Favorite Albums

Black Sabbath

Favorite Albums | Honorable Mention: Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath (1970)

Led Zeppelin may have come first, striking twice in 1969 with Zeppelin I and II, but Sabbath came pretty shortly after on the Hammer of the Gods’ day of rest. By the time Black Sabbath was relea...

Blue Lines

Favorite Albums | Honorable Mention: Massive Attack – Blue Lines (1991)

When I was counting down my list of favorite albums in late 2011 and early 2012, I still hadn’t really heard much electronic music, and the only trip-hop I was familiar with was the Sneaker Pimp...


Favorite Albums | Honorable Mention: Alice in Chains – Dirt (1992)

During the grunge explosion of the early ’90s, Alice in Chains never quite became the “it” band the way their Seattle peers Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden (in that order) ultima...

Urban Hymns

Favorite Albums | Honorable Mention: The Verve – Urban Hymns (1997)

Every once in a while, I’ll come across an album whose first track is so good it takes me days, months, or even years to get past it. My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless and its opening track &...


Favorite Albums | Honorable Mention: Pearl Jam – Backspacer (2009)

This may be a little hard to believe, but Pearl Jam — the most popular rock band of the ’90s — actually had a very impressive second decade, turning in four quality albums in the new...

In Utero

Favorite Albums | Honorable Mention: Nirvana – In Utero (1993)

Two years ago, when I finalized my 100 favorite albums list, Nirvana’s Nevermind weighed in at #95, which is pretty low for a Millennial who has continuously devoured all things alternative rock...


Favorite Albums | Honorable Mention: Depeche Mode – Violator (1990)

I can still remember the first time I heard Depeche Mode. Shortly after the ’90s wrapped up in, say, the fall of 2002, the now-defunct radio station 99.1 WHFS in the Annapolis/Washington/Baltimo...


Favorite Albums | Honorable Mention: Adele – 21 (2011)

In retrospect — a word I use loosely here, since 21 was released less than two and a half years ago — 21‘s astonishing success in a supposedly post-music-buying era makes a lot of se...

Lifes Rich Pageant

Favorite Albums | Honorable Mention: R.E.M. – Lifes Rich Pageant (1986)

Artistically and commercially, R.E.M.’s first nine albums can be pretty cleanly divided into three groups. Murmur (1983), Reckoning (1984) and Fables of the Reconstruction (1985) share a murky, ...

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