Top Ten Music 

Contrary to what you might have heard but consistent with the theory of probability, there were a ton of excellent recordings released this year. Metro Times asked its music contributors, columnists and cohorts to dip their ladle into the listening stew and tell us what they tasted this year.

Chris Handyside, Metro Times Music Editor

White Stripes - "Lafayette Blues" - Italy

Godzuki - Your Future - March

Gomez - Bring It On - Virgin-Hut

Pulp - This Is Hardcore - Island

Cat Power - Moon Pix - Matador

Billy Bragg & Wilco - Mermaid Avenue - Elektra

Dub Narcotic Sound System - Out Of Your Mind - K

Sarge - The Glass Intact - Mud Records

Various Artists - From Beyond Compilation - Interdimensional Transmissions

Tribe Called Quest - The Love Movement - Jive

Five Biggest Letdowns/Overhyped Aural Flotsam

Beastie Boys - Hello Nasty - Capitol

PJ Harvey - Is This Desire? -

Hole - Celebrity Skin - Geffen

KISS - Psycho Circus - Mercury (OK, so we weren't expecting much, but it's still KISS, so certain standards were not reached.)

Various Artists - Have A Nice Decade - Rhino Records - (The folks behind this '70s box set put so much emphasis on kitschy packaging and marketing that they forgot to include both "Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" and "Brandy." 'Nuff said?)

Ralph Valdez, Host of the "Ralph Valdez Show" (WDET, 101.9 FM)

Top Dozen Local Recordings of 1998

Soul Clique - Only One Division - Small Stone

Perplexa - This Glorious Forward - Small Stone

Detroit Cobras - Mink, Rat or Rabbit - Sympathy For The Record Industry

Spyradio - Spyradio - Flunk Co.

Ebeling Hughes - Transfigured Night - Zero Hour

Kiln - Holo - Thalassa

Volcanos - Finish Line Fever - Estrus

Jazzhead - Jazzhead - Complex

Larval - Larval 2 - Knitting Factory

Various Artists - Pop O.D. (Iggy Tribute), Static

Medusa Cyclone - Mr. Devil - Third Gear

Jazodity - In the Mix - Jazodity

Hobey Echlin, Pitch'D columnist

Top Ten Musical Moments of 1998

Massive Attack - Mezzanine - Virgin

Air - Moon Safari - Astralwerks

Various Artists - From Beyond Compilation - Interdimensional Transmissions

Paperclip People - "4 My Peepz" 12" - Planet E

Ectomorph & DJ Rotator Live At Disco D's Record Release party at Solar, Ann Arbor

"Packard" - Packard Plant, PB '98. (Forget the wrecking ball, Titonton and DJ Godfather's sets left the place in rubble.)

Groove Rider and MC Flux, live at Motor, Hamtramck

Kraftwerk, State Theatre, Detroit

Deep Dish featuring Everything But The Girl - "The Future (Stay Gold)" 12" - label

"Freaks Believe In Beats," Under the Bridge, Analogue Systems

St. Etienne- Good Humor - Sub Pop

Consumed Party, Plastikman


Khary Kimani Turner, poet and MT music critic

Outkast -Aquemini - LaFace

Buju Banton - Inna Heights -
V.P. Records

Public Enemy- He Got Game - Def Jam

Red Rat - Oh No! It's Red Rat - V.P. Records

Lauryn Hill- The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill - Columbia-Ruffhouse

Beenie Man- Many Moods of Moses - V.P. Records

A Tribe Called Quest- The Love Movement - Jive

Black Star- Mos Def and Talib Kweli are Black Star - Rawkus

Brand Nubian- Foundation - Arista

Gang Starr- Moment of Truth - Cooltempo/Chrysalis Records/Noo Trybe Records


Norene Cashen, Chief of MT's 810-Music Bureau

Top ten records of 1998 made mostly by folks over 30:

Robyn Hitchcock -Storefront Hitchcock - Warner Bros.

