Iron Maiden

Live After Death

August, 1985

British Metal

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Nothing short of epic in scope, sound, and histrionics, Iron Maiden's 1985 live album Live After Death easily ranks as one of the best live albums in heavy metal history. Taken from shows in L.A. and London, the lengthy set captures the band at their peak and running through a best-of setlist of their most loved material up until that point.

- Fred Thomas

Sukia

Contacto Espacial con el Tercer Sexo

October, 1996

Electronica

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A quarter-century after its release, the lone album from the avant-lounge collective Sukia remains a glorious oddity. Funnier and weirder than most trip-hop acts and far less traditional than most lounge revivalists, the group carves out its own invitingly bizarre niche on Contacto Espacial con el Tercer Sexo, combining cheesy and sleazy samples and vintage instrumentation with help from the Dust Brothers at their most outlandish.

- Heather Phares