This was my soundtrack for most of 2001, as it rarely left my CD player. Every song is great and builds off the foundation they laid out on their excellent debut. Why it took them 2 albums to break through I have no idea. Favorite song: "Atwa"
I'm sure you've at least heard the singles off the debut album from the Toadies, Rubberneck, which came out in 1994. Well, they recorded a follow-up album in 1997, but Interscope Records claimed they didn't hear a single & wouldn't release it. So the Toadies went back to work & created this album, which Interscope released in 2001 but never got around to promoting. And that's why you probably didn't even know it exists, which is a shame. Favorite song: "Jigsaw Girl"
I was shocked when I finally listened to this album & discovered that EVERY song on it is great. I figured Afroman was just a short-lived novelty act, but The Good Times proved he had some great songs in him. The fact that he composed the majority of it himself also speaks to his talent. Despite the talent on display here, however, I haven't really checked out any of his music that followed (and yes, he's still around). Favorite song: "Hush"
Look at that album cover. I couldn't stop looking at it, which encouraged me to take the album for a spin at my (then) local indie music store. And what I heard confirmed I needed it as a part of my collection.
If I had one complaint, it'd be that the final track goes on WAY longer than is necessary. Favorite song: "The Garden Was Crowded and Outside"
This maybe shouldn't be here since there's one song ("Our Father") I tend to skip over whenever I listen to the album, but that doesn't mean it's not a great debut. It's definitely light-years ahead of most hip-hop. Favorite song: "Coded Language"
My only gripe with this album is that there's a little more filler than necessary, mostly in the form of interludes between the actual songs. They all contribute to the overall album experience, but most of the time I just skip over them to hear all the great songs Mike Patton, Dan the Automator, and Jennifer Charles composed. Favorite song: "Book of the Month"
Wherein Murder City Devils showed a bit of growth, maturity, & willingness to expand their sound. Then, sadly, they broke up. Fortunately we may finally get to hear what they might have done next, as the band is said to be working on a new album now after having reunited a few years ago. Favorite song: "364 Days"
Much better than any album Skinny Puppy recorded in my opinion, mostly because it's listenable from start to finish. (Not that I dislike Skinny Puppy; I just don't enjoy their music as much as I used to.) Favorite song: "Earthworm"
R.I.P. Bianca Halstead Favorite song: "No Integrity"
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By my count there are 14 debut albums listed here (almost half the entire list), which I guess means 2001 was a good year to get started. Some of these were albums that gained their respective bands a larger following (Toxicity, Full Collapse, White Blood Cells, The Good Times, and Lateralus), which is interesting to me.
Here's what moved me then & still moves me today...