As unique now as it was in 1973, definitely an album you must hear before you die.
”If God had an ipod I would be on his playlist” - John Coltrane, 1965
With (among much more) the guitar sound of grunge and the brevity of hardcore, it takes a special kind of ingenuity to make a punk album that sounds like this in 1977
Axl Rose's vocals doesn't do this any favors but there are still solid rock songs scattered throughout
Murky, sinister and sounds massive. Also rocks
Fun and creative. Not something you must listen to before you die, but enjoyable if you do.
Solid, competent soul
Great drumwork, synths and general breadth of sounds.
Made me convert to baduism
Catchy tunes with plenty of depth, assuming you don't mind reggae.
As unique now as it was in 1973, definitely an album you must hear before you die.
Amazing how some people hear a song like "Shut The Door" and think it's nothing more than just punk. Even more amazing is the fact that this isn't even Fugazi's best album
Funky, soulful and keeps it up for the whole double album (though it could be one disc if not for "Do Your Thing"). You can't go wrong with it.
A few musical tricks, competent soloing and "Raise Your Hands" having a good riff saves this from total musical failure. I thought punk had gotten rid of this kind of music
With (among much more) the guitar sound of grunge and the brevity of hardcore, it takes a special kind of ingenuity to make a punk album that sounds like this in 1977
Mostly disparate elements that don't form a cohesive sound, occasionally odd mixing too. I hope the drummer enjoyed himself, at least
Quirky, noisy, artsy rock brimming with ideas whilst still having a pop sensibility underneath.
Good, enjoyable pop songs
Reminiscent of a more reserved Kate Bush, the songs range from starkly intimate to anthemic. A captivating album
Makes you wish that blues and post punk was a more common combination, especially in the hands of musicians who know to use dynamics in rock music
A hazy, groovy, classic debut. Though they went on to do better things, this album still holds up.
Pleasant jazz-laced pop with some musical suprises
Occaisonally poignant tunes with an apreciable sonic variety
Very fun music that keeps up the energy. Great bass playing, too
Plenty to enjoy here if you like R&B
Enjoyable album, nice singing, guitar and drum sound
Nice senegalese sounds mixed with other influences
It's curious how this is counted as a shoegaze album when, with the exception of a song like "Dreams Burn Down", it's mostly just neo-psychedelic britpop with distorted guitars. Great album, great songs and a great rhythm section
Even if you divorce it from the impact it's had on popular music, it's still a brilliant little record
Very soothing country rock, with particularly beautiful vocals. The decievingly simple songs obscure how well realised it is as a whole. This is the album you would show someone who doesn't like country.
You couldn't really grasp an album like this on the first listen, which says something with how well I still liked it
Catchy electronic pop that still holds up
A tight, exciting live set full of energy
If I was a rose I wouldn't be surfing, that sounds scary!
A successful combination of great songwriting, unusual production and a captivating sound.
Genuinely soulful. My mom like Amy Winehouse
Uniquely beautiful, occasionally disturbing
A rich collection of quirky pop songs with a satisfying flow, nice drum sounds too.
Though reputation and age exceed this album somewhat, the care put into it is still clear. The peaks of it's brutality are what really shine.
Really groovy songs, the Eno hijack on the second side is good too
Nice songs with nice instrumentation.
Rocks, they have better albums
I'm largely skeptical towards extreme metal but this manages to come out the other end. I suppose the earlier an album is within a genre the more it's outside influences show.
I wish they maid mer of these. Oh wait!
Timeless, popular for good reason. Every song is a different flavor of their alluring, melancholic sound.
Sharp reggae with lively instrumentation
Focused rocker. I didn't realize EPs were included in this list
ceelo is a good singer but this was annoying. It's not that bad, I liked the songs toward the end more, but still
Axl Rose's vocals doesn't do this any favors but there are still solid rock songs scattered throughout
Beautiful, an album uniquely it's own. Yet another reason for why Miles Davis is such a musical icon
A short, fun, whimsical collection of songs
Creative for a 60s pop album
Though a lot of the creative decisions can probably be attributed to John Lydon wanting to troll the mainstream, the dub-influenced post-punk still shows strongly. The brighter tracks "Public Image" and "Low Life" are great too
Nice mix of fun and post-punk sounds
A briskly paced album of varied songs in Queen's own style, thoroughly enjoyable.
A somewhat fragmented album, it's pulled together by the unified raw attitude of the band
The Fall is a great band and this is another one of their great albums
Groovy, soulful and musical. Stevie brings the whole package
Considering the year it was released, these tunes have a modern accessibility. Very enjoyable, repetitions and all
Nice singing, strings and drum grooves
Often imitated, never replicated. A rightful classic
Solid, spunky songs with a clear personality
Very decent with some great songs. I'm also a fan Lindsey Buckingham's voice.
Fun, energetic and musically detailed beneath the poppy surface. I wish I would've listened to this before
Very catchy rhythms and chants, with the additional instrumentation supplementing them well
Murky, sinister and sounds massive. Also rocks
Opens and ends with fury. I like the rest too
Whimsical, dense and very enjoyable. I like the trick where they write two songs and put it into one
Catchy, pretty singing with groovy drums and detailed synths, as expected of the Flaming Lips. Basically? Vibin
Very well rounded power pop
Classic. Every song is in the perfect interstice of Rush's prog and pop.
Though this is more of a pop record, it has the kind of creative songwriting I wish was more prevalent in prog. Would probably give it a 5 if I was more familiar with it.
Very pretty, in short
The beats are great, the rhymes not as much. Certainly an album you must hear before you die, though
Pretty cool. The fact that it features so many different collaborators probably contributes to the variance in quality between songs.
