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Articles by Alan York

Aladdin Sane: How Bowie Cracked And Decided To Kill Ziggy Stardust
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Aladdin Sane: How Bowie Cracked And Decided To Kill Ziggy Stardust

An urgent and compelling take on ‘rock’n’roll America’, David Bowie’s sixth album, ‘Aladdin Sane’, pointed to life post-‘Ziggy Stardust’.

The Smiths Artworks: All 27 Album And Single Covers, Ranked And Reviewed
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The Smiths Artworks: All 27 Album And Single Covers, Ranked And Reviewed

The very epitome of retro cool, The Smiths’ artworks stood apart in the 80s, and they’ve retained their timeless allure ever since.

Fool’s Gold: The 10 Best Songs With “Fool” In The Title
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Fool’s Gold: The 10 Best Songs With “Fool” In The Title

Whether singing of a lost love or humanity’s demise, the best songs with “fool” in the title are perfect for April Fool’s Day and beyond.

Presence: How Led Zeppelin Pulled Themselves Back From The Brink
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Presence: How Led Zeppelin Pulled Themselves Back From The Brink

Recorded in the wake of a near tragedy, ‘Presence’ was ‘a cry from the depths’ that found Led Zeppelin on the verge of a crisis.

Houses Of The Holy: Behind Led Zeppelin’s Roof-Raising Classic Album
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Houses Of The Holy: Behind Led Zeppelin’s Roof-Raising Classic Album

Diverse and confident, ‘Houses Of The Holy’ is an impressive follow-up to Led Zeppelin’s monolithic fourth album.

Best Morrissey Lyrics: 10 Unforgettably Insightful Smiths And Solo Works
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Best Morrissey Lyrics: 10 Unforgettably Insightful Smiths And Solo Works

Whether written for The Smiths or his own solo albums, the best Morrissey lyrics rank among the most insightful in rock music.

Atmosphere: The Story Behind Joy Division’s Spine-Tingling Classic
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Atmosphere: The Story Behind Joy Division’s Spine-Tingling Classic

Hailed as ‘an unbreakable testament to Joy Division’s brilliance’, the rich, evocative Atmosphere stands as the group’s greatest ballad.

Best Irish Musicians: 10 Shining Talents From The Emerald Isle
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Best Irish Musicians: 10 Shining Talents From The Emerald Isle

Famous for making music enriched with soul and passion, the best Irish musicians are revered the world over.

Best Pink Floyd Album Covers: 20 Artworks Ranked And Reviewed
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Best Pink Floyd Album Covers: 20 Artworks Ranked And Reviewed

Enigmatic, playful and provocative, the best Pink Floyd album covers are arguably as groundbreaking as their music.

Kill Uncle: Reappraising Morrissey’s Overlooked Second Album
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Kill Uncle: Reappraising Morrissey’s Overlooked Second Album

Described by Morrissey as an ‘orphaned imp’ of an album, ‘Kill Uncle’ deserves a loving home and some much-needed affection.