1995 was a great year for music, yet album anniversaries aren’t often as celebrated, unless they were complete game changers. Here are some that have blew out the candles of their 20th anniversary this year.
Words: Simone Wright, Subeditor: Karolina Zilenaite
1. Tragic Kingdom by No Doubt
The band had been playing with different styles and their third album was an experimental success. Tragic Kingdom was a fusion of ska, pop and a selection of riffs. It helped define No Doubt’s sound and included the break up ballad, “Don’t Speak”, and rocker anthem “Just A Girl”. Our favourite tracks: “Sixteen”, “Sunday Morning”
2. Me Against The World by 2Pac
Me Against The World brought us an insight into the mind of Makaveli. The self-proclaimed thug had done a lot of self-reflection of his “gangsta” ways. This became a perfect opportunity to turn his anger into a personal and compelling album. Our favourite tracks: “Lord Knows”, “Temptations”
3. Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette
“You Oughta Know” that all of the channelled frustration earned Alanis two Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year. Our favourite tracks: “Ironic”, “Hand In My Pocket”
4. Daydream by Mariah Carey
The New York Times actually named this as one of the best albums of 1995 and we have to agree. It was during this era that she truly was beginning to express her emancipation. Our favourite track: “Fantasy”. On repeat. Seriously.
5. Timeless by Goldie
Like the title clearly states, this is a timeless album. Goldie’s debut combined early drum’n’bass with elements of jungle, pushing both himself and electronic music to the forefront of the scene. Our favourite tracks: “Inner City Life”, “Angel”
6. The Infamous by Mobb Deep
The 90s answer to rap duo Erik B & Rakim. The Queensbridge natives’ second album features their signature song “Shook Ones Pt II” and can be credited for giving them the success they had in later years. Our favourite tracks: “Cradle to the Grave”, “Give Up The Goods”
7. Different Class by Pulp
Listening to this album today brings nostalgia of an era we were too young to experience, allowing us to live vicariously through the simple decade defining sounds of Pulp. Our favourite track: “Sorted out for E’s and Whizz”. Then go to sleep. It’s 5am.
8. (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? by Oasis
…Anyway, here’s “Wonderwall.” Our favourite tracks: “Champagne Supernova”, “Don’t Look Back In Anger”
9. Return to the 36 Chambers by Ol’ Dirty Bastard
It’s impossible to think of the late ODB without singing “Shimmy Shimmy Ya”. This was his debut as a solo artist and features his erratic delivery over an array of jumbled beats. Our favourite tracks: “Dirty Dancin'”, “Brookyln Zoo”