National Album Day 2023: 90s Albums

National Album Day returns on October 14th with the theme of '90s records'.

This year's event will celebrate one of the most vibrant decades of music, as well as the milestone of 75 years of the album format.

We're delving deep into our record collections and have dug out our favourite records from that period. From Britpop royalty like Blur and Pulp, to R&B superstars Destiny's Child - we have something for everyone!

Pulp - Different Class

Pulp's return to the live stage this summer was a huge success, and tracks from their incredible fifth record 'Different Class' sound as fresh and exciting now as they did when released back in 1995.

From Cocker's brooding lyricism to tales of slick and sultry themes throughout, 'Different Class' is exactly that. This album is a must-have for all collectors and a masterpiece from front to back.

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Murder Ballads

Packed with collaborations from Kylie Minogue, PJ Harvey and Shane MacGowan, 'Murder Ballads' takes the listener on a dark and eerie trail.

Nick Cave offers his typically gripping narratives and it was even deemed "not for the squeamish" due to its graphic and brutal nature.

The record is tied up neatly with a cover of Bob Dylan's 'Death Is Not The End' - which ironically is the only track on the LP to not feature death. Classic Nick.

Blink 182 - Enema of the State

Pop-punk pioneers Blink 182 are the epitome of the 90s. Their witty lyrics and cutting riffs are consistently brilliant across their third full-length record.

Featuring iconic hits 'What's My Age Again?', 'Aliens Exist' and 'All The Small Things', make 'Enema of the State' one of the most-loved records of the decade by the masses, and not just by Blink 182 fans.

Destiny's Child - The Writing's On The Wall

Destiny's Child's sophomore record is home to the timeless singles 'Say My Name' and 'Bills Bills Bills'.

'The Writing's On The Wall' as a whole is definitely all killer no filler, and even inspired the likes of Drake in terms of how he approaches vocal styles.

We adore this album and it certainly paved the way for many neo-soul and R&B acts to follow suit for generations to come.

Jeff Buckley - Grace

'Grace' is heartbreakingly Jeff Buckley's only studio album, released in 1994 before his untimely death.

It features the stunning 'Hallelujah', and is cited by both critics and rock royalty - including Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and Paul McCartney - as one of the greatest records of all time.

Blur - Mordern Life is Rubbish

Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, 'Modern Life Is Rubbish' is one of the stand-out releases to come from the Britpop era.

Arguably their greatest album as a complete body of work, you will hear 'For Tomorrow', 'Chemical World' and 'Sunday Sunday' across the hour-long triumph.

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Californication

Red Hot Chili Peppers' sound is possibly the most instantly recognisable, and throughout 'Californication' we hear 'Scar Tissue' and 'Otherside' - as well as the iconic title-track.

Released in 1999, it is provides the perfect link between decades - even 24 years on the band are selling out stadiums and headlining festivals with hits from 'Californication'

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Hey - I'm Callum. Fan of The National, collector of vinyl, season ticket holder at Leeds United, owner of Dougal the cat.

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