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When the Beta Band deemed their self-titled debut album proper “fucking awful” upon its release 12 years ago, most fans knew such defeatist talk should be taken with a very large grain of salt. I mean here was a band that routinely tried to piss off their bosses, blowing advances on...
The Strokes’ 'Is This It' came in at No.2 in the Ragged Words Albums of the Decade poll and, whatever avant-garde purists will tell you, its position was entirely deserved. No other record changed the musical landscape so much over the course of the noughties, or conjured up such giddy...