Best Album on OUR Favourite Albums of......1995!! Part One

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Poll Results

OptionVotes
Bjork - Post 13
Scott Walker – Tilt 11
GZA - Liquid Swords 7
Pavement - Wowee Zowee 6
Radiohead - The Bends 5
Raekwon - Only Built 4 Cuban Linx 5
Pulp - Different Class 5
Ol’ Dirty Bastard – Return to the 36 chambers 4
PJ Harvey – To Bring You My Love 3
The Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness , 3
The Chemical Brothers – Exit Planet Dust 3
Autechre - Tri repetae , 3
Tricky – Maxinquaye 3
Carl Craig - Landcruising 3
Fugazi - Red Medicine 2
Aphex Twin - ….I Care Because You Do 2
Black Grape – Its Great When Youre Straight 2
Mobb Deep - The Infamous 2
Palace Music - Viva Lost Blues 2
Shack - Waterpistol, 2
Slowdive - Pygmalion 2
Luna - Penthouse 2
Teenage Fanclub – Grand Prix 2
Goldie - Timeless 2
Skepticism - Stormcrowfleet , 1
Sonic Youth – Washing Machine 1
Sparklehorse - Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot 1
The Young Gods – Only Heaven 1
The Verve - A Northern Soul, 1
Spiritualized – Pure Phase 1
Blonde Redhead - Blonde Redhead/La Mia Vita Violenta, 1
Don Caballero - Don Caballero 2 1
Labradford - A Stable Reference 1
Long Fin Killie - Houdini 1
Monster Magnet - Dopes To Infinity, 1
Mouse on Mars – Iaora Tahiti 1
Nightmares on Wax – Smokers Delight 1
Omni Trio - The Deepest Cut Vol. 1 1
Foo Fighters – s/t 1
Unsane - Scattered, Smothered and Covered , 0
Ulver - Bergtatt: Et eeventyr i 5 capitler , 0
Big L – Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous 0
Earth - Pentastar. 0
The Pharcyde – Labcabincalifornia 0
The Heads - Relaxing With... ? 0
The Flaming Lips – Clouds Taste Metallic 0
A Guy Called Gerald – Black Secret Technology 0
Leftfield - Leftism, 0
Mercury Rev – See You On The Other Side 0
Unwound - The Future Of What, 0


Thus Spoke Darraghustra (Oor Neechy), Wednesday, 31 July 2019 10:06 (one month ago) link

Two of my favourite albums of all time – Dissection's Storm of the Light's Bane and Robert Rich & B. Lustmord's Stalker – came out in 1995 and they're on neither list.

Maxinquaye it is. Could've also gone with Autechre, GZA, Mobb Deep, Radiohead, Raekwon, Slowdive, The Verve and Ulver. What a year.

pomenitul, Wednesday, 31 July 2019 10:15 (one month ago) link

Mouse on Mars – Iaora Tahiti
Pavement - Wowee Zowee
Sparklehorse - Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot

These are 3 of my favourite albums of all time, don't make me choose! (Also "A Stable Reference" lived on my phone/mp3 player for many years as a default "away from home and can't sleep" music, and much love to that great run at the start of AGCG/Aphex/Autechre too.)

Well, I don't dig out the Sparklehorse that often these days and I figure the Pavement votes will probably look after themselves so Mouse on Mars it is. Buzzing, joyful/wistful, otherworldly.

a passing spacecadet, Wednesday, 31 July 2019 10:31 (one month ago) link

It had to be ODB in the end.

All along there is the sound of feedback (Sund4r), Wednesday, 31 July 2019 10:31 (one month ago) link

3-way tie between Smashing Pumpies, Aphex and Pavement. Is The Great Escape the most 'has aged terribly' record ever? Was it ever good? Autechre album is great but also one of my least favourite by them so...

frame casual (dog latin), Wednesday, 31 July 2019 10:44 (one month ago) link

Oh god I just saw 'Tilt' in there. It's gotta be that.

frame casual (dog latin), Wednesday, 31 July 2019 10:44 (one month ago) link

It's weird, I never think of Tilt as a 90s album. It still sounds like it was made yesterday.

frame casual (dog latin), Wednesday, 31 July 2019 10:45 (one month ago) link

Mobb Deep for me. My all time fave rap album.

The World According To.... (Michael B), Wednesday, 31 July 2019 10:46 (one month ago) link

Post vs Maxinquaye, just over the Wu Tang albums

brigadier pudding (DJP), Wednesday, 31 July 2019 10:53 (one month ago) link

In '95 it was Mellon Collie, today it can only be 'Tilt'.

