Elastica’s skillful, accessible reconstitution of their obvious post-punk influences made their 1995 self-titled debut one of the fastest-selling albums in UK history.
25 years on, Tricky’s dense, paranoid and beautiful debut album ‘Maxinquaye’ feels like an avenue that artists are only just starting to explore.
Leftfield’s 1995 debut album ‘Leftism’ was one of the finest major achievements in British electronica, as influenced by dub reggae as much as house.
The band’s third and (to date) final album of original material, 1999’s ‘The Battle Of Los Angeles’ acted as a course corrective for Rage Against The Machine.
A magnum opus of masterful, conceptual songwriting spanning a bewildering number of genres, ’69 Love Songs’ by The Magnetic Fields has not been surpassed.
‘Grace’, the sole completed album by the iconic Jeff Buckley before his untimely death at the age of 30, still stands up as a universally relatable yet highly personal record.
Portishead may not have invented ‘trip hop’, but their endlessly cool and inventive 1994 debut album ‘Dummy’ came to define it completely.
Following some years out of favour, ‘Californication’ saw Red Hot Chili Peppers and John Frusciante completely restore their critical and commercial fortunes.
An optimistic fin-de-siecle masterpiece offering hope for humanity, The Flaming Lips’ 1999 album ‘The Soft Bulletin’ turns 20.
An album of endearing yet emotionally sharp power-pop that’s resonated with generations of outcasts, Weezer’s ‘The Blue Album’ turns 25.