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November 10, 2021


[Album 983/1001]

Of the ‘1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die,’ 23 are from the year 1991.

I’ve reviewed all but 1 of them (Jah Wobble – Rising Above Bedlam) already.

Which 1991 albums are the most essential to hear again?

Ranked by their essential-ness, here’s how I’d prioritize revisiting these 23 albums, enjoy!



23. The KLF – The White Room. Probably more likely to revisit Cream’s White Room.

22. Jah Wobble – Rising Above Bedlam. If bedlam is defined as a scene of confusion, I think it’s safe to say this album rises above such a state.

21. MC Solaar – Qui Sème le Vent Récolte le Tempo. Perhaps I’ll be able to use some of the songs / lyrics in a French class some day, c’est possible.

20. Sepultura – Arise. Their first of two.

19. Massive Attack – Blue Lines. I had forgotten that my review of this compared them to the 1995 New Jersey Devils (The Devils!)



18. Mudhoney – Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge. I do appreciate the reference to the lines on the Treble Clef staff.

17. Gang Starr – Step in the Arena. I could see myself stepping in again.

16. Cypress Hill – Cypress Hill. Not on this album, but I was pleased to see a student was listening to Insane in the Brain the other day!

15. Saint Etienne- Foxbase Alpha. Only Love Can Break Your Heart especially.

14. Ice-T – O.G. Original Gangster. AKA the artist of the week….

13. My Bloody Valentine – Loveless. Though I still feel like I love it less than I am supposed to.

12. A Tribe Called Quest – The Low End Theory. Their second of two.

11. Slint – Spiderland. Probably my favourite new-to-me album from the ’90s that I heard for the first time during blogging year #10.

10. Metallica – Metallica. The Wherever I May Roam intro in particular.

9. Primal Scream – Screamadelica. Their first of two.

8. Julian Cope – Peggy Suicide. Plenty of likeable/really likeable tones & tunes.



7. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Blood Sugar Sex Magik. Their 1st of 2.

6. Teenage Fanclub – Bandwagonesque. I’d show a photo of the album, but I fear I might end up having to give Gene Simmons some royalties!

5. U2 – Achtung Baby. I’m pleased to own a couple of the cassingles!

4. Crowded House – Woodface. So many great singles.

3. Pearl Jam – Ten. Though as an Ten-year old, I did not care for them one bit, as shown by the dot-matrix printed letter below!



2. Public Enemy – Apocalypse 91: The Enemy Strikes Black. Their third of three.

1. Nirvana – Nevermind. I went off them for a while in the mid/late 90s.

But ever since the early 2000s release of You Know You’re Right, it’s been good to be back.



Verbalize the Positive

1991 – My favourite music palindrome year!

From → 1990s

  1. Hey yeah, I read that it looked like the video showed the guy killing his classmates, but in actuality, the guy shot himself in front of his class. Dude, you need to check out Richie Sambora’s ‘Stranger in this Town’ album that also came out in 1991. It’s better than anything Bon Jovi ever did!

    • I’m intrigued by the Sambora album, Lana – thanks for the recommendation!

      • No problem! I know we all don’t like the same things, but hey, it doesn’t hurt to suggest an album.

  2. I love the Pearl Jam letter!! And that hockey diagram is top notch!! This was a very good year in music but that #1 is so overrated. If there is a band I would write a letter about it would be how I dislike Nirvana. I truly don’t get the appeal in them at all. Give me Foo Fighters over them.

  3. jprobichaud permalink

    This was one of my favourite years for music. However, many of my favourites are not represented here. Bandwagonesque, though, wow!

  4. Top 4 (in any order): Nirvana, Metallica, Pearl Jam, and RHCP. That letter was something else lol!

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