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The Sundays
Reading, Writing And Arithmetics
Nearly everyone bought this one back then but nowadays hardly anyone still cares about it. Which is a shame because this impressionistic sound painting is still a joy to listen to.
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Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space
1997   Review
Taking in influences from genres as diverse as psychadelica, gospel, jazz and soul this is rock music at its most ambitious. 'Play once, twice daily' the instruction said. Of course we overdosed.
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Dinosaur Jr
You're Living All Over Me
This can be seen as the missing link between the hardcore music of the early 80s and the grunge explosion of the 90s. Slackers they might have been but more of the noisier variety.
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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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Vauxhall And I
1994   Review
If this would have had a 'last great Morrissey album until 2004' sticker on it we surely would have appreciated it more. For some Elvis is the greatest. For some it's Dylan. But they're all wrong.
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The Breeders
Last Splash
This was a bit overshadowed by the preceding Pixies split and the almighty "Cannonball" single. But if you give this a try it can be a joy from start to finish.
I'm fully aware that some rather important genres like soul or hip-hop are not represented in this list at all. But as much as I admire the historical significance of "What's Going On" and "'It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back" they are not as close to my heart as the records listed above.