08 June 2010

Top 5 Albums of All Time

Picking your top 5 favorite albums of all time.

This is a hard, near impossible thing to do. I could give make a list of favorite songs pretty easily, I think, but albums are tricky. They have to be cohesive. Every song has to have its place. Sometimes you might think that an album is your favorite, only to redirect and realize that no, just one of the songs on there is your favorite.

It is super hard for me to pick ALL TIME favorites, because I feel like it's a growing, ever flowing thing, one's relationship with music. There are many albums that meant a lot to me at one time, and nostalgically (is that a word) still do, but they aren't in heavy rotation anymore, so where does one place those on this list?

I posted the following as a comment on a friend's facebook page. A top 5 favorite albums list, compiled after 1 hour of deliberation on June 8th, 2010.

This is hard. I have soooooooooooooooo many favorites. You know this is true because of how many o's I used in the last sentence. Here is what I came up with in the last hour:

Radiohead - OK Computer
This album is where I fell in love with Radiohead, and they've been one of my greatest loves ever since. I had a near spiritual moment with this album while skiing once...

Weezer - The blue album
This album basically changed my life in 8th grade when I got it on cassette tape. It is the perfect cassette tape album. To this day I can pop this album on and listen to it all the way through, there is not a single bad song. Too bad that can't be said for anything Weezer came up with post Pinkerton. Single tear.

The Cure - Disintegration
This is another one that got a hold on me when I was young and never let go. Listening to it is like, a time machine, and a cigarette, and a long drive, and a favorite pair of shoes all wrapped up into one.

The Beatles - Abbey Road
They were my first favorite band, and basically I can't let go of them, as cliche as that is. I have a hard time choosing between Let It Be and Abbey Road. They are both just so amazing, and my favorite Beatles song of all time 'Across the Universe' is on Let It Be, but Abbey Road kind of nudges itself ahead because the whole second half of the album is so amazing, I mean, so it the first half...it's a real album lovers album.

Mates of State - Re-Arrange Us
This is a rather new album, as in it's from 2008, but it's a solid listen, and when I was working at Sydney's it was pretty much in constant rotation. So many amazing songs, and it just feels real, you know what I mean?

Runner Ups: Beirut Gulag Orkestar, Belle & Sebastian Boy with the Arab Strap, TV on the Radio Desperate Youth blood Thirsty Babes, Led Zeppelin 1, Damien Jurado Rehearsal for Departure, Van Morrison Astral Weeks, The Shaky Hands eponymous album, David Bazan Curse Your Branches ...

UGH! Where do I stop? :)

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