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
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
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
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.