Bill’s Top 5 Albums of the 1990’s
Shark has stated on the KRNA airwaves that he believes Soundgarden's Superunknown is the best album of the 1990's. It's obviously a great album, but could it be the best of that amazing decade? It got me thinking... here's my top 5 (for today anyway):
#5 - Soundgarden's Superunknown (1994)... OK, I'll give Shark some acknowledgement and put this album in my Top 5. This is a 70-minute, 15-song monster of an album. Chris Cornell's screeching and Kim Thayil's shredding are in peak form. This 4-piece is a tight, hard-charging locomotive. Singles included "Black Hole Sun", "Spoonman", "The Day I Tried To Live", "My Wave" and "Fell on Black Days".
#4 - Beck's Odelay (1996)... Beck was already known for his 1994 single, "Loser", but this multi-platinum album took him to a new level. It featured the singles, "Where It's At", "Devils Haircut" and "New Pollution", and was nominated for Album of the Year at the Grammy's.
#3 - Radiohead's OK Computer (1997)... This was Radiohead's big leap forward, music for the upcoming 21st century. It was a sign of things to come for the band. The video for "Karma Police" got my attention.
Tie for #1 - Pearl Jam's Ten (1991) & Nirvana's Nevermind (1991)... Pretty safe choices. The two biggest bands from Seattle's so-called "grunge" scene released these albums less than a month apart from each other in 1991. "Smells Like Teen Spirit" was the first to blow the doors open. Nevermind also contained the singles, "Come As You Are", "Lithium" and "In Bloom". By early 1993, Pearl Jam's Ten surpassed Nevermind in sales on the strength of singles like "Alive", "Even Flow" and "Jeremy".