Oh hey there! Here we go with another edition of Twenty Years On. I don’t have too much to cover regarding memories of this point in time, other than that I was pretty much in full-on revision mode with The Phoenix Effect and listening to all sorts of tunage down in the Belfry. This volume’s a bit thin, as is normal for end of year, but I still love these albums.
Beck, Mutations, released 3 November. After the massive success of Odelay, Beck surprised many with a decidedly straightforward and moody semi-acoustic album. This would become his album release style: alternating between weirdo funk and introspective melody.
Alanis Morissette, Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie, released 3 November. This album garnered mixed reviews — it was extremely long at seventeen tracks, and it lacked the pissed-off-exgf feel of “You Oughta Know” — but in retrospect it’s a surprisingly solid and pleasing album about finding inner peace after years of turmoil.
The Offspring, Americana, released 17 November. This is possibly their most accessible and consistent record, featuring quite a few of their radio hits (“Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)”, “Why Don’t You Get a Job?” and “The Kids Aren’t Alright” for starters), but it’s also a surprisingly dark album as well. It’s my favorite of theirs.
Seal, Human Being, released 17 November. Slagged off by critics for not containing the hits that his two previous records had, it’s nonetheless a lovely and contemplative album. He’s on my “I will buy anything from them” list of musicians, and he’s one hell of an amazing singer.
Coming Up: December 1998!