Best Album on OUR Favourite Albums of......1991

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Best Album on OUR Favourite Albums of......1990!! by pfunkboy & Michael B

Poll Results

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My Bloody Valentine - Loveless , 16
Nirvana - Nevermind, 14
Talk Talk - Laughing Stock, 13
a tribe called quest - "the low end theory" 11
Saint Etienne – Foxbase Alpha 8
Slint - Spiderland, 6
Massive Attack - Blue Lines , 5
The Wedding Present - Seamonsters 5
The Orb - Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld 4
Pixies - Tromp Le Monde, 4
U2 – Achtung Baby 4
Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Weld 3
Monster Magnet - Spine of God , 3
Ultramarine – Every man and woman is a star 3
The Smashing Pumpkins - Gish , 3
LFO - Frequencies , 3
Leatherface - Mush , 3
Sonny Sharrock - Ask the Ages , 3
Melvins - Bullhead , 2
Warrior Soul - Drugs, God & the New Republic , 2
Nation of Ulysses - 13-Point Program to Destroy America , 2
Julian Cope – Peggy Suicide 2
Sebadoh - III , 2
American Music Club - Everclear 2
Teenage Fanclub - Bandwagonesque , 2
Mercury Rev - Yerself Is Steam, 2
Primal Scream - Screamadelica , 2
REM – Out of Time 1
Public Enemy – Apocalypse ’91…..The Enemy Strikes Black 1
The Young Gods- Play Kurt Weill , 1
Matthew Sweet – Girlfriend 1
David Kilgour – Here Come The Cars 1
Ice Cube – Death Certificate 1
The Jesus Lizard - Goat, 1
Pearl Jam - Ten 1
Soundgarden - Badmotorfinger , 1
KLF - The White Room 1
Fudge Tunnel - Hate Songs In E-Minor 1
Ghost - Ghost. 1
Corrosion Of Conformity - Blind 0
Metallica - Metallica 0
Swans - White Light From the Mouth of Infinity , 0
Screaming Trees - Uncle Anesthesia , 0
The Obsessed - Lunar Womb , 0
Orbital - Orbital 0
Hole - Pretty On The Inside 0
Superchunk - No Pocky for Kitty , 0
Band of Susans – The Word and The Flesh 0
Mudhoney - every good boy deserves fudge 0
Cypress Hill – s/t 0


Thus Spoke Darraghustra (Oor Neechy), Wednesday, 3 July 2019 12:30 (four months ago) link

Mike has the bubbling under list.

Thus Spoke Darraghustra (Oor Neechy), Wednesday, 3 July 2019 12:31 (four months ago) link

LFO for me

Thus Spoke Darraghustra (Oor Neechy), Wednesday, 3 July 2019 12:32 (four months ago) link

Laughing Stock. A boring no brainer.

pomenitul, Wednesday, 3 July 2019 12:36 (four months ago) link

Ask the Ages but, damn, what a year.

All along there is the sound of feedback (Sund4r), Wednesday, 3 July 2019 12:36 (four months ago) link

gonna vote for leatherface just bc who else is going to

american bradass (BradNelson), Wednesday, 3 July 2019 12:39 (four months ago) link

Can't not vote for Loveless.

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Wednesday, 3 July 2019 12:42 (four months ago) link

1991 was an incredible year for death metal, all of which was left out… yet Metallica's s/t somehow made the cut.

Asphyx - The Rack
Atheist - Unquestionable Presence
Autopsy - Mental Funeral
Carcass - Necroticism – Descanting the Insalubrious
Death - Human
Dismember - Like an Ever Flowing Stream
Immolation - Dawn of Possession
Morbid Angel - Blessed Are the Sick
Paradise Lost - Gothic
Suffocation - Effigy of the Forgotten

pomenitul, Wednesday, 3 July 2019 12:44 (four months ago) link

Death - Human

would've voted for this

american bradass (BradNelson), Wednesday, 3 July 2019 12:45 (four months ago) link

This is clearly The Low End Theory

brigadier pudding (DJP), Wednesday, 3 July 2019 12:48 (four months ago) link

I didn't get into My Bloody Valentine until later in the decade, in 1991 it was The Wedding Present all the way.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Wednesday, 3 July 2019 12:53 (four months ago) link

Carcass, Morbid Angel or Death off the death metal list.

Probably COC off the main list. Or Blue Lines. Or Laughing Stock. Or Ask the Ages. Or Spiderland!

Shit, great year.

