Steely Dan - The Royal Scam (I might have brought this up on my last Spinning thread but I can't remember. Still loving this album quite a bit and surprised some people have called it weaker and a transitional album. George's review was not very happy with it at all. This turned out to be one of my favorites from them though. "Dont Take Me Alive" and "The Caves Of Altamira" are the best tunes and are classic 'Dan. "The Fez" which George hated is also great. Great disco groove with that catchy beautiful little keyboard line that keeps coming up. Then you have underrated tunes like "Sign In Stranger", "Green Earrings", and the reggaeish "Hatian Divorce" which are quite different sounds for them. Everyone points to "Kid Charlemagne" which is a nice tune but makes you think its more dancey and disco-influenced than you think. And the title track is interesting, even if it doesnt necessarily go anywhere. Sounds kind of like a pre-chorus and chorus repeating over and over. Overall I really like every song and it. "Everything You Did" is biting as hell and is brilliant too)
Offspring - Smash (Been using Amazon Music and they recommended some 90s albums to me on the front-page, figured I'd give this a listen again after a long time. Well a lot of this holds up really well actually. I am sick to death of the singles, especially "Self Esteem" but the other deep cuts like "Bad Habit", "It'll be A long time", "Smash", "What Happened To You", the "Killboy Powerhead" cover.. are all great catchy punk rock. Nice that the production is not too slick like the other albums like "Dookie" and whatnot from this era. Good nostalgia.)
Lit - A Place In The Sun (didn't really bother listening to much of this but I do really like at least 3 songs here, which is why I revisited it. "Miserable" is a really good song actually! It has that dumb "you make me come. You make me complete. You make me completely miserable" transition made to make 12 year olds laugh, but I feel a lot of emotion and sincerity on this track, plus the melody is really good. Underrated song from this 1 hit wonder band I think (even though "Miserable" was a minor hit). I still do dig "Your Own Worst Enemy" too, the song everyone knows, even though its heavily overplayed. The other song I like is "Quicksand" which weirdly sounds like Elvis Costello of all people. Maybe I'll hear more of it soon)
Lemon Kittens - We Buy A Hammer For Daddy (I think I described this as the Young Marble Giants covering the Cardiacs in another post. Maybe so. Very minimalist post punk with a heavy emphasis on a loose experimentation and avant garde. I appreciate what they do here, but I can't imagine revisiting this very much in the future)
Mild High Club - Timeline (Modern psych pop band with a few catchy tunes and nice retro keyboards. Nothing groundbreaking or even that memorable besides the song "Windowpane" but Im a sucker for bands that go for that 60s psych pop/sunshine pop type sound like this. I do hear mellotron in here too)
Van Der Graaf Generator - H To He (I never expected to be into this band because this bombastic, complex shit is never really my thing. Sounds like kind of proto-heavy metal at times. But they can be quite beautiful at times, and also trippy/terrifying other times. I still prefer Pawn Hearts to this, which is a masterpiece IMO but this one is classic. Can't really revisit them any time - I think I need to be in a certain mood for putting on headphones and just listening calmly for awhile, but I do like those 2 albums quite a bit. Even "Godbluff" grew on me too, though I know BD hates that one. Still want to hear the debut more. I don't remember it much. "Least We Can Do is Wave At Each Other" seemed lame but I dont remember it much either)
Stills - Logic Will Break Your Heart (This is a pretty cool early 00s alt rock album, better than most from that post-punk/garage revival stuff during this time. "Lola Stars And Stripes" is a great little Radiohead-esque tune that overshadows the rest - that one is pretty killer, great melody and the best faux Thom Yorke voice I've heard, but theres also a few good tunes here as well)
Vampire Weekends "Sunflower" from their latest album is cool as #### too! I wonder if the rest of the album is any good. I've heard people say how good they became since their debut but haven't heard much yet.