Don't Say No

Billy Squier

Don't Say No

1981

Arena Rock

After turning some heads with his debut, Billy Squier truly arrived with 1981's Don't Say No, which kicks off in spectacular fashion with the triple opening salvo of "In the Dark," "The Stroke," and "My Kinda Lover" -- all of which become staples at rock radio.

- Greg Prato

Mirrored

Battles

Mirrored

March, 2007

Alternative/Indie Rock

Loud, funny, astonishingly sophisticated -- and not in the least pretentious -- Battles' debut album gave free rein to the hyperkinetic style they hinted at with their early EPs. Tribal yet slick, playful yet precise, the band's labyrinthine dances of Krautrock, math rock and prog remain utterly infectious listening.

- Thom Jurek