Hunky DoryDavid Bowie
I've always thought that he sounds the most like Paul McCartney with his voice on this one, but where the pop gives way to more artistic experimentation is where that small similarity ends. This is an album that is between sounds and normally those fall short for me as they're albums from musicians searching for an identity. That's not the case on this masterpiece in which each track could have made an album that was otherwise filler. This one has no filler. It has a maturity and confidence in it's dabbling with a more pop sound while refusing to just pump out another record that sounds like everything else. It's a bridge from the pop of the 60s to the brown acid hangovers of the 70s. Every song seems to have left it's mark on something that has come since. I adore the forward vocals on the album, and the separation and clarity of the instruments in the mix. I could listen to this on repeat all day and be happy.