Good cop, Babcock (Chinaski), Wednesday, 3 July 2019 12:55 (four months ago) link

MBV is going to walk this

I'd be letting down teenage me if I didnt vote Nevermind though

. (Michael B), Wednesday, 3 July 2019 12:55 (four months ago) link

This would have been Badmotorfinger vs Out of Time for 12yo me in 1991.

All along there is the sound of feedback (Sund4r), Wednesday, 3 July 2019 12:57 (four months ago) link

An utter embarrassment of riches but Screamadelica narrowly beating The White Room for me

the article don, Wednesday, 3 July 2019 13:17 (four months ago) link

An utter embarrassment of riches but Screamadelica narrowly beating The White Room for me

the article don, Wednesday, 3 July 2019 13:17 (four months ago) link

An utter embarrassment of riches but Screamadelica narrowly beating The White Room for me

the article don, Wednesday, 3 July 2019 13:17 (four months ago) link

Oops triple post

the article don, Wednesday, 3 July 2019 13:19 (four months ago) link

but only one vote

Thus Spoke Darraghustra (Oor Neechy), Wednesday, 3 July 2019 13:27 (four months ago) link

Tempted to vote for Weld as it was a mindblowing intro to Neil Young & CH for me.

Chris L, Wednesday, 3 July 2019 13:34 (four months ago) link

1991 was a better music year than I remember. Have to respect my 1991 self and vote Gish.

enochroot, Wednesday, 3 July 2019 13:37 (four months ago) link

I'm being a rockist dork and voting for Girlfriend. The composition and playing on that album is amazingly tight, it features some of Lloyd and Quine's best-ever guitar work, and there's not a bad song on it.

Loveless is my brave and controversial pick.

jmm, Wednesday, 3 July 2019 13:51 (four months ago) link

Yerself Is Steam :)

imago, Wednesday, 3 July 2019 13:57 (four months ago) link

I feel the same way about Weld, although I haven't owned a copy for ages. xxxxps

Not sure there will be much blue sky between Loveless and Laughing Stock.

Invisible (Noel Emits), Wednesday, 3 July 2019 14:24 (four months ago) link

AMC's Everclear for me, which isn't on the list. Otherwise pretty easily Loveless.

akm, Wednesday, 3 July 2019 14:26 (four months ago) link

oh it is on the list, dumb me

akm, Wednesday, 3 July 2019 14:27 (four months ago) link

Unreservedly love Nevermind, KLF, Blue Lines, Loveless, Bandwagonesque, ATCQ, Wedding Present and REM. But this will come down to the impossible choice between Foxbase Alpha and Trompe Le Monde. The latter was my favourite album at the time and instantly transports me back to scenes of jumping around to it in my room and neighbours complaining; I didn't discover the former until a few years later, so I associate it more with the mid-90s if anything, though it mostly has a 'timeless' quality for me (also in the sense that I'm almost never not in the mood to play it).

dorsalstop, Wednesday, 3 July 2019 15:39 (four months ago) link

hard choice between Ghost and Foxbase Alpha..

brimstead, Wednesday, 3 July 2019 17:24 (four months ago) link

Achtung Baby, and I’m not even a big U2 guy.

Herman Woke (cryptosicko), Wednesday, 3 July 2019 17:29 (four months ago) link

Ask The Ages, without a moment's hesitation. One of the great albums of the decade.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Wednesday, 3 July 2019 17:36 (four months ago) link

Honourable mentions:

Babes In Toyland - To Mother
Consolidated - Friendly Fascism
Entombed - Clandestine
Prong - Prove You Wrong
Solitude Aeturnus - Into the Depths of Sorrow
Urge Overkil - Supersonic Storybook
Throwing Muses – The Real Ramona
The Fall - Shift Work
Spacemen 3 - Recurring
Son of Bazerk – Bazerk Bazerk Bazerk
Slowdive – Just for a day
PM Dawn – Of the heart, of the soul and of the cross: the utopian experience
Main Source – Breaking Atoms
NWA – Efli4zaggin
Guns n’Roses – Use You Illusions I & II
De La Soul - De La Soul Is Dead
Electronic - s/t
Billy Bragg – Don’t try This at home

. (Michael B), Wednesday, 3 July 2019 18:22 (four months ago) link

and all the death metal, of course

Thus Spoke Darraghustra (Oor Neechy), Wednesday, 3 July 2019 20:13 (four months ago) link

Ultramarine is the one I go back to most often, though Foxbase Alpha is right behind it.

henry s, Wednesday, 3 July 2019 20:26 (four months ago) link

Everclear

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Wednesday, 3 July 2019 20:33 (four months ago) link

This year means so much to me and so many of these records are massive personal favourites. It's really all so rich. But for personal reasons (and because it's the best album) I have to punt on Trompe Le Monde. It's the Pixies best album and one that I play endlessly even now. It's my go to drunk dancing by myself record. It's gorgeous front to back and it rocks hard as hell. When it wants to.

