Steve Earle's 1986 debut was hailed by critics as an instant classic. Earle's writing style incorporated elements of Townes Van Zandt's mournful ballads and Springsteen's depictions of small town life.
Featuring hits like "Rolling in the Deep", "Someone Like You" and "Rumour Has It", Adele's smash sophomore release chronicles the aftermath of a break up.
Grant Lee Buffalo's 1994 album is probably their successful in the United States. Anchored on the songwriting and singing of Grant Lee Phillips, the album was recorded after a year's worth of touring for their debut album. It includes their most well-known song "Mockingbirds".
Calexico's 6th album loosely tells the story of an out of work writer travelling through the desert.
Of the many live albums Nina Simone released, this one stands out as her greatest. Recorded over three nights at Carnegie Hall in 1964, it was the first time she put her feelings on the struggle for civil rights in her music.
The Blues legend's 1977 "comeback" album teamed him up with many Blues greats like James Cotton, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith and Pinetop Perkins. Produced by Johnny Winter, and winner of a Grammy Award, "Hard Again" captures 63 year-old Muddy Waters and his band in a raw, firey performance.
The Shins 3rd album was released in 2007, just a few years after Natalie Portman declared that The Shins "...will change your life" in the film "Garden State".
"Heroes" was David Bowie's second release of 1977, it was also the second installment of his collaborations with Brian Eno known as the "Berlin Trilogy". Recorded in a studio in West Berlin that overlooked the wall, the album is influenced by German bands of the time like Kraftwerk and Neu!.
Curtis Mayfield's soundtrack to the 1972 blaxploitation film "Superfly" is considered to be a classic. It was also a huge commercial success and set a new standard for film soundtracks.
Known as Lennon's most important work, this album features its anthemic title track, Phil Spector's "Wall of Sound", scathing lyrics about Paul McCartney, and the guitar playing of George Harrison. Released in 1971, it was the first of only three of Lennons solo albums to hit #1.