The Best Rock Albums of 1998

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(Compiled by Mauro Bondoni based on my ratings)
  1. Dirty Three: Ocean Songs (Touch & Go) (8.5)
  2. Calexico: The Black Light (Touch And Go) (8)
  3. Peter Jefferies: Substatic (Trance Syndicate) (8)
  4. Tortoise: TNT (Thrill Jockey) (8)
  5. June Of 44: Four Great Points (Quarterstick) (8)
  6. Edith Frost: Telescopic (Drag City) (8)
  7. Add N To (X): On the Wires of Our Nerves (Mute) (8)
  8. Roy Montgomery: And Now The Rain Sounds Like Life Is Falling Down Through It (Drunken Fish) (8)
  9. Dave Grubbs: The Thicket (Drag City) (8)
  10. Eels: Electro-Shock Blues (Dreamworks) (8)
  11. Flying Luttenbachers: Gods Of Chaos (Skin Graft) (8)
  12. Supersilent: 1-3 (Rune Grammofon) (7.5)
  13. Hannah Marcus: Faith Burns (Normal) (7.5)
  14. Bran Van 3000: Glee (Capitol) (7.5)
  15. Firewater: The Ponzi Scheme (Jetset) (7.5)
  16. Tribes Of Neurot & Walking Time Bombs: Static Migration (Release) (7.5)
  17. Six Organs of Admittance: Six Organs of Admittance (Holy Mountain) (7.5)
  18. Subarachnoid Space: Endless Renovation (Release) (7.5)
  19. Yume Bitsu: Giant Surface Music Falling (Ba Da Bing) (7.5)
  20. Liz Phair: Whitechocolatespaceegg (Capitol) (7.5)
  21. Black Tape For A Blue Girl: As One Aflame Laid Bare By Desire (Projekt) (7.5)
  22. Lisa Germano: Slide (4AD) (7.5)
  23. Mercury Rev: Deserter's Songs (V2) (7.5)
  24. Maquiladora: Lost Works of Eunice Phelps (Tectonic) (7.5)
  25. Sleep: Jerusalem/ Dopesmoker (Music Cartel) (7)
  26. Shark Quest: Battle Of The Loons (Merge) (7.5)
  27. Sulfur: Delirium Tremens (Goldenfly) (7.5)
  28. Don Caballero: What Burns Never Returns (Touch & Go) (7.5)
  29. Meshuggah: Chaosphere (Nuclear Blast) (7.5)
  30. Neutral Milk Hotel: In the Aeroplane Over The Sea (Merge) (7.5)
  31. American Analog Set: Late One Sunday And The Following Morning (Darla) (7.5)
  32. Soul Coughing: El Oso (Slash) (7.5)
  33. For Carnation: Promised Works (Runt) (7.5)
  34. Lauryn Hill: The Miseducation (Columbia) (7.5)
  35. Dalek: Negro Necro Nekros (Gern Blandsten) (7)
  36. Hovercraft: Experiment Below (Blast First) (7)
  37. Trans Am: The Surveillance (Thrill Jockey) (7)
  38. Cat Power: Moon Pix (Matador, 1998) (7)
  39. Refused: The Shape of Punk to Come (Victory) (7)
  40. Windy And Carl: Depths (Kranky) (7)
  41. Mark Lanegan: Scraps At Midnight (SubPop) (7)
  42. Gate: The Lavender Head (Precious Metal) (7)
  43. Massive Attack: Mezzanine (Virgin) (7)
  44. Vocokesh: Paradise Revisited (Drag City) (7)
  45. Tied & Tickled Trio: Tied & Tickled Trio (Bingo) (7)
  46. New Bomb Turks: At Rope End (Epitaph) (7)
  47. Air: Moon Safari (Source) (7)
  48. Tone Rec: Pholcus (Sub Rosa) (7)
  49. 4 Hero: Two Pages (Talkin' Loud) (7)
  50. Califone: Califone (Flydaddy) (7)
  51. Robert Rich: Seven Veils (Hearts Of Space) (7)
  52. Boris: Amplifier Worship (Mangrove) (7)
  53. Mocean Worker: Home Movies From the Brain Forest (Conscience) (7)
  54. Home: Netherregions (1998) (7)
  55. Vidna Obmana: Crossing The Trail (Projekt) (7)
  56. Death In Vegas: Dead Elvis (Concrete) (7)
  57. Jeff Greinke: Cities In Fog (Projekt) (7)
  58. Body Lovers: Number One Of Three (Young God) (7)
  59. Kiln: Holo (Roomtone) (7)
  60. God Lives Underwater: Life In The So-Called Space Age (A&M) (7)
  61. Zen Guerrilla: Positronic Raygun (Alternative Tentacles) (7)
  62. Macha: Macha (Jetset) (7)
  63. Photon Band: All Young In The Soul (Darla) (7)
  64. Unwound: Challenge For A Civilized Society (Kill Rock Stars) (7)
  65. Amp: Stenorette (Kranky) (7)
  66. Quintron: Satan Is Dead (Bulb) (7)
  67. Simon Joyner: Yesterday Tomorrow and In Between (Sing Eunuchs) (7)
  68. Bassholes: When My Blue Moon Turns Red Again (In The Red) (7)
  69. Blonde Redhead: In An Expression Of The Inexpressible: (Touch & Go) (7)
  70. Escapade: Citrus Cloud Cover (Mother West) (7)
  71. Phylr: Contra La Puerta (Invisible) (7)
  72. Ulver: Themes From William Blake's The Marriage Of Heaven & Hell (Jester)
  73. Uzeda: Different Section Wires (Touch and Go) (7)
  74. EAR: Millennium Music (Atavistic) (7)
  75. Tombstone Valentine: Hidden World (Aether) (7)
  76. Cornelius: Fantasma (Matador) (7)
  77. Scott Weiland: 12 Bar Blues (Atlantic) (7)
  78. Alec Empire: The Destroyer (Digital Hardcore) (7)
  79. Fantastic Plastic Machine (Emperor Norton) (7)
  80. Gastr Del Sol: Camoufleur (Drag City) (7)
  81. Richard Davies: Telegraph (Flydaddy) (7)
  82. Buffalo Daughter: New Rock (Grand Royal) (7)
  83. Meat Beat Manifesto: Actual Sounds And Voices (Nothing) (7)
  84. Kristin Hersh: Strange Angels (Rykodisc) (7)
  85. Linus Pauling Quartet: Killing You With Rock (September Girls) (7)
  86. Godspeed You Black Emperor: f#a# Infinity (Constellation, 1998) (7)
  87. Modest Mouse: Lonesome Crowded West (Up) (7)
  88. Mouse On Mars: Instrumentals (Sonig) (7)
  89. Alkaline Trio: Goddamnit (Asian Man) (7)
  90. Plastikman: Consumed (Novamute) (7)
  91. Joan Of Arc: How Memory Works (Jade Tree) (7)
  92. Queens Of The Stone Age: self-titled (Loosegroove) (7)
  93. Rufus Wainwright: Rufus Wainwright (Dreamworks) (7)
  94. Ex: Starters Alternators (Touch & Go) (7)
  95. Make-Up: In Mass Mind (Dischord, 1998) (7)
  96. Gorge Trio: Dead Chicken Fear No Knife (Free Land) (7)
  97. Third Eye Foundation: You Guys Kill Me (Domino) (7)
  98. DJ Spooky: Riddim Warfare (Outpost) (7)
  99. Dead C: Tusk (Siltbreeze) (7)
  100. Jim Steinman: Tanz der Vampire (Polydor) (7)
  101. Fatboy Slim: You've Come a Long Way Baby (Astralwerks) (7)
  102. Joe Jackson: Heaven And Hell (Sony) (7)
  103. DJ Q-Bert: Wave Twisters (1998) (7)
  104. Icarus: Fijaka (Hydrogen Dukebox) (7)
  105. Sunny Day Real Estate: How It Feels To Be Something On (Subpop) (7)
  106. DJ FAust: Man Or Myth (Bomb) (7)
  107. Motion Picture: Every Last Romance (Words on Music) (7)
  108. Nightstick: Ultimatum (Relapse) (7)
  109. DJ? Acucrack: Mutants Of Sound (Lost In Bass) (7)
  110. Beyond Dawn: Revelry (Misanthropy) (7)