Separately from that, I really have a fetish for -rock bands last albums when it's clear its over- this is a great example.

kraudive, Wednesday, 3 July 2019 20:55 (four months ago) link

Didn't it get mixed reviews at the time? Its probably my fave Pixies album these days tbh

. (Michael B), Wednesday, 3 July 2019 21:03 (four months ago) link

the one vote for bandwagonesque

bookmarkflaglink (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 3 July 2019 21:05 (four months ago) link

1991 me would be Nevermind so in the end I decided I'd vote for the 18yo me whose life was changed by it.

I do hope LFO gets a vote though as 19yo me loved it when he finally heard it.

Thus Spoke Darraghustra (Oor Neechy), Wednesday, 3 July 2019 21:09 (four months ago) link

btw mike and I had to leave out a lot of other personal favourites.

We thought about doing a poll each but instead we compromised.

Thus Spoke Darraghustra (Oor Neechy), Wednesday, 3 July 2019 21:10 (four months ago) link

1992 is going to be even harder by the looks of things

Thus Spoke Darraghustra (Oor Neechy), Wednesday, 3 July 2019 21:18 (four months ago) link

yep

. (Michael B), Wednesday, 3 July 2019 21:21 (four months ago) link

A Tribe Called Quest is not getting the respect they deserve in this thread

brigadier pudding (DJP), Wednesday, 3 July 2019 21:22 (four months ago) link

you dont know they aren't getting lurker votes though

Thus Spoke Darraghustra (Oor Neechy), Wednesday, 3 July 2019 21:49 (four months ago) link

relistened to Ultraworld last week and I'm surprised by how well it's held up

frogbs, Wednesday, 3 July 2019 21:59 (four months ago) link

I assumed Tribe will will tbh (and uh entered an essentially contrarian/joek vote myself)

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 3 July 2019 22:02 (four months ago) link

will WIN

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 3 July 2019 22:02 (four months ago) link

I love The Low-End Theory

Dan S, Thursday, 4 July 2019 00:27 (four months ago) link

there are at least a few great Sonny Sharrock albums I think but Ask the Ages may be his best

Dan S, Thursday, 4 July 2019 00:27 (four months ago) link

both of the first two Cypress Hill albums are great imo

Dan S, Thursday, 4 July 2019 00:29 (four months ago) link

its tough cutting albums

Thus Spoke Darraghustra (Oor Neechy), Thursday, 4 July 2019 15:03 (four months ago) link

midnight marauders >>>>>> the low end theory

. (Michael B), Thursday, 4 July 2019 15:24 (four months ago) link

Incredible year. Nobody's gonna vote for it on this list, including me, but Peggy Suicide is absolute genius.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Thursday, 4 July 2019 15:44 (four months ago) link

Blimey : U2, Orb, KLF, Julian Cope, Public Enemy, Swans, LFO, Massive Attack, Orbital.
Each and every one of those is a classic album in my world (and still get listened to on a regular basis).

mark e, Thursday, 4 July 2019 15:46 (four months ago) link

I like Loveless but it has settled into being one of those Important albums that I rarely feel the need to listen to anymore (Nevermind is another).

Herman Woke (cryptosicko), Thursday, 4 July 2019 16:32 (four months ago) link

i bet nevermind is the one everyone thinks others will vote for and nobody does

Thus Spoke Darraghustra (Oor Neechy), Thursday, 4 July 2019 16:44 (four months ago) link

I voted for it so I'll be the guy you all point at.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Thursday, 4 July 2019 17:06 (four months ago) link

For me Talk Talk is no question, Tribe up there, Nirvana, Massive Attack, REM, Slint, Pumpkins, MBV, Sharrock, St. Etienne are all very good. Big improvement from the 1990 list.

Soundslike, Thursday, 4 July 2019 17:17 (four months ago) link

midnight marauders >>>>>> the low end theory

This says absolutely nothing about whether The Low End Theory is better than the other albums on this list

brigadier pudding (DJP), Thursday, 4 July 2019 17:39 (four months ago) link

Peggy Suicide is good but like The Low End Theory I much prefer the one after too

imago, Thursday, 4 July 2019 17:55 (four months ago) link

the best year in rock music i'd say. very hard to chose between adventures beyond the ultraworld, bandwagonesque, gish, goat,laughing stock, loveless, nevermind and sreamadelica. in 1991 out of time was my fave i think but god did that album got destroyed by over exposure.

je est un autre, l'enfer c'est les autres (alex in mainhattan), Thursday, 4 July 2019 22:29 (four months ago) link

trompe le monde

J. Sam, Friday, 5 July 2019 11:57 (four months ago) link

Remember when Black Francis said Trompe Le Monde was going to be their heavy metal album? I wonder if that put critics off at the time?

