Things were looking up towards the end of the 80â€™s. The stiff sounds and beats of that time started slowly giving way to more flowing, organic but still dynamic music. And it all started here, in 1988. This wonderful progress was about to reach its full height in 1989-90 with dance-y, sunshiny pop and house music, later with sample-heavy r&b and soul. Even rock started to sound great again (in my mind, U2 has never sounded better than in 1988-91).