The Best Rock Albums of 1996

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1996

(Compiled by Mauro Bondoni based on my ratings)
  1. Black Tape For A Blue Girl: Remnants Of A Deeper Purity (Projekt) (8.5)
  2. Tortoise: Millions Now Living Will Never Die (Thrill Jockey) (8.5)
  3. Labradford: Labradford (Kranky) (8)
  4. Windy & Carl: Drawing Of Sound (Icon) (8)
  5. For Carnation: Marshmallows (Matador) (8)
  6. Neurosis: Through Silver In Blood (Relapse) (8)
  7. Vas Deferens Organization: Transcontinental Conspiracy (Quaquaversal Vinyl) (8)
  8. Polvo: Exploded Drawing (Touch & Go) (8)
  9. Run On: Start Packing (Matador) (8)
  10. Cul De Sac: China Gate (Thirsty Ear) (8)
  11. Sepultura: Roots (Roadrunner) (8)
  12. Lullaby For The Working Class: Blanket Warm (Bar/None) (8)
  13. Supreme Dicks: The Emotional Plague (Homestead) (8)
  14. Church: Magician Among The Spirits (Deep Karma) (8)
  15. Paul Haslinger: World Without Rules (RGB) (8)
  16. Swans: Soundtracks For The Blind (Young God) (8)
  17. Ghost: Lama Rabi Rabi (Drag City) (8)
  18. Lisa Germano: Excerpts From A Love Circus (4AD) (8)
  19. Mainliner: Mellow Out (Charnel) (8)
  20. Gravitar (Charnel Music) (8)
  21. Cardiacs: Sing to God (Alphabet Business Concern) (7.5)
  22. Vampire Rodents: Gravity's Rim (Fifth Column) (7.5)
  23. Dirty Three: Horse Stories (Touch & Go) (7.5)
  24. Eels: Beautiful Freak (Dreamworks) (7.5)
  25. Mazinga Phaser: Cruising In The Neon Glories (Aether) (7.5)
  26. Vas Deferens Organization: Saturation (VDO) (7.5)
  27. Cat Power: What Would The Community Think (Matador) (7.5)
  28. Sixteen Horsepower: Sackcloth & Ashes (A&M) (7.5)
  29. Olivia Tremor Control: Dusk at Cubist Castle (Flydaddy) (7.5)
  30. Orbital: In Sides (FFRR) (7.5)
  31. Windsor For The Derby: Calm Hades Float (Trance Syndicate) (7.5)
  32. GodHeadSilo: Skyward In Triumph (SubPop) (7.5)
  33. Today is The Day: Self-titled (Amphetamine Reptile) (7.5)
  34. The Flying Luttenbachers: Revenge (Skin Graft) (7.5)
  35. Space Needle: Voyager (Zero Hour) (7.5)
  36. Richard Bone: Eternal Now (Quirkworks) (7.5)
  37. Soul Whirling Somewhere (Projekt) (7.5)
  38. D.J. Shadow: Endtroducing (Mo' Wax) (7.5)
  39. Miss Murgatroid: Myoclyonic Melodies (Worrybird) (7.5)
  40. June Of 44: Tropics And Meridians (Quarterstick) (7.5)
  41. Tarwater: 11/6 12/10 (Kitty-Yo) (7.5)
  42. Beck: Odelay (DGC) (7.5)
  43. Main: Hz (Beggars Banquet) (7.5)
  44. Burger/Ink: Las Vegas (Harvest) (7.5)
  45. Tool: Aenima (Zoo) (7)
  46. Subarachnoid Space: Delicate Membrane (Charnel Music) (7)
  47. No-Neck Blues Band: Letters From The Earth (Sound@one) (7)
  48. Brainiac: Hissing Prigs In Static Couture (Touch & Go) (7)
  49. Bedhead: Beheaded (Trance Syndicate) (7)
  50. Ani DiFranco: Dilate (Righteous Babe) (7)
  51. Bob Mould (Rykodisc) (7)
  52. Tricky: Pre-Millenium Tension (Mercury) (7)
  53. Autechre: Tri Repetae (Warp) (7)
  54. Boris: Absolutego (Fangs Anal Satan) (7)
  55. Opeth: Morningrise (Candlelight) (7)
  56. Magic Hour: Secession '96 (Twisted Village) (7)
  57. Faithless: Reverence (Cheeky) (7)
  58. Jessamine: The Long Arm Of Coincidence (Kranky) (7)
  59. Stereolab: Emperor Tomato Ketchup (Elektra) (7)
  60. Bugskull: Snakland (Scratch) (7)
  61. Alec Empire: The Destroyer (DHR) (7)
  62. Richard Davies: There's Never Been A Crowd Like This (Flydaddy) (7)
  63. Bel Canto: Magic Box (Lava) (7)
  64. Man Or Astroman: Experiment Zero (Touch & Go) (7)
  65. Gastr Del Sol: Upgrade & Afterlife (Drag City) (7)
