Too Pure, 1992
22-year-old singer-guitar punisher Polly Jean Harvey dropped her ferocious debut just six months after Nirvana's game-changing Nevermind. But this English rock'n'roll trio invented an alternate type of raw power to Seattle grunge, whether Harvey was breathlessly singing "I'm happy I'm bleeding" over Captain Beefheart slide guitar blooze riffing, easing herself metaphorically into a body-bag ("Plants and Rags"), or spinning a psychosexually amped-up remake of the Samson and Delilah myth. Biblical passion never rocked so hard. "I put everything I had into it," she said years later. "It was a very extreme record." It still is.