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Your Top 10 Albums

Discussion in 'Anything Goes' started by jayjay, Oct 13, 2018.

  1. jayjay

    jayjay Well-Known Member

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    Some random website is claiming it's national album day. I don't subscribe to that kind of arbitrary bollocks, but it seems as good a motivation as any to basically copy Howie's favourite films topic.

    What are your favourite albums?
     
  2. Edward M

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    Ohhhhh, this seems fun. In no particular order,

    1. Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust - A few Bowie albums could be on here
    2. Highway 61 Revisited - In terms of lyricism, it's to die for.
    3. The Velvet Underground and Nico/The Velvet Underground - The former is certainly better, but the latter may be my favorite.
    4. To Pimp a Butterfly - It's new, but it's one I keep going back to.
    5. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy - Sigh, what happened Kanye?
    6. London Calling - So long with so much punk
    7. OK Computer - Radiohead's best
    8. The Soft Bulletin - A really unique album I vibe a lot with
    9. Exile on Main Street - A double album of B-Sides, great great
    10. Midnite Vultures - Can't help it, just love how fun it is
     
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    1. Arctic Monkeys: Whatever People Say I Am That's What I'm Not - came out when I was 15 and the lyrics captured the time perfectly. Still their best album today (AM very close).

    2. The Libertines: Up The Bracket - my most listened to album of all time. Produced by Mick Jones of The Clash and has a real punk sound to it. A standout album in an era of generic soft indie :emoji_poop:e.

    3. Bruce Springsteen: Darkness On The Edge Of Town - lyrically on a different planet. Bruce knows how to paint a picture and this album tells a quite depressing story, backed up with some of his best guitar work.

    4. Bowie: Ziggy - His most popular album but the one I can always go back to and not skip a track. The first half of 'Low' is his best ever work, but the second half put Ziggy miles ahead.

    5. Pulp: Different Class - Two incredible singles came from this album but it's full of gems.

    Then either of these could make up the next five, depending on what mood I'm in...

    Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
    The Stone Roses
    The Clash - London Calling
    Arcade Fire - Funeral
    The Strokes - Is This It
    Springsteen - Born To Run
    Oasis - Definitely Maybe

    I feel like I'm missing a very big one somewhere here :confused:
     
  4. jayjay

    jayjay Well-Known Member

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    Cocker's got a great talent for writing relatable situations and characters. Common People might just be the best written pop song ever made.

    Mine changes all the time, but these are my favourites now.
    1. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues (2012 - folk, indie) - I'm a sucker for warm music with vocal harmonies and great melody lines. This album soars all over the place, the lyrics are resonant and timeless and the album (especially the second half) is paced beautifully.
    2. Radiohead - OK Computer (1997 - alternative rock) - Cliche, but for a reason. Every song is perfectly written. The production is glorious. The themes are dark and well written about.
    3. Susanne Sundfør - Ten Love Songs (2015 - art pop) - The album that helped me appreciate pop music again. This has a load of intensely dark synthpop, interspersed with grand sweeping ballads.
    4. The Beatles - Abbey Road (1969 - pop rock) - I love albums where you feel like you've been on an adventure. The first half is filled with classics, then the B side takes you through a million musical ideas before finishing with a big singalong chorus.
    5. Todd Terje - It's Album Time (2014 - electronic dance) - You might recognise the album cover and the album itself is just as cheesy. Todd's not afraid of kitsch and here, he put together the bounciest electro album ever. Probably the album I listen to the most at the moment.
    6. Steven Wilson - Hand. Cannot. Erase. (2015 - prog rock) - Concept album telling the story leading up to the real life story of a woman in London who died alone in her flat and remained undiscovered for three years. Great bombastic production and hooks for miles. Deeply cynical about society, but that seems to be Wilson's thing.
    7. Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes (2008 - folk, indie) - More vocal harmonies. More jangly textured guitars. Love it!
    8. Kate Bush - Hounds of Love (1985 - art pop) - Honestly, just read Abbey Road again. Except this also has Kate Bush who's an immensely talented vocalist and songwriter.
    9. Muse - Absolution (2003 - rock) - Muse's talent for writing classic guitar hooks and making music that's interesting as much as it's accessible is enough that I can ignore the fact that they can't write lyrics for :emoji_poop:.
    10. Radiohead - In Rainbows (2007 - Alternative rock) - This was either going to be In Rainbows or Kid A, but I went with the accessible one because I don't care about hipster points. Again, it's Radiohead so the production and textures are on point. It's got a bit of the Kid A "soundscape" way of writing songs.

    Other albums that could have made the list - Kid A (Radiohead), Dirty Computer (Janelle Monáe), Blue (Joni Mitchell), The Mechanical Fair (Ola Kvernberg), Music For People In Trouble (Susanne Sundfør), A Little Man and a House and the Whole World Window (Cardiacs)
     
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    Urgh this is gonna be difficult. I don’t I have a definitive list of favourites, what I prefer listening to changes daily. But lets have a go.

    Whenever asked for my favourite album I always say Kate Tempest - Let Them Eat Chaos. I stand by that, it is an incredible album. It is a conceptual album that demands to be listened to in one sitting, I remember feeling overwhelmed as if I’d watched an amazing film after my first listen. The mix of hip hop and spoken word is well executed, Tempest’s vocal performance is outstanding and the production is complimentary and highly distinctive.

    After that it gets iffy. In no particular order:

    I definitely need at least one Kate Bush album on my list, and usually this is the one I’d go for. However lately I’ve found myself preferring her most recent studio album 50 Words For Snow. It is so atmospheric and delicate. The opening piano led tracks are particularly beautiful, spacious and subtle. Considering I find her new work more exciting than the classics, I can’t wait to see what she does next.

