1991′s 20 Best Albums Not Called Loveless

Could Loveless have come out in any other year but 1991? If we only focus on sound, it most certainly could have, as scores of imitators picked up guitars and pedals after hearing My Bloody Valentine’s timeless masterwork. Not one has equaled the brilliance of Loveless in the almost twenty-two years that have elapsed since its release in the “year that punk broke.”

It was a pivotal year in music history, particularly for the indie-minded. For many, the golden age of “indie” had died in this post-Sonic Youth to Geffen world, though in retrospect, it’s difficult to point to a more significant year in terms of the music actually reaching people, thanks largely in part to Nevermind, though also because of genre-defining albums like Spiderland, Laughing Stock, Goat and of course, Loveless.

It seems more likely now than ever that we’ll actually finally hear the follow up to Kevin Shields’ fabled shoegaze classic, and it’s been a long goddamn time. Here’s twenty more albums that came out in 1991 to remind you of just how long we’ve been waiting.

Slint – Spiderland
A Tribe Called Quest – The Low End Theory
Pixies – Trompe Le Monde
Nirvana – Nevermind
Talk Talk – Laughing Stock
The Jesus Lizard – Goat
Main Source – Breaking Atoms
Swans – White Light From The Mouth of Infinity
2Pac – 2Pacalypse Now
Gang Starr – Step in The Arena
Massive Attack – Blue Lines
Fugazi – Steady Diet of Nothing
The Wedding Present – Seamonsters
Ice Cube – Death Certificate
Mudhoney – Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge
De La Soul – De La Soul Is Dead
Slowdive – Just For A Day
Ween – The Pod
Mercury Rev – Yerself is Steam
The Orb – The Orb’s Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld