Backspin

Love
The Cult
Beggars' Banquet

Anybody who has even a passing acquaintance with alternative rock knows "She Sells Sanctuary," but this iconic LP contains so many more top-notch, style-defining tunes — "Rain," "Hollow Man," "Brother Wolf, Sister Moon," "Revolution," the title track. Love showed only hints of the AC/DC-meets-Fields of the Nephilim blast of The Cult's next album (and career highwater mark) Electric, but it certainly added some arena-rock balls to Goth/New Wave's more mopey and synth-heavy atmospherics, helping to expand the genre's sonic horizons while bringing a whole new legion of fans (read: guys who were afraid to admit they liked The Cure) into the fold.

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