7 Iconic Breakup Albums
1. 808s & Heartbreak, Kanye West
Definitely Kanye’s most emotionally raw record, 808s & Heartbreak deals not only with the end of his engagement to long-term girlfriend Alexis Phifer, but also with the highly publicized death of his mother Donda, which occurred only a few months later. This collection of personal ballads and melodies gives us a glimpse of Kanye’s softer side, and also produced massively iconic hits “Love Lockdown” and “Heartless.”
2. Transatlanticism, Death Cab for Cutie
3. For Emma, Forever Ago, Bon Iver
In all honesty, every Bon Iver album has the potential to dissolve the listener into a sobbing heap of emotion, but For Emma, Forever Ago overflows with a sorrow unlike any other. Recorded in an empty and isolated hunting cabin in the Wisconsin wilderness, this record tells the tale of lost love over folky melodic rhythms, while also responding to lead singer Justin Vernon’s distancing from his previous musical process and style.
4. Back to Black, Amy Winehouse
5. The First Days of Spring, Noah and the Whale
A special kind of breakup album, The First Days of Spring chronicles not only the loss of a girlfriend, but also the absence of female vocals, as lead singer Charlie Fink and band member Laura Marling are the couple in question. Marling left the band following the split, so not only did Fink’s personal life take on a different dynamic, so did the overall sound and style of the band itself.
6. Blunderbuss, Jack White
7. OK Computer, Radiohead
Another atypical breakup album, OK Computer was