Every now and then, a debut album appears that sounds mature and transcends fad and trend. Such an album doesn't sound dated, even decades later.

These albums fascinate me in particular - how the artist gets the sound so right the first time (whether or not they ever do it again), as though they were born older.

Many debut albums are fantastic but date somewhat, which is not to discount their quality. But that first-time timelessness is, well, something else.

Here are some debut albums that struck me this way. What are some of yours?

- Dire Straits
- Sade, Diamond Life
- Elvis Costello, My Aim is True
- Everything but the Girl