Love the voice, but the songs have a sameness to them that gets tedious after a while.
I enjoyed the heck out of this one. Thirty seconds into Parts of a Whole, they had me. I loved the unison trumpets and how the style borrowed a lot from American jazz yet was different from what I would expect in the genre.
Not for me. I managed to miss them the first time around. Sadly, that didn't hold.
The classic lineup! You really get a feel for the power of the band. I remember how HEAVY this was considered at the time, and how quaint that idea feels now.
I hadn’t heard of this before it showed up on the list. I like it. It’s like a soul version of the Black Keys. Given Danger Mouse’s involvement, I’m not surprised. There are elements of Funkadelic and Curtis Mayfield. I would listen again.
I’m not a Randy fan, so this was a tough slog. Some great arrangements, but I couldn’t get past Newman and his phrasing.
I like the way he blends Gospel and Rap on this. It's not generally my kind of thing, but that fusion is interesting.
Psychedelic Temptations were not my thing. I feel like David Ruffin was also missed. The title track was pretty good, but beyond that nothing stood out.
This is where I came in with Nine Inch Nails. I loved this record for all of the new it brought and for all of the old it twisted and tore.
I liked this one. Catchy songs, and really interesting riffs.
This album is one of my all-time favorites. Listening to it today was fantastic, because it’s a repeat of something I do often. Freddie’s master class on live looping in The Prophet Song is worth the price of admission on its own, but starting with Death on Two Legs? Sheer perfection.
The follow up to Rumours. Some great moments, and a couple of great songs. Did NOT need to be a double album though!
This was great. I remember this leading to a bit of a funk-metal craze at the time, but they were missing the whole free form thing that Vernon Reid was throwing out there. This is still their best integration of all that.
Nice enough songs, but they all sounded to me like they'd been recorded with a microphone left in the other room. Not for me.
Fun and bubbly throughout. There are a lot more telltale signs of their time in the LA punk scene than I recalled. The little semi-tone line ends remind you where they came from before they added that poppier sheen that Jane Weidlin brought in.
When Definitely Maybe first came out they led off in North America with Supersonic , which wasn’t my bag, though it has since grown on me. If they’d led off with Live Forever, like they did in the UK, I’d have probably been on board sooner. I find this album a mixed bag, but it’s one of my favourite recorded acoustic guitar tones. Slide Away always strikes me as a missed opportunity, because it really told us which way they were heading, but they used it as a b-side.
I didn’t know until today that there was a 90s Frankie Goes To Hollywood. Some interesting sounds at the start, devolved into dance cliches quickly.
A fun listen. It’s been a while. I like it a lot more than I did at the time.
Bowie! Such a great record, coming out of the glam era into something different.
Always a special place in my heart for some indie psychedelia.
I always try to separate the art from the artist. I can’t really do that here. Manson is as shitty as what he sings about. Fuck him. Fuck his shitty albums.
Loved the sound of this, across the board. Her voice was great.
I remember not liking this at all when it first came out. Now, I quite like it. That's largely reflective of my views of hip-hop at the time vs now.
I'm not usually a Nick Cave fan, but I quite liked this.
For Kashmir alone, it's great. Some true classics on this record, but there's some filler.
Third best OG Pixies album. Over the years, I’ve seldom listened past Velouria. Today I confirmed why.
I was never a fan of her work with the Velvet Underground. I always felt they’d have been better with a singer… I forgot she had this record. I would like to go to there again.
Jennings was a guy I didn't catch in the past. The marketing went a bit too cowboy for my taste, and he didn't get that late-career renaissance that Johnny Cash got. I liked this.
I often skip Stills, and this album makes me wonder why. It was a good listen.
An all-time favourite of mine. A dreamy folkadelic cross between the Beatles and Bowie (Ringo loved them, Bowie's producer Tony Visconti produced it, so it all checks out!)
Another one I hated at the time, but quite enjoy now. It brings their punk/hardcore influences together with rap and the nascent hip-hop genre. I really enjoy it now.
