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Nirvana

Nevermind - 180 Gram Vinyl Edition

    Released in September 1991, Nirvana's sophomore album and major label debut elevated Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl from a critically acclaimed Aberdeen, Washington, cult band to generational spokesmen who'd unwittingly created a cultural shift and musical touchstone. Rising to No. 1 the world over and ultimately selling over 30 million copies worldwide, Nevermind would come to be much more than one of the most successful and influential albums of its or any era. 

    As the album that returned unaffected rock ’n’ roll integrity and passion to the top of the charts, Nevermind would prove a singular inspiration to fans and musicians alike over the last two decades-and will undoubtedly do so for generations to come.

    Beck

    Odelay

      'Odelay' is the second full-length studio album by Beck and was originally released on June 18, 1996. On its release, 'Odelay' received almost unanimous critical applause. 'Odelay' was nominated for the Grammy award for album of the year and won a Grammy for best alternative music album in 1997 as well as a Grammy for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance for Where It’s At. Odelay was also ranked number 16 in Spin Magazines 100 Greatest albums (1985-2005). 'Odelay' was awarded Album of the Year by Rolling Stone and was voted as the best album of the year by The Village Voice. In 1998, Q magazine readers voted 'Odelay' the 51st greatest albums of all time and number 9 on its list of 100 best albums of the nineties.

      The Stone Roses

      Second Coming

        The title is a joking reference to the messianic anticipation that built up in the years between the Manchester band's 1989 debut - which the New Musical Express ranked as the greatest album of the 80s - and this 1995 follow-up. It's also a description of the Stone Roses' sound, a sort of second coming of 60s and 70s blues-rock, re-born with a funk beat. Back in '89 it sounded like a revolution, and it was: crossing Led Zeppelin and Bob Dylan with club music, it helped set the template for all British alternative rock to follow, from Blur to the revamped U2.

        "Second Coming" consolidates that sound with a see-sawing mix of hard-rock driving songs, with chunky electric guitar riffs and big beats, and acoustic anthems that immediately sound like they've been on the radio for a dozen years or more. The latter group includes "Ten Storey Love Song", a devotional ballad with a Dylan-esque melody, and "Your Star Will Shine", a psychedelic folk ditty that would have fit on an early Bee Gees album. "Good Times" is one of the big-beat numbers, and although it starts out sounding like a very blue Eric Burdon, it builds into a classic shouted-out blues-rock chorus, the kind on which FM radio thrived in the 1970s. "Tears" follows a Zeppelin-esque arc from acoustic to electric folk. Which, no doubt, is the exact route a lot of hard-rock devotees think any second coming should follow.

        The Cure's new studio album, their thirteenth, is appropriately called "4:13 Dream". 'There are songs about relationships, the material world, politics and religion. They're very upfront and dynamic,' says Smith of the new songs. 'People will be surprised how stripped-down and in-your-face the record is.'

        Beck

        Sea Change

          THE PICCADILLY RECORDS ALBUM OF THE YEAR 2002

          Despite baffling reviewers by not continuing with his genre twisting hip-funk beats, this is a truly beautiful work. Musically it sees Beck returning to his folk roots but with superb production (by Nigel Godrich) that gives the songs a lush melancholic gloss. It grooves still, but it's laidback and the words of sadness, loss and longing complete the magical picture. Part acoustic and part orchestral, the songs are some of Hansen's most personal and touching, as well as melodically dreamlike and engaging. If you loved his cover of "Everybody's Gotta Learn Sometime" on 'Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind', then prepare yourself for a whole album of similarly imagined originals. Dismissed by the majority of critics at the time as half-baked, with no single releases or press interview to support it, "Sea Change" quickly became a very special record at our shop and was unanimously voted the Piccadilly Records Album of the Year back in 2002.

          Sonic Youth

          Washing Machine

            Sonic Youth's eleventh album "Washing Machine" is the first record to almost exclusively feature Kim on guitar rather than bass, and contains some of their lengthiest material since "Goo" and "Daydream Nation", including the epic "Diamond Sea" which drifts onward for an unprecedented 20 minutes, still the longest track on any SY album (excluding the SYR releases). Incidentally, "The Diamond Sea" would prove to be one of the band's most popular songs, and it along with SY's headlining spot on the summer Lollapalooza tour would introduce legions of new fans to their music.


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