A decade ago, I wrote a series of entries ranking my favorite albums from 1985 to 2004. My collection has expanded greatly since then, particularly in the last five years. So I wanted to see what has changed in 10 years.
The original list from 1994 didn’t even include an extended list. That’s how austere the selections from the year were.
- Talitha Mackenzie, Solas
- Freedy Johnston, This Perfect World
- Wayne Horvitz/Pigpen, V as in Victim
- Harry Connick, Jr., She
- Guided By Voices, Bee Thousand
- Everything But the Girl, Amplified Heart
- Kronos Quartet, Night Prayers
- Jayne Cortez and the Firespitters, Cheerful & Optimistic
- John Zorn/Masada, Alef
- Madonna, Bedtime Stories
Other favorites from the year:
- Prince, The Black Album
- Blur, Parklife
- Pizzicato Five, Made in USA
- Shudder to Think, Pony Express Record
- Elliott Goldenthal, Interview with a Vampire
At the time of its limited release, I was actually very curious about The Black Album. Part of it was all the hype surrounding its initial aborted release, but I was still mostly ambivalent about Prince to pass on it. Its underdog status among Prince’s work makes me like it just a bit more.
A top 10 list I would have compiled in 1994 would have listed the Interview with a Vampire soundtrack. It’s actually a really good score. It’s too bad the movie sucked eggs. I watched twice — the first time to evaluate its faithfulness to the novel (somewhat), the second to evaluate it as a film (awful). The only thing that mars the soundtrack is the unfortunate cover of Sympathy for the Devil by Guns N’ Roses.
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