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posted Friday, April 25 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 17
20 great albums celebrating milestones this year
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20 great albums celebrating milestones this year

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

Someone's getting older. Yep, some of our most treasured albums are surpassing the 10 and 25-year mark in the coming weeks and months. Whether you own them on cassette, CD or digital format, light a birthday candle for these memorable pieces of music.

Disintegration - The Cure
(released May 2, 1989)

Sadly, it's the last outstanding effort from a band that helped cultivate the British alternative music scene. They've made albums since, although not quite at this level. Best track: 'Lovesong.'

The Other Side of the Mirror - Stevie Nicks
(released May 11, 1989)

Not as riveting as Bella Dolla or as mystical as The Wild Heart, but just as beloved by Nicks faithful around the world, this album featured a terrific collaboration with Bruce Hornsby. Best track: 'Rooms on Fire.'

Bleach - Nirvana
(released June 15, 1989)

Grunge icons Nirvana, recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, pioneered what would become a distinct new sound in rock music that would eventually create a worldwide phenomenon. Best track: 'About a Girl.'

Cosmic Thing - The B-52's
(released June 27, 1989) The B-52's shifted from alternative to pop in 1989, yet still retained their quirkiness - 'Love Shack,' anyone? It was a fun, somewhat campy new direction for the Georgia four-piece. Best track: 'Roam.'

Paul's Boutique - Beastie Boys
(released July 25, 1989)

The sophomore effort from acclaimed rap trio Beastie Boys wasn't the commercial giant like its predecessor, Ill Communication, though artistically it was just as solid. Best track: 'Shake Your Rump.'

Brave and Crazy - Melissa Etheridge
(released September 11, 1989)

Etheridge's follow-up to her highly praised self-titled debut didn't disappoint; it was a bold, crafty singer-songwriter album that elevated her into the mainstream. Best track: 'The Angels.'

Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814 - Janet Jackson
(released September 18, 1989)

While I still lean towards Control, many fans of Miss Janet-if-you're-nasty claim this album to be their favorite, and quite possibly her most creative work to date. Best track: 'Miss You Much.'

The Sensual World - Kate Bush
(released October 17, 1989)

Eccentric singer Kate Bush is finally returning to the live stage in 2014 after many years of being incognito, and here's hoping she treats fans to selections from this incredible record. Best track: 'The Woman's Work.'

Pretty Hate Machine - Nine Inch Nails
(released October 20, 1989)

This audacious debut from industrial-rock band NIN, led by all-around music wizard Trent Reznor, ranks as one of the best recordings of the '80s, hands down. Best track: 'Down In It.'

All Hail the Queen - Queen Latifah
(released November 7, 1989)

Queen Latifah busted down the doors in hip-hop with this fierce, saucy debut that let her male counterparts know that she was here to stay. Things haven't been the same since. Best track: 'Come Into My House.'

Van Lear Rose - Loretta Lynn
(released April 27, 2004)

Country legend Loretta Lynn joined forces with Jack White and the result was a gorgeous, fiery record that earned the Coal Miner's Daughter and her star producer a Grammy. Best track: 'Portland, Oregon.'

Hot Fuss - The Killers
(released June 15, 2004)

Hard to believe, but it's been 10 years since we were singing the ambigious chorus of 'Somebody Told Me.' The Killers haven't duplicated the greatness of Hot Fuss and we haven't tired of listening to it either. Best track: 'Somebody Told Me.'

Afrodisiac - Brandy
(released June 28, 2004)

An underrated R&B classic, it showcased a more mature and sophisticated Brandy, and collectively her finest tracks are found here. It also featured a young Kanye West on 'Talk About Our Love.' Best track: 'Aphrodisiac.'

Dangerously in Love - Beyonce
(released June 24, 2004)

Destined for superstardom - better yet, determined for superstardom - this was Beyonce's moment to snag the spotlight all to herself. Queen Bey had arrived. Best track: 'Crazy in Love.'

Scissor Sisters - Scissor Sisters
(released July 27, 2004)

Mixing dance, disco and cabaret pop, this flamboyant and irresistably loveable act sashayed their way into the heart of Gay, and some straight, fans. 10 years later, they're no longer around. Best track: 'Take Your Mama.'

Funeral - Arcade Fire
(released September 14, 2004)

Arcade Fire was certainly low-radar at this point in their career, but it was only a matter of time before they'd explode. Funeral set the stage for a string of outstanding records from one of music's most insightful acts. Best track: 'Rebellion (Lies).'

American Idiot - Green Day
(released September 21, 2004)

Green Day peaked artistically with this fearless concept album that went on to inspire a Broadway musical. It produced multiple hits and won a Grammy for Best Rock Album. Best track: 'Boulevard of Broken Dreams.'

Want Two - Rufus Wainwright
(released November 16, 2004)

Out and proud singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright released the second installment of his Want project in 2004, a marvelous batch of intriguing songs joined by stirring, orchestrated backgrounds. Best track: 'The One You Want.'

Love.Angel.Music.Baby - Gwen Stefani
(released November 23, 2004)

The pressure was on Gwen Stefani to deliver on her first solo release after a break from No Doubt, and she came through brilliantly with this guilty pleasure. Best track: 'Hollaback Girl.'

Breakaway - Kelly Clarkson
(released November 30, 2004)

Clarkson really got to flex her muscle on this sophomore recording; her first album was a bit soft and a total mismatch to her edgier style. It won the 'American Idol' alum two Grammys. Best track: 'Since U Been Gone.'

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