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1990s Album Reviews

Radiohead OK Computer

Because I was a teenager through the 1990s, my relationship with the decade’s music is a little different; I’d probably appreciate bands like Oasis and Nirvana more if I wasn’t saturated with them. I also think that mainstream rock largely ran out of steam, and the most interesting music is on the fringes or in other genres.

Another issue the 1990s have for albums is the advent of the Compact Disc – CDs allowed for longer running times, when for a lot of bands around 40 minutes is the optimum running time for an album.

Major acts that I enjoy and plan to review include Beck, Massive Attack, PJ Harvey, and The Flaming Lips.

Jeff Buckley Grace

Jeff Buckley

It’s not an overstatement that Jeff Buckley was one of the most singularly talented musicians of his generation; blessed with a … Continue Reading Jeff Buckley

Sheryl Crow

Sheryl Crow was already the wrong side of 30 when she released her debut album. After attending the University of … Continue Reading Sheryl Crow

Faith No More Angel Dust

Faith No More

Faith No More’s origins go right back to 1979, when the rhythm section of Mike Bordin and Billy Gould formed … Continue Reading Faith No More

Utopia Parkway Fountains of Wayne

Fountains of Wayne

Adam Schlesinger and Chris Collingwood met at Williams College in Massachusetts. They formed Fountains of Wayne, christening themselves after a … Continue Reading Fountains of Wayne

Richard X. Heyman

Richard X. Heyman started his career as a backing musician, drumming for Brian Wilson, Link Wray, and Jonathan Richman, and … Continue Reading Richard X. Heyman

Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill was born and raised in New Jersey, and hit the big time as a member of The Fugees, … Continue Reading Lauryn Hill

Jellyfish Spilt Milk


San Francisco’s Jellyfish were under appreciated at the time, but have since gained a devoted following. They’re classified as a … Continue Reading Jellyfish

Can You Fly Freedy Johnston

Freedy Johnston

Freedy Johnston seems destined to be remembered as a one-hit wonder for 1994’s ‘Bad Reputation’, a critically acclaimed but commercially … Continue Reading Freedy Johnston


Mark Kozelek

San Francisco quartet the Red House Painters (named after Tennesseean painting crew, The International League Of Revolutionary House Painters) made … Continue Reading Mark Kozelek

Manic Street Preachers

This page was largely written by a guest reviewer – I wrote the introduction and the review of The Holy … Continue Reading Manic Street Preachers

Pavement Slanted and Enchanted


Because their recording career so neatly covers the 1990s – debut Slanted and Enchanted was recorded in 1991 and swansong Terror … Continue Reading Pavement

Pearl Jam No Code

Pearl Jam

Pearl Jam grew from the remnants of Mother Love Bone, whose singer Andrew Wood overdosed. Rhythm guitarist Stone Gossard and … Continue Reading Pearl Jam

Sam Phillips Martinis and Bikinis

Sam Phillips

Not to be confused with the Sun Records boss of the same name, Sam Phillips started her career as Christian … Continue Reading Sam Phillips

Portishead Dummy


Portishead were formed in the city of Bristol, where a vibrant, multi-cultural music scene spawned trip-hop in the early 1990s. … Continue Reading Portishead

Radiohead Kid A


Named after a Talking Heads song, Radiohead are the most critically acclaimed band to emerge in the 1990s. They convened informally … Continue Reading Radiohead

Splint Spiderland


Britt Walford and Brian McMahan met in their pre-teens, and joined the punk band Squirrel Bait while still in their … Continue Reading Slint

Matthew Sweet

1990s power-pop star Matthew Sweet was born in Nebraska. After finishing school he moved south to Athens, Georgia, to attend … Continue Reading Matthew Sweet

Ween The Mollusk


It’s tempting to write Ween off as a novelty band – their biggest hit single, ‘Push th’ Little Daisies’, is … Continue Reading Ween

Stereo Paul Westerberg Review

Paul Westerberg

His work in the 1980s with the beloved Replacements left leader Paul Westerberg with colossal expectations to meet with his … Continue Reading Paul Westerberg

Wilco Being There


Jeff Tweedy was always the junior partner in the pioneering alt-country band Uncle Tupelo, and when the group split into … Continue Reading Wilco

Primal Scream Screamadelica

1990s Miscellany

This page collects miscellaneous reviews for 1990s artists who I’ve just covered a handful of albums by: Eric Clapton | … Continue Reading 1990s Miscellany

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