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Pulp
Different Class
1995   Review
If the combination of razor-sharp lyrics and sparkling tunes wasn't enough to ensure major success they released it at the crest of the Britpop wave. So even the common people got to hear this.
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Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
The Good Son
1990
Of his many great albums this is the one which contrasts best splendid melodies, opulent arrangements and his unique voice.
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Tim Buckley
Goodbye And Hello
1967
This would have been just a regular folk album if not for that voice. A voice so rich in expression and modulation you wouldn't need accompanying instruments at all. A voice with no equivalent in rock music history.
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Slowdive
Slowdive
2017
Many tried to transport the classic shoegaze sound into the 21st century. But no one did it as elegantly as Slowdive. That was bad news of course for the numerous critics they had in the 90s.
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The Smiths
Meat Is Murder
1985
On this one Johnny Marr's guitar playing is the strongest with a range from soft lushness to harder rock oriented stuff. Morrissey fits his lyrics in perfectly.
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Love
Forever Changes
1968
The perfect soundtrack for a sun drenched day in the summer. Everything that's great about 60s music is present here, with some never heard additions.
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Teenage Fanclub
Bandwagonesque
1991
In an innovation competition this lot would certainly finish last. But that was never really the point of this band. Instead: simple lyrics, simple melodies. But great effect.
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Cranes
Loved
1994   Review
Released in the year Britpop broke big this splendid collection of acoustic gothic lullabies was not very well received. But as with impressionistic painting (as seen on the cover) time will finally prove them right.
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Pet Shop Boys
Behaviour
1990
For their standards an unusually quiet and melancholic album. Not many killer singles but not many weak tracks either.
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Nirvana
Unplugged In New York
1994   Review
'Nevermind' was the big one, but this was more at the core of what Kurt Cobain wanted to achieve with music. Of what further things he would have been capable can only be guessed.
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The House Of Love
The House Of Love
1990
Band members leaving and major labels interfering resulted in an album that was only half as good as it could have been. Sadly this along with the La's debut was the last struggle of the C86 generation against the rise of mainstream indie.
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The Velvet Underground
Loaded
1970
Often overlooked because it was fundamentally different from their other releases both in mood and style. They ruined it a bit during mixing but it still was a great ending for the band that started it all.
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Happy Mondays
Pills'N'Thrills'N' Bellyaches
1990
It was always clear that in the long run this band would be remembered much more for their excesses than for their recorded output. That's a shame because as dated as those baggy beats might sound they still groove as hell.
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Saint Etienne
So Tough
1993
The band that embodied the idea of a pop group like no other. Melodic bliss topped by the most pleasing if not to say stimulating female voice ever.
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The Jesus And Mary Chain
Automatic
1989
Although it doesn't feature proper drums and bass it still was a classic Rock'n'Roll album and concluded a hat trick for the Scottish brothers. Strangely the best song "Drop" was only available on the CD version.
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Electric Prunes
I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night
1967
A man singing lyrics written by a woman who tried to express the feelings of a man. Complicated but leading to great results. It showed that the 60s had more to offer than "I Want To Hold Your Hand".
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Galaxie 500
This Is Our Music
1990
Their swansong after just three immensely creative years contained among the usual atmospheric guitar sounds some songs you could actually hum to.
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Slowdive
Souvlaki
1993
Surprising forays into ambient and folk amidst the usual dream pop. And a welcome return to form for Mr. Brian Eno as well.
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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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Neutral Milk Hotel
In The Aeroplane Over The Sea
1998
Largely overlooked at the time of release this proved to be a blueprint for many of the celebrated artists of the 00s (Arcade Fire, Beirut, Bright Eyes, ...) . Sadly still no follow up in sight.