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Top 7 indie albums for college...

Professor Eoin Devereux makes the case for listening to indie classics

Professor Eoin Devereux

Published 22/08/2016 | 06:00

Professor Eoin Devereaux.
Professor Eoin Devereaux.

Your days and nights at college or university will undoubtedly be ones of new experiences and challenges. For many of you it will be a time of change, experimentation and independence.

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And while the technologies you use to access music may have changed radically since the days of vinyl and CDs, songs (and indeed whole albums) will inevitably form part of your college soundscape. Researchers have long examined the emotional bonds we form with individual songs and albums and all seven selected albums are very good examples of this.

The Queen Is Dead, by The Smiths.
The Queen Is Dead, by The Smiths.

This year, I picked Indie music because, as a genre, it is most closely associated with early adulthood and may be seen as operating in tandem with those years of questioning, non-conformity and even rebellion. 

This year's list includes classic albums by punk chanteuse Patti Smith and former Sugarcubes singer Bjork. Choosing just one Bowie album to listen to is almost an impossibility, but Low is well worth investing some time in if you are a newcomer to the vast Bowie catalogue. The list also includes some of the recent classics by The Stone Roses and Nirvana. First place, this year, goes to The Queen Is Dead by The Smiths. Now 30 years old, the album is widely recognised as an Indie classic and contains several anthems including There Is A Light That Never Goes Out.  Happy listening! 

Professor Eoin Devereux is co-director of the Popular Music and Popular Culture Research Cluster at UL. He is co-editor of 'David Bowie: Critical Perspectives' published by Routledge New York. Follow him on Twitter @Professordevereux

Nevermind, by Nirvana.
Nevermind, by Nirvana.
The Stone Roses, by The Stone Roses.
The Stone Roses, by The Stone Roses.
Low, by David Bowie.
Low, by David Bowie.
Horses, by Patti Smith.
Horses, by Patti Smith.
Debut, by Bjork.
Debut, by Bjork.
Alligator, by The National.
Alligator, by The National.

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