25. Jesus Hits Like The Atom Bomb (1998)
What the critics say about it: “It’s a smart, ambitious and successful album that may come as a surprise, not only for the doubters but for hardcore fans, since nothing they’ve done before suggests the power of Jesus Hits Like the Atom Bomb.” - Stephen Thomas Erlewine, AllMusic
Why it’s such a great album: It successfully merges the energy of pop-punk with psychedelic art-rock to create a gloriously quirky sound. One would be forgiven for writing off Tripping Daisy as one-hit wonders (after all, the only impact they left on the charts was I Got A Girl), but it wasn’t until after this was released that Tim DeLaughter started to properly explore the breadth and depth of his artistic vision. The group experiments with numerous concepts on this album, such as messy but playful opener Field Day Jitters, the dream-like Human Contact and the brilliantly start-stop Geeareohdoubleyou, and yet all these wildly varying mutations somehow comfortably coexist and fit together as one. While this would sadly be Tripping Daisy’s final release before they disbanded, its influence would help create the foundation for DeLaughter’s future project, The Polyphonic Spree; in fact, one of the highlights of their Wait EP is a cover of one of the highlights of this album, Sonic Bloom.
Must hear: Geeareohdoubleyou, Waited A Light Year