Solid, not much else to say
A very gentle indie classic
"Beautiful" is an easy word to use for this album. I think the music speaks best for itself
It's good but it would be better if instead of "come on eileen" it was "come on guyleen"
Cool mix of bossa nova and electronics
A lot richer (musically) than they are often derided as being. Rock on brother
Very jolly, fun to listen to, and nicely arranged
It's like Van Halen in the opposite direction if U think about it
Really good, lively and well made. If you’re the best in brazil you know you have something going on
Very quaint. The song "Travelling Man" is really funny
One of the best albums of the 90s
Very solid, obviously a classic
There’s a kind of folky subtlety that really gives the songs a big boost. Very pleasant
Pretty enjoyable, pretty creative, pretty good
Nice rock songs with jazzy and folky elements
I prefer Meat Is Murder but this is arguably their peak.
Very groovy, a nice suprise
Metal sucks, Venom rocks, simple as
Elton John is epiiic
I like The consistency of the album’s energy, very fun
Zappa brings bangers
I accidentally listened with prejudice. Sorry Michael!
Better than I was expecting with a nice swagger, the talent of the musicians also helps
The first side gives an early taste of Buckley’s experimental tendencies, and the second features more ordinary folk. Both sides are great
Pure, distilled funk
Some great songs, some not as great songs. Solid
Great jazz record. Also considerably varied
Well made southern rock with an actually somewhat interesting narrative
Pretty similar to how I feel about their first album except there are synths in this one. I should've probably given yesterday's album a 4 but what can men do
The repetitive simplistic beats serve the uneasy atmosphere well. Maybe a bit prototypical as a whole, but still an album you have you hear (even if most of it is because of Frankie Teardrop)
Varying flavors of hip-hop with a classic feel. Fun
The Soft Boys make a soft album
Just a collection of very solid and enjoyable country ballads. I don’t think Marty really killed and got killed all those times, though
Good ole country yeeharrr. Also a generous amount of lap steel guitar
The compositional endpoint of the two guitars, bass and drums band playing rock & roll. Every instrument is playing exactly what it needs to, and what they’re playing is all brilliant (especially the drums). This could've just as well have been released 10 or even 20 years later. Hard to believe it would come out of the CBGB's scene
Cool new-wave, post-punk, pop-rock bonanza with an especially entertaining singer. A fun listen
Nice r&b with cool murky beats on some tracks. I think this list could have stopped being updated at 2005 though, just a thought
Good album :)
A straightforward, digestible kind of jazz that just sounds good. That might sound dismissive, but it’s really a treat when done well, as it is here
A collection of nice rock tunes. Well done Dave
Awesome album. The varied instrumentation and is rousing during the lively songs and beautiful during the pretty songs, and naturally the singing is also on point.
Pretty folk rock. Not sure how to articulate it but there’s a certain charm that draws me in. Maybe it’s in Stevens’ voice, his words or the instrumentation. Who knows?
The mileage of this album may depend on if you can stomach Thundercat as an artist. I can, so I like this album. Fantastic bassist, too
Groovy. A bit too many instruments that aren’t bongos though, just a bit of constructive criticism
You can take the whiteboy out of the Radiohead, but you can’t take the Radiohead out of the whiteboy
Holiday cheer may have inspired me to give this a more favorable rating, but it _is_ a great album
Christmas songs with Phil Spector’s production. A very pleasant christmas gift
A historically essential record, very groovy if somewhat aged
Rock solid psych, compact with a certain something that ties it all together
Pretty uneven album. About half the cuts are lame and both the production and John Lee Hooker himself sound aged (not in the way that’s good for a blues musician), particularly the first song, and the other half are solid blues numbers with the last song standing out as being truly poignant. It’s not that bad overall but it gets a 2 because 😈
Pretty hard to seperate from his death shortly following the album’s release, obviously by design. His low voice is really captivating here. I wish it went harder on the strings
Not sure what it is about this album that seems to inspire such vitriol in people. I think it’s cool and unique:)
They didn’t lie, they caught a fire…. Album
Not a bad album actually. Solid songs all around
Conpetently made funky 80s pop. Enjoyable, but not too much else. Also very dated, although that didn’t bother me
Just enough instances of beautiful musicality to keep it from being totally generic. Pretty much the exact middle point
Everyone knows the Buddy Holly story yada yada. This is solid rock and roll (the original kind). If I was rating purely on my own enjoyment this wold be a 4. Also an album you have to listen to before you die
This album is cool… I like this album
Come to Brazil!
Pretty much what other people have said. Some nice songs, some songs that could’ve been left out. I like the drums on ”I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama”
Some people hate on Kanye and have never listened to this. Sad!
Really loved this. Very well performed, charming folk rock that is simultaneously consistent and varied .It feels like I could keep listening to this for a long time.
Propa synth chunes yeah
They rock hard basically. I appreciate the intensity. Also quirky instrumentals. Fun!
I realize the innovation doesn’t make up for the polarizing nature of the music. It’s love it or hate it, and I’m more inclined towards the former. Especially with ”Help, I’m A Rock”
I love this album. Just banger after banger
Very cool and unique take on soul. I dig it
Eminem is a talented rapper, if he could’ve trimmed the length and varied his topics this could’ve been epic ftw
The standouts are great but a lot of this is just momrockers. Some parts sound suprisingly similar to indie rock
It’s very cool that Aerosmith regained popularity going into the 90s, Robert, but that doesn’t mean we have to listen to it. The hidden track is the best one also
Quintessentially average pop with just a hint of musicality to let you know that someone working on this had greater ambitions
Fair album, I like the sound of the guitars. I like Speedway too
Yo my name is Wu-Tang and I’m rizzety-rappin’ The Armenian genocide didn’t happen
Very well realized post-punk gloom. Ian Curtis thought the synths were ”gay”, but what does he know?
