Top 100 Music Albums of 1995 by desh79 (2021)

I turned 16 in 1995, so needless to say there are going to be lots of "formative" albums herein.

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Tindersticks were something of an aberration, at least given the zeitgeist of mid-90s Britain. While many of their contemporaries emulated Bowie and the Beatles, Tindersticks drew their inspiration from Leonard Cohen, Serge Gainsborough or Ennio Morricone -- the fact that I listed three influences of different nationalities is no coincidence, because, whereas Britpop (and no, Tindersticks were no Britpop band, but that thing was so unbelievably omnipotent and all-engulfing that any British group that even did so much as look at a guitar in the mid-90s would immediately be compared to it), was, let's face it, a rather nationalistic cultural undertaking, Tindersticks seemed not just time- but also placeless in the best possible sense of the word.

Their musings of dead relationships, of lost affairs, of one day spontaneously packing your bags and moving out of town, somewhere else, far away, somewhere where nobody knows who you are and what you did, only to walk down the street and suddenly fall in love with someone who looks just like your ex-wife, is easily pictured sung in a seedy lounge bar in Barkingside or Tamworth as much as in Buenos Aires or, I dunno, Cape Town.

Because that's the thing: the greatest art knows neither time nor place; it's free of cultural and periodical contraints. In other words, it's universal, and this is precisely what Tindersticks so wonderfully encapsulated at their creative peak, which just happens to be this album.
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Spring(-ish) 1995. Yours truly walks into Parrot Records (R.I.P., like virtually every other record store) on King's Street, Cambridge while Maxinquaye is playing on the speakers. I listen to the first three songs, then pick up and purchase the vinyl, as you do. To this day, Overcome remains one of my favourite album openers. [First added to this chart: 01/02/2017]
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One of the more positive side effects of the Britpop hype was that hitherto relatively obscure bands like Pulp could suddenly find pop megastardom. I actually met them backstage when they played the Cambridge Corn Exchange (apart from Jarvis, who, quelle surprise, was surrounded by teenage girls wanting autographs), and unfortunately Candida was about the only person who seemed able to string a coherent sentence together. Regardless, it took nothing from this album, which is still one of Britpop's best. [First added to this chart: 01/02/2017]
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When that quite-good band from Oxford that had done a really-very-good song about alienation (Creep) swiftly outed themselves as rock Gods in-the-making. [First added to this chart: 01/02/2017]
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Speaking of rock Gods, Smashing Pumpkins crossed that particular threshold with an album encompassing some of the biggest musical highlights of the decade. Corgan and the Pumpkins were at their zenith here, mixing the brutal hard rock of songs like Jellybelly with more restrained pieces like Cupid de Locke. There are the classics, of course (Bullet with Butterfly Wings, Zero, 1979, Tonight Tonight - the latter two of which I heart, and then some) but also unfairly lesser-known gems like By Starlight, We Only Come Out At Night, or the widely underrated title track that starts off this positively demented magnum opus. The kind of album that made being a teenager in the mid-90s a rather awesome business. [First added to this chart: 07/06/2017]
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A wonderful marriage of dub, techno, reggae, and, er, John Lydon (just before he veered off into self-parody and ironically became one of the very "boring old farts" he used to rail against in his youth). [First added to this chart: 01/02/2017]
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The image of Berwick Street you see on the cover? Tinted with nostalgia. That street was *the* place to go for record shops, finding bootlegs and/or rare imports. It's a remnant of a long bygone era, and in fact generally a London that no longer exists courtesy of some extreme gentrification. I can but mourn. In any case, this is the sound of a band utterly confident and about to conquer the world, as well they should. That confidence of course veered way off into unbridled arrogance and famously got the better of them, but it was fun while it lasted. [First added to this chart: 01/02/2017]
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Sandwiched between Richard D. James's ambient/techno phase and his transformation into a deranged pop icon from a parallel universe (courtesy of some rather traumatising Chris Cunningham-directed videos) came arguably his best album. Whether James's claim that he dreams a lot of his music is genuine or just another case of him trolling the music press as bloody usual is probably neither here nor there since the dreamlike quality of songs like Icct Hedral or Alberto Balsam is there for all to notice. [First added to this chart: 01/02/2017]
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Sometime in late 1995 I had my first part-time job, aged 16, at a fast food outlet which shant be named here. What did I do with my first earnings? Why, I spent all of it on records, of course. This one I bought solely because I liked the cover, having absolutely no idea what to expect musically (that was obviously in the days before Wayne Coyne became the avantgarde rock maestro any halfway self-respecting music fan knows him as nowadays), a decision I did not regret one tiny bit. [First added to this chart: 01/02/2017]
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10. (=)
Similarly to 1997's Homogenic, this feels like an amalgamation of virtually every interesting musical movement of the mid-90s. So good I can even overlook "It's Oh So Quiet", (which I personally find unlistenable, and I don't mean that in the Oh-look-at-what-they-did-there-let-us-stroke-our-chins-Metal Machine Music-type of unlistenable, just unlistenable as in awful). Hyperballad is probably one of the best songs of the entire decade. [First added to this chart: 01/02/2017]
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Top 100 Music Albums of 1995 composition

Artist Albums %


Aphex Twin 3 3%
Autechre 3 3%
Elastica 1 1%
David Bowie 1 1%
Fool's Garden 1 1%
The Verve 1 1%
Green Day 1 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 47 47%
United States 34 34%
Germany 4 4%
Mixed Nationality 4 4%
Japan 3 3%
Canada 3 3%
Sweden 1 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 97 97%
Yes 3 3%
Live? Albums %
No 99 99%
Yes 1 1%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 99 99%
Yes 1 1%

Top 100 Music Albums of 1995 chart changes

Biggest climbers
Climber Up 11 from 40th to 29th
Help
by Various Artists
Climber Up 4 from 59th to 55th
Exit Planet Dust
by The Chemical Brothers
Climber Up 3 from 72nd to 69th
Jagged Little Pill
by Alanis Morissette
Biggest fallers
Faller Down 6 from 50th to 56th
Delete Yourself!
by Atari Teenage Riot
Faller Down 4 from 26th to 30th
Salsa With Mesquite
by µ-Ziq
Faller Down 4 from 61st to 65th
Pure Phase
by Spiritualized

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The memories, man!
I was in my first year at Uni the end of this year.
A lot of these albums are the soundtrack to my youth.
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Wow. You got a lot in common with me. And they're all awesome albums.
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