Point Final

Isolation Ward

Point Final

November 17, 2009

This Belgian post-punk act's best efforts are smart examples of nervous, melancholic electronic/rock fusions. Plenty of comparison points can easily be drawn thanks to the keening vocals and bass/drum-heavy arrangements -- Wire just before their first breakup, 17 Seconds-era Cure, the earliest work of the Passions, Modern English, and Cocteau Twins, and Siouxsie and the Banshees.

- Ned Raggett

Love.Angel.Music.Baby.

Gwen Stefani

Love.Angel.Music.Baby.

November 23, 2004

Dance-Pop

In the blink of an eye, this album turned fifteen years old. The No Doubt vocalist's solo debut made a splash upon release, cementing her second life as a pop icon for the 21st century with gleefully weird singles and a crew of superstar producers contributing to the melee. No moment is wasted here and, beyond the well-known singles, the Japan-obsessed jaunt "Harajuku Girls" and the sugar-sweet new wave "The Real Thing" are worth attention.

- Neil Z. Yeung