Jeff Tarlton -Astral Years -

Willie Neslon -Teatro - Island

Lucinda Williams -Car Wheels on a Gravel Road - Mercury

Larval - Larval 2 - Knitting Factory

Babe the Blue Ox -The Way We Were - RCA

Diamanda Galas - Malediction and Prayer - Asphodel

Julie Ruin - Julie Ruin - Kill Rock Stars

Woody Allen and His New Orleans Jazz Band -Wild Man Blues - RCA

Dirtbombs - Horn Dog Fest -
In the Red


Greg Baise, Conoisseur of Sound/Minister of Musical Mischief

A.N.B. -September Sky -

Various Artists -Labyrinths and Jokes - Hanson

The No-Neck Blues Band -A Tabu 2 - New World of Sound

The Tower Recordings -Furniture Music For Evening Shuttles - Siltbreeze

Frank Pahl - Remove The Cork - Demosaurus

Edith Frost -Telescopic - Drag City

Alaistar Galbraith -Mirrorwork - Emperor Jones

Pinetop Seven -Rigging the Toplights - Truckstop/Atavistic

Medusa Cyclone - Mr. Devil - Third Gear

Richard Young & Simon
- Pulse of the Rooster - VHF


Dan Rosenberg, MT World Music critic, Host of "Cafe International," (WCBN Ann Arbor, 88.3 FM)

Best International Music of 1998

Mammas - Mammas Par Philippe Eidel (Italy, Spain, Greece, Algeria, France) - RCA Victor-BMG

Lhasa - La Llorona (Mexico-Canada) - Atlantic Records

Anna Vissi - Antidoto (Greece) - Sony Globetrotter

Africando - Baloba! (Senegalese Salsa) - Sterns

Philippe Eidel - Imuhar Soundtrack - (France-North Africa)

Rasha - Sudaniyat (Sudan) -

Los Super Seven - Los Super Seven (Mexico-USA) - BMG

Various Artists -Beleza Tropical 2 (Brazil) - Luaka Bop

Rachid Taha - Diwan (Algeria) - Island Records

El Lebrijano Con La Orquesta Arabigo Andaluza - Casablanca (Spain-Morocco) - EMI Hemishpere/Metro Blue

Thom Jurek, MTA2 Captain

Top Ten of 1998 + Two That Shouldn't Fall Through The Cracks

Richard Buckner - Since - MCA

Emmylou Harris - Spyboy -

Black Star- Mos Def and Talib Kweli are Black Star - Rawkus

Ghazal - As Night Falls On The Silk Road - Shanachie

Mark Hollis - Mark Hollis -

Andy Statman Quartet - The Hidden Light - Rounder

Rollie Tussing III - Blow Whistle Blow

Art Ensemble of Chicago - Coming Home Jamaica -

Jeff Buckley
- Sketches For My Sweetheart The Drunk - Columbia

Gomez - Bring It On - Virgin


Doc Boggs - Country Blues: Complete Early Recordings - Rounder

Jimmy Giuffre - Free Fall - Columbia


George Bulanda, MT Classical Writer & Managing Editor HOUR Detroit

Top Ten Records of 1998

Robert Casadesus, piano - Complete Piano Music of Maurice Ravel - Sony Classical

Andrew Manze, violin - Tartini: "The Devil's Sonata" and other solo violin works -- Harmonia Mundi

Sergei Rachmaninoff, piano - A Window in Time - Telarc

Martha Argerich, piano - Prokofiev: Piano Concerto Nos. 1 and 3; Bartók: Piano Concerto No. 3 - ; Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal conducted by Charles Dutoit - EMI Classics

Paul Robeson, bass-baritone - Songs of Free Men - Sony

Mitsuko Uchida, piano - Schubert Piano Sonata No. 21 and "Three Piano Pieces" - Philips

Roberto Alagna, tenor - Angela Gheorghiu, soprano - Gounod: Romeo et Juliette (complete opera) - Orchestre du Capitol de Toulouse conducted by Michel Plasson - EMI Classics

Schönberg Ensemble conducted by Oliver Knusse - Portrait , Ruth Crawford Seeger: - Deutsche Grammophon

Renee Fleming, soprano -The Beautiful Voice - ; English Chamber Orchestra conducted by
Jeffrey Tate - London

Heidi Skok, soprano - Women's Voices: songs by Ned Rorem and Martin Hennessy - Newport Classic

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