Thunder and Consolation (1989), because the sound on early albums may seem dated to new fans, then work your way forward through their discography. If you want to explore further then work back.
This second album has the inimitable NMA style, and the usual lyrical themes. The biggest difference is Stuart Morrow’s aggressive bass style which gives the music a belligerent tone, something that lessened on later works without him.
Songs of Note: Better Than Them; No Rest
4 voices of history that echo all around of 5