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1990’s Reviews

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This page collects album reviews for artists who don’t quite qualify for their own page. The following 1990’s artists have their own dedicated page:

Jeff Buckley
Crowded House
Jellyfish
Freedy Johnston
Pavement
Pearl Jam
Radiohead
Red House Painters (on the Mark Kozelek page)
Ween
Paul Westerberg
Wilco

Because I was a teenager through the 1990s, my relationship with 1990’s music is a little different; I’d probably appreciate bands like Oasis and Nirvana more if I wasn’t saturated with them.

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.

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Unplugged – Eric Clapton

Unplugged (1992), 5.5/10 Unplugged thankfully steers clear of Clapton’s seventies AOR hits, and sticks to mostly traditional blues songs. He … Continue Reading Unplugged – Eric Clapton

Dream Theater Images and Words

Images and Words – Dream Theater

Images And Words (1992), 8/10 After their debut bombed, Boston’s progressive-metal Dream Theater recruited high pitched and operatically trained James … Continue Reading Images and Words – Dream Theater

Dream Theater Awake

Awake – Dream Theater

Awake (1994), 6.5/10 I own three Dream Theater albums, and to me that’s perfect for this band – I feel … Continue Reading Awake – Dream Theater

Dream Theater Metropolis Pt 2 Scenes from a Memory

Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory – Dream Theater

Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory (1999), 8.5/10 On their 1992 album Images And Words, Boston progressive metal band … Continue Reading Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory – Dream Theater

Fountains of Wayne – Fountains of Wayne

Fountains of Wayne (1996), 7.5/10 Former schoolmates Adam Schlesinger and Chris Collingwood formed Fountains of Wayne, christening themselves after a … Continue Reading Fountains of Wayne – Fountains of Wayne

Utopia Parkway – Fountains of Wayne

Utopia Parkway (1999), 8/10 For their sophomore effort, Fountains of Wayne trade the straight up power pop of their debut … Continue Reading Utopia Parkway – Fountains of Wayne

Welcome Interstate Managers – Fountains of Wayne

Welcome Interstate Managers (2003), 7/10 Welcome Interstate Managers featured the hit ‘Stacy’s Mom’, which amusingly won a best new artist … Continue Reading Welcome Interstate Managers – Fountains of Wayne

Ben Harper The Will To Live

The Will To Live (and other albums) – Ben Harper

American musician Ben Harper occupies the middle ground in many aspects of his musical career, whether in musical style, race, … Continue Reading The Will To Live (and other albums) – Ben Harper

Alanis Morissette Jagged Little Pill

Jagged Little Pill – Alanis Morissette

Jagged Little Pill (1995), 5/10 Jagged Little Pill was the only time that I’ve ever jumped onto a music bandwagon, then … Continue Reading Jagged Little Pill – Alanis Morissette

(What’s The Story) Morning Glory? – Oasis

(What’s The Story) Morning Glory? (1995), 8/10 Oasis were over-hyped by the time of their second album, but (What’s The … Continue Reading (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? – Oasis

Liz Phair Exile in Guyville

Exile in Guyville (and other albums) – Liz Phair

Exile In Guyville (1993), 5.5/10 Illinois based critical darling Liz Phair started her career recording songs in her bedroom, leading … Continue Reading Exile in Guyville (and other albums) – Liz Phair

Primal Scream Screamadelica

Screamadelica – Primal Scream

Screamadelica (1991), 8.5/10 Almost twenty years after Exile On Main Street, Glasgow’s Primal Scream successfully replicated the spirit of the … Continue Reading Screamadelica – Primal Scream

Rage Against The Machine 1992 Debut

Rage Against The Machine – Rage Against The Machine

Rage Against The Machine (1992), 4.5/10 Rap with guitars existed before Rage Against The Machine; Run D.M.C. effectively pioneered the … Continue Reading Rage Against The Machine – Rage Against The Machine

Splint Spiderland

Spiderland – Slint

Spiderland (1991), 9/10 Slint were a Kentucky band, who originated from punk band Squirrel Bait. I never connected with their Albini … Continue Reading Spiderland – Slint

Purple – Stone Temple Pilots

Purple (1994), 6/10 I’m not an especial fan of 1990’s grunge, so this second tier act fails to excite me. … Continue Reading Purple – Stone Temple Pilots

Postage (The Best of) – Supergroove

Postage – The Best of Supergroove (2003), 8.5/10 The compilation Postage distils the legacy of New Zealand’s Supergroove into one … Continue Reading Postage (The Best of) – Supergroove

Jimmy Webb Ten Easy Pieces

Ten Easy Pieces – Jimmy Webb

Ten Easy Pieces (1996), 9.5/10 Jimmy Webb always had the reputation of a songwriter who couldn’t sing, and he struggled … Continue Reading Ten Easy Pieces – Jimmy Webb

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