  66. David Shea: Hsi-yu Chi (Tzadik) (7)
  67. Fugees: The Score (1996) (7)
  68. Scissor Girls: We People Space With Phantoms (Atavistic) (7)
  69. Silkworm: Firewater (Matador) (7)
  70. Michelle Shocked: Kind Hearted Woman (Private) (7)
  71. Low: The Curtain Hits The Cast (Vernon Yard) (7)
  72. Ubzub: Alien Manna For Sleeping Monkeys (Electromotive) (7)
  73. Tori Amos: Boys For Pele (Atlantic) (7)
  74. His Name Is Alive: Stars On E.S.P. (4AD) (7)
  75. Mike Johnson: Year Of Mondays (Atlantic) (7)
  76. Scenic: Aquatica (World Domination) (7)
  77. Mo Boma: Myths Of The Near Future Part III (Extreme) (7)
  78. Rapoon: Darker By Light (Soleilmoon) (7)
  79. Bowery Electric: Beat (Kranky) (7)
  80. Make-Up: Destination Love (Dischord) (7)
  81. Village Of Savoonga: Philipp Schatz (Hausmusik) (7)
  82. Buckethead: Day Of The Robot (Submeta) (7)
  83. Underworld: Second Toughest In The Infants (Wax Trax) (7)
  84. Medusa Cyclone: Medusa Cyclone (Third Gear) (7)
  85. Burzum: Filosofem (1996) (7)
  86. Fibreforms: Treedrums (Earth Tone) (7)
  87. Red Snapper: Prince Blimey (Warp, 1996) (7)
  88. Wilco: Being There (Reprise) (7)
  89. Makers: Makers (Estrus) (7)
  90. Brian Jonestown Massacre: Thank God For Mental Illness (Bomp) (7)
  91. C17H19NO3: Terra Damnata (Fifth Column) (7)
  92. Roy Montgomery: Temple IV (Kranky) (7)
  93. Iceburn: Meditavolutions (Revelation) (7)
  94. Brother JT: Music For The Other Head (Siltbreeze) (7)
  95. Land Of The Loops: Bundle Of Joy (Up) (7)
  96. Moonshake: Dirty & Divine (C/Z) (7)
  97. Rake: Intelligence Agent (Squealer) (7)
  98. Cibo Matto: Viva La Woman (Warner) (7)
  99. Spatula: Under the Veil of Health (Squealer) (7)
  100. Belle & Sebastian: Tigermilk (Electric Honey) (7)
  101. Melt-Banana: Scratch Or Stitch (Skin Graft) (7)
  102. Alec Empire: Les Etoiles Des Filles Mortes (Mille Plateaux) (7)
  103. Cujo: Adventures in Foam (Ninjatune) (7)
  104. Lycia: Cold (Projekt) (7)
  105. DJ Spooky: Songs Of A Dead Dreamer (Asphodel) (7)
  106. Lotion: Nobody's Cool (Spinart) (7)
  107. Hellacopters: Supershitty To The Max (White Jazz) (7)
  108. Nels Cline: Chest (Little Brother) (7)
  109. Soul Coughing: Irresistible Bliss (Slash) (7)
  110. Rex: C (Southern) (7)
  111. Spring Heel Jack: 68 Million Shades (Island) (7)
  112. Alboth: Ali (Submission) (7)
  113. Modest Mouse: This Is A Long Drive (Up) (7)
  114. Edge Of Sanity: Crimson (Black Mark)
  115. Gerald Collier: I Had To Laugh Like Hell (C/Z) (7)
  116. Rasputina: Thanks For The Ether (Columbia) (7)
  117. Flies Inside The Sun: Flies Inside The Sun (Metonymic) (7)
  118. Screaming Trees: Dust (Epic) (7)
  119. Duncan Sheik: Duncan Sheik (Atlantic) (7)
  120. High Llamas: Hawaii (Alpaca) (7)
  121. Neotropic: 15 Levels Of Magnification (Ntone) (7)
  122. Home: X (Trance Syndicate) (7)
  123. Inade: Aldebaran (Cold Spring) (7)
  124. Harvey Milk: My Love Is Higher (Yesha) (7)
  125. Joe Henry: Trampoline (Mammoth) (7)
  126. Thievery Corporation: Sounds from the Thievery Hi-Fi (Eighteenth Street Lounge) (7)
  127. Fatboy Slim: Better Living Through Chemistry (Astralwerks) (7)
  128. Eyehategod: Dopesick (Century Media)
  129. Possession + African Dub: Off World One (SubMeta) (7)
  130. Jay-Z: Reasonable Doubt () (7)
  131. Sun City Girls: 330,003 Cross Dressers From Beyond The Rig Veda (Abduction)
  132. Haujobb: Solutions for a Small Planet (Offbeat)
  133. Frodus: F-Letter (Lovitt)
  134. Nonplace Urban Field: Raum Fuer Notizen (1996)
  135. No-Man: Wild Opera (3rd Stone)

