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101. Antony And The Johnsons
I'm A Bird Now
At first it's the voice that overwhelms. You will not find anything remotely resembling this. That idiosyncratic outsiders like him still have a place in a cultural landscape of conformity and superficiality is a miracle.
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102. Pulp
His 'N' Hers
1994   Review
Even more immediate and instantly likeable than their 'Different Class' opus. Along with St.Etienne they embodied a renaissance for pure, perfect pop in the 90s.
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103. Cowboy Junkies
The Trinity Session
The atmosphere they create on this is incredible. Their interpretation of other people's songs is astonishing, but after all it's the quality of their own compositions which makes this so great.
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104. Avi Buffalo
Avi Buffalo
As things look at the moment, the current decade will not yield that many classic albums. And those few that will emerge will probably come from rather unexpected places. Like this one, which is basically music for adults made by teenagers.
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105. Aphex Twin
Selected Ambient Works 85-92
1992   Review
One of the most mystical and enigmatic solo artist ever delivers a cornerstone of electronic music with a selection of tracks which sound dead simple and terribly complex at the same time.
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106. The Specials
More Specials
A record that might be easily dismissed as easy listening party music. But if the party still ain't over after two and a half decades there must be something more to it.
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107. Mercury Rev
Deserter's Songs
1998   Review
When at the end of the 90s the music scene was dominated by US Hip hop and Lo-fi acts, a band left over from the start of the decade resurfaced with a set of songs reaching far back into the history of American music for inspiration but all done in their own distinctive style.
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108. 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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109. Throwing Muses
Throwing Muses
One of the strongest, most intense female forces in music. Their debut shows a young band working totally devoid of external influences. A modern day Bronte sisters if you like.
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110. Tindersticks
1993   Review
Only a band as strong as them can make a debut a double and can come up with an album which never fails to entertain over its 77 minutes. Of course entertainment in the Tindersticks world is a bit more reflective and sombre than one might be used to.
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111. Van Morrison
Astral Weeks
A strange record. Like a fairy tail come true, like a medieval song contest run out of control. No wonder he couldn't repeat this.
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112. Depeche Mode
Music For The Masses
By finally shaking off their synthi pop origins completely and by broadening their range of styles to incorporate classical and rock influences (guitars at last!) they laid the foundation for their subsequent massive world wide career.
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113. Big Star
Radio City
The dreariness of the musical landscape in the early seventies made one wonder why they bothered inventing rock'n'roll in the first place. But just listen to the opening chords of "September Gurls" and be reassured that there was still hope.
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114. Nirvana
Absolutely impossible to say something new about this album which is probably the most important record of our generation. And of course everybody still knows when and where he or she heard that first song for the first time.
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115. The Langley Schools Music Project
Innocence & Despair
A bunch of schoolkids singing songs by the Beach Boys, Bowie and other 60s and 70s artists. Particularly fascinating is how they grasp the essence of these songs without being fully able to understand the meaning of the lyrics.
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116. Mojave 3
Spoon And Rafter
It's been a long way from Slowdive's effect drenched guitar landscapes to the simple modern folk music here. And don't forget most of their other albums are overlooked gems too.
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117. 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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118. Slowdive
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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119. Galaxie 500
A charming debut but you wouldn't guess they'll follow this with a real classic just a year later. If only contemporary bands could work at this pace.
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120. Neutral Milk Hotel
In The Aeroplane Over The Sea
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.
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