Shout out to everyone in the band that isn’t Anthony Keidis… he’s not even that bad
I very much enjoyed the attitude. A treat :)
Smooth like butter
*The* proto-punk album. Pretty awesome
Pleasant soft noise pop tunes
Really pretty. I dig the sound
Once again, propa synth chunes. This album seems to change every time I listen to it, this time there were more outdated synth sounds than I remember
Groovy hip hop with a consistent vibe. Sollid
Uhh, yeah, this one’s 4 the indie boys
If there’s any Grateful Dead album you have to listen to before you die, it would be a concert recording. This is a good album, however
I ain’t finna cap this album is kinda cool. Can’t You Hear Me Knocking is a banger
Thinking about why you would pick this album out of all their albums for this made me really that you could justify picking most any of their albums. Great band, great album
Great sixties album
Come to Brazil pls
Cool post punk et al
I personally prefer the instrumentals but it’s awesome that this is here at all. Go watch Kal Ho Naa Ho
Synth dance with a certain atmospheric sensibility. I does make me wish the orchestral stab preset was never invented
BBB (Big Beat Bangers)
Fantastic, one of a kind, classic etc. etc. ”Miles Runs The Voodoo Down” indeed
Essentially, rock n roll as a double album. I dig it.
One of the most crucial albums you must hear before you die. 1967 really was a loaded year
Might be the only Finnish album on here. Gotta respect it
Chill live jazz improvisations to relax and study to
This album is uhh good (bernie sanders voice)
Some quirked up white boys rock out, you love to see it
I have a confession to make… I like dadrock
An alternative classic. The acoustic instruments give the angsty songs a unique flavor.
Kate Bush = epic, simple as
Elvis is BACK! What it do, baby!
A high point in jazz music
Stylish album. Little Simz is a cool rapper with her own voice and the beats complement her well, making for a satisfying and enjoyable result
Principally this would be 2 but I don’t know how many more albums there will be in this that I’ll dislike more. I appreciate the additional percussion being used, the aggression and the unique sound distinguishing it from other ”nu-metal”, but it wears off towards the end of the album. Also a lot more extreme than I was expecting. An honorable 1 star
Cutesy country-tinged pop :)
Very fun sound and attitude… high 3
A good sounding album that never really goes for any emotional or musical highs, just stays in the middle ground. Pretty cool
Slow, stripped down country songs. Pretty
I really like the sound palette on this, by using more analog electronics (I assume) it avoids the sort of ageing that some synth based albums from the 80s sometimes fall victim to. Also one of my favorite album covers, but I wouldn’t let that influence my score, would I?…;)
Joni be like: brings home the bagel… I like the variety on the album and Car On A Hill is funky
I love this s*** man… shout-out to punk music
Cool, unique & creepy sound. Still recognisable as being Portishead while sounding completely different from Dummy
Personally would not have put this on this list. Not his best album, still cool. Cohen is as poetic as ever, and the prominence of sounds such as the mouth harp gives the album it’s own identity
My preferred Smiths album. I don’t even dislike the title track that much, though it’s still a miss in terms of pacing
Cool and good and fun :)
Sprawling, funky tracks in a satisfyingly short package. Also not the least bit suprised about the subject of the story considering it was made by a frenchman.
Where do you apply for a membership?
Groovy. Would likely tear up the club to these tunes
Playful 90s rock. The way the guitar feedback just turns into a suspended drone in one of the songs was gnarly.
Enjoyable, competent. Not their best, not their worst
Pretty um bouncy nervy 80s post-punk type thing with synths and that yeah
The playful attitude (bar some darker themes) combined with the particular minimal(?) sensibility of the music makes for a memorable whole……. I dig it
Pretty well executed aesthetic. My friend would like this album
This is my kind of music. More like this, Robert
Space rock is what space rock does
Any album that names a whole genre should be listened to before you die, this is no exception. A manifesto for what ambient music could be, expectedly pretty and abstract
Solid old school hip-hop with a somewhat eclectic array of sounds. Upbeat and enjoyable
Nut indeed… also a fairly eclectic range of psychedelia covered on this LP. This week’s word is ”eclectic”
Post-punk bangerz. I really like the combination of the blunt synths and the jagged rock instruments. Sad that this is in the lowest ranked albums on this site. Shows what the masses know, I suppose
Proud of U robert
A higlight in hip-hop, I’d say
A nice combination of sounds: Detached ironic vocals, busy drum machine patterns, various synth textures and lively bass work being a definite highlight
Balanced, well rounded power pop. A seamless blend of alternative sound and mainstream appeal
Rich layerz like Shrek
Grr… mom brought me the wrong dip sauce for my chicken nuggies… she just doesn’t GET me… goth 4 life
The increased musical variety courtesy of being a double album is… cheeelin
Solid folk & country songs complemented by creative production
Hell yeah brother
Enjoyable sound albeit repetetive to it’s detriment. The track ”Can’t fade me” sticks out for it’s misogyny but what he says on ”Who’s The Mack?” and the framing of ”It’s a Man’s World” makes me believe that he think he was aware of how it came off when he wrote it. The question then becomes why write it at all?
Effective mix of synths, indie and danceability + bangerz
Confident, well-paced album. Would definitely rock with this if I was a white girl in the 2000s. StronG 3
Veeeerrrrrrrrryyyyyyyy strong four…. I love the sound. Distinct from Loveless while still having their trademarked effects-drenched guitars
R0ck on brother
Imagine being the guy making the second ever album and having to follow this up 😨
White boy, black boy, they the same
They don’t call him ”The Boss” for nothing 🤟 hahhhaaaa nah but seriously, this is tasteful and well-aged take on hard rock :)
Strange mix of britpop tracks and funk instrumentals. Fine overall
This is a jam… album
If you’re like me and found out about Nick Drake through Pink Moon you’d probably be surprised hearing some of the more lavish arrangements found on this album. For example, Poor Boy features female backing vocals straight out of a soul song. But whereas you might think that such treatment would obscure the songwriting, it instead enhances it. The upbeat “Hazy Jane II”, drifting “One Of These Things First”, sublime “Northern Lights” and leisurely “Sunday” mark some of the best moments in his all too short career, not to mention every other song on the album
One of the highlights of sixties psychedelic baroque pop whathaveyou. Would probably be a 5 if I wasn’t so late to the party
Really like this. Very well executed sound that envelops you. StronG 4
Jangly, spooky post-punk. A successful fusion of different musical elements into one cohesive sound
Easy classic. A quite singular creative vision
Cool album… ehehehehe
Solid disco groove
Don’t like her vocals. Fine otherwise
Something of a musical hodgepodge. I like it
I really like ”Couldn’t Love You More” and ”Small Hours”. Had an interesting sound otherwise, Martyn’s voice was a bit coarse on most of the songs
Bert Jansch was a fantastic guitarist and is a personal inspiration. This album has that certain ”contained experience” which captures me tremendously
^ this guy? Not from the bayou
Good but I prefer what he made after. This is still a bit scattered and prototypical
Claaaaaasic… might’ve been a 5 if this wasn’t the first time I heard it LOL
Why is this the one Qotsa album on here and no Kyuss bruuuhhhh 💀💀💀 give me some of what Rob’s smoking!
