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Daveybot 7th Dec 2009 15:18

Top Ten 1990s Albums
After Amner raised the issue of the NME's recent top 50 albums of the 2000s, I got to thinking about how hard it was to rate things objectively when viewed from so recently. Give it ten years, I thought, and then have another look.

...Which got me wondering about how I'd rate the top ten albums of the 1990s. The ones I listen to the most then? the ones I listen to the most now? The ones which received the critical acclaim?

I became befuddled, but over the past week I've come up with the following matrix. For better or for worse, here are what I believe to be 40 good albums from the 1990s, and the way I listen/listened to them:

Why didn't I listen to Nirvana that much whilst a teenager? It's an absolutely brilliant album. And why don't I listen to it that much now? I honestly don't know. Same with Portishead, and almost everything in that batch.

And Terrorvision - I could have sworn I would like that album for ages back in the day, but it's honestly been years.

And why didn't I catch ahold of Massive Attack at the time? I remember liking Unfinished Sympathy a lot, but for some reason it took ten years for me to properly appreciate that album.

Anyway. Discuss, if y'all like!

Digger 7th Dec 2009 15:23

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Did you really not listen to Massive Attack back then, really? I had that one and Blue Lines back then, cant imagine you didn't listen to it too. Mind you, I guess I was off at uni through the second half of the 90s and that's where I really remember those albums from.

I listened to Terrorvision the other day driving back from site - it still rocks! In fact I refiled all my CDs recently (yes, that sad) and had a bit of a retro afternoon listening to several in that bottom left quadrant.

Daveybot 7th Dec 2009 16:11

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i've been listening to a lot of it this past week or so.

What's weird is just how well I can sing along to every single song on the left side, even if I haven't listened to them in ages. And it turns out I sing at exactly the same pitch as the bloke what is off of the Crash Test Dummies. I'd forgotten about that.

Stewart 8th Dec 2009 14:59

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August And Everything After by Counting Crows and The Boatman's Call by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds go immediately into my top ten 90s albums. Will need to think about the rest.

Daveybot 8th Dec 2009 15:17

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I put together a spotify playlist of this lot:

1990s - Dave's 4 top 10s

...But I keep thinking of things I left out! Ahhh, twas bound to be so, I guess.

John Self 8th Dec 2009 15:27

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Using Db's matrix as primary inspiration, followed by my iTunes library, I come up with:

Radiohead, OK Computer
Pet Shop Boys, Behaviour
Blur, 13
R.E.M., Automatic for the People
George Michael, Listen Without Prejudice Vol 1
The Auteurs, After Murder Park
Depeche Mode, Violator
The Divine Comedy, Promenade
Stephen Duffy, Music in Colors
Morrissey, Vauxhall & I
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Let Love In
Suede, Dog Man Star
Tom Waits, Bone Machine

Of course I don't listen to any of them regularly now, but the point is that they absolutely fix my memories in a point in time and define that era for me. And I can go back to them any time and know that they're still good.

Stewart 8th Dec 2009 15:44

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Oh, Promenade is a good one. The best Divine Comedy album made.

Adding the self-titled debut from Rage Against The Machine, too.

Daveybot 8th Dec 2009 16:17

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Originally Posted by John Self (Post 114580)
George Michael, Listen Without Prejudice Vol 1...


Originally Posted by John Self (Post 114580)
...Suede, Dog Man Star...

Both would be down in the bottom right quadrant of my chart there, I think (Didn't really listen to them then, and don't now either) but by golly you're right - classics, both. I'd completely forgotten about the existence of George Michael. Edited to add: Ooooh, mind you, I think I'm mistaking that album for his first one, which was 1987 so I can't count it. My mistake! A good start to that one, though.

fanshawe 8th Dec 2009 16:18

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Using three panels of Daveybot's excellent grid:

Listened to then/ still listen to now:

Wilco - Summerteeth
Screaming Trees - Dust
Super Furry Animals - Radiator
My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
Cornershop - When I Was Born For The Seventh Time
Olivia Tremor Control - Dusk at Cubist Castle
Aphex Twin - Richard D James Album
Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
Urusei Yatsura - We Are Urusei Yatsura
Mogwai - Young Team

Listen to now/ didn't listen to then:
Jay-Z - Reasonable Doubt
Notorious BIG - Ready to Die
Nas - Illmatic
Robert Wyatt - Shleep
Daniel Johnston - Fun
Magnetic Fields - 69 Love Songs
Pavement - Slanted and Enchanted
Lemonheads - Come on Feel the Lemonheads
Sonic Youth - Dirty
Pulp - Different Class

Listened to it then/ Don't listen to it now:

Jeff Buckley - Grace
Spiritualized - Ladies and Gentlemen
Beastie Boys - Check Your Head
Lauryn Hill - Miseducation of
Oasis - Definitely Maybe
Radiohead - OK Computer
Sebadoh - The Sebadoh
Metallica - The Black Album
Snoop Doggy Dogg - Doggystyle
Sparklehorse - Good Morning Spider

Stewart 8th Dec 2009 16:47

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Originally Posted by fanshawe (Post 114584)
Aphex Twin - Richard D James Album

I was toying with throwing ...I Care Because You Do in to my top ten. Still listen to it fifteen years on.

Urusei Yatsura - We Are Urusei Yatsura
I listened to this again recently, having unearthed it from a box. Fun to listen to, but fades away quickly.

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