I have a general view that if an artist never had even a minor hit in UK then they are probably not a good artist (due to Sparks This Town being a hit they qualify)
So while British critics sometimes celebrate bad artist, great artist will usually have at one period of time critical praise from British public or press (I think itís a myth of the unsuccessful great artist trope as most of them had their day in the sun)
Even if we say that the British critics were unreliable in the 90ís. As artist get celebrated for what was popular at the time that may not endure as time goes on. It does say something when 15 plus years later the albums are still listed in best album of all time list (ie this NME list in 2013 has Everything must go at number 182 https://www.rocklistmusic.co.uk/nme_500_greatest_albums_2013.htm)
Or using the rate your music that fandom from the music nerd population still like the album enough in 2022 that itís the 4th highest rated Brit pop album of all time.
Itís one thing being popular at the time of release. Itís another thing when it is still popular 15 years after it release which suggest some sort of importance to the album whether I personally like it or not