Lights is the debut album by Ellie Goulding. Goulding won the Critic’s Choice Award in 2010 at The BRITS, becoming the artist to look out for in that year. Florence Welch won the same award in the previous year, so there was definitely speculation whether Goulding could step up to expectations and prove that she would be the talk of 2010. So did Goulding steal the spotlight with Lights or did critics go barmy yet again?
Riot! is the second album by Paramore. Their predecessor All We Know Is Falling has become a sensation because of how well it was received by fans and critics. All We Know Is Falling was different because it’s innocent, emotional and very down-to-earth rock which made it appealing and unusual among the pop-punk genre. So will Riot! prove to be a worthy contender after All We Know Is Falling?
II is the second album by Canadian rockers Billy Talent. The group consists of vocalist Ben Kowalewicz, guitarist Ian D’sar, drummer Aaron Solowoniuk and bassist John Gallant. The predecessor Billy Talent I was an impressive debut album which saw the band achieve success with hits such as Try Honesty and The Ex. So will Billy Talent be able to produce an album that’s even more spectacular?
This is Rage Against The Machine’s debut album. Rage Against The Machine releasing their first album in 1992 gave people with glow-sticks and outrageous fashion trends something to remember them for. It is this album that would make them Gods of this era because they sparked a new genre of music (Rap Metal) that was ridiculously exciting for its time.
IV is the fourth album by rock group Led Zeppelin. Formed in 1969, Led Zeppelin consists of vocalist Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page, bassist John Paul Jones and drummer John Bonham. The band released both I and II in 1969 which saw them propel towards success because of what they had offered to music. These two albums had already set a benchmark, but in 1971 they would attain legendary status. This album would turn the face of music upside down…
The Resistance is the fifth studio album by Teignmouth super-trio Muse. This is the follow up from predecessor Black Holes & Revelations which is where we see Muse change their musical direction. Black Holes was bonkers because they had completely pushed boundaries and introduced genres that critics or fans didn’t expect. So will The Resistance please and tickle any nerves in fans to leave them surprised and overwhelmed again?
Is This It is the debut album by The Strokes. The New York five-piece consists of Julian Casablancas, Albert Hammond Jr, Nick Valensi, Nikolai Fraiture and Fabrizio Moretti. Is This It articulates vocalist Julian Casablanca’s observation of New York City life and the relationships formed within it. Eleven years after the release of Is This It, the album still retains the status of being a modern classic.
The kings of pop-punk, Blink-182, have returned with their follow up from 2003’s self-titled album, Neighborhoods. This is possibly one of rock’s biggest comebacks because of the sheer impact Blink have made on their ever growing fan-base. The band are well-known for their catchy songs and hilarious lyrics. Neighborhoods is far from being an album that revolves around the aspects of teenage life.
Violator is the seventh album by Depeche Mode. Now two things spring to mind: 1990 and the music in that year. Violator follows some conventions of nineties pop-music but with a dark underbelly. Depeche Mode’s direction with Violator was intriguing because the albums that had been produced before never quite had the same depth or imagination.
Dark Side Of The Moon is the eighth album by Pink Floyd. It was evident in their previous songs like Echoes that Floyd were heading towards a more sophisticated musical direction which allowed the listener to explore the ideas of empathy that never seemed to come across with albums that involved founder member and guitarist Syd Barrett.