Album of the Month

We dig deep into the stories behind our favourite albums through words and music.

The Story of Stevie Wonder ‘Songs in the Key Life’

"Of all the albums, Songs in the Key of Life I'm most happy about. Just the time, being alive then. To be a father and then… letting go and letting God give me the energy and strength I needed." – Stevie Wonder

The Story of Daft Punk ‘Discovery’

If it weren’t for Discovery, electronic music may not have the dominant power it has today. Even Kanye West recognised its significance as he sampled ‘Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger’.

The Story of Massive Attack ‘Mezzanine’

'Mezzanine' feels like an abandonment of everything Massive Attack was known for at the time and witnessed the band becoming disconnected through creative differences.

The Story of The Smiths ‘The Queen Is Dead’

The Bigmouth strikes again. Morrissey courts controversy in the media to promote the band's biggest-seller.

The Story of The Beach Boys ‘Pet Sounds’

“I think it's a very everlasting album. I'm very proud of the love that went into it. A lot of love went into that album. And people pick up on that too, and they really like it 'cause they feel the love.” – Brian Wilson

The Story of ‘The Doors L.A. Woman’

Amidst a sordid backdrop, including Morrison's conviction for indecent exposure in Miami, The Doors return to their roots with their last studio album recorded with their singer.

The Story of Talk Talk ‘Spirit of Eden’

The former synth-pop group create one of the first post-rock albums. Commercially unsuccessful, the record became a cult classic and a blueprint for the Radiohead sound.

The Story of J Dilla ‘Donuts’

Recorded whilst he was undergoing hospital treatment, J Dilla made one of the most important hip hop albums in the early 21st century.

The Story of Carole King ‘Tapestry’

“The thing that I continue to find astonishing… is the number of people for whom it was not the soundtrack of their lives. It was the soundtrack of their parents’, and — in some cases — their grandparents’ lives.” - Carole King

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