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The Best of 1999

by Daron Faught

5. Moby - Play
Making new music out of old music can be a very challenging task but good old Moby knows how to add just the right touches and also step away from the spotlight when needed. This guy is definitely one hip and happening vegetarian!

4. Marcy Playground - Shapeshifter
No one can live on sex and candy alone as Marcy Playground brilliantly proves on their engaging sophomore effort. Quirky pop tunes ("It's Saturday"), ballads ("All The Lights Went Out") and self-analysis ("Wave Motion Gun") are all represented effectively here.

3. Fountains Of Wayne - Utopia Parkway
This is great melodic pop-rock for losers, winners and everyone in between. "Red Dragon Tattoo" and "Denise" are great tunes with large doses of wit and humor. Guaranteed to stick in your head for weeks!

2. Built To Spill - Keep It Like A Secret

If J. Mascis (of Dinosaur Jr.) and Neil Young had a child it would be:

A. A scientific miracle
B. Extremely frightening
C. Doug Martsch; leader of Built To Spill

Enough said!!!

1. The Flaming Lips - The Soft Bulletin
The almighty Lips have finally made an album that combines all of their multiple musical personalities into a mature and cohesive piece of work. They haven't lost their sense of humor but they've gained the ability to be introspective and intelligent. A major acheivement.

Worst album of the year:

No one album really irritated me this past year, but any album featuring the pathetic sounding combination of rap and rock (Limp Bizkit, Korn, etc.) automatically made me sick. Let's face it folks: Faith No More did this type of music first...AND BEST!!!

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