    Another one I’m tempted to add to my list. Although I think TPAB is objectively the better album, I actually prefer Good Kid Maad City. I find it to be more cohesive and subtle. I’m also enjoying Damn more with every listen, so that will probably catch up soon.

    I should probably have one Kanye album on here too. Again MBDTF is arguably his ‘best’ but not my personal favourite. I’d be tempted to go for College Dropout or Yeezus as my favourites. Although props to 808’s and Heartbreaks for being perhaps the most influential album of its time.

    I think I will add Lorde - Melodrama. It is an exceptional pop album with intricate complexities in both vocals and production. I’m highly excited to see where Lorde goes next, she’s gonna be looked back on as one of the greats.

    Antony and the Johnsons - I Am a Bird Now. Beautiful arrangements and perhaps my favourite voice ever.

    Now I’m really struggling. I think I’ll include The Avalanches - Wildflower. A truly unique album with quirky but brilliant sample-heavy soundscapes.

    Need to have something by Nina Simone, but she’s done so much great stuff its hard to decide. I’ll go for Nina Simone and Piano. I love the simplicity of it. Perhaps my second favourite voice ever.

    I can’t choose two more, so here’s some other favourites…
    Solange - A Seat at the Table
    Daft Punk - Random Access Memories
    Sufjan Stevens - Carrie and Lowell
    Childish Gambino - Awaken, My Love!
    Apex Twin - Syro
    James Holden and the Animal Spirits - The Animal Spirits
    Anderson .Paak - Malibu
    BADBADNOTGOOD - IV
    And so much more!

    Tomorrow I’ll probably have an entirely new list.
     
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    Off the top of my head with no real thought or consideration whatsoever, and in no particular order.
    Oasis - Definitely Maybe. Every single track is a classic.
    The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses. Simply essential 90's.
    Michael Jackson - Thriller. If an alien came down and said to you 'Teach me about this Earth thing called pop music', this is the album you'd play him.
    Bob Marley - Legend. Technically this is a greatest hits album, does that still count?
    Metallica - Load. Thought about the Black album, but overall I think I prefer this one better?
    The Cult - Electric. Best hard rock album of the 80's... apart from AC/DC's Back in Black.
    AC/DC - Back in Black.
    The Blues Brothers - Original Soundtrack. Nuff said.
    Caro Emerald - Deleted Scenes from the Cutting Room Floor. She is so fit.
    The Jam - Greatest Hits. I know, another greatest hits album, but so what? They still count.

    That's 10, right? Yeah that'll do, think I'm happy with that list.... for now. :)
     
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    That was my approach to your movies topic, so I'll allow it :p
     
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    Ooh - tough choice

    1 - U2 - Achtung baby. Bono's a bit of a twerp at times, but this album is an absolute masterpiece!
    2 - Tango in the night - Fleetwood Mac - Controversial choice over rumours, but :p
    3 - Abba Gold - Can't not inclde one of theirs, but how to choose?
    4 - Sergeant peppers lonely hearts club band - the Beatles. Somewhat overhyped, but you can't ignore them!
    5 - Songs of faith and devotion - Depeche Mode. Even in the early days, they had a bit of a grungy edge, but this just goes WAY beyond that - Filthy and I love it!
    6 - Radiohead - the bends - a great combination of rock and experimental stuff, without being too pretentious
    7 - Erasure - The innocents - perfect 80s pop!
    8 - Pet shop boys - discography, Yes another best of, but again, just perfect 80s pop!
    9 - Paul Simon - graceland. Groundbreaking collaboration with South African artists, particlarly Ladysmith black Mambazo
    10- probably about 200+ other possibles....
     
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    +1 for Arcade Fire's Funeral. One of the most impressive debut albums ever created and woven in such a way that you could listen to it in its entirety instead of picking the odd track here and there like I commonly do these days.

    Queens of the Stone Age's Songs for the Deaf and Rated R are similarly fantastic pieces.

    I'm terrible at ranking and making lists but I know Interpol's Antics, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's B.R.M.C and Daft Punk's Discovery are all up there for me.

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    Controversial choice for your top Metallica album there Howie. Are you not a fan of the thrashier 80s stuff?

    In no particular order these are some that really stuck with me:

    Rage Against the Machine - Rage Against the Machine
    Metallica - And Justice For All
    Muse - Black Holes and Revelations
    Enter Shikari - Take to the Skies
    Green Day - American Idiot
    Tame Impala - Currents
     
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    This is very difficult but I'll give it a go!

    1: Pink Floyd - Animals
    2: David Bowie - Heroes
    3: Pink Floyd - The Darkside of The Moon
    4: David Bowie - Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)
    5: Motorhead - Bastards
    6: Ghost - Meliora
    7: Metallica - Ride The Lightning
    8: David Bowie - Blackstar
    9: David Bowie - The Next Day
    10: David Bowie - Low

    That was very hard!
     
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    Yeah... nah. I know true Metallica fans will berate me for this, but their thrash metal stuff is too much for me. Not just the 80's stuff but later albums like Death Magnetic too. Much prefer their more 'mainstream' work.
     
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    1. Astroworld - Amazing album by Travis Scott, it also pays homage to the now defunct Astroworld
    2. D.A.M.N - Kendrick Lamar, Humble, DNA are some of the best songs he's made until now
    3. Rodeo - Travis Scott, Really strong personality and some intense music
    4. Culture ll - Migos ATL,
    5. Beerbongs & Bentleys, Post Malone
    6. Scorpion, Drake
    7. ?, X
    8. Tha Carter V, Lil Wayne
    9. Culture, Migos
    10. SR3MM, Rae Sremmurd
     

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