Learn more Shop now Learn more Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Learn More Shop now Shop now Learn more Shop Fire Shop Kindle Learn More Shop now Fitbit

Albums of the year 1

Bela Lugosi's Still Dead
 
April
April
"2008 - another melancholy, wistful set of instant classics from Mark Kozelek."
Von Spar
Von Spar
"2007 - German alt supergroup reinvent krautrock by way of post-punk... and even better than that sounds."
Ys
Ys
"2006 - not much sounds like this, epic orchestral whimsy courtesy of elfin Drag City songstress..."
Rossz Csillag Allat Szuletett
Rossz Csillag Allat Szuletett
"2005 - mindblowing album by hyperprolific Canadian breakcore artist, mixing Hungarian folk, classical and Billie Holiday with his trademark 7/8 breakbeats."
They Were Wrong So We Drowned
They Were Wrong So We Drowned
"2004 - outright frightening collection blending post-punk with krautrock, experimentation and horror stories."
A Promise
A Promise
"2003 - frighteningly, oppressively minimalist fear and loathing - no matter what Fabulous Muscles fans state, this is their best record."
Mclusky Do Dallas
Mclusky Do Dallas
"2002 - kicks you in the balls and then grins inanely, Mclusky are intense, violent, evil, catchy and hilarious."
Born Into Trouble As The Sparks Fly Upward
Born Into Trouble As The Sparks Fly Upward
"2001 - and here pure beauty is encapsulated on record; rising and falling, and peaking perfectly."
Kid A
Kid A
"2000 - still polarising people, Radiohead's most challenging work to date is also their best."
I See A Darkness
I See A Darkness
"1999 - his best since "Days In The Wake", the prolific Will Oldham serves up a consistent and excellent set of meditations on fear and mental health problems."
Philophobia
Philophobia
"1998 - sorely missed, Arab Strap offer the most down-to-earth misery-with-a-human-face ever put to record. Who hasn't felt like this?"
Young Team
Young Team
"1997 - Mogwai's statement of intent is still their best statement - from the beautiful simplicity of Mogwai Fear Satan to the ferocity of Like Herod, perfect from start to finish."
The Doctor Came At Dawn
The Doctor Came At Dawn
"1996 - the darkest ever set of Smog tunes, this percussionless, sprawling, minimalist Drag City folk opus deals with the sinister in a whole new light"
Tilt
Tilt
"1995 - an entirely unexpected gem, as Scott's withdrawal from commercialism hits its peak, this is thoroughly nightmarish yet wondrously compelling."
Grace
Grace
"1994 - an album unlike any other, instantly classic, soaring, epic and yet fractured... I have selected the proper original release too, i.e. Forget Her isn't on it."
Red House Painters 1
Red House Painters 1
"1993 - a virtually flawless melancholic 75 minutes of the relentlessly bleak, uncomfortably personal world of Mark Kozelek"
Down Colorful Hill
Down Colorful Hill
"1992 - Kozelek's not-so-merry men hit the ground running, sounding like Pink Floyd backing Nick Drake, but even more distant. Every track a gem."
Spiderland
Spiderland
"1991 - the genesis of post-rock, math-rock, blah blah blah. Whatever you want to call it, a classic album in every sense, always interesting, harrowing and unusual."
Heaven Or Las Vegas
Heaven Or Las Vegas
"1990 - yet another set of perfect pop songs filtered through a cloudy sheen, the Cocteaus head back towards decipherability - slowly."
Doolittle
Doolittle
"1989 - each track (except "La La Love You") a floorfiller, yet all of them unlike anything before. That is what made the Pixies so special."
Blue Bell Knoll
Blue Bell Knoll
"1988 - the peak of the Cocteaus' mysteriousness - but a staggeringly concise, orderly collection of superb pop songs as heard through the Cocteaus' trademark etherealiser."
Songs About Fucking
Songs About Fucking
"1987 - incredibly concise and unebelievably angry industrial-punk from Steve Albini+co., delivered with a knowing smirk as political correctness is brought tumbling down."
The Queen Is Dead
The Queen Is Dead
"1986 - love him or hate him, Morrissey's diet-Noël Coward lyrics make a perfect counterpart to Johnny Marr's surprisingly tricky guitar numbers. Sublime."
Psychocandy [Remastered Re-issue]
Psychocandy [Remastered Re-issue]
"1985 - in retrospect, what they did hear (welding Sister Ray-style noise to Beach Boys pop, but with updated sound) was such an obviously great idea it's a shocker nobody thought to do it before them."
Zen Arcade
Zen Arcade
"1984 - intense, epic, sprawling, off-kilter... the original punk concept album, and it will take some beating. Vitriolic yet heartfelt, and kept interesting throughout its 76 minute duration."