|Top Albums Of 1988|
|9|| ||Michael Brecker|
Don't Try This At Home
Keeper of the Seven Keys Part 2
I don't mind part 1, but part 2 is their definitive album. Lots of great songs on here, one of the only power metal albums I like that wasn't released by Blind Guardian.
|7||Eric B and Rakim|
Follow the Leader
Another classic from Eric B and Rakim, this duo was absolutely fantastic.
Love Will Tear Us Apart
If memory serves me correctly (it probably doesn't), I think this is the first album with Jarboe. Well, it's not an album, it's an EP, but Gira does such a good job with this song that I had to include it.
...And Justice For All
The production hurts this album, but not enough to bump it back a bunch of spots. It's inconsistency stops this from being an album of the year. It drags too much in the middle with songs like The Shortest Straw and Harvester of Sorrow.
It may be a compilation, but it's so good. Has some previously released songs and some previously unreleased stuff. Atmosphere is possibly the best Joy Division song ever written.
|3||Big Daddy Kane|
Long Live the Kane
This album rules. Judging by the album art you might think it's going to be something silly, but really, it's very good. Kane has an awesome flow and the beats are killer.
Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
The only reason this album doesn't get the top spot is because I tend to have really varying feelings about it. Sometimes I can listen all the way through, but sometimes I get bored around the halfway mark. Either way, songs like Infinite Dreams, The Evil That Men Do, and Moonchild solidify this as a top release of 1988.
The New Order
I like Testament, but for the most part their albums suffer from Judas Priest's problem of excessive amounts of filler. Well, except for this album, this album is fantastic through and through. This was a tough go to try and narrow the top album down for this year.