The Best Rock Albums of 1996

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1996

(Compiled by Mauro Bondoni based on my ratings)
  1. Black Tape For A Blue Girl: Remnants Of A Deeper Purity (Projekt) (8.5)
  2. Tortoise: Millions Now Living Will Never Die (Thrill Jockey) (8.5)
  3. Labradford: Labradford (Kranky) (8)
  4. Windy & Carl: Drawing Of Sound (Icon) (8)
  5. For Carnation: Marshmallows (Matador) (8)
  6. Neurosis: Through Silver In Blood (Relapse) (8)
  7. Vas Deferens Organization: Transcontinental Conspiracy (Quaquaversal Vinyl) (8)
  8. Polvo: Exploded Drawing (Touch & Go) (8)
  9. Run On: Start Packing (Matador) (8)
  10. Cul De Sac: China Gate (Thirsty Ear) (8)
  11. Sepultura: Roots (Roadrunner) (8)
  12. Lullaby For The Working Class: Blanket Warm (Bar/None) (8)
  13. Supreme Dicks: The Emotional Plague (Homestead) (8)
  14. Church: Magician Among The Spirits (Deep Karma) (8)
  15. Paul Haslinger: World Without Rules (RGB) (8)
  16. Swans: Soundtracks For The Blind (Young God) (8)
  17. Ghost: Lama Rabi Rabi (Drag City) (8)
  18. Lisa Germano: Excerpts From A Love Circus (4AD) (8)
  19. Mainliner: Mellow Out (Charnel) (8)
  20. Gravitar (Charnel Music) (8)
  21. Vampire Rodents: Gravity's Rim (Fifth Column) (7.5)
  22. Dirty Three: Horse Stories (Touch & Go) (7.5)
  23. Eels: Beautiful Freak (Dreamworks) (7.5)
  24. Mazinga Phaser: Cruising In The Neon Glories (Aether) (7.5)
  25. Cat Power: What Would The Community Think (Matador) (7.5)
  26. Sixteen Horsepower: Sackcloth & Ashes (A&M) (7.5)
  27. Orbital: In Sides (FFRR) (7.5)
  28. Windsor For The Derby: Calm Hades Float (Trance Syndicate) (7.5)
  29. GodHeadSilo: Skyward In Triumph (SubPop) (7.5)
  30. Today is The Day: Self-titled (Amphetamine Reptile) (7.5)
  31. The Flying Luttenbachers: Revenge (Skin Graft) (7.5)
  32. Space Needle: Voyager (Zero Hour) (7.5)
  33. Richard Bone: Eternal Now (Quirkworks) (7.5)
  34. Soul Whirling Somewhere (Projekt) (7.5)
  35. D.J. Shadow: Endtroducing (Mo' Wax) (7.5)
  36. Miss Murgatroid: Myoclyonic Melodies (Worrybird) (7.5)
  37. June Of 44: Tropics And Meridians (Quarterstick) (7.5)
  38. Tarwater: 11/6 12/10 (Kitty-Yo) (7.5)
  39. Beck: Odelay (DGC) (7.5)
  40. Main: Hz (Beggars Banquet) (7.5)
  41. Tool: Aenima (Zoo) (7)
  42. Subarachnoid Space: Delicate Membrane (Charnel Music) (7)
  43. No-Neck Blues Band: Letters From The Earth (Sound@one) (7)
  44. Brainiac: Hissing Prigs In Static Couture (Touch & Go) (7)
  45. Bedhead: Beheaded (Trance Syndicate) (7)
  46. Ani DiFranco: Dilate (Righteous Babe) (7)
  47. Bob Mould (Rykodisc) (7)
  48. Tricky: Pre-Millenium Tension (Mercury) (7)
  49. Autechre: Tri Repetae (Warp) (7)
  50. Boris: Absolutego (Fangs Anal Satan) (7)
  51. Opeth: Morningrise (Candlelight) (7)
  52. Magic Hour: Secession '96 (Twisted Village) (7)
  53. Faithless: Reverence (Cheeky) (7)
  54. Jessamine: The Long Arm Of Coincidence (Kranky) (7)
  55. Stereolab: Emperor Tomato Ketchup (Elektra) (7)
  56. Bugskull: Snakland (Scratch) (7)
  57. Olivia Tremor Control: Dusk at Cubist Castle (Flydaddy) (7)
  58. Alec Empire: The Destroyer (DHR) (7)
  59. Richard Davies: There's Never Been A Crowd Like This (Flydaddy) (7)
  60. Bel Canto: Magic Box (Lava) (7)
  61. Man Or Astroman: Experiment Zero (Touch & Go) (7)
  62. Gastr Del Sol: Upgrade & Afterlife (Drag City) (7)
  63. David Shea: Hsi-yu Chi (Tzadik) (7)
  64. Fugees: The Score (1996) (7)
  65. Scissor Girls: We People Space With Phantoms (Atavistic) (7)