I like this…:) Enjoyable if quintessentially average
Fun, easygoing (with some exceptions). The strings arrrangements are well implemented. I especially like the song ”Streets Of Kenny”
Not that unusual, really
My favorite Björk album. From the intimate ”Cocoon” to the sprawling ”Pagan Poetry”, the album combines orchestral strings, choir song, assorted twinkling instruments, electonic production and Björk’s umistakable voice into a cohesive, enveloping and deeply personal expression. The ticking and shuffling electronic percussion used also appeals to me personally.
Who said the oldies can’t rock 💃🕺🧓🏼👴🏻
I don’t even care about the Syd Barrett story man, this is just wacky, totally nutty, absolutely bonkers.
Warm, inviting vocal jazz. Hard to dislike
Prince made bangers. It’s been known
Neu is band whose influence exceed their quality. The music is good, don’t get me wrong, but it’s superceded by the myriads of bands that took what they did and expanded upon it. That being said, it and their debut (which is suprisingly not on here) should certainly be listened before you die. It gets a 3 because 😈
Not sure about this one. I find it difficult to describe the way this album keeps changing it’s sound song for song. The variety produces some great songs like ”Not Ready Yet” and ”Mental”. Also not too fond of the vocals on some songs, although they’re better on others. Idk It also feels strangely long for it’s length. I don’t think it’s a bad thing, but it’s worth noting
This is kinda bussin bruh fr
Disco bangers, simple as
Pretty good. Not so original as to make me understand what it’s doing on here though
I don’t know if Spotify’s source is faulty or not but the sound quality of this album was worse than I remembered, particularly the drum machines. They do add a mechanical charm. Anyway, it’s Cocteau Twins.
Cool. I’m always for unique fusions of styles
This is like Revenge of the Nerds but instead of sexual assault they made one of the best (produced) albums of all time
Warm like a campfire
A post-punkulent sound gives these songs a unique effect. I especially like ”Clouds” and how it uses the oboe for added escalation. This is an album you shouldn’t underestimate
Every song* has at least 2 legendary riffs. Great understated drummer, great bassist, Ozzy Osbourne. It’s a testament to how great the seventies were that one of it’s best albums was released so early and it still didn’t slow down. *not Planet Caravan. Still a great track
Plenty of bangers on here but, blasphemously, this is one of the Led Zeppelin albums that could’ve been cut. Shoutout John Paul Jones
Even if Robert Dimery’s hip-hop choices are fairly questionable, this is a fine album, if a bit stereotypically 2conscious4u as some 90s rap albums are. It’s also tastefully short
As lively as a live album can be. You can’t help but feel the excitement of the prisoners cheering at Johnny Cash singing “I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die”. A joy to listen to
This is like their first album but less unique. Switch the score I gave that with ”Slippery When Wet” and it should balance out
Straddling a line between standing the test of time and having aged unfavourably, it’s place is certainly earned on this list
Keep it up Paul
I probably like this album more than most but it didn’t need to be on here. There’s enough Radiohead already
In keeping with the album being such a breakthrough for dnb, it’s more of a collection of ideas than a cohesive whole. This, in combination with the excessive length (which Goldie somehow managed to surpass for his next album) makes for lopsided whole. The tracks themselves, however, I have no issue with
Jolly. I really like the album cover (with the title)
Doesn’t really work. I like the instrumental of the opener and ”Take This Waltz”, but otherwise it’s mostly different flavors of dated with Cohen reciting his lyrics over it all. It has comical value, though
Dunno if it’s the joy from finding a way to listen to this besides YouTube but I enjoyed listening to this album a bunch… just very solid, direct and stylistically varied across the four sides of the lp
These guys just rock… highway star is an all-time classic… good music
Like a wise man once said: Good album
Very close to giving this a five, It’s just so well executed all around. Even looking past the intriguingly morbid stories being sung (clearly being the focus), each song brings it’s own set of accompanying sounds, like organ, banging drums, strings, choirs, duets and more. A captivating listen
A stellar debut, superbly balancing minimal instrumentation with Cohen’s cryptic writings
Good… not sure if both this and Funeral need to be on the list though… just my 2 cents
Well told, well performed, accompanied by beats that fit like a glove (even when they aren’t to my personal taste). “Sing About Me, I’m Dying Of Thirst” is the clear winner for me, but the rest of the album isn’t very far behind
I love these lil fellas tbh
The quintessential Kate Bush album: Art-pop bangers, conceptual journeys and an irish jig
Mostly bouncy, concise songs in a mixture of styles that is difficult to describe. It is, however, easy to enjoy
A Steely Dan is a Steely Dan album, but why choose this over, say, The Royal Scam? Because it has their top-charting single, duh
Clxssic. The pounding drum machine, Albini’s inelegant delivery, and the sound they produce from their metallic guitars is either stunningly ghastly or like you’re being run over with a bulldozer. That being said, there are better noise-rock albums out there… well deserving of being on this list, nonetheless
Cocker is an evocative lyricist. I, however, have never been a lyrics person. The intentionally kitsch sound is charming
sOlid, a unique approach to trip-hop
Somehow I’ve avoided being bothered by AC/DC’s music before listening to one of their albums proper. Also, for being one of the best-selling albums of all-time, there are a lot fewer hits on this than I was expecting
Groovy. The cover of ”Heaven” stands out as particularly effective, otherwise the music is very of it’s time
Look, Gang Starr is classic, but you’re gonna include this and not Paid In Full or Road To Riches? U crazy Robert
Some good chunes on here yeah
You can take the whiteboy out of the Radiohead, but you can’t take the Radiohead out of the whiteboy: 2
Almost as nice as going to the beach in person!
