100 Best Albums of the Nineties

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Sublime, 'Sublime'

One of the decade's strangest hits, Sublime came out shortly after the death of singer-guitarist Bradley Nowell but kept spinning off one hit after another, with a loose, friendly California-pop sound inflected by ska, dub, punk and folk. These Long Beach riddim kings get sloppy but keep the tempo chugging, especially in the head-spinning acoustic skank of "What I Got," which somehow fuses the English Beat with the Grateful Dead. The success of Sublime was a compliment to Nowell's memory and an even bigger compliment to his rhythm section.

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