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25 Albums that redeemed rock in the 90s, A-Z

JP "ZappaFan"
The list author says: "While I'm not saying that there wasn't any good music in the 80s, with New Wave, Hair Metal and other MTV posers, and the death of music in general thanks to (c)rap, you have to admit the 80s pretty much sucked when compared to the 60s and 70s!

Here are 25 albums, A-Z, that saved rock.And, no, you won't find the over-hyped and overrated Nirvana anywhere on here...so stop looking!"
Dirt
Dirt
"Let's get Seattle out of the way right off the bat - the heck with Nirvana, the highpoint of grunge and Seattle music in general is right here. AIC was the best Seattle band, Dirt was the best Seattle album, Jerry was the best (modern) Seattle guitarist and Rooster was the best Seattle song - PERIOD!"
Animal Bag
Animal Bag
"A forgotten early 90s band from Charlotte, NC that fit within the grunge rock scene perfectly"
Psycho Cafe
Psycho Cafe
"WAY above average hair metal meets funk rock, compliments of outstanding bassist Kyle Kyle. Also get their 2nd, more popular, release - Dancing on Coals"
Patience Peregrine
Patience Peregrine
"Another great forgotten band. This 4 song EP is all I could currently find on Amazon but they also have 2 full length CDs. "Gone Ancient" is one great song by any measure. Their debuet is straight ahead blues rock while the 2nd, Is, was more alternative metal influenced."
Heaven Forbid
Heaven Forbid
"Talk about a "blast from the past"!!! With absolutely ZERO promotion even many old-time BOC fans don't know this 1998 release exists!! And it's better than most main stream rock from the 90s. "See you in Black" rocks and rocks HARD!!"
Falling Into Infinity
Falling Into Infinity
"The band that kept prog rock alive in America just keeps getting better and better!! 2005's Octavarium is my favorite overall but this album is my favorite from the 90s."
The Real Thing
The Real Thing
"True originals and ,though this came out in 1989, it has the 90s written all over it!!! With all the phoney hype over nu-metal and rap-rock (Limp Biscuit?) these guys did it first and did it better. And Mike Patton is one of THE great singers - don't believe it - listen to him cover both the Bee Gees AND Sabbath!!"
Sunsets on Empire
Sunsets on Empire
"Marillion's original singer also kept prog rock alive. But you'd never know it in America!! This and "Vigil in a Wilderness of Mirrors" are probably his best solo efforts. He also happens to be the greatest lyricist alive!"
Give A Monkey A Brain And He'll Swear He's The Center Of The Universe
Give A Monkey A Brain And He'll Swear He's The Center Of The Universe
"Ska influenced funk rock at it's best. Taught the Red Hot Chili Peppers a thing or two!! Get this along with "Truth and Soul" and "The Reality Of My Surroundings". SERIOUS CHOPS and a great live band!!"
Space in Your Face
Space in Your Face
"Another little known rock band that deserved a bigger audience. Saw them open for King's X a couple times and this, their 2nd album, is my favorite.."
Plague That Makes Your Booty Move
Plague That Makes Your Booty Move
"Funky side project from a couple of the guys in Suicidal Tendencies. Heck...I like it better!! "You Lie and Your Breath Stinks" is KILLER!!"
Ritual De Lo Habitual
Ritual De Lo Habitual
"THE birth of the entire alternative, independent, grunge revolution of the 90s. For an explanation of that statement, see my review of this masterpiece, which is simply one of the greatest albums ever recorded, period! Always great live as well!"
Gretchen Goes to Nebraska
Gretchen Goes to Nebraska
"Another criminally overlooked band. This, their 2nd album, is one of the most powerful, most passionate rock albums I have ever heard!"
Above
Above
"The best of all the Seattle "match-ups". Wish they would have done more!! MUST HAVE album if you are into the Seattle scene, or just rock in general!! The only question is - why isn't the Live VHS on DVD yet?!?"
Dropped
Dropped
"This overlooked band released 2 albums in the 90s. This, the 2nd, is the better one."
Ten
Ten
"Of course this is on here. But, for all of their hype, they have never even come close to equaling it. And probably never will!!"
Suck On This
Suck On This
"I love Primus! I love Les Claypool! I love seeing him live!! One of the best bass players that ever lived and it all started right here!!"
Mother's Milk [Explicit]
Mother's Milk [Explicit]
"Technically another 1989 release, but they exploded in the 90s!! Blood Sugar Sex Magic, Californication and the new Stadium Arcadium are all essential, but this remains my favorite. Flea's the man!"
Written in the Sand
Written in the Sand
"A fine rock/metal guitar album by one of the masters. Makes one completely forgive his hair-metal poser phase. But, like BOC, many don't even know it exists! 1998's "Unforgiven" and his reunion with UFO, "Walk on Water", sealed the comeback!"
Good to Be Gone
Good to Be Gone
"Another great overlooked band from the mid-1990s. "Psychological Bone" is a GREAT jam-boogie tune! Get both this and their debuet, Outdebox. Sadly, they went downhill after that."
Darkest Days
Darkest Days
"I really liked this band and just when I thought they were going on to bigger and better things...they released a final, mediocre, album and broke up!!! This was their peak! The final 3 songs are best heard together, in order!"
This Is 24-7 Spyz / Strength in Numbers
This Is 24-7 Spyz / Strength in Numbers
"First saw them opening for Janes Addiction and loved Jimi Hazel's guitar playing. They have many CDs but "Strength In Numbers" is the best."
Temple Of The Dog
Temple Of The Dog
"Another Seattle "Supergroup". Not quite as good as Mad Season, but that's just my opinion and if you like this stuff, you already have both!!"
Aenima
Aenima
"LONG LIVE REV. MAYNARD!! Tool's masterpiece and crowning achievement came right in the middle of the decade. I LOVE Tool but wish they'd do something this magnificent again!! "Lateralus" and "10,000 Days", good as they are, don't fulfill the promise hinted at by AEnima !"
Walk on Water
Walk on Water
"Another 70s group comes roaring back with a KILLER album featuring the classic line-up. Too bad none of the albums that followed it are anywhere near as good."