|My Favourite Debut Albums|
Most debuts are good. Some are great. These are the ones I personally consider the best out of all the ones I've heard.
Yeah, yeah, I know it's not their *actual* debut. Shut up. It's still virtually flawless.
Falling With Style
...and they only got better from here. These guys really do need to be better known.
A very promising first draft for what would be their greatest album ever.
Had they opted for literally any other name and cover style, they would have been much more respected. Just saying.
These guys were so good, they managed to have a career despite being a hair metal band with a debut album released in 1990.
|7||Godspeed You! Black Emperor|
F♯ A♯ ∞
Not so much an album as an aural experience. The soundtrack to the greatest film never written.
Alive or Just Breathing
The album that popularised the concept of metalcore, and still a strong candidate for best album ever from that genre.
AOTY for 16-year-old me, and still a massive nostalgic guilty pleasure for thirtysomething-year-old me.
A few too many songs on this one, but the ones that slap, slap HARD. That initial sequence of Clandestino / Desaparecido / Bongo Bong brooks absolutely NO argument, and tracks like Mama Call and Minha Galera keep the Latin party vibes going strong well into the album's running time.
Kick Out the Jams
The aural equivalent of a wild hallucinogenic trip. It has to be heard to be believed.
Kill 'Em All
Again, this feels like a first draft for its two superior sucessors, but there is no denying the youthful energy of songs like The Four Horsemen, Motorbreath, Seek and Destroy or Metal Militia.
Low-key my favourite Nirvana album, even if its sucessor wins out on historic importance. Kurt and Co. would never be this grungy, sludgy or fuzzy ever again - and more's the pity.
Look What The Cat Dragged In
Once again, this feels like a first draft for their superior sophomore effort, but just you try to deny songs like Talk Dirty To Me or the title track.
Acknowledged as one of the greatest debuts in music history, and with good reason.
Red Gold Green
One of the most unique albums I have ever listened to. Shame they chose a different sonic path after this, but this debut remains an absolute gem.
The album that brought me back into harder styles of music at age 14. I don't listen to it so much anymore these days (it has been over 20 years) but the first half of the album is still not to be denied.
|18||Stiff Little Fingers|
My first brush with these guys was a live album, and I didn't get the hype around them. My second was Nobody's Heroes, and I still didn't get the hype around them. Third time around...I got it.
London Calling's my favourite by them, but this one is a close second - especially as it contains some of my favourite songs of theirs, like Clash City Rockers and I Fought The Law.
|20|| ||The Prodigy|
The Prodigy Experience
The tracklist reads like a Greatest Hits compilation, and while the next two albums would improve on this debut's sound, it remains a very strong outing in its own right.