Songs
(Mostly selected by Austin Krentz, based on my album reviews)
( Click here to play them on Spotify (thank you Luke!))
  1. Lisa Germano: I Love a Snot
  2. Flying Luttenbachers: Storm of Shit
  3. Third Eye Blind: Semi-Charmed Life (1996)
  4. Tortoise: Djed (1996)
  5. Eels: Susan's House
  6. Polvo: Fast Canoe
  7. Today is the Day: Realization
  8. Lullaby For The Working Class: Queen Of The Long-Legged Insects
  9. Vampire Rodents: Goatweed
  10. Sixteen Horsepower: Prison Shoe Romp
  11. Oblivians: Christina
  12. The Church: Grandiose
  13. The For Carnation: Salo
  14. Cardiacs: Dog-Like Sparky
  15. Andrea Parker: The Rocking Chair
  16. Stereolab: OLV 26
  17. Sepultura: Ratamahatta
  18. Bedhead: What's Missing
  19. Andrea Parker: The Rocking Chair
  20. Ghost: Marrakech
  21. Run On: Go There
  22. Cat Power: We All Die
  23. Modest Mouse: Dramamine
  24. Supreme Dicks: Swell Song
  25. Tarwater: Elbow on the Quilt
  26. Tool: Stinkfist
  27. Dirty Three: Hope
  28. Alec Empire: We All Die
  29. Brainiac: Vincent Come On Down
  30. Fishmans: Sunny Blue
  31. Flying Luttenbachers: Storm Of Shit
  32. Soul Whirling Somewhere: Balanced In Perfect Amber
  33. Iron Lung Corp: Join In The Murderous Chant
  34. Nick Cave: Stagger Lee
  35. Wilco: Misunderstood
  36. Rage Against the Machine: Bulls on Parade
  37. Man or Astroman: 9 Volt
  38. Faithless: Don't Leave
  39. Harvey Milk: All the Livelong Day
  40. David Gray: Faster Sooner Now
  41. Gerald Collier: God Never Lived in My Neighborhood
  42. Fugees: Family Business
  43. DJ Shadow: Midnight in a Perfect World
  44. Moonshake: Exotic Siren Song
  45. Brian Jonestown Massacre: Who
  46. Ani DiFranco: Shameless
  47. Tori Amos: Father Lucifer
  48. Tricky: Make a Change
  49. Subarachnoid Space: Don't Look In The Trunk
  50. Bowery Electric: Fear of Flying
  51. Cujo: The Brazilianaire
  52. Bad Religion: Punk Rock Song
  53. Soul Coughing: Lazybones
  54. Bob Mould: Egoverride
  55. Cujo: Traffic
  56. Pan Sonic: Murto
  57. Fiona Apple: Criminal
  58. High Llamas: Doo-Wop Property
  59. Cibo Matto: Sugar Water
  60. Daft Punk: Around The World
  61. Thievery Corporation: Universal Highness
  62. Korn: Twist
  63. Red Krayola: GAO
  64. Eels: Novocaine for the Soul
  65. Butthole Surfers: Pepper
  66. Gastr Del Sol: Rebecca Sylvester
  67. Cake: The Distance
  68. Belle & Sebastian: Electronic Renaissance
  69. Jay-Z: Can't Knock the Hustle
  70. Eels: Novocaine For The Soul
  71. Makers: Please Kill Yourself
  72. Burger/Ink: Elvism
  73. Ayreon: Beyond The Last Horizon