Thus Spoke Darraghustra (Oor Neechy), Friday, 5 July 2019 13:21 (four months ago) link

I remember thinking at the time that the only songs on Trompe Le Monde I actually cared about where "Planet of Sound" and "Alec Eiffel"; there is no way I'd ever say it was better than Doolittle or Surfer Rosa

brigadier pudding (DJP), Friday, 5 July 2019 13:37 (four months ago) link

(Actually I think the problem is that I hate "The Sad Punk" so much that I never make it to the rest of the album)

brigadier pudding (DJP), Friday, 5 July 2019 13:46 (four months ago) link

"When I get down, I give what go around
And when I cough, I do my best to cut off
Don't claim to be a teacher, not known to be a preacher
But I'm grown
I try to be a man on my own
Never could follow a man with a bottle
He's a baby with a beard; not a feared role model
They ask me where I get it, I got it from my pops
Put a man in the house and all the bullshit stops
And I sing a song about what the hell is going wrong
You never know if you only trust the TV and the radio
These days, you never know who's in cahoots
`Cuz now the KKK wears three piece suits"

The fact that I can type that from memory without actually having heard the record in well over a decade is proof enough for me who the clear winner is.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Friday, 5 July 2019 18:17 (four months ago) link

I went with Blue Lines over The Low End Theory. The remixes were a crucial part of the equation.

Some other big albums I remember from this year: Luther Vandross’s Power Of Love, Jodeci’s Forever My Lady, and Sezen Aksu’s Gülümse.

breastcrawl, Friday, 5 July 2019 19:40 (four months ago) link

I just cannot even comprehend how someone could hate The Sad Punk. It's fucking awesome. I might listen to it now.

kraudive, Friday, 5 July 2019 22:10 (four months ago) link

xxxxp I really haven't experienced Loveless as inconsistent, I have listened to it straight through with more satisfaction than with almost any other album

Dan S, Friday, 5 July 2019 23:23 (four months ago) link

"The Sad Punk" always sounded like meandering self-indulgent nonsense to me.

brigadier pudding (DJP), Saturday, 6 July 2019 00:58 (four months ago) link

Can't not vote for Loveless.

― Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Wednesday, July 3, 2019 8:42 AM (two days ago)

^^ yeah I mean, come on. this is a strong list but only one of the choices is the best album of the 90s

apologies to spiderland, the low end theory, death certificate, laughing stock, no pocky for kitty

I'm sure the nirvana and pearl jam albums are great but I guess this is the time where I admit I have never really even listened to grunge

k3vin k., Saturday, 6 July 2019 01:43 (four months ago) link

The tinny, mangled sound of 'Loveless' has kep me at some distance for 20-odd years. Which always confused me as it's held as a paragon of incredible production. Ultimately I've ended up preferring MBV from before and after 'Loveless'.

Soundslike, Saturday, 6 July 2019 03:16 (four months ago) link

doesn't sound tinny to me at all, mangled yes but that is one of its amazing features

Dan S, Saturday, 6 July 2019 03:23 (four months ago) link

Talk Talk but no Rain Tree Crow makes me sad.

Gonna toss this one to Cope so he doesn't get shut out though.

mr.raffles, Saturday, 6 July 2019 04:12 (four months ago) link

low end theory by a very small margin over ask the ages

everything else is just not even close

budo jeru, Saturday, 6 July 2019 05:24 (four months ago) link

I love Loveless but I'm one of those weirdos who prefers Isn't Anything.
Truth be told, I listen to mbv more than Loveless and might even prefer it.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Sunday, 7 July 2019 02:50 (four months ago) link

The tinny, mangled sound of 'Loveless' has kep me at some distance for 20-odd years. Which always confused me as it's held as a paragon of incredible production.

What sometimes gets lost in critical discussion is that the production is incredible in that it makes an artistic statement out of exploring the possibilities of what is usually thought of as shitty sound:

"The sound that we were going for was more like the sound that we were hearing all the time, which was either hearing music through ghetto blasters or cheap record players or small gigs coming through Bose PA systems. All very boxy-sounding and meshed in.”