Le Bateau Ivre, Wednesday, 31 July 2019 11:05 (one month ago) link

SHAME on you / when you stepped up to

she carries a torch. two torches, actually (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Wednesday, 31 July 2019 11:20 (one month ago) link

I really wanted to nominate this but its a comp - https://www.discogs.com/Various-Routes-From-The-Jungle-Escape-Velocity/release/105553

Compiled by Kodwo Eshun (and wonderfully overheated liner notes from him too)

The World According To.... (Michael B), Wednesday, 31 July 2019 11:21 (one month ago) link

SHAME on you / when you stepped up to

OTM

All along there is the sound of feedback (Sund4r), Wednesday, 31 July 2019 11:33 (one month ago) link

GZA, over the (great) Carl Craig, Pavement, PJ Harvey, Pulp, Radiohead, and Slowdive albums.

willem, Wednesday, 31 July 2019 11:58 (one month ago) link

Liquid swords or Different Class

jakey mo collier (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 31 July 2019 12:23 (one month ago) link

ok here's what i have for '95

aceyalone - all balls don't bounce
amoebic ensemble - limbic rage
anekdoten - nucleus
cheikha rimitti - cheikha
daniel owino misiani and shirati jazz band - piny ose mer
david bowie - 1.outside
doctor nerve - skin
dopplereffekt - fascist state
earthling - radar
ensemble organum/peres - messe de notre dame
faith no more - king for a day fool for a lifetime
fast floor - on a quest for intelligence
musica antiqua koln - 5 overtures (veracini)
gjirokaster vocal ensemble - albanie: polyphonies vocales du pays lab
gorky's zygotic mynci - bwyd time
hiroki kikuta - seiken densetsu 3
medicine - her highness (brad laner mix)
mosaic - miniatures
motoi sakuraba - beyond the beyond
mr. bungle - disco volante
necromantia - scarlet evil witching black
prince - the gold experience
rachel's - handwriting
raging slab - black belt in boogie
simon steensland - the zombie hunter
six finger satellite - severe exposure
sixteen deluxe - backfeed magnet babe
suffocation - pierced from within
that dog. - totally crushed out!
thomas jefferson slave apartments - bait and switch
tokyo gakuso - gagaku: court music of japan
trifixion - abschurfungepoch
why? - l'uomo appeso
rozz williams and gitane demone - dream home heartache
x-legged sally - land of the giant dwarfs

some of these may already be on the lists, it is early and i couldn't check

Un Poco Loco Moco (rushomancy), Wednesday, 31 July 2019 12:47 (one month ago) link

yeesh, tough choice. the Aphex + Autechre albums are both pretty good but I dock 'em a bit for containing some pretty irritating noises. the Mouse on Mars album actually holds up better to my ears. but I think I'm gonna go with Black Grape here. just a really fun disc that I probably overrate because the idea of a Shaun Ryder comeback in 1995 still seems mindboggling. that Chems album is also classic of course - looking back it's probably even more influential than I give it credit for, you can divide a lot of 90s electronic stuff into pre- and post-Exit Planet Dust eras

some favorites that didn't make it:
The Orb - Orbus Terrarum (still my favorite Orb disc)
The Sea and Cake - The Biz
Ruins - Hyderomastgroningem
P-Model - Fune
Daler Mehndi - Bolo Ta Ra Ra
Echolyn - ...As the World
Susumu Hirasawa - Sim City

man...there were a lot of great albums this year huh?

frogbs, Wednesday, 31 July 2019 14:20 (one month ago) link

Different Class for me, both in terms of it being near perfect and maybe also my most teenage nostalgia filled record (becomes bbc4 talking head) I LITERALLY WORE IT OUT - LITERALLY.

Hmmmmm (jamiesummerz), Wednesday, 31 July 2019 14:34 (one month ago) link

The Infamous

brimstead, Wednesday, 31 July 2019 14:41 (one month ago) link

In 1995 it was Radiohead's "The Bends", I got into Scott in the 00's so now it's "Tilt".

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Wednesday, 31 July 2019 14:43 (one month ago) link

Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, followed by Maxinquaye

Gavin, Leeds, Wednesday, 31 July 2019 14:54 (one month ago) link

damn, i forgot about the rachels album

Thus Spoke Darraghustra (Oor Neechy), Wednesday, 31 July 2019 14:59 (one month ago) link

Anyway i went for the album 1995 me would want Leftism

Thus Spoke Darraghustra (Oor Neechy), Wednesday, 31 July 2019 15:00 (one month ago) link

just over the young gods album

Thus Spoke Darraghustra (Oor Neechy), Wednesday, 31 July 2019 15:01 (one month ago) link

and my fave verve album.

