Spin's 125 Best Albums of the Past 25 Years (1985-2009)

Spin's 125 Best Albums of the Past 25 Years (1985-2009)

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125.

Moby - Play
June 1, 1999
Critic Score
82
11 reviews

To hear an electronic dance album looking backward as intently as it dreams forward is a real-time jolt, and Moby rides the groove with a buzz reminiscent of his early, swirling techno anthems.

122.

LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver
March 12, 2007
Critic Score
85
29 reviews
Over and over, these songs reveal how a wisecracking record geek can still achieve rapture.

118.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - It's Blitz!
March 31, 2009
Critic Score
80
35 reviews

The result is the alternative pop album of the decade-one that imbues the Killers’ Hot Fuss and MGMT’s Oracular Spectacular with a remarkable emotional depth and finesse.

116.

Against Me! - New Wave
July 10, 2007
Critic Score
76
11 reviews

114.

Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
January 6, 2009
Critic Score
92
37 reviews

Merriweather plays like the summation of a long, strange trip, combining the group’s career touchstones: harmonic Beach Boys pop, African tribal chants, minimalism, minimal techno, psychedelia, and dub.

113.

Danger Mouse - The Grey Album
February 3, 2004
Critic Score
88
9 reviews
While the novelty factor alone makes it worth the download time, it works as a cohesive album long after the initial shock wears off.

111.

Teenage Fanclub - Bandwagonesque
November 4, 1991
Critic Score
81
6 reviews

109.

The Chills - Submarine Bells
January 1, 1990
Critic Score
80
2 reviews

108.

Fugees - The Score
February 13, 1996
Critic Score
86
9 reviews
A sense of organic interaction is the hallmark of this album ... the album's most important factor is its beats; chest-shaking, obscure-texture-having, freestyle-friendly beats.

106.

Fiona Apple - When the Pawn...
November 9, 1999
Critic Score
77
14 reviews

You might be scared to hold her hand, but it's fun checking her out through pop's rear window.

105.

Massive Attack - Mezzanine
April 20, 1998
Critic Score
87
10 reviews

104.

The Magnetic Fields - 69 Love Songs
September 7, 1999
Critic Score
91
15 reviews

103.

M.I.A. - Arular
March 22, 2005
Critic Score
86
22 reviews
If this is the sound of revolution, we're ready to posse up.

101.

Blur - Parklife
April 25, 1994
Critic Score
86
6 reviews

100.

Kanye West - Late Registration
August 30, 2005
Critic Score
82
22 reviews

Though West showcases a more versatile, eccentric flow than on Dropout, it pales in comparison to his sonic ambition.

99.

PJ Harvey - Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea
October 24, 2000
Critic Score
76
13 reviews

Well, it's not not her New York record. But more crucially, it's her return to the down'n'dirty.

97.

Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
March 5, 2007
Critic Score
85
30 reviews

Funeral provided context and impetus for the congregational experience; Neon Bible actually matches the live show's scope and emotion.

96.

The Roots - Things Fall Apart
February 23, 1999
Critic Score
84
10 reviews

Indeed, Things Fall Apart returns to those late '80s nu-skool days when rap first realized its potential for elaboration beyond the confines of 45 rpm.

95.

Soundgarden - Superunknown
March 8, 1994
Critic Score
96
5 reviews
Soundgarden's finest album features their best single "Black Hole Sun," but the most impressive tracks are multilayered end-of-the-world dirges "Fell on Black Day" and "The Day I Tried to Live."

93.

The Chemical Brothers - Dig Your Own Hole
April 7, 1997
Critic Score
84
10 reviews
Chemical beats have a rakish, presumptuous swagger that's immediately recognizable amid electronica's traditionally shy guize.

92.

JAY-Z - The Black Album
November 14, 2003
Critic Score
78
15 reviews

90.

Elliott Smith - XO
August 25, 1998
Critic Score
84
9 reviews

89.

May 10, 1999
Critic Score
84
8 reviews

86.

TV on the Radio - Return to Cookie Mountain
September 12, 2006
Critic Score
87
27 reviews
Their high-strung space rock has eased into something more exuberant. The mood is one of eager tenderness, even sexiness.

84.

LL Cool J - Radio
November 18, 1985
Critic Score
90
2 reviews

81.

Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
April 23, 2002
Critic Score
91
16 reviews

80.

The Fall - This Nation's Saving Grace
September 23, 1985
Critic Score
90
3 reviews

78.

Lauryn Hill - The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
August 25, 1998
Critic Score
90
14 reviews

The confidence with which Hill sings and raps herself into black music's mammoth tradition is balanced by the vulnerability of one of Miseducation's two themes: a love gone wrong, untangling itself painfully and slow.

76.

OutKast - Aquemini
September 29, 1998
Critic Score
91
10 reviews

OutKast understand the power of sound the way, say, Sly understood it on There's a Riot Goin' On or P-Funk did on "The Motor-Booty Affair," and so they've crafted some of the most seductive and dreamadelic textures this side of, well, the last OutKast album.

Original Source: http://www.spin.com/spin25/readers-poll-spin-25-results/
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