  74. Ulver: Hymne VII - Wolf and Destiny
  75. Brendan Benson : Tea
  76. No-Man: Sinister Jazz
Extended tracks
(Mostly selected by Austin Krentz, based on my album reviews)
  1. Tortoise: Djed
  2. Swans: Helpless Child
  3. Black Tape for a Blue Girl: For You Will Burn Your Wings Upon the Sun
  4. Roy Montgomery: The Passage Of Forms
  5. Mainliner: M
  6. Windy & Carl: Lighthouse
  7. Cul De Sac: Sakhalin
  8. Magic Hour: Rosebud
  9. Fishmans: Long Season
  10. Vas Deferens Organization: First Plane Not To Plummet Seaward
  11. Boris: Absolutego
  12. Polvo: When Will You Die For The Last Time In My Dreams
  13. Godheadsilo: Guardians of the Threshold
  14. Burzum: Rundtgaing Av Den Transcendentale Egenhetens Stotte
  15. Opeth: Black Rose Immortal
  16. Miss Murgatroid: Below The Bellows
  17. Vas Deferens Organization: Amon Doo & Popol Poo
  18. Richard Bone: Zone
  19. Labradford: Battered
  20. Rake: Chair Throwing Incident
  21. Neurosis: Through Silver In Blood
  22. Scenic: Modula Raga
  23. Nels Cline: Bath
  24. Flies Inside The Sun: Detour
  25. June Of 44: Anisette
  26. Iceburn: Sphinx
  27. Sun City Girls: Ghost Ghat Trespass
  28. Burger/Ink: Love Is The Drug Paris Texas
  29. Flies Inside the Sun: Detour
  30. Amp: Frieze
  31. Underworld: Juanita
  32. Brian Jonestown Massacre: Straight Up And Down
  33. Buckethead: Flying Guillotine
  34. Experimental Audio Research: In The Cold Light
  35. Richard Youngs & Simon Wickham-Smith: More Urban Music for the Middle Of Nowhere
  36. Circle: Bonoroid
  37. Portraits of Past: Bang Yer Head

Songwriters
  1. Cat Power: What Would The Community Think (Matador)
  2. Bob Mould (Rykodisc)
  3. Lisa Germano: Excerpts From A Love Circus (4AD)
  4. Richard Davies: There's Never Been A Crowd Like This (Flydaddy)
  5. Nick Cave: Murder Ballads (Reprise)
  6. Michelle Shocked: Kind Hearted Woman (Private)
  7. Beck: Odelay (DGC)
  8. Tori Amos: Boys For Pele (Atlantic)
  9. Joe Henry: Trampoline (Mammoth)
  10. Duncan Sheik: Duncan Sheik (Atlantic)
  11. Gerald Collier: I Had To Laugh Like Hell (C/Z)

Industrial
  1. Iron Lung Corp: Big Shiny Spears (Cargo)

Electronica

Gothic

Heavy rock

Psychedelia
  1. King Black Acid: Sunlit (Cavity Search)

Instrumental
  1. Fibreforms: Treedrums (Earth Tone)

Progressive

Britain

Germany
  1. Tarwater: 11/6 12/10 (Kitty-Yo)

Japan

France & Belgium

Australia

Canada

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1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
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