A true pop classic, and the opening 3 tracks is a hell of a sequence. I’m not too fussed about the rest of it, but what a start!
It explains a lot about where Albini is coming from. I enjoyed this.
I love Hawley's voice. It's like a cross between Nick Lowe and Damon Albarn. A lot of it reminded me of Blur's The Universal. A nice chill listen!
I love this record. It’s the peak of Soundgarden. The songs are their strongest and they really found themselves here.
I hated these guys back in the day. It was because they were the poster kids for the whole Electronica is going to take over. It didn’t, and I like it more now. Those two data points are unrelated.
Enjoyable. It's not a style I'm familiar with, but this was a good listen.
Loved this. This was the album today. Today was a good day!
Enjoyed it at the time, and continue to do so now. For as much play as Bittersweet Symphony got, Lucky Man still gets me to this day.
I only vaguely recalled this one. It’s really enjoyable. I also was unaware that Juliana Hatfield was the bass player on it.
I'm more a fan of Virtual Insanity than anything on here. Not my favourite by them, and not my favourite in that pop-funk genre of the early 90s.
I had heard of Beth Orton, but this was my first time hearing her music. I liked it.
Listening to this, you can hear how much music borrowed from them. Not just electronic artists, but there was a huge influence on New Wave and all that followed.
These guys are tons of fun. I enjoyed the heck out of this!
My favourite Beatles album (it's back and forth between this and Rubber Soul).
So sparse, and so powerful. I can’t believe how simply he recorded it.
Their best album. It's tough to listen to in one sitting. You can't hear the same song repeatedly for too long, even with Bon Scott singing.
I’ve heard about Jarrett for years. This is the first time I’ve sat down and really listened. Great performance!
Not generally my cup of tea, but you can’t deny her voice.
I’d forgotten how great some of this album is. There’s a few songs that I’ve skipped over the years. They felt new to me this time. I guess I’ve always skipped them.
A fraction of what they would become.
The highs were high, and the lows were forgettable. Still, on the strength of Malibu alone, this gets 3.
I really liked this. It slipped past me at the time, but I love this sonic update of the Curtis Mayfield sound.
I always thought of them as the She Don't Like Jelly guys. This was much better than I expected. Still out there, but a bit more accessible.
Yet another band I’d heard of but not heard. A good listen, though I’ll admit my idea of progress sits more on the Yes side of things than this.
Brooklyn frat boy rap at its best!
My favourite Waits album, bar none!
Classic songwriting and arrangement. It’s audio comfort food!
I generally liked what Annie and Dave did outside of Eurythmics, but you can’t deny the influence of this record
Shows the genius of Ray Davies even if you don’t remember the songs after.
I've listened to a lot of Brian's solo work, but never that of Dennis. I enjoyed this.
One of my favourite albums by one of my favourite bands. I love it all from Jump to Top Jimmy to Drop Dead Legs and all places between!
I like some of their earlier avant-garde stuff, but that’s more curiosity. It's like looking at an abstract painting and thinking, “That’s neat, but I’m not gonna look at it for an hour!” When they moved into the grunge-pop era with this, I was out.
Hell of a debut. Music that still plays a ton!
I never got the fuss over OutKast. I still don't.
It's still neither Massive nor Attacky, but I liked it better than the last one. It's good background music.
Gets a bit noisy and clangy, without being interesting enough to earn it.
It’s not my favourite T-Rex album, but I’m always happy to see them pop up!
In my top 5 Stones albums for sure. I just wish that radio stations would remember that there are songs other than Brown Sugar on here!
I generally like X, haven’t gone back before More Fun in the New World in years. I enjoyed this. It makes me want to go back to listen to Los Angeles.
The Bond themes we never got to hear. Great background music!
For Roundabout alone, this has earned its place on the list. The other stuff is okay too.
An hour and a half of Outkast is about 2 hours too much Outkast. Much like Kanye, these guys are not geniuses, and people need to stop throwing that word around like it means something.
Probably the first hip hop album I really appreciated. I love Dre's backing tracks. It feels as much a Snoop album, but darker.
