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1999: Why Prince’s Visionary Album Still Sounds Like The Future
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1999: Why Prince’s Visionary Album Still Sounds Like The Future

With his '1999' album, Prince perfected the ‘Minneapolis sound’: a futuristic pop-funk concoction the world has yet to catch up with.

Bedtime Stories: Under The Covers Of Madonna’s Seductive Sixth Album

Bedtime Stories: Under The Covers Of Madonna’s Seductive Sixth Album

On her ‘Bedtime Stories’ album, Madonna’s tease remained evident, but had become more soft seduction than confrontational come-on.

Rank: Why The Smiths’ Incendiary Live Album Deserves Top Billing
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Rank: Why The Smiths’ Incendiary Live Album Deserves Top Billing

Where overdue respect is concerned, The Smiths’ lone live album, ‘Rank’, has more than earned it by now, baby.

Sorry Ma, Forgot To Take Out The Trash: The Replacements’ Unapologetically Wild Debut
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Sorry Ma, Forgot To Take Out The Trash: The Replacements’ Unapologetically Wild Debut

With ‘Sorry Ma, Forgot To Take Out The Trash’, the Minnesota mavericks arrived on the scene with a debut album littered with classic songs.

Behaviour: When Pet Shop Boys Proved They Could Not Be Tamed
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Behaviour: When Pet Shop Boys Proved They Could Not Be Tamed

Their most introspective album to date, ‘Behaviour’ was an often exhilarating example of Pet Shop Boys flexing their musical agility.

Erotica: How Madonna’s Playful Tease Climaxed In All-Out Provocation
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Erotica: How Madonna’s Playful Tease Climaxed In All-Out Provocation

A journey through a range of sexually-charged fantasies, the ‘Erotica’ album found Madonna at the frontline of gender politics.

Why Prince’s Self-Titled Second Album Is A Post-Disco Classic
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Why Prince’s Self-Titled Second Album Is A Post-Disco Classic

The record on which ‘his original ideas broke through’, Prince’s self-titled second album served notice that a star was in the making.

Pin Ups: How David Bowie Created A Model Covers Album
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Pin Ups: How David Bowie Created A Model Covers Album

Tapping into the energy of mid-60s London, ‘Pin Ups’ found Bowie looking to his 60s past to inspire his post-Ziggy future.

Waiting For Herb: How The Pogues Prevailed Without Shane MacGowan
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Waiting For Herb: How The Pogues Prevailed Without Shane MacGowan

Rich and diverse, The Pogues’ ‘Waiting For Herb’ album showed the magic didn’t depart with their mercurial frontman.

Other Voices: How The Doors Remained Open After Jim Morrison’s Death
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Other Voices: How The Doors Remained Open After Jim Morrison’s Death

Though they’d lost their frontman, ‘Other Voices’ showed that The Doors’ post-Morrison music still had moments of magic.

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