Funky, soulful, very solid
Why is it called soft rock when it goes so hard?
Perfectly fine with some standouts (such as the number one single)
I was thinking that these guys were crazy to put Massive Attack’s first three albums on here, but then I found out that Mezzanine isn’t included. Wtf Blobert? Anyways good album
An effective album by a great, heartfelt singer
An awesome blend of contrasting elements. Commonly featured are hip-hop beats, country licks and electric noise. Even classical music appears for a moment, only to be replaced by a wholly different potpourri of sounds. Also, great-sounding drums
Well produced throughout, the occasionally aged sounds are offset by instances of forward-thinking production. Also politics
It’s a testament to the quality of Steely Dan’s music that this is one of their weaker albums
Their best album, groovy tracks with punch and odd sounds baked into them
Prefer folk Dylan to electric Dylan tbqh
Pleasant organ grooves
This is the album that made me falsely expect (and, perhaps, wish) every folk album to just be someone singing with a guitar*. Using this album as any kind of point for comparison is unfair, really. It’s just a one-of-a-kind album *There are about four measures of piano on the first track.
Good album to be earnest… some inspired guitarwork and catchy drums + charming songs
Some great downtrodden, melancholy country songs. Lapsteel guitar features prominently and when Ray Price really breaks out his majestic voice it’s sure to impress
Before I listened to him I thought Neil Young made sentimental music for dads, but I was pleasantly surprised by his balance of heartfelt country and intriguing musicality. Pretty cool :)
Similar to his debut, with some more keyboard thrown in
Fela the type of fella to only release bangers
Like the preceding ”Swordfishtrombones” but better realized
Uhh, yeah, I’m thinking it’s a classic
The usual Common mix of conscious preaching, brag-rap, love songs and storytelling. The Jaydee (pbuh) production gives the album it’s edge over his preceding albums
Good & silly
Obviously a modern classic, essential listening, must hear before you die etc. etc. I personally prefer Room On Fire
69 love songs? More like 59 love songs. Pertaining to this being more of a box-set than an album, it’s massive size makes listening front-to-back an absolute trek. The kicker is that it’s a trek through wonderful versions of timeless tunes Ps. To all the slackers who only listened to best-of version: Your loss
Not his best work, but Elliott Smith is Elliott Smith…
Fela had the winning formula; Half an hour, 2 tracks, all groove
Nice enough albeit underwhelming. Crossing cultures can only do so much legwork. I do particularly enjoy the title track
Underrated second side
Has a serene sound that you can lose yourself in… also, if we’re doing albums from last year, does that mean that next year I’ll have more than 1001 albums to listen to?
I love ”Jazz”. Very pretty and deceptively simple
Just kind of a new wave classic…
If this was 5 albums you must hear before you die this would still be here
Great performances by four talented musicians of unique and well-written jazz compositions… hits a lot of spots for me
A great live album with some truly fantastic moments brought from improvisation
A delightfully rowdy take on irish folk
k.d. stands for “kinda dope”
Stripped-down funk based on Jackson’s jazzy keys and Heron’s social poetry. Very solid!
Being more experienced with his 80s-sound, Waits turns up the country influence, making the music at turns more touching or more demented
Not as great as I remember… but it is as good as I remember 🤘😎
There’s something very punchy about the production on this album… and some real bangers scattered throughout… strong 3
Playful, eclectic & unpredictable. I dig it
Very pretty. Didn’t stick with me so much beyond that. I’ll probably change my mind later
An obvious classic, though the music never especially impressed me
Better than Bob Dylan
Bangers with little to no downtime inbetween. This albums reminds of something that I’ve noticed while listening to quite a few classic punk records, that being the music’s suprising sophistication in comparison to it’s stereotype of being simple
As important as this album is for hip-hop as a whole, it unfortunately hasn’t aged favourably. The sparse production leaves more to be desired and the slow pace of the back-and-forths between Run and D.M.C. just end up sounding silly and outdated. Not hating btw
Great split release
Nice if largely unremarkable
By some quirk fate ”Free Bird” was the least fulfilling song on this album
Roxy music combines slickness with oddity to great effect
A nice mix of organic pop and indie sounds. Also suprised to learn that Danger Mouse produced this… strong 3
Great album. If every song was as good as the best tracks it would be an easy 5 but unfortunately it’s not quite that inventive the whole way through
They weren’t lying… these hwiteboys have soul!
Pretend soundtracks of varying styles (often jazz) held together by a consistent standard of quality
A prog masterwork. Ever changing songs, brimming with great melodies, creativity and life. Though the players are all incredibly gifted, technicality never overshadows musicality. If you haven’t heard it before you certainly must before you die
”If God had an ipod I would be on his playlist” - John Coltrane, 1965
Not so bad, but considering it’s namesake it’s disappointingly ordinary and sorely lacking the energy of their debut. Also, not sure why but the sound quality felt a bit funky. Maybe it had to do with my mood, but it felt like the album got better towards the end, especially the song ”Black Or Blue”
He kinda funny 3 this one
Stevie ”Bangermaker” Wonder does it again
To me this is just a normal album
Deep Purplr just do hard rock very well. Some may disagree though…
The eponymous opener is divine. The other tracks are great
Respect to Rick Allen but I fell that one Def Leppard album is more than enough before you die
K.D. Lang has a great, emotive voice, and it’s set well against the backdrop of country stylings
Not as crazy about this album as many are but it doubtlessly has many great moments. ”Shot By Both Sides” is also just a banger
One of the tightest albums ever, live or studio. Also, it’s James Brown. Also also the crowd’s enthusiasm is infectious. And a bunch of other things
In an wild turn of events, the Kinks come out with another album of solid baroque pop
Good but not my thing
Not sure what compelled Rob to go back and put this in here… it’s dexent
If you think Bruce makes stupid music, you’re stupid… simple as
I like the drums :)
Pretty nifty… I like the way different genres are emulated and integrated into the instruments’ parts while having a cohesive sound… the songs themselves don’t always form a satisfying whole however… and the singer would be benefit from trying less to sound like Thom Yorke… respectable 3
This is what you love to see, just guys being lads
Daft Punk succeed in what eludes so many electronic artists: Making music that stands the test of time even as it’s technology becomes obsolete
Stoned out hip-hop with guitar-based beats and B-Real’s signature delivery (no shade towards Sen-Dog). I can imagine it’s not for everyone but I couldn’t tell you who.
