The Best Rock Albums of 1990

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1990

(Compiled by Mauro Bondoni based on my ratings)
  1. Royal Trux: Twin Infinitives (Drag City) (9)
  2. Nick Cave: The Good Son (Mute) (9)
  3. Fugazi: Repeater (Dischord) (9)
  4. Cop Shoot Cop: Consumer Revolt (Circuit) (8.5)
  5. Phish: Lawn Boy (Absolute A Gogo) (8)
  6. Ed Hall: Love Poke Here (Boner) (8)
  7. Robin Holcomb: self-titled (Elektra) (8)
  8. Ozric Tentacles: Erpland (Demi Monde) (8)
  9. Primus: Frizzle Fry (Caroline) (8)
  10. Techno Animal: Ghosts (Pathological) (8)
  11. Ant-Bee: Pure Electric Honey (Voxx) (8)
  12. Azalia Snail: Snailbait (Albertine) (8)
  13. Jesus Lizard: Head (Touch & Go) (7.5)
  14. Daniel Johnston: 1990 (Shimmy Disc) (7.5)
  15. Bewitched: Brain Eraser (N. 6) (7.5)
  16. Original Sins: Self Distruct (Psonik) (7.5)
  17. Ween: God Weed Satan - The Oneness (Twin Tone) (7.5)
  18. Marc Ribot: Rootless Cosmopolitans (Island) (7.5)
  19. Jellyfish: Bellybutton (Charisma) (7.5)
  20. Mark Lanegan: Winding Sheet (SubPop) (7.5)
  21. Bob Mould: Black Sheets Of Rain (Virgin) (7.5)
  22. Bitch Magnet: Ben Hur (Communion) (7.5)
  23. Mark Lanegan: Winding Sheet (SubPop) (7.5)
  24. Freedy Johnston: Troubled Tree (Bar None) (7.5)
  25. Sun City Girls: Torch Of The Mystics (Majora) (7)
  26. Of Cabbages And Kings: Basic Pain Basic Pleasure (Triple X) (7)
  27. Hetch Hetchy: Swollen (Texas Hotel) (7)
  28. KLF: Chill Out (Wax Trax) (7)
  29. Pain Teens: Born In Blood (Trance Syndicate) (7)
  30. Railroad Jerk: self-titled (Matador) (7)
  31. Chainsaw Kittens: Violent Religion (Mammoth) (7)
  32. Tragic Mulatto: Chartreuse Toulouse (Alternative Tentacles) (7)
  33. Breeders: Pod (4AD) (7)
  34. Helmet: Strap It On (Amphetamine Reptile) (7)
  35. B.A.L.L.: Hardball (Shimmy Disc) (7)
  36. Bad Religion: Against The Grain (Epitaph) (7)
  37. Dwarves: Blood Guts & Pussy (SubPop) (7)
  38. Babes In Toyland: Spanking Machine (Twin/Tone) (7)
  39. Thin White Rope: Sack Full Of Silver (Frontier) (7)
  40. Enigma: MCMXC A.D. (Virgin) (7)
  41. Mazzy Star: She Hangs Brightly (Rough Trade) (7)
  42. Ruins: Stonehenge (Shimmy Disc) (7)
  43. His Name Is Alive: Livonia (4AD) (7)
  44. Cows: Effete And Impudent Snobs (Amphetamine Reptile) (7)
  45. King Snake Roost: Ground Into The Dirt (Aberrant) (7)
  46. Lubricated Goat: Psychedelicatessen (Amphetamine Reptile) (7)
  47. David Baerwald: Bedtime Stories (A&M) (7)
  48. Blake Babies: Sunburn (Mammoth) (7)
