What are your top ten favorite albums from the 90s?
- 10. Lifeforms by Future Sound Of London
"My mind is going"
- 9. The Bends by Radiohead
"Keep breathing, for gods sake, keep breathing"
- 8. Mezzanine by Massive Attack
"Dark, oh so dark"
- 7. Beautiful Freak by Eels
"I know where you live"
- 6. Soulfly by Soulfly
"Welcome to the REAL world music"
- 5. Screamadelica by Primal Scream
"Music is music"
- 4. Music For The Jilted Generation by The Prodigy
"I'm tryin' to write some tunes ma-an"
- 3. Parklife by Blur
"For all the people, so many people"
- 2. Giant Steps by The Boo Radleys
"Should've been bigger"
- 1. Nevermind by Nirvana
"And the next song is going to be...."
By: andrew z?
- 10. stone temple pilots by tiny music
i would've put 'core' as their best album but they sound waaay too much like pearl jam. hopefully weiland can stay clean (or alive) to make a few more kick ass albums! best song: big bang baby
- 9. soundgarden by loud love & badmotorfinger
it was too bad that they sold out with superunknown best song: loud love? gun? slaves&bulldozers? JCP? can't choose.
- 8. temple of the dog by temple of the dog
best song: times of trouble
- 7. tool by undertow
best song: undertow
- 6. rage against the machine by evil empire
best song: bulls on parade
- 5. nin by the fragile
best song: where is everybody?
- 4. blur by 13
one of the most over-looked albums of the '90s. pure genius... best song: 1992
- 3. radiohead by ok computer
nuff said best song: paranoid android
- 2. smashing pumpkins by siamese dream
'mellon collie' is almost equally strong. 'aeroplane flies high' box set is a must-listen for fans of this album. best song: soma & porcelina...
- 1. pearl jam by ten
honourable mention goes to 'no code' for which they received no respect for but should have. best song: black & in my tree
when will this plague of pop end??! when will the new wave of rock arrive and wash away all these cookie cutter boy bands, cheap 'heavy/rap/rock' rejects, and scantilly clad no-talent sluts? oh god, i hope it ends soon.
By: Aveek Das
- 10. Blood Sugar Sex Magik by Red Hot Chili Peppers (1991)
The album rounding up the top-ten is again, Chili Peppers' greatest output. Cracking tunes, amazing lyrics and guitar-maverick John Frusicante at his sweeping best...simply unforgettable!
- 9. Metallica by Metallica (1991)
The 'black' album. Another one from 1991. Metal never sounded better. Metallica displays a fantastic range from the epic 'The Unforgiven' to the 90s-anthem 'Enter Sandman'. Simply outstanding!
- 8. Superunknown by Soundgarden (1994)
This one came out of nowhere. A mind-boggling 16-song opus. 'Black Hole Sun' was only one of the many tunes that keep playing in your mind! Their best album by a long margin and probably the last great "grunge" album.
- 7. Ten by Pearl Jam (1991)
Pearl Jam themselves cannot make another 'Ten'. A bunch of terrific and powerful songs, start to finish. 'Alive' still manages to send a chill down my spine. Oh! What a time it was for music!
- 6. Achtung Baby by U2 (1991)
Like R.E.M., these guys had been around for some time. But they reserved their best for this wonderful period in music. U2's metamorphosing past was world famous. But this was the album with which they really started to go in a different direction. Mechanical, mutated and distorted, this one dwarfs everything they have ever done.
- 5. Blue Lines by Massive Attack (1991)
1991 was one of the most crucial years in music history marked by the breaking of grunge and the new 'trip-hop'sound into the mainstream. 'Blue Lines' is among the most influential albums ever made. 'Unfinished Sympathy' was for "trip-hop" what 'Teen Spirit' was for "grunge".
