Is there any album that marries angelic songwriting and soaring melodies better than Psychocandy? The Jesus and Mary Chain's 1985 debut isn’t just a perfect rock record, it's a tour de force of pop deconstruction and dark aesthetics. Much like Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, these barbed-wire reverberations inspired riots and violence during the band’s performances in 1980s Scotland. These days, doomy gems like "Just Like Honey" are better suited for rainy weekend bike rides through the city. The Jesus and Mary Chain’s long and successful career has seen them dial back the chainsaw Phil Spector acoustics while developing an influential swarthiness. The band’s new album, Damage and Joy, proves they’re still as sharp and insolent as ever. CHRIS SUTTON
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