From the classics to those rare gems you forgot about, each week music blogger Sam Smith reviews an album celebrating an anniversary. Offering a mix of history, quirky facts, and of course tunes, catch anniversary albums every Monday on Morning Glory with Geneva for your fix of music history.
This week Sam takes a look at the debut album from UK grime OG Dizzee Rascal. Released in 2003 "Boy in da Corner" is considered a grime classic and helped bring what was an underground scene into mainstream consciousness.
This week Sam takes a look at "Rid of Me," the second studio album from British singer/songwriter PJ Harvey. Released in 1993, this was the second album Harvey recorded as part of the PJ Harvey Trio and was a massive critical and commercial success for Harvey.
This week Sam takes a look at "Aquemini," the third studio album from Atlanta hip-hop duo Outkast. Released in 1998, "Aquemini" is considered by many to be Outkast's best album and one of the best rap albums of all time.
This week Sam takes a look at The Kinks sixth studio album "The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society." Released in 1968, on this album the band began exploring more traditional English themes in what was a concept album of sorts looking at a time long gone in English society.
This week Sam takes a look at the debut album from American indie band R.E.M. "Murmur." Released in 1983, this album helped kick off the indie/alternative rock scene in the States, or what some called college rock.
This week Sam takes a look at the only studio album from American "neo-soul" singer Lauryn Hill "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill." Released in 1998, this album is one of only two rap albums to ever win the album of the year at the Grammys.
This week Sam takes a look at the debut album from gangsta rap group NWA "Straight Outta Compton." Released in 1988, this album helped to resurrect hip-hop in LA and ushered in the era of gangsta rap in America during the 1990s.
This week Sam takes a look at the sixth studio album from British band Pulp "This Is Hardcore." Released in 1998, this album took more of a darker tone as lead singer Jarvis Cocker battled fame and a cocaine addiction.