I’ve approached music from the 1990’s gingerly because it was the period of my adolescence. Most of us form very strong attachments to the music playing while our pubes were popping, and those attachments generate a defensive protectiveness that distorts perception. We respond to anyone who attacks the music we first fucked to by throwing a tantrum and refusing to come out of our rooms. Music appeals to emotion above all, and adolescence is a cauldron of emotion.
I lost a good part of that attachment during a period in the 2000’s when I didn’t pay much attention to music. When I took up the habit again, I naturally went back to my music—the grunge, punk and Brit-pop of the 90’s. I found the experience rather embarrassing: I couldn’t believe I actually liked the crap I was hearing. Still, emotions run deep, so I’ve avoided doing reviews of several albums I was quite attached to: I don’t trust my ears when I listen to them.
You’ll find Radiohead, Oasis, Richard Thompson, and my Britpop series in their own menus above. As for the rest . . .
- Alejandra Guzman – Libre
- Angélique Kidjo – Oremi
- Ani DiFranco – Out of Range
- Bandits(Film Soundtrack)
- Bjork – Post
- Blink-182 – Enema of the State
- Chet Atkins & Mark Knopfler – Neck and Neck
- Claudia Gomez – Tierradentro
- Foo Fighters – The Colour and the Shape
- Foo Fighters – There’s Nothing Left to Lose
- Goo Goo Dolls – A Boy Named Goo
- June Tabor – Angel Tiger
- Nirvana – Nevermind
- Patti Austin – That Secret Place
- Peter Gabriel – Us
- PJ Harvey – 4-Track Demos
- PJ Harvey – Is This Desire?
- Rancid – And Out Come the Wolves
- Sade – Love Deluxe
- The Breeders – Last Splash
- The Offspring – Smash
- Third Eye Blind – Third Eye Blind