- 4. Odelay by Beck (1996)
A surprising album after a rather explicit yet impressive 1994 debut 'Mellow Gold'. Folk, bluegrass, the blues, hip-hop, New Wave...Beck does everything. His work following this album has been great, but 'Odelay' will always be the benchmark. Eclectic, bewildering and brilliant.
- 3. Automatic For The People by R.E.M. (1992)
R.E.M. might have been around for 10 years, but this is undoubtedly their best work in a long, established career. In stark contrast to 1991's 'Out Of Time', this album is dark, introspective and often stinging. From the wonderful Andy-Kaufman tribute "Man On The Moon" to the chilling "Drive", it is simply timeless.
- 2. Ok Computer by Radiohead (1997)
Between the wailing 'The Bends' and the "outer-space" 'Kid A', Radiohead released 'Ok Computer'. On the basis of music, probably the best album of the 90s. Words simply cannot express the brilliant creativity of Thom and his boys. Mindblowing stuff!
- 1. Nevermind by Nirvana (1991)
Forget the music, the sheer impact of this album cannot be denied. Never ever has one song (and video), "Smells like Teen Spirit", created such mass hysteria. It really saved rock's ass! It was after 'Nevermind"'that the entire early-90s scene took off. Probably the most important album since "Sgt. Pepper".
There are 6 albums in the list from 1991, just showing what a significant year it was for music. It is sad that no album from the last 3 years of the decade (except Radiohead) find a place in the list. But rock music has always been that way. It is a style which will never go out of fashion and will continue to have renewed periods of interest. That's what makes it such an exciting art-form! That's what makes me optimistic about the future!
By: Bryan Gray
- 10. Angel Dust by Faith No More
Warner Bros. figured that lightning could strike twice at a time when oodles of (most horribly bad) funk-metal acts were following in Faith No More and Red Hot Chili Peppers's footsteps. In response, the former recorded and released the bizarro masterpiece Angel Dust. Patton's work in Mr. Bungle proved just how strange and inspired he could get given the opportunity; now, in his more famous act, nothing was ignored. "Land of Sunshine" starts things off in a vein similar to The Real Thing, but Patton's vocal role-playing is smarter and more accomplished, with the lyrics trashing a smug bastard with pure inspired mockery. From there, Angel Dust mixes the meta-metal of earlier days with the expected puree of other influences, including a cinematic sense of atmosphere. The album ends with a cover of John Barry's "Midnight Cowboy" suits the mood perfectly, but the stretched-out, tense moments on "Caffeine" and the soaring charge of "Everything's Ruined" make for other good examples. Even a Kronos Quartet sample crops up on the frazzled sprawl of "Malpractice." Other sampling and studio treatments come to the fore throughout, adding quirks like the distorted voices on "Smaller and Smaller." The band's sense of humor crops up frequently � there's the hilarious portrayal of prepubescent angst on "Kindergarten," made all the more entertaining by the music's straightforward approach, or the beyond-stereotypical white trash cornpone narration of "RV," all while the music breezily swings along. Patton's voice is stronger and downright smooth at many points throughout, the musicians collectively still know their stuff, and the result is twisted entertainment at its finest.
