What’s Going On – Marvin Gaye

Released May 21, 1971 this concept album is told from the point of view of a Vietnam Vet returning home after witnessing the atrocities of war. It was his second album to reach #1 on the Billboard R&B Charts (he would have 3 more #1s) as did the three singles from it. He has been…

Original Pirate Material – The Streets

Released March 25, 2002 the debut album by English rapper Mike Skinner (AKA The Streets) has a unique take on ’90s UKG*. Skinner is considered one of the greatest UK rappers of all-time as his style is pontificating rather than traditional rapping. The album was hailed by critics lauding it with accolades. Jason: Oi! Are…

Disintegration – The Cure

Released on May 2, 1989 this eighth studio album marked their return a more introspective and gloomy Gothic rock style. Founding member Lol Tolhurst was fired mid-way through production when the other members refused to work with him and continue to endure his increasingly abusive alcoholic states. The album peaked at #3 in the UK…

Elephant – The White Stripes

Released April 1, 2003 it peaked at #6 in the US Billboard chart and #1 in the UK. Often cited at the band’s best work it was nominated for several Grammy’s including Album of the Year (it lost to OutKast) but won Best Alternative Music Album. Jason: Let’s play a game. I am going to…

Funeral – Arcade Fire

Released September 14, 2004 it was critically lauded as one of the best debut albums ever. Having appeared on over a dozen “Greatest Albums of the year/decade/all time” lists. It is widely acknowledged as a modern classic. Jason: Hi there. This is the most entertaining funeral ever. Brad: Yes. Kind of like a New Orleans…

Screamadelica – Primal Scream

Released September 23, 1991 in the U.K. it peaked at #8 on the charts. It was a complete departure from their earlier works, drawing inspiration from the acid house scene. Critics continue to describe it as ‘genre-defying’. Jason: Aaaaauuuuuyeeeeaaauuurrrrghle! (That was my primal scream). Brad: My primal reaction when I saw this on the list…