  49. In The Nursery: L'Esprit (Wax Trax) (7)
  50. Consolidated: The Myth Of Rock (Nettwerk) (7)
  51. Delerium: Stone Tower (Dossier) (7)
  52. Cramps: A Date With Elvis (Big Beat) (7)
  53. Tiny Lights: Hot Chocolate Massage (Absolute A Go Go) (7)
  54. Silverfish: Fat Axl (Touch & Go) (7)
  55. Arto Lindsay & Peter Scherer: Pretty Ugly (Made To Measure) (7)
  56. Shudder To Think: Funeral At The Movies (Dischord) (7)
  57. Arson Garden: Under Towers (Community 3) (7)
  58. Steel Pole Bath Tub: Tulip (Boner) (7)
  59. Fastbacks: Very Very Powerful Motor (Popllama) (7)
  60. Jah Wobble: Without Judgement (KK) (7)
  61. Clawhammer: self-titled (Sympathy For The Record Industry) (7)
  62. Surgery: Nationwide (Amphetamine Reptile) (7)
  63. Tone Dogs: Ankety Low Day (C/Z) (7)
  64. KMFDM: Naive (Wax Trax) (7)
  65. Black Crowes: Shake Your Money Maker (Def American) (7)
  66. Ass Ponys: Mr Superlove (Okra) (7)
  67. John Hiatt: Stolen Moments (A&M) (7)
  68. Boss Hog: Cold Hands (Amphetamine Reptile) (7)
  69. Chills: Submarine Bells (Slash) (7)
  70. Galaxie 500: This Is Our Music (Rough Trade) (7)
  71. Los Lobos: Neighborhood (Slash) (7)
  72. Joe Henry: Shuffletown (Coyote) (7)
  73. Megadeth: Rust In Peace (Capitol) (7)
  74. Ride: Nowhere (Sire) (7)
  75. Spacemen 3: Dreamweapon (Fierce) (7)
  76. Lush: Gala (4AD) (7)
  77. Scrawl: Smallmouth (Rough Trade) (7)
  78. Was Not Was: Are You Okay (Chrysalis) (7)
  79. Crystalized Movements: This Wideness Comes (No 6) (7)
  80. Posies: Dear 23 (Geffen) (7)
  81. U Totem: self-titled (Recommended) (7)
  82. Lustmord: Heresy (Soleilmoon) (7)
  83. Killing Joke: Extremities, Dirt & Various Repressed Emotions (Noise International) (7)
  84. Eyehategod: In the Name of Suffering (1990)
  85. Dead C: Trapdoor Fucking Exit (Siltbreeze) (7)
  86. Blues Traveler: Blues Traveler (A&M) (7)
  87. Angkor Wat: Corpus Christi (Death) (7)
  88. Gang Starr: Step In The Arena (1990) (7)
  89. Spongehead: Legitimate Beef (Community 3) (7)
  90. Pantera: Cowboys From Hell (Atlantic) (7)
  91. Deicide (Roadrunner) (7)
  92. They Might Be Giants: Flood (Elektra) (7)
  93. Charlatans: Some Friendly (Beggars Banquet) (7)
  94. Flour: Luv 713 (Touch & Go) (7)
  95. Bathory: Hammerheart (1990)
  96. Victoria Williams: Swing The Statue (Rough Trade) (7)
  97. Goo Goo Dolls: Hold Me Up (Metal Blade) (7)
  98. Renegade Soundwave: In Dub (Mute) (7)
  99. Peter Blegvad: King Strut (Silvertone) (7)
  100. Giant Sand: Swerve (Amazing Black Sand) (7)

