XRT Listener Poll: Best Albums of 19991) Supernatural-SantanaThe success of Supernatural was, in many ways, supernatural. Santana's 17th album went 15 times platinum, selling over 30 million records worldwide, making it the most successful album by a Hispanic artist ever. It also won several Grammy and Latin Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year. The album featured many guest appearances including Eric Clapton, Dave Matthews, Lauryn Hill and of course the highly successful collaboration with Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty on the smash hit "Smooth".
XRT Listener Poll: Best Albums of 19992) Summerteeth-WilcoThe relationship of the late great Jay Bennet and Jeff Tweedy during the recording of Summerteeth grew into a wonderfully artistic project and worsening drug addictions. The early session of the recordings took place at Willie Nelson's studio in Texas, where Tweedy's lyrics began to reflect his introspective view that was influenced by some of the literature he was reading at the time. Tension within the band began to grow, as Bennet and Tweedy's drug addictions took over and limited the contribution of the other band members in the studio. Though the sales were poor, Summerteeth received critical acclaim, including five stars from Jason Ankeny of Allmusic.
XRT Listener Poll: Best Albums of 19993) Back On Top- Van MorrisonThe 27th album by Van Morrison was a return to his blues and R&B roots. Back on Top was one of his best reviewed albums since Wavelength, with critics complimenting Morrison on his range of different styles and how positive the album is. Rolling Stone even describes the album as "...solid, brilliant, silly in sad ways. But it's still one Monet and nine Norman Rockwells."
XRT Listener Poll: Best Albums of 19994) Midnite Vultures- BEckThe song "Debra" showed us that Beck had the pipes to rival a female R&B/ soul singer. The song was inspired by both Prince's "Raspberry Beret" and David Bowie's "Win." The album was very well received and even though it wasn't a blockbuster success like Odelay, the record was still commercially successful.
XRT Listener Poll: Best Albums of 19995) Echo- Tom Petty & The Heart BreakersThe last album that the group worked with legendary producer Rick Rubin and long time bassist/ vocalist Howie Epstein, who died of a heroin overdose in 2003, Echo was an emotional album which was written during a difficult time for Petty as he was going through a nasty divorce. The band played only a few songs off the album in concert and stopped playing any song of the album in 2001 all together.
XRT Listener Poll: Best Albums of 19996) This Desert Life- Counting CrowsCounting Crow's 3rd studio album had a little help from comic book artist Dave McKean for his adaptation of the picture book The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish as the album cover. The record consists of the hit "Hangingaround" and "Colorblind" which was featured in the film Cruel Intentions
XRT Listener Poll: Best Albums of 19997) Brand New Day-StingWith songs "Desert Rose" and "Brand New Day", the album won a Grammy Award and sold over 3.5 millions copies in the United States. It was Sting's 6th solo album and one of his most successful projects of the 90s.
XRT Listener Poll: Best Albums of 19998) Natural Thing- Poi Dog PonderingWith elements of blue-eyed soul, pop, rock, funk and techno, Poi Dog was able to provide rich arrangements and instrumentals to create rich pop music to create Natural Thing. The band had many guests on the album including vocalist Carla Prather and multi-instrumentalist Paul Mertens.
XRT Listener Poll: Best Albums of 19999) Californication- Red Hot Chili PeppersMarking the return of guitar virtuoso, John Frusciante, the Red Hot Chili Peppers produced their most commercially successful album. Frusciante was credited in changing the sound of the band from their previous work with Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro, who replaced Frusciante after he left the band because of a terrible addiction to heroin that nearly killed him. Rick Rubin. who produced their two previous albums, was brought back for this album. David Bowie showed interested in producing the album for the RHCP, but decided to go with Rubin for the artistic freedom that he gave the band.
XRT Listener Poll: Best Albums of 199910) Live In Texas- Lyle LovettAmerican country music artist, Lyle Lovett, released a live album with a collection of recordings from July 1995 to September 1995. Live in Texas captured the high energy that Lovett exhumes in his performances. What makes the album so good is his arrangement of songs, making it have a greatest hits album feel, with the spirit of his live shows.