In its September/October issue, Magnet Magazine, the best publication dealing primarily with underground music, issued its list of the Top 60 albums of the past 10 years. My commentary as to its Top 10 (which follow) appear in italics.
10. Tortoise - Millions Now Living Will Never Die (Thrill Jockey, 1996)
Though I likely would have selected TNT, an excellent choice from the oeuvre of the pre-eminent post-rock band.
9. Pavement - Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain (Matador, 1994)
Hmmm..... Slanted and Enchanted is a more complete album and worthy of a Top 10 bid — but falls outside the last ten-year period. Therefore, a wise choice.
8. Verve - Urban Hymns (Virgin, 1997)
Everybody but the Editor has bought into this album...
7. Yo La Tengo - I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One (Matador, 1997)
Something by Yo La Tengo is worthy of a Top 10 bid and this is as worthy a choice as the other post-1993 candidates.
6. Breeders - Last Splash (4AD/Elektra, 1993)
5. Belle & Sebastian - If You're Feeling Sinister (The Enclave, 1997)
Great album. Critics' darlings. Not Top 10 for the last decade.... Yes, "Stars of Track and Field" and "Me & the Major" are superb bits of twee.
4. Radiohead - OK Computer (Capitol, 1997)
I agree, though I personally prefer the more diverse Kid A.
3. Guided by Voices - Alien Lanes (Matador, 1995)
Claims from diehard GBV fans notwithstanding, Alien Lanes is a more complete album than Bee Thousand.
2. Nirvana - In Utero (DGC, 1993)
Again, something from Nirvana must be in the Top 10. This choice is probably a better one than Nevermind.
You really should pick up the latest issue of Magnet and read this yourself.... Drum roll, please......