5 Reasons "Pure Moods" was the Best Album of the 90s

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So this album was first released in 1994, then re-released in 1997. I'm guessing my memories come from the re-release, because I would've been 10 years old at that point. I have to say, I found the new age tracks a little weird and totally uncool. 

I couldn't have been more wrong.

1. X-Files Theme (DJ Dado)

Admittedly, I didn't watch the X-Files until January 2016. I was a bit too young to watch it when it first aired. Needless to say, I binged the hell out of it and finished the entire series in less than 6 months and am now a card-carrying X-Phile. 👽

2. Oxygène Part IV  

Pure Moods did a killer job of recognizing ambient/electronic pioneers like Jean-Michel Jarre & Brian Eno. I've been really into ambient music as a tool to help me concentrate while I work and also to help me fall asleep at night, and this track is a classic.

3. Orinoco Flow

Yes, the "sail away" song. You can pretend you don't turn UP (especially during the first minute of this song) but we both know you'd be lying. 

4. Fire Walk With Me

Pure Moods strikes again with another cult television theme song. I was also late to the Twin Peaks party since it was a little before my time, but I remember my dad loving it. This track serves as the perfect moody, jazzy number that inevitably has you asking, "who killed Laura Palmer?" all over again.

5. Return to Innocence

Over 16 million views on Spotify. Played during the ending credits of Man of the House (don't tell me you didn't cry). The chant forever stuck in our heads – sampled from a chant by the Amis, who are an indigenous people of Taiwan we are forever indebted to. 

I'd argue that every track (maybe except the random Kenny G one) deserves to be on this list, but these are definitely the stand outs. What's your favorite Pure Moods track? Tweet it to me!