I always look back at 1992 as being one of the greatest years ever in music. Here's a sample of what came out that year:
Dirt - Alice in Chains
The End of Silence - Rollins Band
Dirty - Sonic Youth
Hey Babe - Juliana Hatfield
Little Earthquakes - Tori Amos
Bricks are Heavy - L7
Automatic for the People - REM
Slanted and Enchanted - Pavement
Rage Against the Machine - Rage Against the Machine
Wish - The Cure
This week's album of the week also came out in 1992, Morrissey's Your Arsenal. Released during that summer, it was critically hailed as a return to form for Morrissey and marked the debut of his new band featuring Alain Whyte and Boz Boorer. Arsenal was an instant classic, even earning a Grammy nomination for best alternative rock album. Songs like "Your gonna need someone on your side", "Your the one for me Fatty", and "We hate it when our friends become successful" were my anthems.
Listening to that album has inspired me to dig out a few cd's this week that never quite caught fire with me... albums that were suppose to be "very good" but for one reason or another they never touched me. I'm revisiting the following albums this week:
Oh Inverted World - The Shins
Funeral - Arcade Fire
Hearts of Oak - Ted Leo & The Pharmacists
Kicking Television (Live in Chicago) - Wilco
Sunny Border Blue - Kristin Hersh
One Beat - Sleater Kinney
Today I listened to Hearts of Oak and One Beat. They both sounded great, they both rocked! Looking back, I think I simply shelved these cd's too quickly and didn't absorb them. Something else probably came along and distracted me and I never gave these discs the attention they deserve.
I also listened to Kicking Television. I've never been a big fan of live albums, but every now and again one will knock me off my feet. This one is good, but for whatever reason it never grabbed me. I always have a short attention span when it comes to this double cd.
And one last thing, I bought the new issue of Rolling Stone this morning while buying java at 7Eleven. Below is a bit of the Lenny Kravitz review which made me laugh out loud.
Lenny Kravitz - Three Stars (out of Five)
It's Time for a Love Revolution
Classic riffs? Got'em.
Modern touches? Check!
Sharp Lyrics? Not so Much