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on 12 May 2012 06:24

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Best albums of 1991

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1. Sailing the Seas of Cheese - Primus, Les Claypool, Tim "Herb" Alexander, Larry "Ler" Lalonde
A school friend brought this album to my house one day insisting we listen to it. It blew my mind & partially contributed to a major revision in what I liked about music. Originality in music now became dear to me, and Primus has always been a beacon for originality.

Favorite song: "Is It Luck?"
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2. Badmotorfinger - Soundgarden
Soundgarden never sounded better than on Badmotorfinger. They may have branched out their sound on the albums that followed but that made for uneven albums. This one is pure perfection from start to finish.

Favorite song: "Searching with My Good Eye Closed"
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People who added this item 10  Average listal rating (9 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating
3. God Fodder - Ned's Atomic Dustbin
Why Ned's wasn't one of the most popular bands of the '90s I'll never understand. God Fodder is easily my favorite, largely because it got me into them. I'm still bummed that I never managed to see them perform live.

Favorite song: "Less Than Useful"
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4. Blood Sugar Sex Magik - Red Hot Chili Peppers
Every song here flows perfectly into the next, making for a very rewarding listen. Hell, there's hardly a breath between each song the way they fit together. Easily my favorite RHCP album of the bunch.

Favorite song: "Sir Psycho Sexy"
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5. Ten - Pearl Jam
No explanation necessary.

Favorite song: "Why Go"
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People who added this item 131  Average listal rating (80 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating
6. Gish - The Smashing Pumpkins
If I'm honest with myself, this is the only perfect SP album there is (Mellon Collie has one song too many IMO, but I usually forgive them for that). Love the psychedelic influence here, which they later mostly abandoned (unfortunately).

Favorite song: "Window Paine"
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People who added this item 87  Average listal rating (59 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating
7. The Low End Theory - Tribe Called Quest
If you can listen to this album & not be moved at all, you might be dead. Even I can't help but dance around while listening to it.

Favorite song: "What?"
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8. Goat - The Jesus Lizard
One of the most underrated bands of the '90s, mostly due to the fact they didn't make music most people enjoy listening to. I can never decide which album is my favorite between this, Liar, and Shot.

Favorite song: "Monkey Trick"
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9. Out of Time - R.E.M.
My first R.E.M. album & one I still listen to even now. The older I get, the more appreciation I have for their music whereas in my younger days I often grew easily bored with some of their mellower songs.

Favorite song: "Low"
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People who added this item 35  Average listal rating (24 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating
10. The Doors Original Soundtrack Recording - The Doors
An excellent soundtrack for an excellent movie.

Favorite song: "When the Music's Over" (not surprising since it's my favorite song EVER)
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11. Steady Diet of Nothing - Fugazi
Underrated.

Favorite song: "KYEO" (though really I could pick any song on here & it'd work)
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12. Nevermind - Nirvana
Overrated, but still an excellent album nonetheless. I can't deny that it held power over me for a while, but I was never as in love with Nirvana as a lot of people were (and in some cases still are). Personally when I listen to Nirvana I hear their influences come through (some of which I prefer over them), and while it may have been appreciated at the time the way this album brought "alternative" music to the mainstream it also yielded a slew of shitty bands stealing from the artists that became popular as a result. Not to mention the fact that every year music critics have to remind everyone how "great" this album was & bitch about how no band has made music this good since. Pfft. Plenty of bands have made plenty of great music since (much of which I vastly prefer over Nevermind), and if you're unwilling to let go of the past & move on that's your problem.

Favorite song: "Drain You"
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13. Cypress Hill - Cypress Hill
There are a couple of filler tracks which are OK when listening to the album as a whole, but are easily forgotten the moment the album ends. Otherwise, yes it's great.

Favorite song: "Stoned Is the Way of the Walk"
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People who added this item 35  Average listal rating (25 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating
14. Slow Deep & Hard - Type O Negative
A brutal listen, largely due to the long running times of the songs. Fortunately all the songs have some dynamics to them so it's not just the same thing over & over throughout, and so my only fault with the album lies with the filler tracks (does it really need a track of dead air?). Bonus points for the brilliant song titles.

Favorite song: "Xero Tolerance"
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People who added this item 5  Average listal rating (4 ratings) 9.3  IMDB Rating
15. The Plague That Makes Your Booty Move - Infectious Grooves
Went back & listened to this one recently & couldn't stop dancing in my seat while it played. More fun than Suicidal Tendencies' albums & funky as hell.

Favorite song: "Infecto Groovalistic"
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16. Trompe Le Monde - Pixies
Their final album has some weak moments, but overall is still better than most albums by other bands.

Favorite song: "U-Mass"
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17. Use Your Illusion I - Guns N' Roses
GNR's split double album is admittedly bloated & could use some trimming. The alternate version of "Don't Cry" and covers should have been b-sides instead of on the albums, and probably the closing track on II could've been one as well since it doesn't really fit in. However, in my youth I spent so much time listening to both albums & enjoying them that I can't drop either one below a 9/10. Blame nostalgia.

Favorite song: "Coma"
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18. Use Your Illusion II - Guns N' Roses
Favorite song: "Locomotive"
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19. Strap It On - Helmet
Rough & raw, but still a rewarding listen from start to finish.

Favorite song: "FBLA"
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20. Lull - The Smashing Pumpkins
This EP came from Gish, and the non-album tracks here are every bit as good as the ones that made the album.

Favorite song: "Slunk"
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Comments

Posted: 1 year, 9 months ago at Nov 9 0:19


Probably you've already seen this, but just in case.
Posted: 1 year, 9 months ago at Nov 10 23:51
I also really love how Blood Sugar Sex Magic feels as a seamless, unified work. My favorites off the album are 'If You Have to Ask' and the title track.
Posted: 1 year, 7 months ago at Feb 3 13:14
Am listening to Sir Psycho Sexy when I stumbled upon your list here. I love this song, and album!

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