The list author says: "I was listening to quite a bit of CCM in 1998. Since then I have discovered indie rock and black metal, hence the strange potpourri that is my 1998 list. I can all but confirm this is the only list on Amazon.com with Cradle of Filth and DC Talk side by side, which alone makes it worth you time. I will also say that to each of these albums credit, this list represents the music that has held up best to my ears during the last ten years and verifies how 'open-minded' us music snobs can really be."
"An indie rock titan, song for song few records of the past 10 years have been so enduring. Jeff Magnum's serrated vocal articulate his fantastic stories with more clarity than the albums cryptic lyrics - the prayer of an underdog scraping clawing for a sustaining breath."
""The Great Universal" - In 1998, Lauryn Hill's classic solo debut had difficulty finding any detractors ruling radio, MTV & critics lists like some kind of rap version of The Joshua Tree. Hill brought hip-hop's soul back reminding and imploring her peers to do the same."
"Does it make me feel old Astralwerks just released a 10th year anniversary edition of this record? Yes, it does. As an ageless dub time capsule reveling in the sunnyness of the AM 1970's though, it hasn't aged a day and La Femme D'Argent is still the most hypnotizingly perfect instrumental pop track I've ever heard."
"Possibly responding to Goodie Mob's Soul Food the way the Beatles responded to Pet Sounds, OutKast created Dirty South's Sgt. Pepper with Aquemeni, a record with as many workouts (SpottieOttieDopaliscious, Da Art of Storytellin) as singles (Rosa Parks). Masterful."
"Massive Attack regrouped (after loosing Tricky), retooled their sound and got some new toys. Listen to the sinister buildup of Angel its clear MA's method is similar but their MO is much more potent & dangerous. Tonally, one can hear how this record influence current dark ambient wizard, Burial."
"Commercially, there wasn't a more relevant band in 1998 than Korn. Everyone knows the two singles (Got The Life, Freak On a Leash) but with the exception of a surprisingly clumsy collab with Ice Cube, each of these song represent peak-period Nu-metal better than possibly any other record."
"Cradle of Filth is a popular gothic-extreme-metal-pop thing no subscene is willing to claim,. CatB marks the point when all these elements fused to evenly define the band and its their best album. All of it is bollucks of course but I love it. Its just so unsubstantially delicious, like cotton-candy dyed black."
"Atlas couldn't muster the strength to lift the weight of pretense here. And even if no longer a trilogy (bc Eric Clayton finds 240 minutes insufficient to capture the grandeur of his 'unofficial soundtrack to the end of the world) the band is in top form & Nathan Van Hala wrote his best material for piano."
"Madonna's ode to ADHD and overly caffinated beverages created quite a stir 10 years ago. Erotica is still the better album but ROL was the last of Madge's records that was consistant for the duration & a reminder of how capable of greatness she was. (...and people assumed Guy Ritchie's career would suffer...)"
"I recently found this, played it and was amused & amazed simultaneously. I haven't felt this guilty liking a record since Hanson. dcT blended dripping boy band balladry & the growing emo-rock aesthetic into an unabashedly over-produced, yet remarkable, pop record."
"rThe double album that alerted the secular indie community to this family music troupe. I still remember reading the Spin article and laughing at the writer choking on his resignation. You see, Danielson is a christian band and to literate, bohemien indie-snobs christianity is kryptonite. Yet, Danielson was (and is) as cool as they come."
"Da Funk Soul Brotha's inane breakthough pop single delighted everyone else and annoyed me. It was like hating 'I Wanna Hold You Hand' in 1964. Misery. The rest of the album is the best work Fatboy would ever do."
"A grower - I hated this when it came out. I am the biggest fan of Different Class ever and here Pulp was smart enough to know they'd never top it. Pulp became less lyrical and more complex. "Hardcore" has rewards worth waiting for them."