1989: Key Albums (Top Releases by Pixies and Pogues)

A Listmania! list by ds "Lagerd" (West Allis, WI)
The list author says: "This year in music was possibly the strongest of the decade as several important artists release significant albums like Pixies, Pogues, Mekons and Lou Reed. One of the top groups of the nineties, Whiskey Priests unleash their debut and Ian Hunter gets back to basics with his strongest effort in ten years.

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Doolittle
1.  Doolittle by Pixies
The list author says:
  "The first Pixies album that I could appreciate. A manic delight."
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Peace & Love
2.  Peace & Love by The Pogues
The list author says:
  "With MacGowan on the skids the rest of the band stepped up nicely. A broad range of styles."
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The Mekons Rock N Roll
3.  The Mekons Rock N Roll by The Mekons
The list author says:
  "Rock 'n' Roll in the inimitable Mekons style."
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New York
4.  New York by Lou Reed
The list author says:
  "His finest in over ten years. Heck, this might be his best ever."
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To Kingdom Come: The Definitive Collection
5.  To Kingdom Come: The Definitive Collection by The Band
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  "Great collection with outstanding liner notes."
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Searchlight
6.  Searchlight by Runrig
The list author says:
  "The ever steady Runrig again creates infectious anthems and ballads."
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Man With Blue Post-Modern Fragmented Neo-Tradition
7.  Man With Blue Post-Modern Fragmented Neo-Tradition by Peter Case
The list author says:
  "One of the best Case records. Many great songs."
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Return to Paradise
8.  Return to Paradise by Randy Stonehill
The list author says:
  "One of two Stonehill albums worth owning. An Americana masterpiece impeccably produced by Mark Heard."
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Spike
9.  Spike by Elvis Costello
The list author says:
  "The far-reaching Elvis does Celtic, New Orleans and McCartney on his first for Warner Bros."
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Live Alone In America
10.  Live Alone In America by Graham Parker
The list author says:
  "Passionate and stripped down. Do yourselves a favour and delve into his impressive catalog."
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Oh Mercy
11.  Oh Mercy by Bob Dylan
The list author says:
  "His finest since sometime in the mid seventies. Produced by Daniel Lanois."
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Strange Angels
12.  Strange Angels by Laurie Anderson
The list author says:
  "One of the most arty of the eighties alt-rock movement. Equal parts Peter Gabriel, Philip Glass and Penguin Cafe Orchestra."
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Tempted & Tried
13.  Tempted & Tried by Steeleye Span
The list author says:
  "Their best record in over ten years."
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Acadie
14.  Acadie by Daniel Lanois
The list author says:
  "Moody and textured effort from this producer extraordinaire. Think Eno/Gabriel."
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Preaching + Confessing
15.  Preaching + Confessing by Rotondi
The list author says:
  "More polka/pop zaniness. Truly unique and fun."
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Silvertown
16.  Silvertown by Men They Couldn't Hang
The list author says:
  "Their best to date. Working class British alternative folk-rock."
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Yui Orta
17.  Yui Orta by Ian Hunter
The list author says:
  "Strong rocking effort by Hunter/Ronson. He hasn't sounded this good since SCHIZOPHRENIC."
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Change
18.  Change by The Alarm
The list author says:
  "They toned down the fist-pumping anthems in favor of a more straight ahead roots rock approach."
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Storms
19.  Storms by Nanci Griffith
The list author says:
  "A less country and more pop rendering from Griffith and big time producer Glyn Johns."
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My Father's Face
20.  My Father's Face by Leo Kottke
The list author says:
  "The second of Kottke's T-Bone Burnett produced albums. This might be his most diverse recording to date."
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Helpless Heart
21.  Helpless Heart by Natalie Imbruglia
The list author says:
  "Incredible Irish folk singer aided by Nashville's finest sidemen."
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

Rock Island
22.  Rock Island by Jethro Tull
The list author says:
  "Decent followup to CREST. Is progressive given that it avoided the abominable eighties production trappings that marred UNDER WRAPS and BROADSWORD."
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Nee Good Luck
23.  Nee Good Luck by Whisky Priests
The list author says:
  "Rough around the edges, this only hints at the genious that is Gary Miller."
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Lyle Lovett and His Large Band
24.  Lyle Lovett and His Large Band by Lyle Lovett
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I Wonder Do You Think of Me
25.  I Wonder Do You Think of Me by Keith Whitley
The list author says:
  "Soulful country from another who didn't quite fit Nashville's cookie cutter template."
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Absolute Torch & Twang
26.  Absolute Torch & Twang by K. D. Lang
The list author says:
  "Throwback country that never stood a chance on big-haired country radio."
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Zig Zag
27.  Zig Zag by The Hooters
The list author says:
  "Great anthemic folk-rock/pop."
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Ride - Oyster Band
28.  Ride - Oyster Band by Oyster Band
The list author says:
  "Nice offering but still waiting for this English folk-rock band to blossom."
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Passionate Kisses
29.  Passionate Kisses by Lucinda Williams
The list author says:
  "Impressive EP from the not yet known Williams."
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Magnum Cum Louder
30.  Magnum Cum Louder by Hoodoo Gurus
The list author says:
  "Tuneful Australian alt-roots-rock."
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From The Ladle To The Grave
31.  From The Ladle To The Grave by Boiled In Lead
The list author says:
  "Twin city world rock pioneers."
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Tin Machine
32.  Tin Machine by Tin Machine
The list author says:
  "Much maligned but daring and agressive outing by Bowie and the Sales boys."
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When the World Knows Your Name
33.  When the World Knows Your Name by Deacon Blue
The list author says:
  "More anthemic semi folk-rock from the UK."
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Anderson Bruford Wakeman & Howe
34.  Anderson Bruford Wakeman & Howe by Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe
The list author says:
  "Probably the strongest of the 80s Yes albums. Negatives: Bruford's drumming is uncharacteristically pedestrian. Half of Wakeman's keys are cheezy as all get-out. Did they neuter Levin because he wasn't an official member?"
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Human Soul
35.  Human Soul by Graham Parker
The list author says:
  "Almost typical Parker. Soulful as ever but the melodies seem to lack his customary catchiness."
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Murder of Crows
36.  Murder of Crows by Joe Henry
The list author says:
  "Early effort from this bluesy voiced singer-songwriter."
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