Tranquil country songs with tasteful accompaniment helping to broaden the soundscape. Something of a forgotten classic
Please… drop a new album…
The importance and/or appeal of this album might be lost on those not familiar with the style of music this band occupied and inspired further. Being an avid fan post-rock and post-hardcore, this album is comparable in influence with something like Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Also, brilliant music
Sometimes leaning towards overproduced, while at others having some very inspired production choices. Overall? Cool album
Absolutely funkadelic. Wait, wrong band
Take any one performance from this album; guitar, bass, drums, keys, song; and you would have an excellent album. Together, they result in some of prog rock(if not rock altogether)’s finest offerings, still fresh 50 years on. I could say more but the music should speak for itself and, more importantly, I’m tired
I don’t have much to say about this that I didn’t say about their other albums. Their music aged gracefully because they played to the strengths of the technology rather than using it to try and replace traditional instruments
One of the more notable ”slacker rock” bands. Although, with guitar playing such as this you could hardly call them slackers
Good bearing how aggressively it is of it’s time
A truly experimental album: Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t
A later Beach Boys gem
Honestly? Just an excellent record… gotta give this a 5… don’t @ me
Love this album, fantastic psychedelic music. Strange, groovy and a joy to listen to. I hope Rob doesn’t make me look silly and give me third 5 star album in a row
Nice tunes :) tasteful length
Good songs unfortunately held back by outdated technology, something they’d much improve upon on their following album. Also, Pimpf just sounds silly
Not bad, could’ve been better if it was cut down to just the best tracks
A very important album for rock music and also holds up very well. R.I.P. Roky Erickson
Sinatra is Sinatra, great music
Folk and rock combined a way I haven’t quite heard before: Faithfully sung folk narratives with a solid rock groove underneath. Nifty
Decent dance music. ”Nothing Can Stop Us” is great
I like Talking Heads but this album eludes me. I like the songs(Life During Wartime is a personal favourite) yet the album as a whole doesn’t gel…. Strong 3
☝️☝️☝️ ⚠️Whiteboy on the mic⚠️ Exciting rethinking of rock ideas of both their past and present with inspired playing (particularly the drumming). Could’ve been shorter though
I was ready to rag on this for being inessential Bowie and not needing to be on this list but, as it turns out, it’s actually a good album. Still didn’t need to be on this list
Groovy and fairly varied, strong 3
I rock with this. Musically somewhere between funk and hip-hop, it starts of fun and high energy but moves in quite a few directions throughout it’s mere 36 or so minute runtime. I found that it has aged better than some of the other old-school hip-hop albums on here, but maybe that’s just me
Very impressed with how condensed this album is. There’s some considerable variety packed into just 42 minutes, and that’s with a 7 minute and a 11 minute song. Good music too =)
Good vibes :) it’s enough to make me overlook that this unplugged album is very much plugged in
This didn’t quite click with me the first time but hearing it now the electronic makeover gels well with their signature mellow sound. Just goes to show what repeated listenings can do
Nice, the synths and electronic drums haven’t aged too well
Damn… this rox
The great tracks are fantastic, the others are good too. Definitely an album you have to hear b4 you die
Crazy how decent this album is
A lot to digest, espexially on a first listen. The common element of this wide array of songs is it’s glossy, bombastic sound reimagining the Bad Seeds for the 21st century. Might rub some people the wrong way, but I’d say that the music retains it’s strength
Well executed soulful tunes with a well defined atmosphere. Just very solid
Kinda rocked with this one… decent 4
Awkward, angular and all the better for it
Haven’t quite caught up to the hype with this album but it’s got great songs yeah. I like ”Do You Remember Walter” a lot
Better than I remember but still not very impressive
These fellows sure are wacky. Good music
Fine album, but was a bit confused as to why it was included. Then when I went to check my copy of the ”1001 albums” book for the section for this album, I was stunned to find that this is the only Hüsker Dü album included, with ”Zen Arcade” having been omitted. So now I’m even more confused
Slapper. Disco rules
Great debut from the group that helped set the stage for alternative hip-hop. It still holds up considersbly well even now 30 years on. Could’ve used more Phife though
Decent music. The last two songs were especially strong
Mellow tunes. I feel too many of them can be boiled down to 60s sample + dance beat + additional piano and/or guitar
Suprising amount of the band uses regular, non-synthetic instrument for an artist whose image relies so heavily on being robotic. Banger btw
For being their grand statement on fame it’s not very grand. But maybe that’s the ultimate statement to make
This goes hard A Trip To The Moon (1902)
Not bad. The murky grooves sound nice but don’t feel like they reach any real highs, the song ”Safesurfer” being the outlier
Another The Jam certified jam
Very close to a five. Excellent pop in terms of both writing and creativity. Just a liiiittle too 80s
Classic hardcore banger. In and out, 15 minute adventure
Very forward-thinking, setting the stage for the indie rockers and unconvential frontmen of the future. Also great music, like the shifting “No Compassion” and fantastic closer “Pulled Up”
Modern? More like timeless
Knowing the backstory to this album affects my view of it. Trying to put that aside however, it’s a delightfully odd album that’s both entertaining and intriguing. It’s place on this list is well deserved.
The awkward raw nervousness of their debut is traded for a more polished stilted nervousness. The quality music remains intact.
Banger. Great band
Not as bad as I thought it would be from the first song, but still a questionable inclusion
Jolly irish sounds with some alternative rock elements. I especially like the songs that have a gradual build-up like ”We Will Not Be Lovers” and ”The Stolen Child”
How can you blame them for ripping off Fela Kuti when it made for their best album?
