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.
Orton's sophomore release took a step back from her earlier "folktronica" leanings and brought an album that was more organic in sound. This allowed for a focus on her excellent songwriting and performance, enhanced by guest artists like Dr. John, Terry Callier and Ben Harper.
Iggy Pop released two albums in 1977 during a very prolific time spent in Berlin with David Bowie. Bowie produced and played on both albums, as well as co-wrote some songs with Iggy Pop. Lust for Life is considered to be the best of Pop's career, and contains some of his best known songs.
David Bowie's concept album was inspired by George Orwell's novel "1984". Bowie brings his own glam-rock vision of a post-apocalyptic world to the recording and works without his band The Spiders from Mars for the first time since 1969.
After flirting with breakthrough success Al Green shot to super-stardom with his 1972 album Lets Stay Together. By blending Memphis horns with traditional soul grooves Green created a sound that came to epitomize 70s soul. The title track became Greens first #1 hit.
After the breakup of the Sugarcubes, Bjork released this album not only to tell the world that she had gone solo, but that she was taking things to a new level. From fun, upbeat dance numbers to sparse accapella songs, this album set the stage for Bjork's varied career.
Disappointed with the music industry and recovering from a divorce, Kirsty MacColl, took six years off before recording "Tropical Brainstorm". During her break, she spent a lot of time in Cuba and Brazil, which inspired the album's many tropical influences.
Strummer's last album, which was finished by his band after his death, included introspective lyrics and a heavy reggae influence. The album is considered one of Strummer's finest since the Clash. It is partially produced by Rick Rubin, and features a cover of Bob Marley's "Redemption Song".
After going solo, Paul Simon went on to create a strong career for himself. The album created a lot of controversy due to the fact that Simon recorded six tracks in South Africa with native musicians in the era of apartheid.
Even though they were a trio, the Ben Folds Five formed in North Carolina and released this as their debut. It bridged the gap between piano rock and alternative rock, and paving the way for their breakout success.
British rock legends The Who made their third album as an homage to Radio London. To give the album more of a "corporate" feel, they added in commercials here and there, with the album cover showing the band plugging product like Heinz Baked Beans.