  66. Silkworm: Firewater (Matador) (7)
  67. Michelle Shocked: Kind Hearted Woman (Private) (7)
  68. Low: The Curtain Hits The Cast (Vernon Yard) (7)
  69. Ubzub: Alien Manna For Sleeping Monkeys (Electromotive) (7)
  70. Tori Amos: Boys For Pele (Atlantic) (7)
  71. His Name Is Alive: Stars On E.S.P. (4AD) (7)
  72. Mike Johnson: Year Of Mondays (Atlantic) (7)
  73. Scenic: Aquatica (World Domination) (7)
  74. Mo Boma: Myths Of The Near Future Part III (Extreme) (7)
  75. Rapoon: Darker By Light (Soleilmoon) (7)
  76. Bowery Electric: Beat (Kranky) (7)
  77. Make-Up: Destination Love (Dischord) (7)
  78. Village Of Savoonga: Philipp Schatz (Hausmusik) (7)
  79. Red Krayola: Hazel (Drag City) (7)
  80. Vas Deferens Organization: Saturation (VDO) (7)
  81. Buckethead: Day Of The Robot (Submeta) (7)
  82. Underworld: Second Toughest In The Infants (Wax Trax) (7)
  83. Medusa Cyclone: Medusa Cyclone (Third Gear) (7)
  84. Burzum: Filosofem (1996) (7)
  85. Fibreforms: Treedrums (Earth Tone) (7)
  86. Azonic Halo: Azonic Halo (Strata) (7)
  87. Red Snapper: Prince Blimey (Warp, 1996) (7)
  88. Wilco: Being There (Reprise) (7)
  89. Makers: Makers (Estrus) (7)
  90. Brian Jonestown Massacre: Thank God For Mental Illness (Bomp) (7)
  91. C17H19NO3: Terra Damnata (Fifth Column) (7)
  92. Roy Montgomery: Temple IV (Kranky) (7)
  93. Iceburn: Meditavolutions (Revelation) (7)
  94. Brother JT: Music For The Other Head (Siltbreeze) (7)
  95. Land Of The Loops: Bundle Of Joy (Up) (7)
  96. Moonshake: Dirty & Divine (C/Z) (7)
  97. Rake: Intelligence Agent (Squealer) (7)
  98. Cibo Matto: Viva La Woman (Warner) (7)
  99. Spatula: Under the Veil of Health (Squealer) (7)
  100. Belle & Sebastian: Tigermilk (Electric Honey) (7)
  101. Melt-Banana: Scratch Or Stitch (Skin Graft) (7)
  102. Alec Empire: Les Etoiles Des Filles Mortes (Mille Plateaux) (7)
  103. Cujo: Adventures in Foam (Ninjatune) (7)
  104. Lycia: Cold (Projekt) (7)
  105. DJ Spooky: Songs Of A Dead Dreamer (Asphodel) (7)
  106. Lotion: Nobody's Cool (Spinart) (7)
  107. Hellacopters: Supershitty To The Max (White Jazz) (7)
  108. Nels Cline: Chest (Little Brother) (7)
  109. Soul Coughing: Irresistible Bliss (Slash) (7)
  110. Rex: C (Southern) (7)
  111. Spring Heel Jack: 68 Million Shades (Island) (7)
  112. Alboth: Ali (Submission) (7)
  113. Modest Mouse: This Is A Long Drive (Up) (7)
  114. Edge Of Sanity: Crimson (Black Mark)
  115. Gerald Collier: I Had To Laugh Like Hell (C/Z) (7)
  116. Alejandro Escovedo: With These Hands (Rykodisc) (7)
  117. Plexi: Cheer Up (SubPop) (7)
  118. Rasputina: Thanks For The Ether (Columbia) (7)
  119. Flies Inside The Sun: Flies Inside The Sun (Metonymic) (7)
  120. Screaming Trees: Dust (Epic) (7)
  121. Duncan Sheik: Duncan Sheik (Atlantic) (7)
  122. High Llamas: Hawaii (Alpaca) (7)
  123. Neotropic: 15 Levels Of Magnification (Ntone) (7)
  124. Home: X (Trance Syndicate) (7)
  125. Inade: Aldebaran (Cold Spring) (7)
  126. Harvey Milk: My Love Is Higher (Yesha) (7)
  127. Joe Henry: Trampoline (Mammoth) (7)
  128. Thievery Corporation: Sounds from the Thievery Hi-Fi (Eighteenth Street Lounge) (7)
  129. Fatboy Slim: Better Living Through Chemistry (Astralwerks) (7)
  130. Eyehategod: Dopesick (Century Media)
  131. Possession + African Dub: Off World One (SubMeta) (7)
  132. Jay-Z: Reasonable Doubt () (7)
  133. Sun City Girls: 330,003 Cross Dressers From Beyond The Rig Veda (Abduction)
  134. Haujobb: Solutions for a Small Planet (Offbeat)

