Rated | Alphabetical
| Highest Rated 2006
Radiohead: OK Computer (Capitol, 1997)
It doesn't give up its secrets easily, improving with
repeated listens. A masterpiece.
Tom Waits: Bone Machine (Island, 1992)
Not for the faint of heart. The most cohesive,
thematically rewarding album of Waits' career.
A Tribe Called Quest: The Low End Theory (Jive, 1991)
Eschewing done-to-death '70s
R&B-inspired beats for jazz-flavored tracks, A Tribe Called Quest crafts
one of the greatest hip-hop albums.
My Bloody Valentine: Loveless (Sire, 1991)
Kevin Shields & Co. take overdubbing to
a whole new level on this dense yet light as a feather collection of
intimate yet symphonic noise rock creations.
The Flaming Lips: The Soft Bulletin (Warner Bros.,
1997's Zaireeka was just a tune-up compared to the level
of sonic artistry the Lips would achieve on this record.
Pavement: Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain (Matador, 1994)
& Enchanted validated the group's indie cred,
this one established its musical identity.
Neutral Milk Hotel: In An Aeroplane Over The Sea (Merge, 1998)
Jeff Mangum justifies the promise of the Elephant 6
Collective with the decade's most surrealistically inspired effort.
Liz Phair: Exile in Guyville (Matador, 1993)
Naked, honest, devastating, but never once self-pitying.
A brilliant achievement.
Lucinda Williams: Car Wheels On A Gravel Road
The birth of this record was not easy, but the end result
proved to be well worth the wait.
Björk: Homogenic (Elektra, 1997)
Flawless integration of Björk's voice with the edgier tones
of electronica and trip-hop. Vibrates with a rich, near cinematic sheen.
|How tough was this list to compile? Consider the following releases that
didn't make it, despite being imminently worthy efforts:
- Aphex Twin: Selected Ambient Works 85-92 (Apollo, 1993)
- Autechre: Tri Repetae (Warp, 1995)
- Bark Psychosis: Hex (Caroline, 1994)
- Beastie Boys: Check Your Head (Grand Royal, 1992)
- Beck: Odelay (DGC/Bong Load
Custom Records, 1996 )
- Beck: Mutations (DGC/Bong Load Custom Records, 1998)
- Company Flow: Funcrusher Plus (Priority Records, 1997)
- The Dismemberment Plan: Emergency & I
- DJ Shadow: Endtroducing… (Mo Wax, 1996)
Attack: Blue Lines (Virgin, 1991)
Attack: Mezzanine (Virgin, 1998)
- Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: The Boatman's Call
- Nirvana: In Utero (Geffen, 1993)
- OutKast: Aquemini (LaFace, 1998)
- Pavement: Slanted & Enchanted (Matador,
- Pavement: Wowee Zowee (Matador, 1995)
- PJ Harvey: Dry (Too Pure/Indigo, 1992)
- PJ Harvey: Rid of Me (Island, 1993)
- PJ Harvey: To Bring You My Love (Island, 1995)
- Primal Scream: Screamadelica (Sire, 1991)
- Pulp: Different Class (Island, 1995)
- Radiohead: The Bends (Capitol, 1995)
- R.E.M: Automatic For the People (Warner Bros., 1992)
- The Roots: Things Fall Apart (MCA, 1999)
- Silver Jews: American Water (Drag City, 1998)
- Slint: Spiderland (Touch & Go, 1991)
- Spiritualized: Ladies And Gentleman We Are Floating In
Space (Arista, 1997)
- Sugar: Copper Blue (Rykodisc, 1992)
Throwing Muses: The Real Ramona (4AD/Sire, 1991)
- Tortoise: Millions Now Living Will Never Die (Thrill
- A Tribe Called Quest: Midnight Marauders (Jive, 1993)
- U2: Achtung Baby (Island, 1991)
- Wilco: Summer Teeth (Reprise, 1999)
- Yo La Tengo: I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One
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