Category: Music

Album cover for "Whatever" by Aimee Mann

My favorite 100 albums of all time: #18 (“Whatever”)

A word of caution before listening to Aimee Mann‘s Whatever – it may very well cause you to recalibrate your standards for songwriting. If you’re…

Album cover: Document by R.E.M.

My favorite 100 albums of all time: #19 (“Document”)

For Document R.E.M. picked up a much harder edge than previous albums. Sure, Life’s Rich Pageant dabbled a bit with more aggressive guitar, but Document…

"Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me " album cover by The Cure

My favorite 100 albums of all time: #20 (“Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me”)

Most of The Cure‘s albums are outstanding, but Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me is simply magical. Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me shows The…

Album cover: "Queen Elvis" by Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians

My favorite 100 albums of all time: #21 (“Queen Elvis”)

Watching “alternative” bands like The Cure, R.E.M., and U2 punch through to mainstream success, I had high hopes that Robyn Hitchcock would break through with…

Album cover: "The Wall" by Pink Floyd

My favorite 100 albums of all time: #22 (“The Wall”)

The Who‘s Tommy pioneered the “rock opera.” Pink Floyd perfected it with The Wall. Like Tommy, The Wall is a sprawling two-album work. Running more…

U2 "The Joshua Tree" album cover

My favorite 100 albums of all time: #23 (“The Joshua Tree”)

It’s a little daunting to try to find something original to say about an album like The Joshua Tree. Released in 1987, The Joshua Tree…

Queen "The Game" album cover

My favorite 100 albums of all time: #24 (“The Game”)

Queen‘s The Game will probably be best remembered for two things, “Another One Bites the Dust,” and the first album from the band that featured…

Album cover: "The End of Silence" by the Rollins Band

My favorite 100 albums of all time: #25 (“The End of Silence”)

The End of Silence is the kind of music that would make construction crews call about noise violations. If Spinal Tap turns it up to…

Album cover: Cash IV

My favorite 100 albums of all time: #26 (“American IV: The Man Comes Around”)

Music trivia time! What album includes songs written by Trent Reznor, Paul Simon, Tex Ritter, Sting, Hank Williams, and Depeche Mode’s Martin Gore? If you…

Liz Phair Exile in Guyville album cover

My favorite 100 albums of all time: #27 (“Exile in Guyville”)

I wish I’d been cool enough to say that I picked up Exile in Guyville the minute it came out, or that I’d been into…