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141. David Bowie
Ziggy Stardust
At the beginning of the 70's Bowie was not only changing styles as usual, he was changing them pretty fast. So, how to buy glam-rock? A T-Rex best-of first, of course. Then this one.
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142. Simon & Garfunkel
Sounds Of Silence
Their later releases had better singular songs (Mrs. Robinson, The Boxer) but this one works better as a whole. And it sees Paul Simon peaking as a songwriter on the forever magnificent 'Katy's Song'.
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143. Television
Marquee Moon
At first listen it sounds like your average New Wave record. It's the way they make guitar solos sound cool that makes the difference eventually.
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144. Tindersticks
1997   Review
After two quintessentially English albums this one sounds as if it was recorded in the depth of the Mexican dessert amidst snakes and shoot-outs. Not as good as the real Ennio Morricone but better than most of his imitators.
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145. London Grammar
If You Wait
One of the few modern pop acts which will still be favoured in decades to come. Hey, they even could afford to blur the face of their immaculately pretty singer on the album cover.
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146. Mogwai
Mogwai Young Team
1997   Review
Why the Scottish, of all people, were so fond of playing post-rock is not known. After all, you can't get proper quiet-loud dynamics with bagpipes, can you? Never mind, great stuff, this.
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147. DJ Shadow
Endtroducing ...
1996   Review
This will be remembered for being the last record in the history of popular music for which adjectives such as groundbreaking and seminal could be used with justification. Innovate don't imitate as they said back then.
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148. Elastica
1995   Review
This Britpop triumph was heralded by three great singles and the inevitably resulting lawsuits. But interestingly nowadays the phrase 'sounds like Elastica' is used far more often than 'sounds like Wire/Stranglers/etc.'.
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149. Ride
A bit of a cheat this one as it's in fact a compilation of their first two EPs. But these eight songs could as well have acted as their debut proper. 90's indie music starts here.
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150. Mojave 3
Ask Me Tomorrow
1995   Review
This couldn't have been released at a more inappropriate time. Although made in England Britpop this certainly wasn't. And although being rather maudlin and introspective Trip Hop this wasn't either. Perfectly out of time so to say.
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151. Belle & Sebastian
Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like A Peasant
Although by far not as good as their first three immaculate albums this still has its fair share of magic moments which their subsequent efforts sadly lacked. The decade had barely begun but the last truly legendary band was already leaving the building.
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152. The Sugarcubes
Life's Too Good
Björk's finest half hour, don't let them tell you otherwise. A colourful kaleidoscope of strange spoken word segments, weird trumpet solos, confusing lyrics and on top of it all that inimitable, childlike voice.
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153. Big Black
Imagine how good these songs could have sounded if they had used real drums and normal guitar sounds. At this point nobody would have guessed that 'produced by S. Albini' would become a trademark in the near future. Despite all those objections a real hardcore classic.
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154. Pavement
Crooked Rain Crooked Rain
1994   Review
Obviously bored by the whole lo-fi movement they spawned they came up with this confusing mix of grunge pop and country rock which surprisingly even contained some (ironic ?) guitar solos. Extra points for dissing the bloody Pumpkins.
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155. Lloyd Cole And The Commotions
In the years 1982/83 the album as an art form seemed close to extinction. This was after all prevented by the phenomenal rise of The Smiths. But this young man should also be applauded for his service in the war against the so called New Music.
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156. Roxy Music
Roxy Music
The first really great album by a British band. Effortlessly cool and ridiculously hedonistic. And the (belated) inclusion of maybe the best debut single ever rounds this off perfectly.
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157. The Cranberries
Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We
1993   Review
This band got terribly unfashionable with their second album and rightly so. What a shame cause this debut was a really lovely and astonishingly well produced indie guitar album.
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158. Camper Van Beethoven
Our Beloved Revo- lutionary Sweetheart
Save for the Pixies American indie music of the 80s was rather melodically sparse and postpunkishly abstract. But if you look beyond the well known bands you can find joyful and tuneful records like this.
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159. Perfume Genius
It takes a while for the listener to get accustomed to the way this album is almost painfully underproduced and sloppily recorded. Until you realise that its extremely intense and personal atmosphere could not be achieved in any other way.
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160. The Streets
Original Pirate Material
Where other Hip hop albums impress at first with a huge production but get a bit boring later on, this one gets better and better. The flow or the words and rhymes is superb, the stories told really amusing.
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