes that followed soon after – this is stark, angular and brittle, occupying the sweet spot between post-punk and new-wave, and […]
This may not be the album (or even the line-up) that many people think of when it comes to Nirvana, but Bleach presents Cobain at his most raw and primal, before the expectations and pressures of global stardom sunk their claws in. Direct, rough-edged, and even sloppy, its the sound of a band on the […]
Released just two months after the suicide of Ian Curtis, Closer is draped in tragedy, and almost impossible to evaluate without contemplating that event. A quantum leap from Unknown Pleasures, this is an album with every contributor – producer included – at the top of their game. Experimental and gripping, Closer is a true masterpiece.