Album Releases by User Score

69 Love Songs 1.

69 Love Songs

by Magnetic Fields
September 7, 1999
The title says it all. This 3-disc set indeed contains 69 love songs, all penned by Stephin Merritt (whose other projects include The 6ths, Future Bible Heroes, and the Gothic Archies). The Magnetic Fields have evolved into a real "band," including keyboardist Claudia Gonson (also Merritt's manager) and multi-instrumentalist John Woo, and Merritt alternates on vocals with Gonson and additional singers. Despite the almost encyclopedic variety of styles and huge volume of songs, there is surprisingly little filler here.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
8.8
Remedy 2.

Remedy

by Basement Jaxx
August 3, 1999
This long-awaited debut LP from the London, England house production duo of Simon Ratcliffe and Felix Buxton has since been recognized as one of the better dance recordings of all time. It was named by Spin as one of the 90 Best Albums of the 90's.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
8.2
The Soft Bulletin 3.

The Soft Bulletin

by The Flaming Lips
June 22, 1999
The Dave Fridmann-produced 'Soft Bulletin' is considered by many fans and critics to be the band's finest album, and found its way onto quite a few Best of 1999 lists.
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.7
Play 4.

Play

by Moby
June 1, 1999
Although techno artist Moby had been on the scene for almost a decade and had released five albums, his fame had chiefly been limited to his club hit "Go" back in 1991. 'Play' changed all that, however, garnering a sea of critical and popular acclaim for the artist. A mix of styles (including deviations into blues and gospel), 'Play' also has the unique distinction of having all 18 of its tracks licensed for use in film, television and advertising.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.8
Midnite Vultures 5.

Midnite Vultures

by Beck
November 16, 1999
Beck's "official" follow-up to 'Odelay' is an even more eclectic mix of soul, electro, funk, folk, rock, and hip-hop, including more than one song that sounds an awful lot like Prince.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.5
The Contino Sessions 6.

The Contino Sessions

by Death in Vegas
September 14, 1999
Former London club DJ Richard Fearless (now working with Tim Holmes) returns for a follow-up to 1997's 'Dead Elvis.' Guest vocals are provided by Bobby Gillespie (Primal Scream), Jim Reid (Jesus And Mary Chain), Dot Allison (One Dove) and Iggy Pop.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.1
Keep It Like A Secret 7.

Keep It Like A Secret

by Built to Spill
February 23, 1999
This second major-label release from Doug Martsch and company (following 'Perfect From Now On') features shorter, cleaner-sounding songs than that previous release.
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.7
So...How's Your Girl? 8.

So...How's Your Girl?

by Handsome Boy Modeling School
October 19, 1999
Producers Prince Paul and Dan "The Automator" Nakamura assembled a varied cast of collaborators, including Miho Hatori (Cibo Matto), Del Tha Funkee Homosapien, DJ Shadow, Sean Lennon, Josh Hayden (Spain), De La Soul, and, of all people, Father Guido Sarducci. The band's name comes from an episode of the Chris Elliott sitcom "Get A Life."
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.4
13 9.

13

by Blur
March 23, 1999
Damon Albarn's breakup album (he split with his longtime girlfriend, Elastica's Justine Frischmann, prior to recording) was produced by William Orbit and features the singles "Tender" and "Coffee & TV" (although it failed to produce an American hit along the likes of the previous album's "Song 2").
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.7
Beaucoup Fish 10.

Beaucoup Fish

by Underworld
March 1, 1999
The third proper LP from the second incarnation of Underworld features the singles "Push Upstairs" and "Moaner" (the latter of which previously appeared on the "Batman & Robin" soundtrack).
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.8
When The Pawn... 11.

When The Pawn...

by Fiona Apple
November 9, 1999
The full title of this sophomore effort from the 22-year-old singer-songwriter runs a whopping 90 words: When the Pawn Hits the Conflicts He Thinks Like a King What He Knows Throws the Blows When He Goes to the Fight and He'll Win the Whole Thing 'Fore He Enters the Ring There's No Body to Batter When Your Mind Is Your Might So When You Go Solo, You Hold Your Own Hand and Remember That Depth Is the Greatest of Heights and if You Know Where You Stand, Then You Know Where to Land and if You Fall It Won't Matter, 'Cuz You'll Know That You're Right.
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.9
One Part Lullaby 12.

One Part Lullaby

by Folk Implosion
September 7, 1999
This is the third full-length and first major-label release for the low-fi duo of Lou Barlow (Sebadoh, Dinosaur Jr.) and John Davis, who earlier achieved brief commercial success with the single "Natural One" off the soundtrack to the movie "Kids."
Metascore:
77
User Score:
8.8
Black Foliage: Animation Music 13.

Black Foliage: Animation Music

by The Olivia Tremor Control
March 23, 1999
This second studio album for the experimental Elephant 6 band led by William Cullen Hart and Bill Doss includes the single "Hideway" among its 27 (!) tracks.
Metascore:
75
User Score:
8.6

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