THE SISTERS OF MERCY / First and Last and Always (1985)
The unique sound of the first Sisters album is a love it / hate it thing. Like Joy Division or Bauhaus it’s infused with a gloomy repetitive atmosphere that will depress many or elate the individual, and only really works in the right environment. It’s solely responsible for the gothic tag that dogged the band for years afterwards. It’s nihilistic 80’s rock music that engulfs the listener in a fog of self-reflection. If you can embrace that, it'll never leave you.