Bloomsbury Academic announces the next batch of their album-centric music books.
During 2013 and 2014, Bloomsbury will release another 18 books in the series, which already stands at 86 editions. As Spin reports, the new volumes are decidedly contemporary. Previously, only Kid A was of the new millenium.
Previously, we’ve found terrific entries like John Darnielle’s Master of Reality and Drew Daniel’s 20 Jazz Funk Greats to be outnumbered by less than stellar volumes, but overall, the concept is worthwhile.
The full list is below, which along with essential albums from Aphex Twin (Selected Ambient Works Vol II), Oasis (Definitely Maybe), Bjork (last year’s Biophilia), and J Dilla (Donuts), includes classics from Michael Jackson, the Beach Boys, and Kanye West.
Andrew WK: I Get Wet, by Phillip Crandall
Aphex Twin: Selected Ambient Works Vol II, by Marc Weidenbaum
Beach Boys: Smile, by Luis Sanchez
Bjork: Biophilia, by Nicola Dibben
Bobbie Gentry: Ode to Billie Joe, by Tara Murtha
Danger Mouse: The Grey Album, by Charles Fairchild
Dead Kennedys: Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, by Mike Foley
Devo: Freedom of Choice, by Evie Nagy
Gang of Four: Entertainment! by Kevin Dettmar
Hole: Live Through This, by Anwyn Crawford
J Dilla: Donuts, by Jordan Ferguson
Kanye West: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, by Kirk Walker Graves
Michael Jackson: Dangerous, by Susan Fast
Oasis: Definitely Maybe, by Alex Niven
Richard Hell and the Voidoids: Blank Generation, by Pete Astor
Serge Gainsbourg: Histoire de Melody Nelson, by Darran Anderson
Sigur Ros: ( ), by Ethan Hayden
They Might Be Giants: Flood, by Alex Reed and Philip Sandifer