20 Great Albums Released 20 Years Ago, Free Album Download

Nirvana - Nevermind
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It's the album that brought grunge to the mainstream, made Kurt Cobain a legend, and made flannel-makers very, very rich.
Nirvana - Nevermind
U2 - Achtung Baby
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Admist accusations of being too serious and pretentious for their own good after their disasterous documentary "Rattle and Hum", U2 fought back with one of their most critically-adored albums.
U2 - Achtung Baby
Pearl Jam - Ten
Pearl Jam - Ten
Arguably one of the greatest albums of the 90's and unquestionably one of Pearl Jam's best albums, Ten gave us "Jeremy", "Once", "Even Flow", and created the "classic" Pearl Jam sound.
Pearl Jam - Ten
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Blood Sugar Sex Magik
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Blood Sugar Sex Magik
One of RHCP's finest efforts, the album resulted in several hit singles, as well as a heroin addiction for lead guitarist John Frusciante and led to his termporary departure.
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Blood Sugar Sex Magik
Smashing Pumpkins - Gish
Smashing Pumpkins - Gish
While Nirvana got the commercial and critical notice, the debut of the Smashing Pumpkins was just as noteworthy and influencial on the early 90's alt-rock scene.
Smashing Pumpkins - Gish
My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
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One of the defining records of the "shoegaze" genre, the album was critically well recieved, though it became infamous for the hiring and firing of multiple engineers and the band's conflict with their record company.
My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
Prince - Diamonds And Pearls
Prince - Diamonds And Pearls
Full of funk and pop, the album was a nice bounce back from Prince's failed film, Graffiti Bridge.
Prince - Diamonds And Pearls
Pixies - Trompe Le Monde
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Leaving the surf sounds of Bossanova in the dust, the Pixies went back to their rough roots. While it was one of the best albums of the year, it was also the band's swan song, and while they reunited for various tours, they haven't released a studio album since.
Pixies - Trompe Le Monde
The Jesus Lizard - Goat
The Jesus Lizard - Goat
A critically-successful album, The Jesus Lizard continued their tradition of trashing out an experimental industrial rock sound at a furious pace.
The Jesus Lizard - Goat
Talk Talk - Laughing Stock
Talk Talk - Laughing Stock
Talk Talk went out with a bang, an amazing and entrancing record, with recording sessions featuring vocal improvisation, incense, and the perfectionist tendancies of frontman Mark Hollis.
Talk Talk - Laughing Stock
The Orb - Adventures Beyond The Underworld
The Orb - Adventures Beyond The Underworld
A classic ambient house record, the album is akin to a psychedelic trip beyond the Underworld, whatever that means to you. It's up for interpretation.
The Orb - Adventures Beyond The Underworld
Throwing Muses - The Real Ramona
Throwing Muses - The Real Ramona
The Throwing Muses' sound is hard to describe, and this record is especially difficult. Just trust us when we say it's a great album, even though we're not exactly sure why. It, um, sounds good?
Throwing Muses - The Real Ramona
Slint - Spiderland
Slint - Spiderland
Recorded at River North Records here in Chicago, the short-lived post-rock band Slint didn't see their influence on underground rock until after they had broken up.
Slint - Spiderland
Sebadoh - Sebadoh III
Sebadoh - Sebadoh III
Released the same month as Nirvana's Nevermind, Sebadoh found themselves propelled to the mainstream, alongside fellow lo-fi rockers Pavement.
Sebadoh - Sebadoh III
A Tribe Called Quest - The Low End Theory
A Tribe Called Quest - The Low End Theory
Innovators (and perhaps inventors) of alternative hip-hop, A Tribe Called Quest's sophomore effort brought the beauty back to hip hop, with jazz stylings giving the album a sound unlike any other.
A Tribe Called Quest - The Low End Theory
Ice Cube - Death Certificate
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Unquestionably the most controversial album on this list, Ice Cube continued to fearlessly rap about racial profiling, gun violence, and drug dealing.
Ice Cube - Death Certificate
Primal Scream - Screamadelica
Primal Scream - Screamadelica
A blend of alt rock, house music, and a lot of drugs resulted in this intense album, a departure from the band's indie rock roots.
Primal Scream - Screamadelica
Public Enemy - Apocalypse 91... The Enemy Strikes Black
Public Enemy - Apocalypse 91... The Enemy Strikes Black
Coming off of their legendary Fear of a Black Planet, Public Enemy went even darker and pounded out social commentary with a rock-tinged sound.
Public Enemy - Apocalypse 91... The Enemy Strikes Black
Massive Attack - Blue Lines
Massive Attack - Blue Lines
While the term was not coined until years later, Massive Attack's debut album is considered the birthplace of "trip hop", and went over huge in the UK
Massive Attack - Blue Lines
Metallica - Metallica (The Black Album)
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While the album was by far their most commercial and critical success, Metallica alienated many of their older fans by departing from their trash rock roots to a more commercial metal sound.
Metallica - Metallica (The Black Album)
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