5 Best Albums Of The 90s
5. RAY OF LIGHT by MADONNA
In every musician’s catalogue, there is an album that defines their career. Ray Of Light was certainly Madonna’s. It was also her most critically acclaimed record that spawned numerous hits with spiritual messages, which came as no surprise considering it was recorded right after she gave birth to her daughter. From the first, mystic track Drowned World (Substitute For Love), over electronically-infused title track Ray of Light to love themed masterpieces Frozen and The Power of Goodbye, the album never fails to mesmerize. What kind of queen of pop would fail to have an album at the top of the list of the decade, anyway?
4. TRAVELING WITHOUT MOVING by JAMIROQUAI
No way I could write about best albums of the last decade of the past century without including the funkiest record ever made. Jamiroquai’s authenticity shines through every single track on Traveling Without Moving. Massive dance hits such as Virtual Insanity and Cosmic Girl are not the only tunes worth a listen. There are also downtempo, ballad moments, with Everyday being the pinnacle among them. It is impossible not to get involved into the ample amount of smoothness, funkiness and groove Traveling Without Moving had to offer. Give the whole record a chance and you will acknowledge its position on the list.
3. I’VE BEEN EXPECTING YOU by ROBBIE WILLIAMS
Even though Robbie Williams never managed to become equally famous across the Atlantic as he did in Europe, his second solo studio was superbly important for the global music two decades ago. The first single Millenium which sampled James Bond theme became his first number one single in the UK, while the second one No Regrets is a typical Williams song, one of those reasons why we all fel in love with him. Let’s also not forget his arguably most powerful ballad She’s The One, which was also released as a single here. For someome who built his reputation around being immature and volatile, I’ve Been Expecting You is cemented as one of the most mature albums of the 90s.
2. DEBUT by BJORK
Bjork’s first album was an idiosyncratic discovery, an amalgamation of emotional truth and creative application of modern technology. Back then, it hinted the arrival of one of the most important modern pop artists. Now, it stands as one of the best records of the 90s. It’s relevance is undeniable, since it was a trailblazing record that fortified postmodern mosaic approach and overcoming genre as a principle. Opening track Human Behavior reflects the album’s core. It is a key sublimation of Bjork who looks at the world around her through the position of a child, while Seductive house-y number Violently Happy about emotional instability might be her top signature track. Give the whole record a try, it is totally worth your time. Many times.
1. OK COMPUTER by RADIOHEAD
Radiohead’s third album OK Computer is not only one of the best albums of the 90s, but it also often stands as the best album of all time. No matter how big of a Radiohead I am, I must admit this album is not for every mood. One really needs to be open for pensive melancholia that permeates tones and lyrics of the album’s 12 songs. Thom Yorke’s signature falsetto and hits such as Paranoid Android, Karma Police and No Surprises make OK Computer the band’s most representative material. My personal favorite is Lucky, probably due to the fact that it was featured in one of the episode of the legendary show Six Feet Under.