Alison Moyet


June 16, 2017

Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

The vocal powerhouse's ninth LP was a personal one, with its title referring to the invisibility that often comes with middle age. Produced by Guy Sigsworth, who also produced 2013's The Minutes, it shares the latter's dramatic, orchestral-electronic flare but with added acoustic instrumentation and a sometimes frostier, more intense tone. In fact, she sounds confident here and ready to embrace the act of transformation when declaring "I'm here/I germinate" on the opening track. Fans were receptive; it became her seventh solo album to make the U.K. Top 20.

- Marcy Donelson

Muddy Waters

I'm Ready

June, 1978

Chicago Blues

After a string of uninspired albums in the mid-'70s, Muddy Waters came roaring back with 1977's Hard Again, and 1978's I'm Ready showed that comeback was no fluke. Cut with Waters' road band with the addition of Jimmy Rogers and Big Walter Horton, producer Johnny Winter had the good sense to stand back and let Muddy strut his stuff, and this comes remarkably close to the joyous menace of his Chess classics of the 1950s.

- Mark Deming