By Smith Galtney
Released two years before Drake�s apparent suicide, this haunting final bow has shown enormous influence. Without it there�d be no Everything but the Girl, no Belle and Sebastian, no Sufjan Stevens, nor other navel gazers too numerous to list. The album�s a mere 28 minutes, but Drake�s shy, stark ruminations on heartbreak, alienation, and the pending apocalypse will hook you for life.
Strangeways, Here We Come
The album includes two songs with death in the title, a sing-along jingle called �Girlfriend In a Coma,� and three more tunes about murder (or the mere contemplation of). The band itself even died before the album hit stores! Oh, well�at least the Morrissey-Marr partnership signed off on a high note with this grand ol� �ber-gay bummer.
Sludge-heavy tempos, gloomy guitars, straight-faced love songs as if rendered by Edward Scissorhands. Somehow, the Cure�s most downbeat effort went on to become the band�s masterpiece and a double-platinum smash. Maybe it had something to do with gracious, uplifting sentiments like �I�ll pull out my heart / And I�ll feed it to anyone.