Overall, I feel Lifes Rich Pageant was a major cog in R.E.M.’s transition to more mainstream success. This allowed them to explore themselves further artistically, as such, it’s why I feel it is most likely their most important album.
Looking back, Weezer’s The Blue Album qualifies, in my mind at least, as one of the great albums of the 90s. I return to it often. I expect these songs will be in the public consciousness for a long time to come, and for that, we can be truly thankful.
I think for me, this currently is my second favorite release from Sharon Van Etten behind Are We There. It could possibly rise up and take the top spot. I like it much more than Remind Me Tomorrow, but now I can see how vital that record and her transformation on it were so that she could get to this point, and deliver this very open, raw piece of work.
All in all, ( ) is an epic piece of work. As amazing as all of their records are, I have to rate this as my favorite. A must-listen for everyone.
In my opinion, The Cult, as a band, was practically flawless over their first three albums despite the slight stylistic changes. They have had good records after that, but for me, those are the classics.
Turn Out the Lights is an album of great lyrical and musical depth and is an important record for all to hear. It’s one of my all-time favorites, which I return to frequently.
In retrospect, Trompe Le Monde is an important record partially due to its quality, but also, because it marked the end of one era in Pixie’s history. The band continues to this day, and I feel that is a good thing for the music world.
All in all, Appetite For Destruction is a top album. It really holds up and doesn’t feel dated, while still being very representative of Hard Rock music in the late 80s.
The Roses were highly influential, and a slew of other bands formed or altered their sound after The Stone Roses hit the scene. Bands from the newly born “Madchester Scene” included The Charlatans, Inspiral Carpets (who Noel Gallagher was a roadie for ), and even The Happy Monday’s, even though they formed in the mid-80s, but their most successful albums came in the wake of this whole scene.
In 2001, New York City was in the midst of a resurgence in terms of Rock Bands. Groups such as The Yeah YeahYeahs, The Moldy Peaches, The Walkmen, Jonathan Fire*eater, and The Strokes were causing a stir, as documented in Lizzy Goodman’s excellent book, Meet Me In The Bathroom. The Strokes, in particular, led the pack with their debut album, Is This It.