Discumentary: The Verve "Urban Hymns"
Considered by many to be one of the most influential albums of the nineties, Urban Hymns remains timeless in content. Despite internal struggles, drug addictions and a large lawsuit from the Rolling Stones, The Verve were able to create an album with grand atmosphere and true sense of purpose.
Armatrading's second non-acoustic album turned her into a pop star in Britian. For this album she ranges from folk rock, to new wave to reggae. She's joined by Thomas Dolby, Sly and Robbie, Steve Lillywhite and Andy Partridge from XTC.
From the ashes of college-radio faves Camper Van Beethoven, came Cracker. David Lowery formed Cracker which brings a mainstream rock sound to his quirky and cynical lyrics. Their debut album earned them success in the growing alternative radio scene of the time, as well as a mainstream hit.
The Crane Wife is the fourth album and the first on a major label for The Decemberists. Produced by Tucker Martine and Death Cab for Cutie's Chris Walla, the album retells a Japanese folktale and tells many stories of war-torn love affairs.
Cat Stevens' reinvented himself with his 1970 album "Mona Bone Jakon", and quickly followed it up with this classic release. Even returning with the same band and producer from his previous album, Stevens carried his reinvention further. This album features his smash hit "Wild World".
The former lead singer of Them released his second solo album which became a favorite of critics. The album was recorded in two days in a New York City studio and was ranked as the 19th greatest album of all time, according to Rolling Stone Magazine.
Getting her start in the Christian music community, Sam Phillips left after a dispute with her label at the time. She signed with Virgin Records in 1989. "Martinis and Bikinis", her fourth solo album that was produced by her future husband T-Bone Burnett.
George Harrison was working on this album up until he died in 2001. It was completed by his son Dhani and Jeff Lynne from a set of thorough notes that George Harrison left behind. Released a year after his death, it is hailed as some of Harrison's best work.
In 1992, Lyle Lovett was working to break out of the idea that he was "just" a Country musician. On this album he added influences of Gospel and Rhythm and Blues. It was his biggest mainstream success up to the time, and was mostly ignored by Country radio.
Released in the Summer of 2002, this is an album of Bruce Springsteen's reflections on the events of September 11, 2001. It's also his first album with the E-Street Band in 15 years. It was received well by critic and fans, and received three Grammy Awards.
Bob Dylan's second album is a true classic. Whereas his debut album contained many covers, "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan" is when he unveiled his gift for songwriting. Containing funny, political and romantic songs, this is the album that introduced Bob Dylan to the world.