In no particular order, here goes:
Jeff Buckley - Grace
Grace was released on August 23, 1994. I remember discovering Jeff through the “Last Goodbye” video. I remember being so overtaken by his wild and unpredictable vocals. My pick of this album will have to be "Lover, You Should Have Come Over." Here is a live version from the Live in Chicago DVD. He was the purist of the pure.
Radiohead - The Bends
The Bends was released on March 13, 1995, and it's my favorite Radiohead record by far. There are guitars, and I feel like they were a real band in this moment. My go-to track has always been “Fake Plastic Trees,” being that it is one of my favorite songs ever written.
This is from an MTV 120 mins performance (when MTV actually did MUSICAL things). Skip to like 2:40 or something… that is where the song starts. I just like all the awkward line checking. Haha. Enjoy Thom at his best!
Further Seems Forever - How To Start A Fire
How To Start A Fire was released in 2003 with new singer Jason Gleason, replacing original singer Chris Carraba. Although, Jason had big shoes to fill, he hit a grand slam with the vocal performance on this record. My go-to track on this record is "On Legendary." I am a sucker for a great love song, and this is certainly that. When it kicks in at 1:18, it moves me every time. Check out this great great tune.
Danzig - Danzig
Danzig was released in 1988, and it was their debut record. I love how the guitar tones are so clean and not saturated but still heavy and haunting. I also love how LOUD the vocals are. You can hear every inflection. Rick Rubin produced this one. My go-to track is
"Soul on Fire."
Bjork - Homogenic
Homogenic was released in September 1997, and was produced by Björk. The sounds on the record are magical. The vocal performance is insane, and I will not be shocked when Björk reveals that she is actually an alien. She is other-worldly and divine. My go-to track is "Joga."
Alkaline Trio - Good Mourning
Good Mourning was released May 13, 2003. They were great before this album, but I think they really figured it out on these 12 songs. A nice mix of horror (Matt) and love (Dan). They are just a rock band with melodic riffs and killer lyrics. My cup of tea. My go-to track on this one is "Every Thug Needs A Lady." It is for sure one of my mine and wife's songs. Gorgeous tune.
Depeche Mode - Songs Of Faith And Devotion
Songs Of Faith And Devotion was released in 1993. This is MY Depeche Mode. This album speaks to me and takes me to a frozen place in time. On the Devotional tour they opened up with "Higher Love." It is something to see, and it is my pick on this record. Enjoy this!!
Ours - Distorted Lullabies
Distorted Lullabies was released on
May 15, 2001. I remember seeing the video for "Sometimes" on Fuse Network and being like, "WHO THE HELL IS THIS?!" I will never understand why this band didn't blow up, but it is nice to see Jimmy Gnecco still recording and touring through it all. Best singer around. Check out my pick from this record,
"Here Is The Light."
Alice In Chains - Dirt
Dirt was released on September 29, 1992. There are a lot of great songs on this record. Hell, they are all great. The harmonies are so beautiful and dark, and the band is so tight. My pick off of this masterpiece is
"Rain When I Die" - it's just awesome!
Counting Crows - August And Everything After
August And Everything After was released September 14, 1993. Adam Duritz lets his free spirit show by spitting out great lyrics to unsingable melodies. I could listen to this album anytime and feel good about it. "Around Here" is a great lead off track, but for my pick I will call on "Anna Begins." Such a wonderful song, and it gets me every time. Enjoy, and thanks for reading!