PRINT December 1999

Dennis Cooper

1. Aphex Twin (Selected Ambient Works ’85–’92) A Mondrian-like early work of techno by an artist who’s subsequently become so-called electronica’s Bruce Nauman.

2. Björk (Post) The most charismatic, forward-thinking, yet old-fashioned recording artist of the decade, at a moment of beautiful solidity.

3. Cat Power (Moon Pix) Small and incredibly pure.

4. The Flaming Lips (The Soft Bulletin) The way the songs’ intricate musical layouts create a little chapel around each syllable of their silly-ass lyrics suggests a kind of Pet Sounds–like paean to the perils of qualified sincerity.

5. Future Sound of London (Lifeforms) Easily the most ambitious work of the decade. Whether the album ends up over time sounding as crappy as Tales of Topographic Oceans doesn’t matter (yet).

6. My Bloody Valentine (Loveless) The CD that killed rock.

7. Pavement (Terror Twilight) The only great American band that keeps

to keep reading

Artforum print subscribers have full access to this article. Please sign in below.

Not registered for Register here.

SUBSCRIBE NOW at the discounted holiday rate of $45 a year—70% off the newsstand price—and receive the print magazine plus full online access to this issue and our archive.*

Order the PRINT EDITION of the December 1999 issue for $17 or the ONLINE EDITION for $5.99.

* This rate applies to U.S. domestic subscriptions.