(1990, Stardog/Mercury)

From the opening track This is Shangrila through to the closer Crown of Thornes, this sole album by Seattle’s Mother Love Bone served as a kind of connective tissue between the dying glam metal scene to the emerging grunge sounds, adding pathos and soul to a bloated corporate scene desperately in need of it. Singer Andrew Wood’s death days before it came out lent the whole thing a slightly funereal air, but there’s no denying what a promising debut this was.

LISTEN: Spotify

READ: This excellent Medium post looking back on the album and its legacy.

WATCH: The video for Stargazer, which serves to underline what a tragic waste Wood’s death was.