New Day Rising
Label: Sst Records
Released in 1985, New Day Rising ranks up there with R.E.M.'s Murmur and Dinosaur Jr.'s You're Living All Over Me when it comes to iconic albums that steered the development of American alternative rock and its myriad offshoots (from lo-fi to noise pop). Every song here is the result of songwriters Bob Mould and Grant Hart having struck a perfect balance between hardcore mania and their love for pop hooks. It all sounds so damn endearing, yet beneath the surface sits a big, fat heap of insecurity, self-doubt and anxiety.