The Butchies, Make Your Life (2004)
This album is SO much fun. It’s just catchy, dumb, lesbian pop/rock tunes from beginning to end.
Tanya Donelly, This Hungry Life (2006)
I love everything Tanya Donelly’s done. This album feels less innovative than most of her other work, but it’s lovely. Top tracks: “Kundalini Slide” and the title track, which makes me think of my grandmother for some reason.
This hungry life won’t let you out whole
But you can change a thing or two
Before you go
This hungry life
Might not leave you with much
But you can change your story
And throw a hand up from the mud
PJ Harvey, Dry (1992)
I first heard this when I was about nineteen, which is the perfect age for it. It undid my brain and is probably still in my top twenty albums ever. Powerful, emotional and totally uncompromising. Top tracks: Dress and Sheela-Na-Gig.
Portishead, Dummy (1994)
I remember my housemates at university listening to this when they broke up with people. Personally, I prefer the second album, but this wears well and still sounds classy. Top tracks: Roads and Glory Box
Suede, Dog Man Star (1994)
Completely over the top and, yeah, maybe pretentious, but I like Dog Man Star. It’s an album to wallow in. Top tracks: This Hollywood Life and The Asphalt World.
Rolling Stones, Exile on Main Street (1972)
It’s a good time. Top track: Shine a Light
Lucinda Williams, Essence (2001)
Beautiful, melancholy songs and one of my Dad’s favourite albums. Top track: Blue