This year we've asked some of our favorite writers and editors to tell us what albums
stood out in '98. Today, SonicNet's Eric Arnum supplies his top 10.
1. Garbage, Version 2.0 (Almo Sounds): This is the noise that keeps me
awake -- my head explodes and my body aches!
2. Smashing Pumpkins, Adore (Virgin): Billy Corgan is looking more like
Uncle Fester and sounding just as scary.
3. Fatboy Slim, You've Come A Long Way Baby (Astralwerks): This guy
was the best thing at Glastonbury '98.
4. Beastie Boys, Hello Nasty (Grand Royal): So let's see, Beasties and
Jimmy Page for Godzilla vs. Mothra?
5. Wyclef Jean, The Carnival Featuring Refugee Allstars (Sony): Who
woulda thunk it: Bob Dylan in an airport and Bee Gees samples?
6. Massive Attack, Mezzanine (Virgin): This is the CD to put on repeat
when the girlfriend's over.
7. Loreena McKennitt, The Book of Secrets (Warner Bros.): Canadian folk
singer meets Siouxie & the Banshees.
8. Pras, Ghetto Supastar (Ruffhouse): Hope this gets an Oscar for film
song, but "Iris" is stiff competition.
9. Fastball, All The Pain Money Can Buy (Hollywood): "The Way" is the
new road song for the doom generation.
10. New Radicals, Maybe You've Been Brainwashed Too (MCA): "You
Get What You Give" should be Universal's new corporate slogan.