Country music is dea-
Jeff Lynne writes consistently solid pop tunes. A lot of them. I was pleased with them. Strong 3/5
Another entry that would make it on the shortlist of these 1001 albums. Works just as well for beginners to jazz as it does for veteran listeners
What more can I say, I wouldn’t be here today if the old school didn’t pave the way
Good emotionally charged alternative rock songs. Didn’t fully click with me unfortunately
Classic of indie classics. Gonna say this one is a banger
This kind of classic gothy post-punk tends to be to my taste. It might have to do with the rhythms. Must investigate further
I find there’s something charming about Eminem’s edginess on this album. Other than that it’s, ironcally, mostly inoffensive
I may dig on The Rolling Stones
Very groovy and absolutely demented. A strong combination
Some nice synth and grooves. Nothing I haven’t heard before, but still pleasant.
Strange that this s the first time I’ve heard of this album. Knowing the mythical status of the original ”Smile”, some might be disappointed by this rendition. I think it’s nice
This guy’s about to rock off… truth
You don’t have to hear this album before you die because in all likelyhood you already have. Even if it’s reputation exceeds it’s quality, it’s still a great album
Cet album c’est chic
I’m a defender of this album but even I don’t think it’s essential. C’mon Bob
Awesome latin-fusion jams
As someone who knew this band solely for Forever Changes this was a suprise. And I’m all for more varied, experimental and complicated songs. Perhaps it doesn’t reach the highs of the previously mentioned album but it’s certainly up my alley
Beautiful :) strong 4
Certified National Recording Registry banger
Not a fan of death metal, but as this is one of the only albums in the style that’s included here, aren’t there more significant albums that could’ve taken it’s place? Not very interesting musically, with the occasional nice guitar line or rhythm. The vocalist’s accent is also a bit amusing
Being the only classic Faust album that was on streaming services for a while I’ve listened to this one quite a few times. Very cool record. Also, don’t call it krautrock
Honestly? Banger. Shoutout to Sly Stone not understanding the title of ”What’s Going On”
Gotta give this a 5. Earnestly beautiful, expertly balancing heartfelt emotions with intricate arrangements to create songs that can truly captivate you. This is aided, in no small part, by the excellent production
100% pure f*uckin rock, R.I.P. Lemmy
Thx for the bangers Bob
Despite being Scandinavian and having heard the song a thousand times, Dancing Queen is a megabanger. The rest of the songs are bangers
Wow, just heard this! Very cool album :)
Always down for some goofy guys just messing around on a record. Unfortunately most of the songs are too short or don’t develop enough to go beyond being musical ideas. I appreciate this being on the list, but there are better records of this scene that could’ve taken it’s place, not least by the same band
The first side is a bit wank (read: experimental) but the record really picks up from “Synchronicity Ⅱ“ onwards. Really a toss up between this being a 3 or 4 but personal enjoyment pushes it over the edge
Nice lo-fi aesthetic and sparse arrangement
Very solid late 70s pop rock. Varied songs, varied moods and well made as a whole
Good pop as expected but the production has not aged as gracefully and the album as a whole is not as strong as his previous two
More of the same as his first prison album… please make even more!
A good example of a record with unmistakeably ”80s” production that makes it work for the music. Very enjoyable
ELP are the quintessential hit-or-miss band. I’m on the hit side. This album is enjoyable and the boys play the arse off as expected, but it doesn’t do anything particularly impressive with it’s structure as a whole
A very pleasant folky/jazzy listen. This is the kind of new find that rewards going through 1001 albums
Enjoyed ever minute
An eclectic mix of grimy jazz atmosphere tracks, dirty funk tracks and an assortment of other styles. Quite cool :)
Didn’t expect this kind of funky 80s music from Steve Winwood. Pleasantly suprised
Conflicted on whether to give this 4 stars or 5, if that that should tell you what I think of this album. Also, a much larger portion of the album has aged gracefully than I’ve previously noticed
Some nice classic funk tunes.
Was skeptical at first but warmed up to it towards the middle of the album. If I wanted to listen to whiteboy music sung by a black man I would just listen to Bloc Party though
Zamn! Who would’ve thought an aussie could rock like this?
Pretty decent if u ask me 🤠
Bluesy psych rock with flashes of guitar that hint towards the players’ future career
A fun take on rock music as filtered through an african sound. I especially liked the songs that featured more unusual rhythms. Will be exploring this band further
Catchy tunes performed with heart and a complimenting horn section. Did they end up finding the soul rebels though??
Despite being, or maybe because the album was made as a statement on the music of it’s time it has remained a product of that time. Regardless, the musical (and lyrical) edge is still palpable and the album remains essential to understanding hip-hop history
Just some girls rocking off… you love to see it
One description I’ve often seen of this album is that it sounds like it could’ve been released today. Certainly, there are elements that betray it being a product of the 60s, but it’s no mean feat to still sound fresh more than 50 years on. One reason for this is probably the fact that prog bands are using it as a reference point even to this day. The more relevant reason, however, which is common with every album that transcends time and genre, is great songwriting. And every song on here is a classic, never quite replicated by another band since except maybe King Crimson themselves. This is all without mentioning the massive musical talent within the band: Greg Lake steals the show with his powerful voice, not to overshadow his nimble bass playing providing great counterpoint to the rest of the music. Robert Fripp, who should need no introduction, takes a more subdued role, with hints of his unique melodic approach present in the guitar solos/improvisation. Michael Giles provides a stunning performance on drums, showing off his impressive chops not just in the bombastic moments but also the quiet ones. Not least of all is Ian McDonald, showing faultless multi-instrumental prowess on reeds, woodwinds and keys while also being the principal songwriter. The lyrical contribution of Peter Sinfield also deserve mention, illustrating wondrous fantasy worlds alongside rough depictions of war, solitude and the human condition. This line-up of King Crimson was not to last, as Ian McDonald and Greg Lake would leave the group before the release of their next album less than a year later, with Fripp taking over as band leader and principal writer from then on (even the artist behind the iconic cover art, Barry Godber, would tragically pass away a few months after the albums release at the age of 24). King Crimson then went on to experiment wildly with their style for the rest of their career, leaving behind perhaps the greatest debut album of all time. P.S. The flaw of the album is not Moonchild. That song is wonderful all the way through. The true flaw is the anti-climactic fake out ending of The Court Of The Crimson King. Why they decided to put that one last instead of using the perfect ending that precedes it I will never understand.
