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90s Exile // 10 Albums That Changed Your Life In The Nineties Part 2


So after more 90s reflection and with looking back on our youth with a wistful eye, we thought there's more albums we grew up with that we simply couldn't cover in our last 90s Exile post.

Here is another selection of “life changing” ones, just because once again, we bloody heart lists.

10. Suede: Dog Man Star

Dog Man Star was the second album by English Brit rock band Suede, released in October 1994 on Nude Records. It's easily the best Suede album in my opinion. This is a classic example of an underrated 90s album that was quite bleak coming from the Anderson/Butler writing duo, and just when people were beginning to believe Britpop was all about jingly/catchy tunes, Suede came along and proved everyone wrong!

9. P J Harvey: Rid of Me

Admired by so many critics of the time (one of which was Kurt Cobain), Rid Of Me is a compellingly dark journey into the mind of Polly Jean, with a punk rock-spirited edge.

8. Machine Head: Burn My Eyes

Perhaps the most influential aspect of Burn My Eyes is the not that it's revolutionary, but how this album paved the way later for Nu-Metal and took metal into a more mainstream direction, gaining critical praise from several different sources. Although hardcore fans of Machine Head will disagree with the above, as it wasn't until The Burning Red with which Machine Head fully transcended into Nu-Metal, having even a rap on, From This Day, only to later return to their thrash metal roots. But for me, Burn My Eyes was one of the first metal albums I ever heard, so it's worthy of its place here on a personal level.

7. Manic Street Preachers: The Holy Bible

This album is Richey Edwards' legacy, as the lyrics on The Holy Bible were 70-75% written by Edwards, according to James Dean Bradfield. The album explores dark subjects including; prostitution, anti-consumerism, freedom of speech, the Holocaust, self-starvation, serial killers, the death penalty, political revolution, childhood, fascism and suicide. A defining moment for the Manics and not just musically, the imagery of the album brought with it a visual presence on stage too.

6. Slint: Spiderland

Often overlooked when looking back at 90s albums, but Spiderland is a defining post rock album that helped shape the genre as a whole and inspired the generation that came after.

5. Oasis: Definitely Maybe

The album, along with Blur's Parklife, helped pave the way for a revitalisation in the British pop music genre in the mid-nineties. I remember picking this up for the first time, hearing the raw energy and I knew whatever happened next would be something that was going to be so massive. As a listener you can still listen and imagine the same emotion Alan McGee felt, the first time he heard Oasis play.

4. Therapy?: Infernal Love

Infernal Love was a massive shift in direction from Therapy?'s previous album Troublegum, moving away from punk-metal edge and replacing it with different soundscapes and ambience. Infernal Love is a bitter sweet journey through love and loss, it's beautifully charismatic without pretentiousness and although we did feature Troublegum in our previous 90s post, here is a welcomed change in direction from it's predecessor and an equally important album release.

3. Faith No More: King For A Day, Fool For A Lifetime

King For A Day is probably not the most obvious albums to jump out at you from FNM. But unlike any other FNM album, King For A Day was met with mixed reviews. It's the jazz-infused moments like Evidence and Star AD, that makes it stand-out so much more. The elements of Mr Bungle were seeping in and it was so welcoming at the time, it's not for everyone and you can see the artistic flow between band members could be slipping at this point, but I think it's an incredible album.

2. The Smashing Pumpkins: Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness

What can we say about this album? Other than it has just turned 20 years old as of last October and it's never been lived up to. The artistic concept of it runs throughout two fantastic discs and although often reproduced by other bands, it's never outdone. The longevity of this record is infinite (just like it's title), it never gets old and stays true to its magic.

1. Paradise Lost: Draconian Times

There may been many incarnations of Paradise Lost, but this was probably their most important influentially. The band may have changed their sound going forward, but certainly they've left their mark on gothic/doom metal forever.

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