Thus Spoke Darraghustra (Oor Neechy), Wednesday, 31 July 2019 15:01 (one month ago) link

I dont know this Rachel's album. Math-rock?

The World According To.... (Michael B), Wednesday, 31 July 2019 15:04 (one month ago) link

It’s ODB or Autechre (who were in in the middle of their artistically most interesting period).

Many great metal albums, I think Skepticism and Ulver aren’t even in the top 10 for this year, which has Anathema, Summoning, Immortal, Rammstein, Death, Mütiilation, The Gathering, etc.

Siegbran, Wednesday, 31 July 2019 15:04 (one month ago) link

xp

more post rock

xp to siegbran death album in part 2

Thus Spoke Darraghustra (Oor Neechy), Wednesday, 31 July 2019 15:07 (one month ago) link

its nothing like the don caballero album (i hope somebody votes for don cab as it's my fave album by one of my fave bands)

Thus Spoke Darraghustra (Oor Neechy), Wednesday, 31 July 2019 15:12 (one month ago) link

the 90s years have been ridiculously good and cutting lists has been really hard for mike and I and everyone posts albums not in it and we're like yes they should be in it too.

Shows up the futility of canons as they dont come near representing the best stuff for a lot of people

Thus Spoke Darraghustra (Oor Neechy), Wednesday, 31 July 2019 15:14 (one month ago) link

so much music came out in the 90s compared to previous decades maybe?

and the 00s were even worse in that respect, esp with p2p we could actually hear almost everything we read about.

Thus Spoke Darraghustra (Oor Neechy), Wednesday, 31 July 2019 15:16 (one month ago) link

I dont its a case of more music coming out in the 90s

The World According To.... (Michael B), Wednesday, 31 July 2019 16:01 (one month ago) link

Voting Liquid Swords. Not sure if I should be surprised that Rancid ...And Out Come the Wolves didn’t get in.

o. nate, Wednesday, 31 July 2019 16:02 (one month ago) link

Omni Trio, Carl Craig or Scott Walker. Think I'll go with C2

or something, Wednesday, 31 July 2019 16:06 (one month ago) link

Landcruising is one of the few genuinely great techno albums. A Wonderful Life, Home Entertainment, Science Fiction are all standouts but it works from start to finish

or something, Wednesday, 31 July 2019 16:08 (one month ago) link

Not sure if I should be surprised that Rancid ...And Out Come the Wolves didn’t get in.

considered it but it just bubbled under the bubbling under list!

Thus Spoke Darraghustra (Oor Neechy), Wednesday, 31 July 2019 23:03 (one month ago) link

wasn't expecting it to be on this list, but John Wall's sample-based Alterstill from 1995 is beautiful

Dan S, Wednesday, 31 July 2019 23:20 (one month ago) link

Emmylou Harris’s Wrecking Ball is my 1995 fave. Voting Penthouse here. Good year for reverb.

... (Eazy), Wednesday, 31 July 2019 23:30 (one month ago) link

love Penthouse

Dan S, Wednesday, 31 July 2019 23:34 (one month ago) link

re: rachel's - i lived in louisville in the '90s so i have a soft spot for that scene.

frogbs - good call on Ruins - Hyderomastgroningem; one of my faves of theirs

Un Poco Loco Moco (rushomancy), Wednesday, 31 July 2019 23:39 (one month ago) link

I could happily vote for maybe 20 these and might have chosen Labradford, Luna or Slowdive at the time. But I'll opt for Labcabincalifornia. I've had that CD forever but still don't feel like I entirely grasp what's going on. Which is nice.

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Thursday, 1 August 2019 00:20 (one month ago) link

A Guy Called Gerald's Black Secret Technology sounds strange to me in the moment but also it is kind of amazing

Dan S, Thursday, 1 August 2019 01:36 (one month ago) link

am going to vote for Maxinquaye though, it's the album I love the most from 1995

Dan S, Thursday, 1 August 2019 01:52 (one month ago) link

A Guy Called Gerald's Black Secret Technology sounds strange to me in the moment but also it is kind of amazing

Really fancied listening to Black Secret Technology on my way home from work the other day but sadly it's not on Spotify.

