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The Big Listen: Paul McCartney – McCartney III

Half a century after his first self-titled solo volume, and 40 years on from the synth-heavy second entry in the series, Paul emerges from ‘rockdown’ with part three

The Genius of… Darkness On The Edge Of Town by Bruce Springsteen

After three years of legal wrangling following the breakout success of Born To Run, Bruce Springsteen assembled the E Street Band armed with a righteous anger and created a brooding album that saw The Boss find his “adult voice”.

The Big Listen: Guided By Voices – Styles We Paid For

The prolific Dayton, Ohio rockers complete a second hat-trick of albums in two years. Robert Pollard shows no signs of slowing down.

The Genius Of… Raw Power by Iggy And The Stooges

Unloved at the time, but a hugely influential proto-punk manifesto, The Stooges’ frighteningly loud, furiously uncompromising third album does exactly what it says on the tin

The Big Listen: Arctic Monkeys – Live At The Royal Albert Hall

An emphatic return to live action, which raised £250,000 for War Child UK on the night, gets a timely release. Believe the hype and get your wallet out.

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.
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