- 9. Horray For Boobies by Bloodhound Gang
On one hand, it's easy to hate the Bloodhound Gang. They're vulgar, obnoxious, lunk-headed, awkward, offensive, and defiantly stupid. On the other hand, you almost have to admire the lengths that they go to be, well, defiantly stupid. It's not just in the words � the music is as dumb and dopey as Jimmy Pop's ridiculous lyrics. This is really, really, REALLY dumb music. Pop doesn't care about being cool, he just wants to make dirty jokes and sing silly songs. Granted, that's not for everyone, but if you find the very title of their third album Hooray for Boobies funny, you'll find that this is their masterpiece. Jimmy Pop isn't just a white rapper, he also has a fondness for white-trash metal and a fetish for early-MTV one-hit wonders. He's also partial to jokes about puke, coughing, and sex. He never wastes an opportunity to be obvious. Instead of telling the story of Vivid girl Chasey Lain in "The Ballad of Chasey Lain," he writes the song from the point of view of a mock-stalker. Never mind that doesn't constitute a ballad � I'm not sure what it is, actually � it's not really funny either, which an actual ballad about Chasey's rise to power could have been. Then again, that's too much thought to expend on a group whose catchiest hook is "You and me baby ain't nuthin' but mammals/So let's do it like they do on the Discovery Channel" ("Bad Touch"). Clearly, a song like that, set to a robotic new romantic beat, isn't made for an audience that wishes "Take the Long Way Home" was a Supertramp cover. The thing of it is, given his musical and lyrical allusions, Pop is smarter than he seems. Of course, he enjoys playing to the lowest common denominator and, depending on your mood (or your level of resistance), there's almost charm to its dumbness, particularly since the group reaches beyond the white-boy rap-metal that is their foundation. Does that make Hooray for Boobies a good album? Well, yes, at least for adolescent boys. It's the kind of record that sounds good at parties and in the car, and it will certainly shock some parents, even though anyone with a taste for the truly outrageous and extreme will find this tame and dorky.
- 8. So Much For The Afterglow by Everclear
Sparkle & Fade became a surprise hit thanks to "Santa Monica," a gritty, infectious grunge hit that captured Everclear at their best. Like many grunge and post-grunge rockers, however, Everclear's leader Art Alexakis felt constrained by his modest success and its implications, deciding to take his band in new experimental directions for their follow-up album, So Much for the Afterglow. As the title suggests � as well as song titles like "One Hit Wonder," "White Men in Black Suits" and "Everything to Everyone" � Alexakis is feeling a bit ambivalent about his success, believing that it's only a transient thing. He may be right � So Much for the Afterglow lacks anything as catchy as "Santa Monica." He attempts to compensate by adding a more elaborate production, complete with Beach Boys harmonies and guest musicians. The result sounds cluttered, not symphonic, and distracts from Everclear's strength as a straight-ahead grunge trio. There are several songs on the album that do showcase the group at their best, but they aren't enough to excuse the confused attempts at progression that make So Much for the Afterglow a muddled affair.
- 7. Bigger, Better, Faster, More? by 4 Non Blondes
In 1991 The focal point is on lead singer Linda Perry who also plays guitar and was the primary writer of the material. Perry has a powerful set of pipes akin to Johnette Napolitano, but, unfortunately, she tends to cut loose when a little more restraint would benefit the proceedings. However, "Superfly" is a feel good, funky number and "Spaceman"'s yearning lyrics are delivered over a quiet, martial drum rhythm. A solid debut that got lost in the wake of its mammoth hit.
- 6. Sailing The Seas Of Cheese by Primus
The first Primus album to achieve much widespread airplay (thanks to its release on a major), and the one that broke them on MTV, Sailing the Seas of Cheese completely redefined the possibilities of the electric bass in rock music for those who'd never heard the group before. Slapping like a funk player, but strumming power chords and finger-tapping like a metal guitar hero, Les Claypool coaxed sounds from his instrument that had rarely if ever been made the focus of a rock band. Claypool's riffs were so full and dominant that they hardly needed to be doubled by guitarist Larry LaLonde (and wouldn't have had the same effect anyway), which freed him up on most songs to launch into dissonant, atonal solos that essentially functioned as texture, complementing Claypool's oddly whimsical sense of melody. The combination results in a weird atmosphere that could be transformed into something dark or eerie, but Claypool's thin, nasal voice and demented blue-collar persona place the record firmly in the realm of the cheerfully bizarre. The compositions are mostly riff-driven, fleshing out their heavy metal roots with prog rock tricks from Rush and Frank Zappa, as well as the novelty side of Zappa's sense of humor. The willful goofiness may alienate some listeners, but it can also obscure some genuinely dark humor, and it never detracts from the band's frequently stunning musicianship. Somewhat analogous to jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, Claypool hasn't inspired many direct imitators because of his tremendous feats of dexterity. But his stature as a virtuoso able to take his instrument into previously undreamed-of realms is without question. Though Sailing the Seas of Cheese tones down Primus' penchant for jamming, it's the tightest, most song-oriented representation of their jaw-dropping, one-of-a-kind style.