This is the first of these lists where I actually heard several (i.e. more than two) of the albums during the year in question - at the time I would have voted for the Chemical Brothers (I got that and the Goldie album on CD for Xmas).

Gavin, Leeds, Thursday, 1 August 2019 14:01 (one month ago) link

by the way out of the list i posted i want to specifically go out of my way to promote "black belt in boogie", wherein erstwhile Black Oak Arkansas imitators Raging Slab decided to go all-in on the Captain Beefheart sound. rick rubin refused to release it, and they released a revamped version (which is nearly as good) the next year. i cannot overstate how much i love this record; it's one of my most-listened to albums.

Abigail, Wife of Preserved Fish (rushomancy), Thursday, 1 August 2019 14:02 (one month ago) link

lots of great hip hop on this set, the Big L record is fantastic. Went Raekwon in the end.

Captain ACAB (Neil S), Thursday, 1 August 2019 15:16 (one month ago) link

Timeless!

the article don, Thursday, 1 August 2019 21:41 (one month ago) link

wowee zowee

k3vin k., Thursday, 1 August 2019 22:38 (one month ago) link

I wish I could vote for all my selections

Thus Spoke Darraghustra (Oor Neechy), Friday, 2 August 2019 14:10 (one month ago) link

Critics slagged off the jazzbo bits of "Timeless" but tracks like "Sea of Tears" are gorgeous imo. I hope the album gets a good few votes

The World According To.... (Michael B), Friday, 2 August 2019 14:16 (one month ago) link

cracking album, saw a bit of Goldie live at t in the park 96 playing this album

Thus Spoke Darraghustra (Oor Neechy), Friday, 2 August 2019 14:35 (one month ago) link

Wow, I must have been bored to tears or sleeping that year. Of that stuff, I think only the rap stuff would be stuff I would listen to now. I need to think...

Stalinist Indie Hair-Flipping.edu (I M Losted), Saturday, 3 August 2019 03:33 (one month ago) link

Sea Of Tears is pretty great isn't it. Timeless was my first impulse here.

Thank You (Fattekin Mice Elf Control Again) (Noel Emits), Saturday, 3 August 2019 10:31 (one month ago) link

Is The Great Escape the most 'has aged terribly' record ever?

didn't people think that in 1996?

Thus Spoke Darraghustra (Oor Neechy), Monday, 5 August 2019 08:09 (one month ago) link

I remember a Melody Maker review declaring it a masterpiece

The World According To.... (Michael B), Monday, 5 August 2019 12:12 (one month ago) link

I remember Melody Maker giving Catatonia album of the year and liking Suede's Head Music. MM went downhill pretty fast

Thus Spoke Darraghustra (Oor Neechy), Monday, 5 August 2019 14:31 (one month ago) link

Look at all those good albums. What a good year.

Voting Black Grape just to be contrary.

stop torturing me ethel (broom air), Monday, 5 August 2019 16:23 (one month ago) link

I missed To Bring You My Love on my first readthrough, which was the first PJ Harvey album I outright loved

brigadier pudding (DJP), Monday, 5 August 2019 16:28 (one month ago) link

the black grape album deserves votes s its a really great album and the best album Shaun Ryder made imo

Thus Spoke Darraghustra (Oor Neechy), Monday, 5 August 2019 16:44 (one month ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Tuesday, 6 August 2019 00:01 (one month ago) link

SLOWDIVE

there's many albums I love in here but Souvlaki is the only one I'd play right now.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Tuesday, 6 August 2019 00:40 (one month ago) link

matter of fact, fuck it, I'll play it right now.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Tuesday, 6 August 2019 00:41 (one month ago) link

never a band ive loved tbh. i should try again

Thus Spoke Darraghustra (Oor Neechy), Tuesday, 6 August 2019 17:07 (one month ago) link

This is literally impossible.

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Tuesday, 6 August 2019 17:09 (one month ago) link

listened to the ODB recently for 1st time in loooong time and man there's a lot of skippable tracks

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Tuesday, 6 August 2019 17:36 (one month ago) link

TBYML, Maxinquaye, and Pure Phase are hard to pick from.

Coelacanth Green (Leee), Tuesday, 6 August 2019 20:41 (one month ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Wednesday, 7 August 2019 00:01 (one month ago) link

High five to the other Grand Prix voter.

dorsalstop, Wednesday, 7 August 2019 10:49 (one month ago) link

That woulda been me.

BlackIronPrison, Thursday, 8 August 2019 17:51 (one month ago) link


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