The 90s were a fantastic and enormously influential era for rock music which took the genre in a new direction. However, as it’s now 2016 and the 90s are a distant memory, the era is generally condensed to seminal albums such as Nevermind and a handful of others. Summing up an entire decade of incredible music in this way does a major disservice to the era, which is much more expansive than just a few albums, so today we will be blowing the dust off 10 of the greatest records from the 90s that are sometimes forgotten. Hit play, sit back, and take a trip down memory lane with these brilliant albums.
10. Mark Lanegan – Whiskey for the Holy Ghost
Mark Lanegan first rose to fame as vocalist for grunge act The Screaming Trees in the late 80s and around that same time, he also started some low-key solo work. This has since blossomed into a critically acclaimed career, with 9 solo records to date. His sophomore effort, 1994’s Whiskey for the Holy Ghost, is an enormously overlooked album and a fantastic showcase of his distinctive whiskey and cigarette-soaked baritone vocals.
Lanegan has since delved into a range of different genres, but on this album he sticks to blues and folk rock, which is the perfect backdrop for his vocals and dark lyrics that explore loss, sin, and redemption. Although he was suffering from substance abuse problems at the time, the album is remarkably cohesive and shows his development as a songwriter (even if it took nearly 3 years to complete). Highlights include “The River Rise,” “Kingdoms of Rain,” “Dead on You,” and “Sunrise.”