19. The Ex - 'Turn' (2004). This long-running Dutch postpunk institution was always fearlessly ambitious, but they really went for it with this one: A double-CD flush with African jazz rhythms and up-with-artists rhetoric. Albini kept their sound severe, but he also gave them a chance to loosen up a bit. And the band's version of the Eritrean revolutionary song "Huriyet" is as joyous as they ever got.
Infamously cantankerous studio rat/national treasure Steve Albini doesn’t like to be called a record producer. He prefers the term “recording engineer.” That’s a dry, clinical term for what Albini actually does, but it makes sense that he’d prefer to be seen that way. Over the past few decades, Albini has overseen the creation of countle… More »