The Absolute Best Albums Of 1991

So the baby new year of 1991 is 20 years old, eh? A lot of nostalgia for this old year, a year I’m awfully fond of. Perhaps not on a par with years such as 1967, 1972 or 1977, but overall an excellent vintage I’d say. Remembered mostly for grunge (the vile Pearl Jam, the excellent but oh-so overrated Nirvana) 1991 should be lauded as the year rock and roll got their boogie down with the rave kids. 10 of the 20 albums listed below could be considered dance/rock crossover albums. I must submit that for every Massive Attack there was an E.M.F., for every PWEI there was a Jesus Jones and for every My Bloody Valentine there was a Farm. The flotsam follows the jetsam, so to speak. And even though some of the following may sound dated I truly believe the majority still sound pretty damn current and vital, especially when one compares them to the drivel of the last couple of years.

In no particular order, I give you the best albums of 1991.…

Massive Attack, Blue Lines
Teenage Fanclub, Bandwagonesque
Pop Will Eat Itself, A Cure For Sanity
Wonderstuff, Never Loved Elvis
Talk Talk, Laughing Stock
The White Room, The KLF
The Orb, Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld
Pixies Trompe Le Monde
Red Hot Chili Peppers, Blood Sugar Sex Magic
U2, Achtung Baby
Primal Scream Screamadelica
Ice T, Original Gangster
Ozric Tentacles, Strangeitude
Neds Atomic Dustbin, Godfodder
Nirvana, Nevermind
My Bloody Valentine, Loveless
Big Audio Dynamite, The Globe
Public Enemy, Apocolypse ’91, the Enemy Strikes Black
Blue, Leisure
John Prine, The Missing Years