Some interesting records nominated in the impromptu Guess 1997’s Top Three Albums thing that’s been occurring hereabouts for the last day. Some interesting records, plus Aquarium by Aqua, which I so wish was a correct suggestion (I was still working in a record store in this year; must have sold hundreds of copies of that LP, all without it thawing my frozen heart). That so many different albums were mentioned in dispatches goes to bolster the argument that ’97 was an astonishingly fertile plateau for recorded music – as well as highlighting just how subjective our sonic understanding can be.
Homework, the début Daft Punk album, received a couple of recommendations – I can tell why; that sense of slightly slanted, life-affirming electronica segued with voguish appreciation. Similarly, Primal Scream’s Vanishing Point was a common selection – albeit not something for my tastes (subjective, see). I was particularly intrigued by Bryan Drummond’s choice of Bob Dylan’s Time Out Of Mind as his most significant album of the year – that’s something I’m going to have to follow up.
To my surprise, no-one hit upon all three records – this week on LGM: articles on each, in a little more detail than usual. Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space is a given, whilst the cultural impact of OK Computer means that I’d be negligent for not including. As for the third – well, there’ll be words appearing here in a few days. In the meantime, congrats to @maffrj, the first person to get two out of three correct – a significant album from 1997 will be in the post just as soon as I receive your selection.
Primal Scream / Trainspotting