The Velvet Underground-The Velvet Underground A
Some days I like this the most of all the VU albums.
Their best, IMO, though I like Lateralus almost as much.
One of the great '90s hip-hop albums, IMO. I wish I was cool enough to say I discovered Outkast with ATLiens, but it was this one.
Nick Drake-Bryter Layter A-
I really like all three Nick Drake albums, but I have to be in a certain mood to want to hear any of them.
Animal Collective-Merriweather Post Pavilion A-
Probably my favorite Animal Collective album. Can't believe it's been over 12 years since it came out!
The only superlative Aerosmith album, IMO, and that's probably being generous.
Cocteau Twins-Treasure B+
This isn't a style of music I'm particularly into, but this album does it very well. So I don't listen to it all that much, but I recognize its strengths.
XTC-Black Sea B+
XTC smoothed out their sound and fully embraced the hook, but IMO this wasn't all for the best. I generally like the edgier songs more on this album more than the more straightforward ones, which don't as much for me as the best straightforward songs on subsequent '80s albums did.