- 5. Come On Feel The Lemonheads by Lemonheads
Come on Feel the Lemonheads should have been the album that propelled the trio and Evan Dando to stardom, but instead of delivering a concise pop record in the vein of It's a Shame About Ray, they made a messy album that never quite found its focus. That's not to say that Come On Feel is without merit, because that's hardly the case. In many ways, it's the most interesting record that the Lemonheads have released, because it finds Dando confused about everything, particularly love, both for girls and drugs, and his burgeoning fame. There are moments of self-indulgence, whether it's the aimless piano instrumental "The Jello Fund" or two versions of the drug-obsessed "Style," yet they are as essential to the album's desperate tone as the heartbreaking acoustic ballad of "Favorite T." Between those two extremes are some of the finest power-pop and country-rock Dando has ever written. He still has a tendency to be too cutesy, as on the otherwise winning country-rock of "Being Around" and "Big Gay Heart," but the hooky rush of "The Great Big No," the bright "I'll Do It Anyway" and the lovely simplicity of "Into Your Arms" are irresistible. Come On Feel may not be as consistent or immediate as It's a Shame About Ray, but finding its pleasures is quite rewarding.
- 4. Presidents of the United States of America by Presidents of the United States of America
In the time-honored tradition of The Dickies, the punk-pop of The Presidents of the United States of America is brief, hooky, and dumb � it's novelty punk. Granted, that approach can occasionally produce a couple of naggingly catchy songs � particularly their breakthrough hit, "Lump" � but it basically results in a series of smug, self-satisfied songs that are neither funny nor catchy. Like The Dickies, they're not much more than one-hit wonders.
- 3. Wish by The Cure
On the surface, Wish sounds happier than Disintegration, and the sunny British Invasion hooks of the hit single "Friday I'm in Love" certainly seem to indicate that the record is a brighter affair than its predecessor. Dig a little deeper, and the album reveals itself to be just as tortured, and perhaps more despairing. Granted, the sound of the record, with its jangling guitars and simple arrangements, is more immediately accessible than the epic gloom of Disintegration, but nearly every song finds Robert Smith wracked with depression. Unfortunately, the even-handed production makes the record sound very similar, so it is less compelling than it might have been, but there are a handful of gems ("High," "A Letter to Elise," "Wendy Time," "Friday I'm in Love") that make the record worthwhile.
- 2. System Of A Down by System Of A Down
System of a Down's self-titled major-label debut finds the Los Angeles band consolidating their gothic alt-metal, sharpening their deadly riffs, strengthening their brutal rhythms and adding muscle to their attack. The band differentiates itself from the legions of Southern Californian alt-metalheads by emphasizing their Armenian musical heritage, which gives the music an eerie, otherworldly quality. Part of the success of System of a Down lies with producer Rick Rubin, who helps give the band focus, but ultimately the record works because of the band itself, since they have contributed a set of strong songs that illustrates this is a band that relies on smarts as well as sound.
