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This is where it all began. Before the world tour, we were mostly listening to British or American music. Below are our findings of albums we recommended to one another, mostly released by artists who are seen as 'classics' within their own genre. The only rule was no repetition of artists.

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All Things Must Pass - George Harrison

9/10

Despite its extraordinary length, Harrison succeeds at keeping the audience's attention for most of the album. His masterful combination of beautiful melodies and striking lyrics make this the best solo album by any of the Beatles.

Year

Genre

Best Song

Worst Song

Reviewed By

1970

Folk Rock

Isn't It a Pity

I Dig Love

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KIWANUKA -
Michael Kiwanuka

8/10

Though slightly overlong, KIWANUKA stands out from the crowd with its catchy tunes and interesting lyrics.

Year

Genre

Best Song

Worst Song

Reviewed By

2019

Indie Rock

Hero

Light

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Excitable Boy -
Warren Zevon

7/10

Zevon combines some pop belters with some songs that sound like they have been written by a teen trying and failing to be profound. An inconsistent album, often let down by his affected voice and ludicrous lyrics.

Year

Genre

Best Song

Worst Song

Reviewed By

1978

Pop Rock

Excitable Boy

Veracruz

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My Aim Is True - 

Elvis Costello

7/10

An album of two halves. I don't quite buy him as a rocker, but his ballads are second-to-none.

Year

Genre

Best Song

Worst Song

Reviewed By

1977

New Wave

Alison

Watching The Detectives

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True Blue -
Madonna

5/10

I failed to gel with this album. It felt like a soundtrack or a Broadway musical album, rather than a selection of pop bangers I could sing and dance along to.

 

For me, possibly Madonna's best album. A pop masterpiece - JD

Year

Genre

Best Song

Worst Song

Reviewed By

1986

Pop

La Isla Bonita

Live To Tell

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Geography - 

Tom Misch

8/10

Nicely smooth and jazzy, with an enjoyably retro tone.

Year

Genre

Best Song

Worst Song

Reviewed By

2018

Jazz-funk

South Of The River

Tick Tock

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Geronimo's Cadillac -Michael Martin Murphey

10/10

Murphey exquisitely merges gospel and piano-rock with his innately Southern soul to create a selection of songs that evoke a series of emotions. The album challenged all existing prejudices I had about country music.

Year

Genre

Best Song

Worst Song

Reviewed By

1972

Country

Calico Silver

Backsliders Wine

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Who's Next - 
The Who

10/10

The perfect rock album, book-ended by arguably The Who's greatest tracks: Baba O'Riley and Won't Get Fooled Again.

Year

Genre

Best Song

Worst Song

Reviewed By

1971

Rock

Won't Get Fooled Again

Going Mobile

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Hello Happiness -
Chaka Khan

7/10

Chaka proves she still has a powerhouse voice, and belts out some great pop songs, yet for such a short album it does run out of steam quite quickly

Year

Genre

Best Song

Worst Song

Reviewed By

2019

Disco/Funk

Like Sugar

Isn't That Enough

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Quality Control -
Jurassic 5

3/10

An overly experimental album. Too much noise and interruption distracts from the lyrics for most of the album

A flawed masterpiece, with so many interesting musical and lyrical ideas - JD

Year

Genre

Best Song

Worst Song

Reviewed By

2000

Alternative

Hip Hop

Concrete & Clay

Contact

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Telefone -
Noname

3/10

I really didn't click with this. Her voice and flow are nice, but the constant use of modulated synths on every track made it an unpleasant listening experience.

Year

Genre

Best Song

Worst Song

Reviewed By

2016

Hip Hop

Yesterday

Bye Bye Baby

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The Libertines -
The Libertines

9/10

Vibrant, aggressive, and angry in all the best ways, The Libertines is an authentically punky and rambunctious rock album.

Year

Genre

Best Song

Worst Song

Reviewed By

2004

Indie rock

What Became Of The Likely Lads

Arbeit Macht Frei

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El Rey Bravo - 

Tito Puente

7/10

Oye Cómo Va stands out as the best tune, but it still serves as a pleasant introduction to the world of Latin jazz and mambo for novices to the genre.

Year

Genre

Best Song

Worst Song

Reviewed By

1962

Mambo

Oye Como Va

Malanga Con Yuca

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Balance - 

El Búho

8/10

El Búho (aka Robin Perkins) successfully combines Latin rhythms with electronic ambient beats in this album.

Year

Genre

Best Song

Worst Song

Reviewed By

2017

Electrónica selvática

Papan

Juku

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Bella Donna - 

Stevie Nicks

8/10

Nicks' distinctive voice, raw with emotion, is as strong as ever here. Having grown accustomed to her work with Fleetwood Mac, I couldn't help but feel something was missing without those harmonies.

Year

Genre

Best Song

Worst Song

Reviewed By

1981

Pop rock

Edge Of Seventeen

Outside The Rain

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Gorilla -
James Taylor  

9/10

I just love this album. Granted, the second half of the album isn't as strong as the first, but when James Taylor's beautifully calm voice, excellent acoustic guitar work, and catchy melodies combine as well as they do for most of this album, he can't be beat. 

Year

Genre

Best Song

Worst Song

Reviewed By

1975

Folk Rock

Mexico

Love Songs

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Led Zeppelin IV  -
Led Zeppelin 

9/10

The first two tracks are a bit too chaotic for my taste, but the rest of the album is full of interesting music and Robert Plant's tender vocals, which one might not associate with the hard rock label often attributed to The Zep.

Year

Genre

Best Song

Worst Song

Reviewed By

1971

Rock

Stairway To Heaven

Rock And Roll

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Nixon -
Lambchop

10/10

This is an album of rare quality, every song is brilliant and innovative, whether they're indie rock anthems like Up With People or gorgeous ballads like The Old Gold Shoe.

Year

Genre

Best Song

Worst Song

Reviewed By

2000

Alternative Rock

The Old Gold Shoe

Butcher Boy

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Band On The Run - 

Wings

7/10

Whilst I don't think much of McCartney as a rocker, he cannot escape his knack for writing catchy tunes.

Year

Genre

Best Song

Worst Song

Reviewed By

1973

Rock

Mrs Vandebilt

Picasso's Last Words (Drink To Me)

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The Stone Roses - 

The Stone Roses

9/10

Bookended by some genuinely inspired psychedelic rock, the middle of the album is less convincing, but nonetheless stands up as a great, era-defining record.

Year

Genre

Best Song

Worst Song

Reviewed By

1989

Madchester

Fool's Gold

Bye Bye Bad Man

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