(from https://www.soundonsound.com/techniques/classic-tracks-my-bloody-valentine-only-shallow)

All along there is the sound of feedback (Sund4r), Sunday, 7 July 2019 04:00 (four months ago) link

they made it sound way better than "music through ghetto blasters or cheap record players or small gigs coming through Bose PA systems" in my opinion

Dan S, Sunday, 7 July 2019 04:27 (four months ago) link

Definitely. But you get a loss of spatial clarity, frequency, and dynamic range from those sources, with a lot of crowded midrange, which your average engineer would try to avoid: Shields went all-out in embracing this and exploring the psychedelic extremes to which you can take boxy, murky sound. The tinny, mangled sound is the whole point, in a way, which might throw someone off if they're coming to it expecting "incredible production".

All along there is the sound of feedback (Sund4r), Sunday, 7 July 2019 05:00 (four months ago) link

"and frequency and dynamic range"

All along there is the sound of feedback (Sund4r), Sunday, 7 July 2019 05:01 (four months ago) link

that's a great description

Dan S, Sunday, 7 July 2019 05:09 (four months ago) link

My biggest gripe is with the songwriting rather than the production, which does exactly what it needs to do (well, except for the drums – that'll never quite cut it): I'm invariably tempted to skip 'When You Sleep', 'Come in Alone', 'Blown a Wish' and especially 'What You Want'. Everything else is fine, although I prefer m b v.

pomenitul, Sunday, 7 July 2019 07:41 (four months ago) link

I'm invariably tempted to skip 'When You Sleep'

really? that is the one song from their oeuvre i would pick. it stands for everything i love about them. the foggy sound, the guitar power, the heavenly tunes and the understated singing. when i am looking for songwriting i go for joni mitchell not for mbv.

je est un autre, l'enfer c'est les autres (alex in mainhattan), Sunday, 7 July 2019 08:35 (four months ago) link

They do write pop songs despite the textural guitar coating so I think it's fair to also judge them on that basis. As it so happens, some melodies click with me more than others (the less saccharine ones, usually, but my tolerance for twee is exceptionally low).

pomenitul, Sunday, 7 July 2019 08:44 (four months ago) link

I can't believe I'm the first to rep for Goat.

Elitist cheese photos (aldo), Monday, 8 July 2019 10:33 (four months ago) link

Goat is incredible but this is 1991.

pomenitul, Monday, 8 July 2019 10:39 (four months ago) link

talk talk

mott the hoopleheads (voodoo chili), Monday, 8 July 2019 12:50 (four months ago) link

I can't believe I'm the first to rep for Goat.

i mentioned it, it's one of the top albums of 1991. much better than nevermind, actually.

je est un autre, l'enfer c'est les autres (alex in mainhattan), Monday, 8 July 2019 13:04 (four months ago) link

Sorry, must have scrolled past without noticing.

Elitist cheese photos (aldo), Monday, 8 July 2019 13:13 (four months ago) link

goat is my runner-up

mott the hoopleheads (voodoo chili), Monday, 8 July 2019 14:36 (four months ago) link

Electronic's debut is all time.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 8 July 2019 15:24 (four months ago) link

tons of great stuff, voted for The Orb, would have voted for Shift-Work as it's possibly my favorite Fall album

sleeve, Monday, 8 July 2019 16:03 (four months ago) link

Left to my own devices, I would have definitely submitted Shift-Work. It was the first Fall album I ever heard. Its their poppiest, "edinburgh man" is such a lovely song and coming from The Fall that makes it even more sweeter.

. (Michael B), Monday, 8 July 2019 18:24 (four months ago) link

I've still never heard Slint! Which given the amount of words I read about them in the 90s...

then it's time you did

Thus Spoke Darraghustra (Oor Neechy), Tuesday, 9 July 2019 11:36 (four months ago) link

you should listen to "spiderland", its well creepy

. (Michael B), Tuesday, 9 July 2019 12:05 (four months ago) link

deciding what to leave out for 92 poll is hard

Thus Spoke Darraghustra (Oor Neechy), Tuesday, 9 July 2019 23:52 (four months ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Wednesday, 10 July 2019 00:01 (four months ago) link

The Jesus Lizard - Goat, 1
Pearl Jam - Ten 1
Soundgarden - Badmotorfinger , 1
KLF - The White Room 1
Fudge Tunnel - Hate Songs In E-Minor 1

I thought they would get more than 1 vote each tbh

Thus Spoke Darraghustra (Oor Neechy), Wednesday, 10 July 2019 00:10 (four months ago) link


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