The Rock Year 1995

1995 Classic Rock Reviews
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We featured albums from the year 1995 during our 20th anniversary celebration, starting in December 2015. We have originally reviewed these albums:

*1995 Album of the Year

Below are further descriptions of each album, in the order that we reviewed them.

December 29, 2015
Tragic Kingdom by No DoubtNo Doubt had a phenomenal breakthrough with their upbeat and dynamic third album, Tragic Kingdom, in 1995. The album features of potent musical blend of blues, rock, ska, reggae, grunge, new wave and punk.

Review of Tragic Kingdom

January 14, 2016
Foo FightersA true solo originally done anonymously by Dave Grohl, the eponymous debut by Foo Fighters features a nice array of pop melodies, grungy guitars, and an unabashed, aggressive attitude. This album spawned the group of the same name which would proliferate for decades to come.

Review of Foo Fighters

February 3, 2016
The Bends by RadioheadRadiohead made a huge adjustment to their sound and songwriting approach with their second album, The Bends. This records features both hit singles as well as critically acclaimed, art-inspired and innovative compositions.

Review of The Bends

February 13, 2016
(Whats the Story) Morning Glory by OasisOasis reached the pinnacle of their career with (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?, their tremendous 1995 sophomore album. This broke records for immediate sales success and has long since received high critical acclaim as one of the defining albums of the decade.

Review of (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?

February 19, 2016
Ozzmosis by Ozzy OsbourneOzzmosis was the comeback album following Ozzy Osbourne‘s very brief retirement. The album is full of well-written, riff-intensive and accessible tunes and is the only solo album by Osbourne to feature his Black Sabbath bandmate Geezer Butler.

Review of Ozzmosis

February 28, 2016
Jagged Little Pill by Alanis MorissetteJagged Little Pill took raw and genuine individual emotion and spun it into a tremendous and highly accessible album. The music is a confluence of Alanis Morissette‘s bitter but unvarnished lyrics and producer Glen Ballard‘s pop and rock sensibilities.

Review of Jagged Little Pill

March 8, 2016
Balance by Van HalenThe last of the four studio albums with lead vocalist Sammy Hagar, 1995’s Balance sees Van Halen expanding their formula in a sincere attempt to branch out musically. The result is a mixed bag of the unique and the mundane, which ironically achieves a “balance” that they were not aiming to achieve.

Review of Balance

March 12, 2016
Alice In Chains 1995 albumAlice in Chains put out a self-titled 1995 album which is diverse both sonically and compositionally. Relying less on metal-influenced riffs and more on textures and melodies, this album saw the original group reach their 1990s climax.

Review of Alice In Chains

March 17, 2016
River Songs by The BadleesThe Badlees independently produced their mid-nineties masterpiece with the roots-rock inspired River Songs. With solid compositions that seamlessly glide from solid rock numbers to folk and Americana classics, this album shows the Pennsylvania-based quintet in top form.

Review of River Songs

March 21, 2016
Collective Soul, 1995 album of the yearThe sound expertly forged by Collective Soul straddled the line between 1980s arena rock and 1990s alternative pop/rock. Their second and most successful album, Collective Soul is filled with infectious radio hits and equally enjoyable lesser known tracks, making it the most solid overall album of 1995 and Classic Rock Review’s Album of the Year.

Review of Collective Soul

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