This year we've asked some of our favorite writers and editors to tell us what albums
stood out in '98. Today, SonicNet's Frank Tortorici supplies his top 10.
1. Lucinda Williams, Car Wheels On A Gravel Road (PGD/Polygram): A
perfect album of perfect songs, expertly sung and played. She makes it look easy.
2. Hole, Celebrity Skin (Geffen): On which Ms. Love takes her Stevie
Nicks obsession and comes up with a great new sound.
3. Placebo, Without You I'm Nothing (Virgin): Androgynous pop-metal
returns. A great introduction to the best new band around.
4. Liz Phair, whitechocolatespaceegg (EMD/Capitol): A more mature,
less-raunchy Liz -- but the lyrics still are original, and the music is down-to-earth and
5. Joni Mitchell, Taming the Tiger (Reprise): One of the greatest
songwriters doesn't quite match her best here, but she's more upbeat than she has been
in many years.
6. Box Sets -- Bruce Springsteen, Tracks (Columbia); Stevie Nicks,
Enchanted (Modern/Atlantic); John Lennon, Anthology (Capitol):
Fascinating summaries, etc., of three interesting careers.
7. Bob Dylan, The Bootleg Series, Vol. 4 (Columbia): Dylan documented
in peak form.
8. Alanis Morissette, Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie (Warner Bros.):
Thank YOU, Alanis, for a new album of your angst-filled, pop-rock confections.
9. Tori Amos, From the Choirgirl Hotel (WEA/Atlantic): Trip-hop Tori goes
from incomprehensible to stirring in a few listens.
10. Barenaked Ladies, Stunt (Warner/Reprise): So what if they're silly,
they have a fresh sound -- not a common thing.
Honorable mentions: Duncan Sheik, Humming (Atlantic): Lush,
thoughtful pop/rock. Gillian Welch, Hell Among the Yearlings (Almo
Sounds): Old-style country/folk. Snowpony, The Slow-Motion World of
Snowpony (Radioactive): Disturbing, yet powerful rock from this new British