9. Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
What You SHOULD Love Them For: Tusk
Look, nobody’s saying that Rumours isn’t a great album, because let’s face it, Rumours is a bloody great album, but Tusk was really the point at which Fleetwood Mac broke free of the surly bonds that tether us mere mortals to dull normality, and delivered arguably their most satisfying piece of work ever.
Recorded in a studio that was custom built purposely for the process, Tusk was the most expensive album ever recorded up until that point in history, wracking up costs in excess of $1,000,000. From the outset, the goal was to create something that sounded nothing like its 1977 predecessor, and boy, did the Mac manage to do that.
Less a conventional album and more a series of fleeting snapshots stretched opulently across a double spread, the record drew influence from a broad musical spectrum - most notably Lindsay Buckingham’s newfound infatuation with post-punk.
That insistence on making something deliberately more incongruous and alternative led to an album that at times can feel more like a jumbled up jigsaw puzzle than a coherent ready-made masterpiece, but given enough patience and dedication, Tusk is, without any exaggeration, simply stunning.