There's a certain, special word that can be used for the best recordings ever... and that is "perfect", and Violator, to my surprise, ended up being just that. Are you a dancer? A rocker? A poet? ... All of the above? Don't worry, this album does well for all three!
"World in My Eyes" sets a dark, deep and passionate mood, almost like Dark Side of the Moon (without freaking the listener out)... meanwhile, "Personal Jesus" is a catchy-yet-chilling tune about questioning one's religion. While certainly not an anti-Christian song, it encourages questioning one's beliefs, and not blindly throwing oneself into faith. Meanwhile, "Halo" and "Waiting for the Night" continue the feeling set by "World in My Eyes". Of course, all the tracks on the album could be mentioned as highlights... but that'd take away the point, wouldn't it?
Despite only having 9 tracks, Violator is just about flawless, and perhaps the best album of 1990... and one of the best of the 90s. Dance, rock... and think, think, think.