Transgender Dysphoria Blues

Against Me! chronicle the trials and tribulations of a transgender sex worker on their sixth studio album.

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The Disintegration Loops

Cloudy electronic tones billow and deteriorate on this plaintive ambient album by William Basinski.

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The ArchAndroid

Clones, the campaign for equality, and Clair de Lune all feature on this manifold album by Janelle Monáe.

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Space is the Place

Sun Ra composed this futuristic jazz album to accompany the blaxploitation film of the same name.

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Hejira

Tyres turn on sandy highways and jazz inflections abound in this road trip album by Joni Mitchell.

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Fever Ray

A tangle of timbres, from whistling synths to pattered percussion, emerge on Fever Ray's ghostly debut album.

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Radio-Activity

Kraftwerk act as self-styled scientists on this album, and their electronic experiments crackle with energy.

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Tracy Chapman

Romantic ballads sit next to perceptive social commentary on Tracy Chapman's debut album.

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An Empty Bliss

Fifties music hall songs are dusted down and distorted in this poignant ambient album by The Caretaker.

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Begin to Hope

Regina Spektor ponders orcas and owls, cigarettes and cocaine, floods and frotteurism on her fourth album.

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