Playlist
(compiled mostly by Austin from my reviews))
( Click here to play them on Spotify (thank you Luke!))
  1. Nick Cave: Witness Song
  2. Royal Trux: Chances Are the Comets in Our Future
  3. Fugazi: Turnover
  4. La's: There She Goes
  5. Cop Shoot Cop: She's Like A Shot
  6. Nick Cave: Foi Na Cruz
  7. Ed Hall: Sam Jackson
  8. Ween: You Fucked Up
  9. Robin Holcomb: Hand Me Down All Stories
  10. Primus: Too Many Puppies
  11. Stranglmartin: Tidal Wave
  12. Royal Trux: Funky Son
  13. Jesus Lizard: Pastoral
  14. Fugazi: Blueprint
  15. Mazzy Star: She Hangs Brightly
  16. Breeders: Hellbound
  17. Azalia Snail: Anywhere is Here
  18. Pantera: Cemetery Gates
  19. Cop Shoot Cop: System Test
  20. Megadeth: Tornado of Souls
  21. Deee-Lite: World Clique
  22. Ruins: Stonehenge
  23. Bad Religion: 21st Century Digital Boy
  24. Freedy Johnston: That's What You Get
  25. Ozric Tentacles: The Throbbe
  26. Bitch Magnet: Mesentery
  27. Daniel Johnston: Don't Play Cards With Satan
  28. Sinead O'Connor: Nothing Compares
  29. Pain Teens: Pleasure of the Flesh
  30. King Snake Roost: Adrenitude
  31. Entombed: Drowned
  32. Babes in Toyland: Pain in My Heart
  33. Bewitched: Mold
  34. Hetch Hetchy: Perfect Puzzle
  35. Enigma: Mea Culpa
  36. Railroad Jerk: Participant
  37. They Might Be Giants: Birdhouse in Your Soul
  38. Jellyfish: The Man I Used to Be
  39. Chumbawamba: Cartouble
  40. Gang Starr: Step in the Arena
  41. Alice in Chains: Man in the Box
  42. Helmet: Repetition
  43. Bob Mould: Stop Your Crying
  44. Was Not Was: You You You
  45. Deicide: Carnage in the Temple of Darkness
  46. Ride: Paralyzed
  47. Steel Pole Bath Tub: Arizona Garbage Truck
  48. Blake Babies: Out There
  49. Lubricated Goat: Eternal Loser
  50. Eyehategod: Children of God
  51. Posies: Mrs. Green
  52. Shudder to Think: Vacation Brain
  53. Tone Dogs: No Cry
  54. Spongehead: Plumber's Lament
  55. Chainsaw Kittens: Bliss
  56. Flour: Rain Reign
  57. Chills: Dead Web
  58. Silverfish: Shit Out of Luck
  59. Ass Ponys: Mr. Superlove
  60. Los Lobos: Emily
  61. Of Cabbages and Kings: Snake
  62. TISM: Existentialtism
Extended tracks
(compiled mostly by Austin from my reviews))
  1. Royal Trux: (Edge of the) Ape Oven
  2. Azalia Snail: So Much More To Go
  3. Phish: Reba
  4. Ant-Bee: Evolution #7
  5. B.A.L.L.: Ball Four
  6. Techno Animal: Walk Then Crawl
  7. Phish: Run Like An Antelope
  8. Ozric Tentacles: Cracker Blocks
  9. Bitch Magnet: Dragoon
  10. Keith Rowe: Untitled
  11. Original Sins: Black Hole
  12. Spacemen 3: Dreamweapon
  13. A Certain Ratio: BTTW90
  14. Lustmord: Heresy
  15. Steel Pole Bath Tub: Christina
  16. Crystalized Movements: Third Half
  17. Blues Traveler: Crystal Flame
  18. Arto Lindsay & Peter Scherer: Pretty Ugly
  19. Jah Wobble: Spirit
  20. The KLF: 3AM Somewhere Out of Beaumont
  21. Delerium: Lost Passion

Songwriters

Hardcore
  1. Ed Hall: Love Poke Here (Boner)
  2. Jesus Lizard: Head (Touch & Go)
  3. Drive Like Jehu (Headhunter)
  4. Lard: The Last Temptation Of Reid (Alternative Tentacles)
  5. Bad Religion: Against The Grain (Epitaph)
  6. Dwarves: Blood Guts & Pussy (SubPop)
  7. Of Cabbages And Kings: Basic Pain Basic Pleasure (Triple X)
  8. Cows: Effete And Impudent Snobs (Amphetamine Reptile)
  9. King Snake Roost: Ground Into The Dirt (Aberrant)
  10. Lubricated Goat: Psychedelicatessen (Amphetamine Reptile)

Industrial

Electronica

Gothic

Heavy rock

Psychedelia

Instrumental

Progressive

Britain

Germany

Japan

France & Belgium

Australia

Canada

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1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Best of the 1960's Best of the 1970's Best of the 1980's Best of the 1990's Best of the 2000's