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The Genius Of…Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness by Smashing Pumpkins

Billy Corgan’s first great tearing of the script led to a bold and ambitious album that put the guitars up front and loud. Very loud.

The Big Listen: Smashing Pumpkins – Cyr

Billy Corgan and company return with escalation the name of the game, but despite the classic line-up, this is not 1995…

The Genius Of… Elephant by The White Stripes

We take a look back at Elephant – the duo’s heavy-hitting 2003 garage-rock masterpiece that unleashed rock’s last truly world-conquering riff.

The Big Listen: Southeast Of Saturn (Third Man Records)

This new compilation from Jack White’s Third Man Records is a treasure trove of 90s shoegaze and space-rock rarities from a set of Michigan bands indebted to the UK scene

The Genius Of… Nowhere by Ride

30 years on from the release of their debut album, Ride are once again making records that swell and shimmer with a euphoric, hazy splendour. It all began with Nowhere.

The Big Listen: The Cribs – Night Network

Embroiled in record company wrangling, the future looked bleak for Wakefield’s favourite sons, until the intervention of the nicest man in rock: Dave Grohl.

The Genius Of… No Code by Pearl Jam

By 1996 grunge was waning, but instead of fading away Pearl Jam set about making No Code, and in doing so, found the secret to eternal life…

The Big Listen: Neil Young – Return To Greendale

Shakey and Crazy Horse return to a 2003 concept album that left many critics scratching their heads for a 78-minute live recording captured in Toronto

The Genius Of…  Insomniac by Green Day

Why Billy Joe Armstrong tossed the sunny post-Dookie expectations in the bin for a “cocktail of bad vibes and a final bitter dalliance with the straight-ahead punk scene that had borne them."

The Big Listen: Elvis Costello – Hey Clockface

The prolific songwriter, Jazzmaster enthusiast and uncompromising innovator returns with a new solo album recorded in three separate sessions across the globe. Does it work as a coherent whole?   
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