On their major label debut, the Replacements started to take themselves seriously and became self-aware as they veered towards self-destruction.
Fiona Apple's first album in six years seemed destined for "lost album" status, then suddenly existed in two disparately interesting incarnations.
In the midst of a wave of pop-punk they helped prompt, Green Day embraced the pop side of the equation with their sleek and slower sixth album.
The second album from Oasis didn't just crown them kings of Britpop, it put the brothers Gallagher atop the entire rock world.
For the follow-up to 'OK Computer,' Radiohead stripped their sound of guitars, live drums, and even vocals, resulting in 'Kid A' after months of difficulty.
Who does the torso on the cover of the Smiths' 1984 debut album belong to? And how does Andy Warhol work into all of this?
Alice in Chains' sophomore album still crackles with an affirming thirst for life at the heart of its unrelenting gloom and despair.
Although Stone Temple Pilots were initially written off by many as Pearl Jam imposters, their debut, 'Core,' was vital in ushering the '90s into the post-grunge era.
After the relatively pop-friendly 'Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star,' Sonic Youth returned in 1995 with their most innovative album in years.
One writer who lived in Hollywood during the dying days of '80s hair metal recalls how Nirvana's 'Nevermind' instantly redefined pop culture in the '90s.