25 Masterworks

This series houses a collection of mini-essays, each of which focuses on one of 25 well-renowned albums which have indelibly worked under my skin.

This isn’t a rundown of my favourite albums of all-time, although many of the entries rank pretty highly among my personal favourites. Instead, these articles are attempts to analyse the ways in which I – and others – have found such pieces of work so lasting. Whether through magnificent musical achievements or attaining cult status via the accumulation of rumours and quests for meaning, each album deserves commendation as something worth any magpie’s time. Some have the power to entertain, educate, alleviate, and mobilise, and others are simply pristine works of pop.

1. Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (Wilco, 2002)
2. Boxer (The National, 2007)
3. My Maudlin Career (Camera Obscura, 2009)
4. Dear Science (TV on the Radio, 2008)
5. Teen Dream (Beach House, 2010)
6. Low (David Bowie, 1977)
7. In the Aeroplane Over the Sea (Neutral Milk Hotel, 1998)
8. If You’re Feeling Sinister (Belle & Sebastian, 1996)
9. In Our Heads (Hot Chip, 2012)
10. Funeral (Arcade Fire, 2004)
11. Lost in the Dream (The War on Drugs, 2014)
12. Remain in Light (Talking Heads, 1980)
13. Blue (Joni Mitchell, 1971)
14. Rumours (Fleetwood Mac, 1977)
15. Slave to the Rhythm (Grace Jones, 1985)
16. Grace (Jeff Buckley, 1994)
17. Sound of Silver (LCD Soundsystem, 2007)
18. Closer (Joy Division, 1980)
19. xx (the xx, 2009)
20. Endtroducing….. (DJ Shadow, 1996)
21. Let England Shake (PJ Harvey, 2011)
22. OK Computer (Radiohead, 1997)
23. Sign o’ the Times (Prince, 1987)
24. Immunity (Jon Hopkins, 2013)
25. Demon Days (Gorillaz, 2005)
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