- 1. Modern Life Is Rubbish by Blur
As a response to the dominance of grunge in the U.K. and their own decreasing profile in their homeland � and also as a response to Suede's sudden popularity � Blur reinvented themselves with their second album, Modern Life is Rubbish, abandoning the shoegazing and baggy influences that dominated Leisure for traditional pop. On the surface, Modern Life may appear to be an homage to the Kinks, David Bowie, the Beatles and Syd Barrett, yet it isn't a restatement, it's a revitalization. Blur use British guitar-pop from the Beatles to My Bloody Valentine as a foundation, spinning off tales of contemporary despair. If Damon Albarn wasn't such a clever songwriter, both lyrically and melodically, Modern Life could have sunk under its own pretensions, and the latter half does drag slightly. However, the record teems with life, since Blur refuse to treat their classicist songs as museum pieces. Graham Coxon's guitar tears each song open, either with unpredictable melodic lines or layers of translucent, hypnotic effects, and his work creates great tension with Alex James' kinetic bass. And that provides Albarn a vibrant background for his social satires and cutting commentary. But the reason Modern Life is Rubbish is such a dynamic record and ushered in a new era of British pop is that nearly every song is carefully constructed and boasts a killer melody, from the stately "For Tomorrow" and the punky "Advert" to the vaudeville stomp of "Sunday Sunday" and the neo-psychedelic "Chemical World." Even with its flaws, it's a record of considerable vision and excitement. [The American version of Modern Life is Rubbish substitutes the demo version of "Chemical World" for the studio version on the British edition. It also adds the superb single "Pop Scene" before the final song, "Resigned."
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- 10. Slanted and Enchanted by Pavement
Pavement: the quintessential indie-rock band of the 1990s. Where would we ever be without them? Well, the vast majority of us wouldn't be able to hum "Cut Your Hair," but the vast majority of us can't hum it anyway.
- 9. Little Earthquakes by Tori Amos
Because she's Tori, and she in herself is a alterna-institution, and because this is the album that started the whole phenomenon. I'm not a huge Tori fan, but I think she's made an indellible impression upon the music world. I also wish I could rip it up on the piano just like that.
- 8. Automatic for the People by R.E.M.
It was Out of Time that really brought them to the mainstream, but Automatic was I think a lot more substantial. More messages and all that deep stuff. Besides, Nightswimming is just so pretty.
- 7. Blood Sugar Sex Magik by Red Hot Chili Peppers
It rocks. It rocks so hard.
- 6. Debut by Bj�rk
Hey, she IS a friggin' genius. And she's just so cool. I like this album best, although Post is a close second.
- 5. Ten by Pearl Jam
Another band who was so often compared to Nirvana. Although Eddie Vedder had 'em all beat in the looks department. Mmmmmm...
- 4. G Love and Special Sauce by G Love and Special Sauce
An amazing blues and hip-hop hybrid that shows the direction mainstream music could have taken had it not been for snoop dogg and the smashing pumpkins...not that either of those two are bad...well, not that the Smashing Pumpkins are bad I mean. Snoop would have to talk about something a little more meaningful than pimpin' tha hoes if he wanted me to be a fan.
- 3. Siamese Dream by Smashing Pumpkins
They always tried to be as important as Nirvana and always managed to fail, but this is where they come closest. Maybe they'd have stood a chance if Billy had put a gun to his head like Kurt instead of a razor.
- 2. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill by Lauryn Hill
Come on, you have to be deaf in order not to think that she's amazing. Not only is she an extremely gifted singer, but her rhymes are some of the cleverest I've ever heard.
- 1. Nevermind by Nirvana
Not only does everyone else call it amazing and influential and groundbreaking and all that, it's ACTUALLY good, too!
I'd love to put Eminem on the list, too, but I don't own any of his albums. Although I should support my fellow Detroiters, I haven't decided whether I'm offended by him or not yet. Wow, can you think of any more white people I can put on my list? It's not that I don't like any artists of other races, it's just that I'm maybe not familiar enough with any particular album to incorporate it on the list. I'm working on that, so no worries.
- 10. Intergalatic by Beastie Boys
cool cd from the coolest group
- 9. Jerky Boys V. 1 by Jerky Boys
funny as hell, like the movie
- 8. Evil Empire by Rage Against the Machine
The good politicoly charged cd
- 7. Sublime by Sublime
Good cd by the boys from th LBC
- 6. Makavelli: 7Day Theory by Makavelli-2Pac
the dopest cd in tha world
- 5. The Chronic 2001 by Dr. Dre
Comes back with another fat ass cd
- 4. The Chronic by Dr. Dre
Revolutionary tracks and beats
- 3. Nevermind by Nirvana
One of the coolest cds of all time
- 2. Doggystyle by Snoop Doggy Dogg
- 1. All Eyez On Me by 2Pac
Raps first double CD!
