Today is National Album Day in the UK and the theme this year is debuts. Paul Bridgewater, my editor at The Line of Best Fit, invited me and several others to write a short text about our favourite first albums. There were so many I could have chosen, but Tracy Chapman's 1988 self-titled debut seemed to be particularly relevant to the state of the world today.
Click through to read the blurb and see the full list.
Of course, I could easily have written a full essay on another favourite debut from 1988: the brilliantly daft and only record Tori Amos made as Y Kant Tori Read. It's the beginning and the end of her high camp era, and it holds up surprisingly well thanks to a fantastic 2017 remaster.