Our album reviews explore the deepest niches of 90’s rock music with the people who lived it, heard it and loved it
Can a mid-90s alternative rock radio staple produce a solid album's worth of material? We check out Disciplined Breakdown by Collective Soul
Can southern rock jam band Widespread Panic successfully capture their legendary live performance on the studio album Bombs and Butterflies?
On their fourth album Too Many Days Without Thinking, Swell make the most of acoustic moodiness, jittery rhythms, and frazzled distortion
On the lone release by Hash, the band encapsulates the wild, genre-hopping world that was the late 80s and early 90s alternative music scene
On the third and final album Make A Pest A Pet by The Age of Electric, the band backs smart songwriting with hooky melodies and guitar riffs
Throwing Copper exploded Live globally and produced a handful of radio and MTV hits but does this album stand the test of time?
On their lone release, Moler find the right combo of Ash pop-punk and Cosmic Psychos fuzz on 1997's Golden Duck
A big but restrained sound on Maximum Sincere makes this Big Heavy Stuff album a post-hardcore record worth digging out
Jellyfish followed up their instant classic jangle and power-pop debut Bellybutton with the ambitious final curtain of 1993's Spilt Milk
What happens when you mix Helmet's down-tuned riffs and The Cure's slinky rhythms? The 1995 sophomore album Killjoy by Shihad is the answer.
The 1991 major-label debut Abort by Tribe puts its five members to good use exploring every aspect of late 80s alternative and indie rock
Cowboy Mouth combines radio-friendly rock with Southern flavor to mixed results on their 1996 album Are You With Me?
Was Rotting Piñata another take on Seattle grunge, or did the debut by Sponge differentiate itself from 1994's class of alternative rock?
Jimmie's Chicken Shack's major-label debut avoids funk metal cliches on 1997's confident Pushing the Salmanilla Envelope
On their third album Bring On The Juice, Melbourne's Hoss mix Detroit rock with Seattle grunge for a loud, loose, and raucous good time
Tight songwriting, killer bass tone, and blistering guitars elevate Ammonia's debut album Mint 400 out of the pack of mid-90s rock bands
Better Than Ezra's 1996 follow-up album on the heels of their radio hit Good is a confident stride forward with a few glaring missteps
On their fifth album and major-label debut Eyewitness, Shades Apart refined their sharp punk edges for radio-friendly power-pop-punk
What is Tokyo Anal Dynamite by The Gerogerigegege? Our ears are still ringing, trying to figure it out. Punk? Noise? Nothing? Everything?
On Cats and Dogs, Royal Trux synthesized 70s blues and psychedelic rock through a 90s lo-fi lens to create a unique if frustrating listen
From the other side of the country, Clutch tapped into the California stoner and desert rock sound on their self-titled 1995 album
On 1993's Rid Of Me the sound-shifting PJ Harvey created a visceral and vital record, deconstructing blues and punk with poetic tension
By their debut 1991 studio album Frizzle Fry, Primus had already mastered their strange distillation of funk, metal, and progressive rock
Drive Like Jehu combined shifting time signatures, manic energy, and an ear-splitting attack on their 1995 swan song Yank Crime
On their second full-length Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge, Mudhoney expanded their fuzzed-out sound but missed on delivering a killer track
Extreme's 1995 Waiting For The Punchline album is full of pointed lyrics and gritty guitar licks that mostly went undeservedly unheard
The third record by that dog. almost didn't happen, but luckily Retreat From The Sun found the light of day loaded with fuzzy goodness.
On his 1998 solo debut Boggy Depot, Jerry Cantrell stretched the Alice In Chains sound with both successful and overindulgent results
We're joined by members of Triplefastaction and some special guests for a deep dive on the reissue of their 1997 sophomore Cattlemen Don't
Combining old school rockabilly and country on 1995's Dirt Track Date, Southern Culture on the Skids filter it through 1980s college rock
With his 1994 sophomore solo album Whiskey For The Holy Ghost, Mark Lanegan matured as a songwriter with his take on folk and blues
Built To Spill might have released the guitar rock album of the decade with 1997s Perfect From Now On, balancing songwriting and shredding
Known for their hit "The Way," Fastball's 1998 album All The Pain Money Can Buy is chock full of quality power-pop and tight songwriting
Ricaine's 1996 debut Regret Is An Inevitable Consequence of Life is an undiscovered gem of 90s noise rock that balances the light and dark
Firewater's sophomore album The Ponzi Scheme combines alternative rock and European cabaret and Klezmer with interesting but mixed results