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Blondie
Parallel Lines
1978
One of the few bands which have obtained mayor success without losing their artistic integrity. In addition, their singer became a role model for all girl fronted bands following in their wake.
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Vampire Weekend
Vampire Weekend
2008
A strange try at Indie world music? Maybe. The rebirth of the US music scene? Perhaps. A band trying to use their intelligence and musicianship wisely? Definitely.
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Pet Shop Boys
Very
1993   Review
This album sounded rather anachronistic back then but now we know it is perfectly timeless. When they stopped releasing great singles in the mid 90s a vital part of pop music died.
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Red House Painters
Down Colourful Hill
1992   Review
Recommencing where L. Cohen left off two decades ago, these songs sound rather bare and simple at start but take your grip in the end. Desolate and sad, of course, but never hopeless.
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Embrace
Drawn From Memory
2000
It's unlikely this album will ever appear in any other best albums list. But don't let that put you off, otherwise you will miss some very well-crafted songs like the moving "Liar's Tears".
I'm fully aware that some rather important genres like soul or hip-hop are not represented in this list at all. But as much as I admire the historical significance of "What's Going On" and "'It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back", they are not as close to my heart as the records in this list.