Suede’s gothic, flawed masterpiece was ostentatiously out of step with the Britpop-dominated Nineties, but has aged much better than most albums of its era.
20 years on, The Verve’s autumnal masterpiece ‘Urban Hymns’ feels like the very end of an era for British guitar music.
A violent flinch from the spotlight, Nirvana’s final album ‘In Utero’ was a rare example of a huge band challenging its listeners rather than appeasing them with more of the same.
Formed by ex-Hüsker Dü lead singer Bob Mould, Sugar’s debut album ‘Copper Blue’ was a melodious grunge-pop masterpiece that finally brought its creator the success he deserved.
Oasis’ iconic debut album ‘Definitely Maybe’ shook up a complacent British music industry and helped bring the Britpop phenomenon to nationwide attention.
While often overshadowed by ‘Screamadelica’ and ‘XTMNTR’, Primal Scream’s 1997 album ‘Vanishing Point’ was progressively fearsome and helped move the British guitar scene away from Britpop.
A masterpiece that encapsulates the ethos and soul of drum & bass, Roni Size/Reprazent’s Mercury-winning ‘New Forms’ still stands up 20 years later.
20 years on, it’s hard to think of many albums that have made such a wide impact as The Prodigy’s massive third album ‘The Fat Of The Land’.
Spiritualized’s 1997 space-rock epic is still one of the most ambitious and perfectly executed records in British rock history.
Radiohead’s second career masterpiece ‘OK Computer’ is as frighteningly prescient and relevant in 2017 as it was in 1997.