Thirteen New Wave Album Classics

May 04, 2023 by Daniel de Visé

Punk rock rebooted rock and roll. The back-to-basics movement cleansed rock of its excesses: the side-long prog epics, the arena-rock overkill, the self-indulgent concept albums.

And then, after punk's hard reset, bands commenced a new round of sonic experiments. They explored longer songs, slower tempos and softer dynamics, keyboards and synths, harmonies and horns and, regrettably, the keytar.

The ensuing movement, variously called new wave and post-punk, delivered a crateload of albums with masterful songwriting, literary lyricism and virtuosic musicianship: a pop-music renaissance.

Here are 13 great LPs from the new wave era.

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