Playlist
  1. Fatboy Slim: Praise You
  2. Califone: On The Steeple
  3. Piano Magic: I Am The Sub-Librarian
  4. Nomeansno: Disappear
  5. Jack Drag: Debutante
  6. Furry Things: Downswing Dub
  7. 4 Hero: Planetaria
  8. Fastball: The Way
  9. Bonnie Prince Billy: Nomadic Revery
  10. Damien Jurado: Honey Baby
  11. Donnas: Rock'n'Roll Machine
  12. DJ Krush: Mu-Chu
  13. Amon Tobin: Switch
  14. Fatboy Slim: Rockafeller Skank
  15. New Pornographers: Letter From An Occupant
  16. Marah: Formula Cola Dollar Draft
Extended tracks
  1. Sleep: Jerusalem/ Dopesmoker
  2. Hovercraft: Anthropod
  3. Yume Bitsu: Of Freedom and Flight
  4. Supersilent: 1.3
  5. Bob Ostertag: Like A Melody No Bitterness
  6. Six Organs of Admittance: Sum of All Heaven
  7. Four Tet: Thirtysix Twentyfive
  8. Namanax: Monstrous
  9. Him: A Verdict Of Science
  10. Supersilent: 3.3
  11. Tombstone Valentine: Elastic Reality
  12. Talvin Singh: Traveller
  13. EAR: Delysid
  14. Plastikman: Consumed
  15. Supersilent: 2.5
  16. Asha Vida: Sic Itur Ad Astra
  17. Out Of Worship: Meta Stigmata
  18. Ulan Bator: Let Go Ego
  19. Abunai: 77 Gaza Strip
  20. Pelt: Mu Mesons
  21. Icarus: Fijaka
  22. Dalek: Praise Be The Man
  23. Four Tet: Fume
  24. Richard Bishop: Al-Darazi
  25. Boredoms: Super Shine

