I don't think this has been done before, but it seems a natural comparison to me. Three great albums released in 1991; one among the most perfect examples of power-pop, the next a game-changing album of ferocious rock; and the last a classic noise-rock album. One named by SPIN Magazine as the best album of 1991, the other two routinely named among the most significant rock albums of the past 20 years. And some commentators have already done a compare-and-contrast:
I don’t want to get into how or why Bandwagonesque beat Nevermind for Spin’s Album of the Year, 1991. I don’t want to discuss the obvious thematic similarities between the money bag and the baby with the dollar bill. And I’m not going to insist that, while Nevermind indeed shows some wrinkles 16 years after the fact (it’s not particularly well-sequenced, and it drags a bit between “Drain You” and “Something In the Way”), Bandwagonesque is still pretty much perfect, because it’s not.
Let’s make one thing perfectly clear at the outset: I don’t care about SPIN Magazine’s 1991 year end list. My disdain for Bandwagonesque has nothing to do with (and predates my knowledge of) the fact that Teenage Fanclub’s second album beat out Nevermind and Loveless for top honours. Thirteen years later, who cares? At the time, Bandwagonesque certainly seemed like a huge improvement on the band’s muddy, only intermittently bearable debut A Catholic Education, and they were certainly exploring a sound few others were at the time.
I’m interested in your thoughts. So:
― Daniel, Esq., Sunday, 5 July 2009 01:35 (twelve years ago)