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|Discovolante's Best of: 1994|
Lots of amazing stuff this year, had to make some hard sacrifices. If you're seeing an album and wondering where it is, that's probably why.
From the beginning of the year to the end, via the Sputnik release calendar.
|1||Sunny Day Real Estate|
Probably the best golden-era emo album ever, only possibly tied with "Pinkerton".
The album that firmly put pop punk on the map and in the consciousness of the public at large for good.
|3||The Notorious B.I.G.|
Ready to Die
A rap classic.
The CD Version of the First Two Records
Compiling their best songs in their catalog, "The CD Version of the First Two Records" is quintessential listening to fans of punk.
Hard to Earn
Really any Gang Starr is quality material, but my personal favorite has to be "Hard to Earn". With classics like "Code of the Streets" and the Nice & Smooth collaboration "DWYCK", it's just solid gold.
|6||Insane Clown Posse|
Released in 1994, "Ringmaster" was ICP's first masterpiece full length. Successfully blending the elements of social-commentary of their past sound with the cartoony violence and dark humor of their new, "Ringmaster" takes up where "Beverly Kills 50187" left, and further elevates their sound toward new ground which they would fully cease the following year.
One of the best rap albums ever made.
An alternative rock classic.
"Betty" has gone on to pretty much be considered to be Helmet's magnum opus. And when you listen to it, you can sort of feel where that sentiment is coming from. Powerful, sledgehammer blows of alt metal melodies which boasts a technical edge.
"Split" is a lot more of a poppy album than their previous releases, and it sort of serves as the evolution towards bland britpop territory. But Lush were still far from bland with the release of "Split", with the album featuring some of their most ambitious, lengthy songs in their catalog.
Creepin On Ah Come Up
Although they released an album before, 1993's "Faces of Death", it was their 1994 EP "Creepin On Ah Come Up" that Cleveland rap veterans Bone Thugs-N-Harmony really came into their own and honed their sound. With classics like the singles "Thuggish Ruggish Bone" and "Foe tha Love of $", as well as deep cuts like "Down Foe My Thang", "Creepin On Ah Come Up" is pretty much the true starting point for Bone Thugs.
Portrait of an American Family
On "Portrait of an American Family", Marilyn Manson establish themselves as one of the biggest breaths of fresh air in the 90s metal world, combining a Tim Burton-like samplefest with gritty, biting industrial/alt metal. A fantastic debut that laid down the foundation for Manson to really flourish.
One of the finest trip hop albums ever made.
|14||Shudder to Think|
Pony Express Record
One of the most challenging and rewarding albums of the year, and a true career-defining moment in a band's history.
|15||Weird Al Yankovic|
Permanent Record: Al in the Box
Consisting of four discs, "Permanent Record: Al in the Box" is pretty much the definitive collection of Weird Al Yankovic.
Cool jazz meets indie rock meets alt hip hop equals Soul Coughing, and their debut album, "Ruby Vroom", is an underground masterpiece chockful of quirky samples, surrealistic lyrics and impressive subtle licks from the band in general.
Flatlinerz, alongside the much more well known Gravediggaz, are one of the earliest breakthrough groups to popularize horrorcore to a wide market. And while it's pretty tame in comparison to the extreme lengths that horrorcore artists would go just a few years later, the sole full album release to date of Flatlinerz, "U.S.A.", is still in a league of its own with haunting, kicking beats and Satanic topic manner which was unheard of on a Def Jam release before, and I don't think it ever was explored to this degree on a Def Jam release after either.
Although I still maintain the opinion that their debut "Ooooooohhh.... On the TLC Tip" is their best album, "CrazySexyCool" is still a near flawless R&B album in its own right. One hell of a maturity statement.
Life Was Better
Australian alt rockers Magic Dirt never sounded better than on their second EP, "Life Was Better". Loud, angsty and brokenly melodic, each of the five songs on the EP assault the senses beautifully.
|20||The Outhere Brothers|
1 Polish, 2 Biscuits and a Fish Sandwich
Probably the best album in hip house history, although that's not exactly a category ripe with great albums to begin with lol. Danceable adult fun.
|Your entire “Best of…” series is a blessing.|
Though I'm disappointed Korn isn't on it
|Korn's first album was a strong contender, Vercetti, but just missed the cut. Great album though And thanks Cotton!|
|Betty fucks, hard.|
Great year in general, In The Nightside Eclipse, Welcome To Sky Valley, Hvis Lyset Tar Oss, Execution Ground, At Action Park, De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas (what a fucking year for black metal classics, huh?), Superunknown, Point Blank, dubnobasswithmyheadman, Music For The Jilted Generation...
Eagerly awaiting 1995, good discovolante-named person, for obvious reasons.
|One of my favorite years for music ever. Actually have a full top ten:|
Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral
Green Day - Dookie
Stone Temple Pilots - Purple
Soundgarden - Superunknown
Alice in Chains - Jar of Flies
Korn - s/t
The Black Crowes - Amorica
Dave Matthews Band - Under the Table and Dreaming
Portishead - Dummy
The Notorious B.I.G. - Ready to Die
I'm reviewing 10 soon