Playlist
  1. Lullaby For The Working Class: Queen Of The Long-Legged Insects
  2. Oblivians: Christina
  3. Andrea Parker: The Rocking Chair
  4. Cat Power: We All Die
  5. Tool: Stinkfist
  6. Flying Luttenbachers: Storm Of Shit
  7. Iron Lung Corp: Join In The Murderous Chant
  8. David Gray: Faster Sooner Now
  9. Brian Jonestown Massacre: Who
  10. Ani DiFranco: Shameless
  11. Cujo: The Brazilianaire
  12. Bad Religion: Punk Rock Song
  13. Cujo: Traffic
  14. Pan Sonic: Murto
  15. Daft Punk: Around The World
  16. Eels: Novocaine For The Soul
Extended tracks
  1. Roy Montgomery: The Passage Of Forms
  2. Cul De Sac: Sakhalin
  3. Magic Hour: Rosebud
  4. Boris: Absolutego
  5. Burzum: Rundtgaing Av Den Transcendentale Egenhetens Stotte
  6. Opeth: Black Rose Immortal
  7. Miss Murgatroid: Below The Bellows
  8. Labradford: Battered
  9. Rake: Chair Throwing Incident
  10. Neurosis: Through Silver In Blood
  11. Flies Inside The Sun: Detour
  12. June Of 44: Anisette
  13. Iceburn: Sphinx
  14. Sun City Girls: Ghost Ghat Trespass
  15. Amp: Frieze
  16. Underworld: Juanita
  17. Brian Jonestown Massacre: Straight Up And Down
  18. Experimental Audio Research: In The Cold Light
  19. Richard Youngs & Simon Wickham-Smith: More Urban Music for the Middle Of Nowhere

Songwriters
  1. Cat Power: What Would The Community Think (Matador)
  2. Bob Mould (Rykodisc)
  3. Lisa Germano: Excerpts From A Love Circus (4AD)
  4. Richard Davies: There's Never Been A Crowd Like This (Flydaddy)
  5. Nick Cave: Murder Ballads (Reprise)
  6. Michelle Shocked: Kind Hearted Woman (Private)
  7. Beck: Odelay (DGC)
  8. Tori Amos: Boys For Pele (Atlantic)
  9. Alejandro Escovedo: With These Hands (Rykodisc)
  10. Joe Henry: Trampoline (Mammoth)
  11. Duncan Sheik: Duncan Sheik (Atlantic)
  12. Gerald Collier: I Had To Laugh Like Hell (C/Z)

Industrial
  1. Iron Lung Corp: Big Shiny Spears (Cargo)

Electronica

Gothic

Heavy rock

Psychedelia
  1. King Black Acid: Sunlit (Cavity Search)

Instrumental
  1. Fibreforms: Treedrums (Earth Tone)

Progressive

Britain

Germany
  1. Tarwater: 11/6 12/10 (Kitty-Yo)

Japan

France & Belgium

Australia

Canada

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1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Best of the 1960's Best of the 1970's Best of the 1980's Best of the 1990's Best of the 2000's