Do You Remember 1996?: Albums Celebrating Their 15th Anniversary, Part Two!
Could there possibly be 25 more albums worth making slightly informative comments about from 1996? Yes, yes there are. Just look at this list. Some were even bought! How quaint! But then, weren't most of us on dial-up? You think I wanted to download an album that would take 14 hours to complete, provided the connection wasn't lost?
The 'bad ol' days' of computers were the 'almost tolerable days' of music. If one follows this logic, it can be proven that music got worse because of the Internet! Maybe because of this very blog! It also got worse because of CDs. So, it was vinyl that made music great and paper magazines. Neil Young knows this. Now you know it. But let's grab mp3s of the following and be really disappointed!
25) Screaming Trees — Dust: Ah, yes, the fading days of grunge are captured nicely by this psychedelic-garage band who learned to play the blues. It was all for the best, since singer Mark Lanegan never seemed suited to being a team player.
24) Johnny Cash — Unchained: Rick Rubin realized that discovering talent was hard, so rediscovering it would make it easier on him. He could pick out the songs he always dreamed of having Johnny Cash sing and then it would come true.
23) Porcupine Tree — Signify: By focusing on the sounds and not getting tangled in concepts that would age poorly (no telepathic unicorns need apply), Steven Wilson made progressive rock that people with great sound systems could listen to without having to make excuses. For this one, he tried something novel. He let other musicians play some of the parts, like it was a real band or something.
22) Beth Orton — Trailer Park: There was a time in the 1990s when "Electronica" was going to be the next big thing. But then it never caught on and all we were left with were a few interesting albums like this one where the singer plays her folk tunes and has the producer turn it into something more. Who needs new ideas in music when you can reissue old ideas in deluxe box sets? Even this album got the 2009 "Legacy" treatment.