Critic's Pick: Jim Glauner's Top 10 Albums Of 1998

This year we've asked some of our favorite writers and editors to tell us what albums

stood out in '98. Today, SonicNet's Jim Glauner supplies his top 10.

1. Bikini Kill, The Singles (Kill Rock Stars): A summary of raw power from

one of the best rock 'n' roll bands of the decade.

2. Various Artists, Bootyz in Motion (UNI/Jake): I like big butts, and I

cannot lie.

3. Invisibl Skratch Piklz, The Shiggar Fraggar Show! (Hip Hop Slam):

The world's ablest turntablists prove their zonked-out mettle on these

pirate radio tapes.

4. James Brown, Say It Live & Loud -- Live in Dallas 8.26.68

(PGD/Polygram): In 1968, a James Brown concert was the true Greatest Show on

Earth.

5. Billy Bragg and Wilco, Mermaid Avenue (WEA/Elektra): Woody Guthrie

would have loved it.

6. Bob Dylan, Live 1966 -- Bootleg Series Vol. 4: The "Royal Albert Hall"

Concert (Sony Music): Ignore the first disc, intended to skim extra profits from

Dylan fans, and cheer on rockin' Bob as he tramples self-righteous folkies. "Play fucking

loud!" indeed.

7. Bevis Frond, North Circular (Flydaddy): One-man band Nick Saloman

can neither sing nor play drums particularly well, but he still manages to pack two discs

full of rock gems.

8. The New Grand, Incognito (Sonic Unyon): The pop rock album of the

year, from a bunch of wiseass Canadians.

9. Various Artists, Lyricist Lounge -- Volume One (Open Mic/Rawkus):

This year's platinum-selling rappers were stale and bogus, leaving the hip-hop title to the

ravenous up-and-comers on this two-disc set.

10. Frank Black and the Catholics, Frank Black and the Catholics

(SpinART): Mr. Black, as we prefer to know him -- raw, loud and weird.