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Sisters Doing It For Themselves

Reacting to the perceived lack of oestrogen on the podium at the 2018 Grammys, we asked around the office for our all-time favourite albums by our very-own stellar sistas. We go one better by taking you through the ages.

Carole King – Tapestry (1971)
A peerless collection of classic cuts in the great singer-songwriter tradition, before there was such a thing as a singer-songwriter tradition. Small band. Live room. Minimal overdubs. Poetic and prophetic.

Joni Mitchell – Blue (1971)
What a year ’71 was for the female singer-songstress. This wistful and blissfully romantic tour de force is the highest ranked album by a female artist (No.30) in Rolling Stones magazine’s greatest records of all time list. so there.

Sade – Diamond Life (1984)
Smooth jazz mixed with pop and soul, all delivered by a voice of limited range but unlimited attitude. A time capsule for the world.

Kate Bush – Hounds of Love (1985)
Remaining timeless, despite the ‘80s production, this mix of pounding drums, bedsprung bass and soaring vocals remains Ms Bush’s defining record in a career of defining records.

Portishead – Dummy (1994)
Beth Gibbons voice is the anchor point of this minimalist collection of trip-hop staples from Bristol’s finest. The album was everywhere, mixing modern beats with the shimmer of ‘50s guitars and cut-ups and samples.

Amy Winehouse – Back To Black (2006)
Motown meets modern RnB. Songs of heartache and self-reflection hints at just what might have been.

Lorde – Melodrama (2017)
The whole package. In the Bjork mould. Described as a ‘loose concept album’, this collection of melodramatic songs of self-reflection leaves a mark.