The 1990s. The last decade where the album format was truly intact. The last decade where we genuinely remember albums as opposed to just songs, if we even remember that much.
The following are some my favorites (there are way too many to list here!). I will argue that these works truly are near perfect. Yeah, yeah, maybe it’s just because they’re the core of the music I was listening to most during my formative years. That’s probably part of it. Either way, this is some amazing music. You may disagree with or have plenty to add. Please leave a comment and share how you agree, would add, or take away.
Oh, and I’m beginning to see why old(er) people always talk about how “much better” things used to be “back in their day.”
Metallica – The Black Album
Counting Crows – August and Everything After
Counting Crows – Recovering the Satellites
Counting Crows – This Desert Life
Stone Temple Pilots – Core
Dave Matthews Band – Under the Table and Dreaming
Dave Matthews Band – Crash
Radiohead – The Bends
Blues Traveler – Four
Green Day – Dookie
Nine Inch Nails – The Downward Spiral
Guns N’ Roses – Use Your Illusion I and II
Weezer – Blue Album (Weezer)
dc Talk – Jesus Freak
Spin Doctors – Pocket Full of Kryptonite
Jeff Buckley – Grace
Oasis – (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?
The Pulp Fiction Soundtrack
The Reality Bites Soundtrack
Live – Throwing Copper
Aerosmith – Get A Grip
Meat Loaf – Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell
Pearl Jam – Ten
Pearl Jam – Vs.
Garth Brooks – No Fences
Collective Soul – Hints, Allegations, and Things Left Unsaid
Alanis Morissette – Jagged Little Pill
Ben Folds Five – Whatever and Ever Amen
Foo Fighters – The Colour and the Shape
MxPx – Life In General
MxPx – Slowly Going the Way of the Buffalo
R.E.M. – Automatic for the People
Slick Shoes – Rusty
Slick Shoes – Burn Out
Blink 182 – Enema of the State
Dixie Chicks – Fly
*There are too many. I officially give up trying to list them all.