Silky smooth soul. Most will of course gravitate to the big songs like ”Smooth Operator”, bit the others aren’t bad either! Very good debut, and she only got better coming out of the 80s
Come to Finland plz
Very solid covers and originals. Better than the last times I’ve heard it
Dexent synth-pop. I like the songs with wind instruments
A refreshingly original version of rock music. I may enjoy the ”sound” more than the songs themselves. Good regardless
Oasis is one of the most revolutionary artist in music. All he has to do is walk and they follow lgx
Before listening to this album, I was actually somewhat looking forward to hearing how the album sounded. The idea of a thrash metal band backed by a symphony orchestra seemed like an interesting concept with lots of potential for something unique to come out of it. The first thing that quelled my enthusiasm was realising that the album was 40 minutes longer than I’d previously thought. The other was hearing the music. What you might cynically suspect a collaboration such as this would sound like, this does. Overblown, with neither party adding much substance to the other. More often than not, they fit so poorly together that they honestly would both sound much better separated. A “teilkunstwerk”, if you will. The only time the fusion is successful is on the slower ballads, which are so few and far between I’d recommend you just listen to them by themselves rather than having to sit through the whole 133 minutes of runtime. One positive I can cite without hesitation is the quality of the live recording. The technical team did a fantastic job capturing each instrument of the orchestra and of Metallica. This makes for yet another thing wasted on what is ultimately a waste of creative potential and my time.
Sex Pistols was always a band whose image eclipsed their music. It’s certainly influential and definitely not bad, just disproportionally unremarkable for their larger-than-life reputation. Still, every music lover has to listen to it sometime
Maybe I’m making a lapse in judgment but I simply cannot remember anything from this album except being underwhelmed. My bad
Not his best work, although Marvin is Marvin so there are plenty great songs throughout
Yeah… kinda rocked with this. No hate. Sucks to hear he was alleged to have committed sexual misconduct though :/
Honestly? Not that bad. The core band can come up with some killer grooves. No comment on Fred Durst’s vocal performance.
Love this album. Great bluesy, soulful and out-there songs that too often get overshadowed by their outrageously out-there subsequent works. I’d like to give this a 5, but I feel that as a whole it doesn’t quite reach that level. It is quite close, however
More like 1002 albums you must hear before you die Regarding ”Speakerboxxx”: Totally fine southern rap album. Good tunes abound. Regarding ”The Love Below”: This half is a bit trickier. I remember really loving André’s eclectic genre fusion experiments, but for all their inventiveness a lot of them end up being somewhat aimless. Of course there are the great hits like ”Hey Ya!” and ”Roses”, but not all the 21 tracks achieve their (artistic) success. The album finishes strongly with the intriguing ”A Life in the Day of Benjamin André (Incomplete)”, showing off that when André wants to rap, he does so with inimitable individuality and skill. Overall, one of the 2 hour+ long albums with the least obtrusive feeling lengths, which could be thanks to the neat seperation in the middle. Still, listening to it makes me think of how it could’ve been realised even better
Fresh songs with an easily digestible sound. Quite nice
Now THIS is what I call pop-punk. Earnest and full of attitude whilst having a sensibility for good melodies and catchy songs. Lovely album
There’s some kind of x-factor to this album I’ve been trying to pin down. The most coherent explanation I’ve come up with is that the combined simple instrumental parts and short lengths of the songs make for these ”miniatures” of sort. It’s fascinating in the way you might be fascinated looking at a snowglobe or something to that effect. This tapers off in the latter half of the album but returns for the last song ”American Girl”. I also believe that this album is a link between the rock music before it and the indie rock that would come after it in the 80s and 90s. Maybe this is just me though
My favourite Nixon. That is to say: It’s decent
Their weakest effort, unfortunately. The songs sound too different to form a cohesive whole, and the songs on their own vary in quality. Still, an enjoyable listen
Ah, finally some music you can dance to. Include more salsa next time, gringo
Some pleasant 60s pop tunes. Nothing that really stands out though, even for a double album
This gets better for every other thrash metal album I listen to.🐐
I was prepared for some more underwhelming 2000s picks from Bob but this is pretty gnarly. Nice one :)
Original sadboy classix
Groovy soul tunes. Strong 3. Also, these guys wrote ”I Heard It Through The Grapevine”? I always though that the song just kind of existed.
This guy seems to like The Beatles. Makes for enjoyable music
Wonderful album. Having Bert Jansch and John Renbourn in the same band makes for some inimitable guitarwork, and interplay between all the band members is captivating the whole way through. Definitely give this album a listen
Having never gotten around to listening to this album, I was pleasantly suprises by it’s quality! The rapping itself is quite good, at least by 1988 standards, but the production is what really stands out. Along with plenty of minor details, the beats adjust to the verses, choruses, bridges, interludes and sometimes change altogether for the latter half of a song. This makes for a much more vibrant and enjoyable listening experience. Although, you definitely don’t need me to tell you to listen to it.
Solid debut laying the grounds to be improved upon only a few months later. 🤟
Only Built 4/5 Cuban Linx
I like Wilco and I like this album, but you don’t need to listen to it before you die. If you had to call any Wilco album ”essential”, it would be Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. But as I said, I like the album. The standard quality of songwriting is good and it foreshadows in some ways where the band was heading. Don’t look up the name of the drummer
Decent. Missy Elliott’s delivery sometimes borders on obnoxious and Timbaland’s production is similarly hit-or-miss, but when they align it’s pretty fun (”Slide” stands out as a good example).
Better than their debut
Psych classic. I have nothing more to add other than the fact that I, controversially, prefer their sophmore release