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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.
1Sunny Day Real Estate

Probably the best golden-era emo album ever, only possibly tied with "Pinkerton".
2Green Day

The album that firmly put pop punk on the map and in the consciousness of the public at large for good.
3The Notorious B.I.G.
Ready to Die

A rap classic.
4Bikini Kill
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.
5Gang Starr
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.
6Insane 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.
11Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
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.
12Marilyn Manson
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.
14Shudder 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.
15Weird 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.
16Soul Coughing
Ruby Vroom

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.
19Magic Dirt
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.
20The 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.
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