Tag: Alternative

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…

Life's Rich Pageant album cover

My favorite 100 albums of all time: #42 (“Life’s Rich Pageant”)

It’s almost by accident that I wound up being a big fan of R.E.M. A happy accident, I might add. Earlier in this series I…

Album cover "Your Arsenal"

My favorite 100 albums of all time: #66 (“Your Arsenal”)

When I first got my hands on Your Arsenal back in 1992, I knew from the first few notes of “You’re Gonna Need Someone on…