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Leonard Cohen
Songs From A Room
1969
His most accessible and poignant work, containing a set of short and simple structured songs. Obviously a brief period of relief before things got really dark.
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Arcade Fire
Funeral
2005
How a couple from the depth of Canada could come up with a sound this fully developed is still unclear. Sadly as most artists in the 00s they could not continue on this high level.
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Curve
Pubic Fruit
1992
It might be a bit reckless to put all your best songs on your first EP. But Curve's next two EPs were not that bad either. All three of them are collected here.
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Schnipo Schranke
Satt
2015
Totally against all current trends these two girls made completely their own thing. They took the better parts of the NDW and Die ─rzte and added fly on the wall observations of their lives.
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Depeche Mode
Violator
1990
Their most consistent work although their best songs like 'Stripped' and 'Behind The Wheel' were featured on previous albums. Syntipop goes rock'n'roll.
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PJ Harvey
White Chalk
2007
A really unexpected piece of work from an artist that although being known for her uncompromising and idiosyncratic method of work was not expected to go so far into a direction so unknown to her.
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Chapterhouse
Whirlpool
1991
The EP as an art form has long lost its significance. But to the genre wildly known as 'Shoegazing' it was absolutely vital as many of those acts sadly didn't manage to come up with a proper album. But not so Chapterhouse.
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Mercury Rev
Yerself Is Steam
1991
Beauty and chaos balanced on a knife edge. Just look at how that flute on the first track works itself through the guitar noise surrounding it to come out as the winner in the end. Alt.country this certainly wasn't.
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Soap & Skin
Narrow
2012
Sadly this was not the long awaited proper sophomore album. But what we got instead was still well worth the wait. A varied mix of material containing one of the best German language songs ever and some hard hitting other stuff as well.
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Big Star
Sister Lovers
1978
Compiled from various recording sessions and finally released four years after its creation this is pop music at its most desperate and desolate. Which does not prevent it from offering some stunning tunes in-between.
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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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Primal Scream
XTRMNTR
2000
After a decade of trial and error they returned with this hell of a comeback. It showed all the dance/rock crossover acts of the nineties how this should be properly done.
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Arctic Monkeys
Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
2006
The Arctic Monkeys were the final opportunity for the British music press to over-hype a band. And boy did they use it. But don'st let this put you off.
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Blondie
Parallel Lines
1978
One of the few bands which have obtained mayor success without loosing their artistic integrity. In addition, their singer became a role model for all girl fronted bands following in their wake.
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Saint Etienne
Foxbase Alpha
1991
Some relaxed beats, some fluffy samples and some dreamy vocals. This was conceived and put together with an expert eye for detail yet sounds completely effortless.
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The Sugarcubes
Life's Too Good
1988
Bj÷rk'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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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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David Bowie
Low
1977
The best of his electronic based Berlin trilogy. It's the instrumental half that astonishes. Brian Eno's contribution probably being greater than Bowie would admit.
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Johnny Cash
American III: Solitary Man
2000
It's the singer not the song. This saying has rarely been more fitting than for this collection of (mainly) cover versions. And hey, Mr. Cash even manages to make a U2 song sound cool.
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Kreisky
Blick auf die Alpen
2014
I always thought that there should be at least one entry in this list with German vocals. And then, finally, after a long wait, this worthy contender arrived.