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1990s Album Reviews

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.

The advent of the Compact Disc was also problematic – CDs allowed for longer running times, but often 40 minutes is the optimum running time for an album. Many albums in the early 1990s dragged on for over an hour.

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

Jeff Buckley

Jeff Buckley
It's not an overstatement that Jeff Buckley was one of the most singularly talented musicians of his generation; blessed with a beautiful and athletic voice, a more than adequate guitar technique...

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Sheryl Crow

Sheryl Crow
Sheryl Crow was already the wrong side of 30 when she released her debut album. After attending the University of Missouri with Brad Pitt, Crow spent her twenties working as...

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Faith No More

Faith No More
Faith No More's origins go right back to 1979, when the rhythm section of Mike Bordin and Billy Gould formed a band. By 1982 keyboard player Roddy Bottum joined and...

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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 garden furniture and statuary store in Wayne, New Jersey. Although...

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Richard X. Heyman

Richard X. Heyman
Richard X. Heyman started his career as a backing musician, drumming for Brian Wilson, Link Wray, and Jonathan Richman, and playing keyboards for Ben E King. A one man band,...

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Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill
Lauryn Hill was born and raised in New Jersey and hit the big time, as a member of The Fugees and as a star of Sister Act 2, while still...

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Jellyfish

Jellyfish
San Francisco's Jellyfish were under appreciated at the time, but have since gained a devoted following. They're classified as a power pop band, but they bring just the right amount...

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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 marginal figure. This semi-obscurity isn't necessary surprising - popular music is...

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Mark Kozelek

Mark Kozelek
San Francisco quartet the Red House Painters (named after Tennesseean painting crew, The International League Of Revolutionary House Painters) made their debut with 1992's Down Colorful Hill on the 4AD label....

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Manic Street Preachers

Manic Street Preachers
This page was largely written by a guest reviewer - I wrote the introduction and the review of The Holy Bible. Manic Street Preachers formed as a high school band...

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Natalie Merchant Album Reviews

Natalie Merchant Album Reviews
Tired of making art by committee, Natalie Merchant left the 10,000 Maniacs in 1993. She wasn't yet 30, but had served as lead singer for the alternative band for more...

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Pavement

Pavement
Because their recording career so neatly covers the 1990s - debut Slanted and Enchanted was recorded in 1991 and swansong Terror Twilight was released in 1999 - Pavement are a very...

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Pearl Jam

Pearl Jam
Pearl Jam grew from the remnants of Mother Love Bone, whose singer Andrew Wood overdosed. Rhythm guitarist Stone Gossard and bassist Jeff Ament started a new band with Mike McCready on...

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Sam Phillips Album Reviews

Sam Phillips Album Reviews
Not to be confused with the Sun Records boss of the same name, Sam Phillips started her career in 1980s Christian pop. She used her birth name, Leslie Phillips, in...

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Portishead

Portishead
Portishead were formed in the city of Bristol, where a vibrant, multi-cultural music scene spawned trip-hop in the early 1990s. Trip-hop took the beats from hip hop, and slowed them...

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Radiohead

Radiohead
Named after a Talking Heads song, Radiohead are the most critically acclaimed band to emerge in the 1990s. They convened informally in 1986 as teenagers while attending Abingdon School in Oxford,...

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Slint

Slint
Britt Walford and Brian McMahan met in their pre-teens, and joined the punk band Squirrel Bait while still in their teens. Walford, a drummer, left Squirrel Bait after the band's...

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Matthew Sweet Album Reviews

Matthew Sweet Album Reviews
1990s power-pop star Matthew Sweet was born in Nebraska - also the home of Josh Rouse, Conor Oberst, Randy Meisner, and JoJo Siwa. After finishing school he moved south to...

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Ween Album Reviews

Ween Album Reviews
It's tempting to write Ween off as a novelty band - their biggest hit single, 'Push th' Little Daisies', is gimmicky and stoned. But lurking beneath all the silliness is...

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Gillian Welch

Gillian Welch
Americana artist Gillian Welch was born in New York and adopted by a pair of comedy music entertainers. Welch later learned that her mother may have grown up in the...

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Paul Westerberg

Paul Westerberg
His work in the 1980s with the beloved Replacements left leader Paul Westerberg with colossal expectations to meet with his solo career. Despite some valiant attempts, Westerberg's never managed to...

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Wilco

Wilco
Jeff Tweedy was always the junior partner in the pioneering alt-country band Uncle Tupelo, and when the group split into two factions, all indications were that Jay Farrar's Son Volt...

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1990s Miscellany

1990s Miscellany
This page collects miscellaneous reviews for 1990s artists who I've just covered a handful of albums by: Eric Clapton | Dream Theater | Ben Harper | Various Artists: Heisei No Oto...

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