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The essential 90-s: records of the era that you MUST own

Oleg Puchko "Mr Carbohydrate"
 
OK Computer
OK Computer
"THE masterpiece that is frequently referred to as "the best album ever made", Even if it's still debatable, here's a CD with a monumental grip, timeless quality and indefatigable power."
Nevermind
Nevermind
"90-s without Nirvana would have been completely different.Crushing angst here meets unforgettable arrangements, true sincerity meets critical and commercial acclaim.Generation-defining record,no less."
Blue Lines
Blue Lines
"OK, had it only included 'Unfinished Sympathy', it would still be up here.Soulful and menacing (check 'Safe From Harm'),concinnous and absolutely unforgettable in each song. Must have, very obviously."
The Boatman's Call
The Boatman's Call
"Nick Cave can be very different music-wise indeed, but here he struck real gold. What a poetry! What an intimate (as if he sings to you directly) delivery! He recorded more, but never bettered this."
Insides (Version 2)
Insides (Version 2)
"If the term "prog-electronica" frightens you,then here's a cure for your fears. This is stretched out, but effective with every minute -an ingenious,yet eurhythmic masterpiece for dancefloors' haters."
The Holy Bible
The Holy Bible
"An equivalent of harsh, aggressive, no-compomise-esque musical beating by those who seemed to be nice fellas playing stadium rock. Not an album. A grandiose monument that still casts a long shadow."
Ray Of Light (U.S. Version)
Ray Of Light (U.S. Version)
"When Madonna is good, she's peerless. An album that instantly became a classic: Queen of Pop, having misspent most of the 90-s, was reborn as the force capable of eclipsing any (and every) other star."
Homework
Homework
"So you'd say where's The Fat Of The Land?Well, IMHO this is way better a dance album,which a)is not overplayed to death;b)it's fun fun fun.Exceptional debut,still sounding fresh and excessively joyful"
Urban Hymns
Urban Hymns
"What started as Ashcroft's solo album ended up the best disc The Verve released.The songs resonated as if they were god-sent,the hits had bigger choruses,than stadiums,the band stood in all its glory."
Automatic for the People
Automatic for the People
"OK,so Kurt Cobain listened to it before his suicide,but,hey,everybody hurts sometimes.R.E.M. at their most straightforward,melodic & touching.The band's last chef-d'oeuvre so far,however hard they try"
Attack Of The Grey Lantern
Attack Of The Grey Lantern
"Concept albums were rare beasts in the 90-s,especially those who reached upper levels of charts,so its presence here is well deserved.Cult status preceded/followed,yet its accessibility is undisputed."
Very: Further Listening 1992-1994
Very: Further Listening 1992-1994
"Refined pop-music from the duo who once took an active part in shaping its contemporary form. Their last great record until today, but, hey, it's not over /not over /not over /yet :)"
Different Class
Different Class
"Their road to glory was long & winding one,but once Pulp arrived they did so with all bombast,a bulk of nation-shaking hits & a frontman to cling to.Here Pulp sounded intelligible,but not compomised."
76:14
76:14
"This isn't a great ambient album,as many say.Nor it's a wallpaper music that features more sonic textures than is routinely used in genre.Rather it's a stunning landmark in its own kind.Beware."
Jagged Little Pill
Jagged Little Pill
"A powerful woman with issues.Craggy lyrics & in your face,don't give a f**k attitude.Sells millions and every single copy is still occasionally played as kind of  psychoterapeutical seance.Still helps"
Dog Man Star
Dog Man Star
"Debut was near perfect,yet this was the weightiest, most tendinous CD Suede ever produced.The songs,only New Generation aside,ooze yearning,urban desperation & bleak romanticism.Creative peak, a must."
White On Blonde
White On Blonde
"A perfect adult-pop record,which found Texas reborn genre-wise and at its(since long gone)peak.Faultless tunes carried rather significant and sincere emotional weight & left a big mark on this decade."
August & Everything After
August & Everything After
"FM-rock, you say? Well, look a little further than Mr.Jones,and you'll find drumly,yet hugely grasping record that vagely recalls,for instance, Springsteen, but creates its own unique world. Timeless."
The Soft Bulletin
The Soft Bulletin
"Weird,but crushing melodic pop from former acid rockers/one MTV-hit wonders?Of such power,self-confidence and at full throttle of imagination? Hell,yes.Not only great - genius on every possible level."
Endtroducing.....
Endtroducing.....
"Samples.Lots of them.Yet,put together, they sound not only organic, but almightily miraculous.There wasn't a record so unique back then,although come 21 century The Avalanches will prolong its legacy,"
Grace
Grace
"Was there at any time in history anyone so incredibly talented,with such a thrilling voice and improbable delivery?This is an album that obliges to be learnt by heart.He died -his soul still blossoms."
Definitely Maybe
Definitely Maybe
"Quintessential britpop album that entered music history with grandiosity of The Beatles or The Velvets.Working class anthems aimed at mass audience worked as no-holds-barred bombs.Live forever indeed."
Parklife
Parklife
"This is often perceived as britpop too,yet Blur gazed beyond the zeitgeist & into brits' mentality with all traits(often self-exluding) associated with it.An observation-pop at its finest and correct."
Moon Safari
Moon Safari
"A chill out CD, you say, you gotta be kidding?! No, I'm not. It's a rare beast indeed - smooth and excessively pleasant, but solid at core and elaborately recorded.Relaxing of soul rarely gets better."
Loveless
Loveless
"The only shoegazing album you'll ever need in your collection impresses with amplitudinous studio trickery(oh,boy,how rich & multilevel everything sounds here) & an iron grasp of such songs as Soon."