Cracker – Kerosene Hat: #848 of best 1,000 albums ever!

Cracker - Kerosene Hat

Why is Cracker’s Kerosene Hat on my best 1,000 albums ever list?

They keep it low, they keep it hot, they keep heads covered.

Some stats & info about Cracker – Kerosene Hat

  • What kind of musical stylings does this album represent? Rock, Rock Music, Alternative Rock, Indie Rock, Hard Rock, College Rock, Country Rock
  • Rolling Stone’s greatest 500 albums ranking – not ranked!
  • All Music’s rating4 out of 5 stars
  • When was Kerosene Hat released? 1993
  • My ranking, the one you’re reading right now – #848 out of 1,000

Cracker’s Kerosene Hat on Spotify

What does the “best 1,000 albums ever” mean and why are you doing this?

Yeah, I know it’s audacious, a little crazy (okay, maybe a lot cray cray), bordering on criminal nerdery.

But here’s what it’s NOT: a definitive list of the Greatest Albums of All-Time. This is 100% my own personal super biased, incredibly subjective take on what my top 1,000 albums are, ranked in painstaking order over the course of doing research for nearly a year, Rob from High Fidelity style. Find out more about why I embarked on a best 1,000 albums ever project.

What does Cracker’s Kerosene Hat mean to me? What does it make me feel? Why is it exciting or compelling?

Kerosene Hat is the classic example of an album that yielded one pretty massive hit in the early 1990s (“Low”) but is surprisingly strong overall and, all things considered, there are arguably a handful of songs that are even better than the hit single.

But as I just stated, Kerosene Hat is a surprisingly strong record and as part of that “Low” is plenty well good in its own right, a radio and MTV ready alt song with a memorable chorus and good mix of raucous guitars and gritty yet pleasing vocals.

“Sick of Goodbyes” is an example of the variety you get with Kerosene Hat, a well put together and executed bar band entry with a nice mix of alterative rock and just enough of a country rock twinge to give it a nicely unique flavor.

“Movie Star” is a fun boot stomping rock song with great energy and powerful alt rock guitar riffs.

And “Lonesome Johnny Blues” is leans into the band’s country rock repertoire, and quite successfully at that, with fine guitar finger picking and catchy lyrics.