I am probably a bit biased, but I think the 1990s generated a bumper crop of great music that is commonly categorized as alternative music. I’m not really a fan of the term alternative music, per se, but I really like the artists who were active in this decade. Liz Phair’s Exile in Guyville (1993)? Freaking brilliant. I’ve been listening to it for 25 years now, and I have yet to become bored with this album. Low’s The Curtain Hits the Cast (1996) and Hayden’s Everything I Long For (1995) are two of my other all-time favorite albums. Great music is a gift, honestly.
The last couple months I’ve been uncovering some other older favorites from the 90s–PJ Harvey’s To Bring You My Love (1995), Sonic Youth’s Goo (1990), and Ben Lee’s Grandpaw Would (1995). I forgot how much I enjoyed this album from Ben Lee and the track “Away with the Pixies” in particular. Liz Phair is a guest vocalist, and it’s an awfully pretty song.