The Saints

Eternally Yours

1978

Aussie Rock

The Saints' 1977 debut (I'm) Stranded was an instant classic, one of the first and fiercest salvos in Australian punk, but their second LP, 1978's Eternally Yours, was where lead singer and idea man Chris Bailey (who died in April 2022) revealed how much more they could do. Here, Bailey mixed up the tempos, added a horn section, and dipped into pop melodicism without ever easing up on the band's dazzling intensity.

- Mark Deming

Wilco

Being There

October 29, 1996

Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

Rumor has it that the upcoming Wilco album Cruel Country is a nod back to their earlier rootsier sound, making it a good time to dive back into their sprawling double album Being There. Some songs meander and some simmer until they explode, but each one helps to tell the story of what Wilco would become over the next decades.

- Zac Johnson