Gwen Stefani's Love. Angel. Music. Baby. was an unexpectedly influential pop record, and is one of the 2000's best.
Sugar Ray hardly get respect. It's not difficult to understand why. They'll certainly never be considered cool, and nearly everything post-14:59 proved to be utterly tasteless and poorly conceived. None of this speaks to the quality of this record.
At the risk of sounding hyperbolic, when it comes to '60's Pop Rock, there are few better releases, if any.
In A Poem Unlimited, loosely built around a framework of experimental electro-pop, covers an astonishing amount of ground during the course of its 11 tracks. The album frequently steps outside even these loose bounds though, drawing direct influence from several decades of musical movements.
...and by the look of things, there never will be.
XTC alum's Colin Moulding and Terry Chambers make a triumphant return with Great Aspirations.
XTC’s penultimate album, Apple Venus, Vol. 1, is a masterpiece of (mostly) Andy Partridge’s unique brand of orchestral pop and one of XTC’s finest moments.