Songwriters
  1. Liz Phair: Whitechocolatespaceegg (Capitol)
  2. Edith Frost: Telescopic (Drag City)
  3. David Grubbs: The Thicket (Drag City)
  4. Roy Montgomery: And Now The Rain Sounds Like Life Is Falling Down Through It (Drunken Fish)
  5. Mark Lanegan: Scraps At Midnight (SubPop)
  6. Lisa Germano: Slide (4AD)
  7. Julie Ruin: self-titled (Kill Rock Stars)
  8. Tori Amos: From The Choirgirl Hotel (Atlantic)
  9. Ani DiFranco: Little Plastic Castle (Righteous Babe)
  10. Jeff Buckley: Sketches For My Sweetheart The Drunk (Columbia)
  11. Mark Hollis (1998)
  12. Madonna: Ray Of Light (Maverick)
  13. Kristin Hersh: Strange Angels (Rykodisc)
  14. Simon Joyner: Yesterday Tomorrow and In Between (Sing Eunuchs)
  15. Rufus Wainwright: Rufus Wainwright (Dreamworks)
  16. Bob Mould: The Last Dog And Pony Show (Rykodisc)
  17. Scott Weiland: 12 Bar Blues (Atlantic)
  18. Robert Wyatt: Shleep (Thirsty Ear)
  19. DollsHead: Frozen Charlotte (MCA)
  20. Beck: Mutations (DGC)
  21. P.J. Harvey: Is This Desire (Island)

Industrial
  1. Tribes Of Neurot & Walking Time Bombs: Static Migration (Release)
  2. Subarachnoid Space: Endless Renovation (Release)
  3. Phylr: Contra La Puerta (Invisible)
  4. God Lives Underwater: Life In The So-Called Space Age (A&M)

Electronica
  1. Robert Rich: Seven Veils (Hearts Of Space)
  2. Steve Roach & Roger King: Dust To Dust (Projekt)
  3. Vidna Obmana: Crossing The Trail (Projekt)
  4. Jeff Greinke: Cities In Fog (Projekt)
  5. TUU & Nick Parkin: Terma (Hearts Of Space)

Gothic
  1. Black Tape For A Blue Girl: As One Aflame Laid Bare By Desire (Projekt)
  2. Body Lovers: Number One Of Three (Young God)

Heavy rock
  1. Queens Of The Stone Age: self-titled (Loosegroove)
  2. Korn: Follow The Leader (Epic)
  3. Pearl Jam: Yield (Epic)

Psychedelia
  1. Tribes Of Neurot & Walking Time Bombs: Static Migration (Release)
  2. Subarachnoid Space: Endless Renovation (Release)
  3. Vocokesh: Paradise Revisited (Drag City)
  4. Yume Bitsu: Giant Surface Music Falling (Ba Da Bing)

Instrumental
  1. Hovercraft: Experiment Below (Blast First)
  2. Peter Jefferies: Substatic (Trance Syndicate)
  3. Subarachnoid Space: Endless Renovation (Release)
  4. Phylr: Contra La Puerta (Invisible)
  5. Kiln: Holo (Roomtone)

Progressive

Dance
  1. Add N To (X): On the Wires of Our Nerves (Mute)
  2. Massive Attack: Mezzanine (Virgin)

Britain
  1. TUU & Nick Parkin: Terma (Hearts Of Space)
  2. Stereolab: Aluminum Tunes (Warp)
  3. Belle And Sebastian: The Boy With The Arab Strap (Virgin)
  4. Prolapse: The Italian Flag (Jetset)
  5. Ganger: Mammoth Style (Merge)
  6. Main: Firmament III/ IV (Beggars Banquet)
  7. Death In June: Take Care And Control (NER)
  8. Robert Wyatt: Shleep (Thirsty Ear)
  9. Stone Roses: self-titled (Silvertone)
  10. Massive Attack: Mezzanine (Virgin)
  11. Charlatans: Melting Pot (Beggars Banquet)
  12. Jesus & Mary Chain: Munki (Sub Pop)
  13. Echobelly: Lustra (Epic)
  14. Manic Street Preachers: This Is My Truth (Epic)
  15. Meat Beat Manifesto: Actual Sounds And Voices (Nothing)
  16. Rapoon: Just Say The Faith (Soleilmoon)
  17. P.J. Harvey: Is This Desire (Island)

Europe
  1. Ex: Starters Alternators (Touch & Go)

Japan
  1. Merzbow: 1930 (Tzadik)
  2. Shonen Knife: Happy Hour (Big Deal)
  3. Fantastic Plastic Machine (Emperor Norton)

France & Belgium
  1. Vidna Obmana: Crossing The Trail (Projekt)

Australia
  1. Dirty Three: Ocean Songs (Touch & Go)
  2. Roy Montgomery: And Now The Rain Sounds Like Life Is Falling Down Through It (Drunken Fish)
  3. Peter Jefferies: Substatic (Trance Syndicate)
  4. Dead C: Tusk (Siltbreeze)

Canada
  1. Bran Van 3000: Glee (Capitol)
  2. Cevin Key: Involution (Tone Casualties)

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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