West coast kicks east sides ass!
- 10. No Name Yet by Mistakes Of Nature
Fuck fake modesty. I'm in a band, we play punk-rock, we're french, we're assholes, and we're gonna do an album, all the songs are done, they're great, you like it or not, but if you do then you'll fucking love it.
- 9. Chasis by Chasis
I'm not into techno, but anything from Chasis, which is a techno place in Spain, is excellent. It's what they call Makina. It's HYPER melodic and fast, nothing to do with the shit you hear on MTV, you know Alice Deejay's I want you back in my life ? Take this only a thousand times better, there you have it. Here check www.multimania.com/trialboubou and see for yourself
- 8. Survival by Bob Marley
Fuck the 90's, Bob Marley music is eternal!!!!
- 7. Dookie by Green Day
Now anyone who listens to punk-rock like me knows that there are millions of better bands than Green Day, but hey...
- 6. Californication by Red Hot Chili Peppers
I don't like the peppers that much, but fuck this record rocks!!
- 5. Greatest Hits n�1 by Queen
Bohemian Rhapsody, Save me, You're my best friend, this one is packed with emotion.
- 4. Smash by Offspring
I am disappointed by the way Offspring turned out these past years, I don't care about the mainstream shit, it's just that their latest albums suck. Smash is a hit.
- 3. Slipknot by Slipknot
This is recent, but has defenitely left a blue-priny. These guys are fucking gods, and fuck they're scary.
- 2. Rage Against The Machine by Rage Against The Machine
This is a fucking classic. I've been listening to it for ten years, and will probably listening to it for ten more.
- 1. In Utero by Nirvana
Personnally, I think Nevermind is Nirvana's "worst" record, it's just too soft, sounds weird. In utero is to me the best by far along with the unplugged, with some fucking raw songs like tourette's ans R.F.U.S and beautiful songs like Dumb, All apologies...
By: Eric Franklin
- 10. Digimmortal by Fear Factory
This album has some hard shit that took me by suprise.
- 9. Coal Chamber by Coal Chamer
This is definitly Coal Chamber at their best, and is a band that deserves some recognition for their music.
- 8. Break the Cycle by StainD
This follow up to Dysfunction isn't as hard but is definitely shows how the band has grown and have gotten better,and the lyrics are powerful.
- 7. Life is Peachy by KoRn
Out of all the Korn Cds,this was the best one, although it had some serious competition with their debut. I'm glad Chino had a chance to be on it, too.
- 6. SevenDust by SevenDust
When I heard this CD I could not put it down because the sound was so original and new.
- 5. Gift by Taproot
This band is just starting out but I really think it has so much potential to turn in to something huge. " like the Deftones"
- 4. L.D. 50 by Mudvayne
I have never heard anything so unique,original, or hard in my life. If you think Slipknot is good,these 4 guys kicked Slipknot's ass.
- 3. White Pony by Deftones
I think it was incredible how they came back so powerful,with a new sound to put people in awe.
- 2. Around the Fur by Deftones
It was extremely hard to chose between this CD and White Pony but this was the one that brought them out of the underground and into fame.
- 1. Adrenaline by Deftones
The sounds on this CD you could listen to for hours,once again Deftones does it again!! (Best band ever)
Their are some other bands that I should pay some tribut to even though they didn't make the top 10. Linkin Park, Static X,Slipknot,Disturbed,and P.O.D. One more thing I need to say is that Eminem is a little weakling bitch who should get the living shit beat out of him. He thinks he is black but black people back up what they say unlike that little pussy.
- 10. Smash by The Offspring
Their best album in my opinion, Self Esteem is their best song and Come Out And Play is a close second. Their sound can get a little repetitive and this album is guilty of that, but it�s still better than their later ones.
