Ending the '80s on a high note - a lot of really strong albums; much as I’d love to give a vote to De La Soul, The Mekons, The Pixies or Bob Mould, this year I’m going to have to go with the Beastie Boys for their best (IMO) album.
Oh, wow, another tough year to choose from. I was going to save my Beastie Boys vote for this year, but I really can’t pass up “Doolittle.” And “3 Feet High and Rising” might also have had it beat, but it’s neck-and-neck between those three for me. And maybe “Straight Outta Compton” should be in the mix, too. I really could go for any of those four.
Pixies. I might normally vote for Paul’s Boutique, but a comment a on this board a little while back got me to break out all my old Pixies and Breeders albums and Doolittle probably really is the band’s peak. I was listening to it just yesterday :).
With the benefit of hindsight, we now know that “Straight Outta Compton” would prove to be one of the most influential albums of the era, not least because it put Dr. Dre on the map - and on his way to becoming one of the most important producers in music history. Plus, no one has yet voted for it! So my vote goes to N.W.A.
I’m not familiar with that whole De La Soul LP, but I’m pretty sure it comes closer to anything else on this list to capturing one of the best scenes (for me) going on at that time, so I voted for it (I also considered Tom Petty, and NWA).