- 9. Savage Garden by Savage Garden
Some great songs on this one, Truly Madly Deeply might be a little mushy but it�s still a good song. To The Moon And Back is good also. Mine is probably my favourite on this one. Savage Garden was the first band I was really into and this was my first album. A pity their second album was such a disappointment....
- 8. Human Clay by Creed
This album rocks, and With Arms Wide Open and Higher are just classics. A little repetitive in their sound but their sound rocks so it doesn�t matter too much.
- 7. Dizzy Up The Girl by The Goo Goo Dolls
Iris is one of the all time great songs. Very good album.
- 6. The Better Life by 3 Doors Down
Kryptonite is a great song, and the others on the album don�t disappoint.
- 5. Imaginate by Taxiride
This band is great. 72 Hour Gaze and Get Set are the ones that do it for me. Everywhere You Go was great too. This is a great light rock album. Good harmonies.
- 4. Everything You Want by Vertical Horizon
This is brilliant, Vertical Horizon have some great stuff and this album is just great. Matt Serletic is a brilliant guitarist.
- 3. Supernatural by Santana
Apart from the brilliance of Santana�s guitar playing, this has some super songs. Rob Thomas�s �Smooth� is probably my favorite song ever.
- 2. Yourself Or Someone Like You by Matchbox 20
So many great tracks! Push is one of my favourite ever songs, and 3AM, Lond Day, Real World, Kody, and Back 2 Good are just great as well. The only song on this album that doesn�t really click with me is Damn, and it�s not bad either. This is almost as good as their second one.
- 1. Mad Season by Matchbox Twenty
This is magic. Instrumentally, this is great, and, the orchestral work in some of the songs is amazing. I absolutely love every single song on this album, and I can�t truly say that for any other album ever. The emotion Rob Thomas puts into his songs is unlike any other singer in the world, and his song writing is unbelievable. In short it�s the best album ever.
This top 10 list is a top 10 of my favourite albums, definitely not of the best albums of the 90s. Others who just missed out on my top 10 are Enema of the State by Blink 182, Neon Ballroom by Silverchair, and Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette.
By: The Ster
- 10. You'd Prefer an Astronaut by Hum
Grossly overlooked slackers who rode the Pumpkins wave but had a lot more to offer than most of the other mid-90's rip-offs. Not quite emo, but quite emotional, this disc is a gem.
- 9. In Utero by Nirvana
Nevermind that debut (sorry - I had to do it), this is the album that set the world on fire. Dave Grohl's drums made my neck hair stand up.
- 8. Ritual de lo Habitual by Jane's Addiction
Two songs - "Three Days" and "...Then She Did" That's all there is to say
- 7. DJ Shadow by Endtroducing
Grandiose strings and sound structures that defy the traditions of turtablism.
- 6. Odelay by Beck
How can one man have so much creativity in his head? I bet he had a ball with the Dust Bros. in the studio - like a kid in a candy store.
- 5. The Bends by Radiohead
Screw OK Computer - this album rocks. A little less than complex song structures, beautiful (and understandable) vocals, and just enough alienation to be interesting but not weird.
- 4. Siamese Dream by Smashing Pumpkins
After they got "experimental" (Gish was straight-on cock rock) but before they got pompous - this is the Pumpkins (okay, Corgan) at their (his) best.
- 3. Beastie Boys by Check Your Head
Who would think these three white boys would defy the rap genre once again (they'd already done it once with Paul's Boutique)by picking up their own instruments. Funk, soul, and hardcore rhymes that cut a fork in the path to the future of hip-hop
- 2. The Downward Spiral by Nine Inch Nails
Angst, violence, and heartache - and it was beautiful.
- 1. Loveless by My Bloody Valentine
What a way to start the 90's. 1991 was a beautiful year - The Pumpkins (Gish), Nirvana (Nevermind), and this masterpiece. The creativity and passion portrayed on this album were not to be duplicated for the rest of the decade.
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