Child in Time is an all time great. I dig the rest too. I always forget that this was a couple of years before Machine Head. This sounds like a band far more together than their first album together.
Not what I’m used to from PJ, but I liked it.
Some of the roots of funk found here. Herbie is known so well as a serious jazz musician who branched out into other areas. As part of the generation that first heard him with Rock-It, it’s great to hear that he was breaking new ground long before that!
Max's drums have never sounded better. I've had this one lying around for a while and never gave it a listen. That was a mistake. It's a great record and a solid "comeback" for Bruce.
I really enjoyed this. I always thought of Billy as the guy who plugged into a little Fender amp and sang New England. There’s still some of that here, but every now and then there’s these little auditory surprises.
I love the band, and I love most of the songs. Did it need to be a double though?
Stevie’s imperial period. He could do it all, and he made it groove!
I'm not particularly enamoured with the songs, though the sound of the recording is fantastic.
Somehow I'd never heard this album, despite having been a fan of Steve Winwood for most of my life. The opening instrumental really grabbed me, but the rest left me cold.
Among the definitive live albums in rock, but this one just feels more life. Bonus points for their iconic version of Summertime Blues.
This was the most Jon Briton album that Jon never produced. I had skipped a lot of Elliott’s music back in the day, thinking it was another weepy folk guy. This proves me wrong. Great record.
The first track was great, the rest less so. Not my cuppa tea.
First album with the Attractions. Not his best. Steve Nieve is the man, he would better figure out his place after this.
Before the disco days, when it was just about songs and harmonies.
It’s fun and out there in just the right ways.
Not my bag at all, but decent as background music. I don't know that what amounts to modern-day muzak is a must-listen.
I enjoyed this one. A fun blend of folk and psychedelia.
I enjoyed this. I didn't follow the band until The Resistance. Their music is a great blend of many things I like. This record is no exception.
Probably the most out together album the White Stripes did. A bit uneven, but some great songs here!
I dug this. Some great tunes and authentic performances. The singing and playing is not flawless by any stretch, and that’s the charm of it.
Great soul/funk. I was only familiar with Shuggie when he played bass on Peaches En Regalia with Frank Zappa. This record was fun. I can see how it influenced Prince and Lenny Kravitz.
There’s elements of punk and metal throughout. They’ve absorbed a lot here.
Messy, but catchy as hell. I'm more a Do the Collapse era fan, but this was a fun look at how they got there.
Not as raw as some of their earlier stuff, but I liked that they kept the aggression, and dug deeper into melody.
This was a huge shift for Miles. While I'm not crazy about where it ended up, I can appreciate this as the transition. McLaughlin and Zawinul are fantastic on it.
Fun. I skipped over this at the time. I enjoyed it this time. Will I listen again? I'm not sure.
I never heard of these guys until now. After hearing it, I can see why.
I'm not generally a fan of Celtic-style music, but these guys are the exception. It's a great record... for all that Celtic shite up in it. ;)
Definitely darker than most ABBA albums. My parents used to pick up all of their records, but by this point they’d stopped. One of Us was the only one I recognized, probably on a Greatest Hits collection. Musically it’s everything ABBA has always been. Lyrically, it’s perhaps a bit more.
This is peak Van Morrison for me. Big points for It Stoned Me and Into the Mystic alone. The rest is great too.
This gets to 4 on the strength of Peaches en Regalia alone. The other stuff is fun and beautifully played, but once you’ve heard Peaches it’s a high bar.
I hadn’t heard this one, but I liked it a lot. Mark Lanegan had a way of writing these pop gems that they managed to dress up in a coat of indie-cred. I like it.
I'm not generally into the new folk stuff, but I like these guys. This was enjoyable.
I love it when we get an all-but-forgotten gem. Blackstar was proof enough that Bowie had it going on up to the end. I'll give this record the edge over the one the cover spoofs. Heroes was a one-song album. This has a lot more going on.
After this album, Radiohead and I parted ways. I think OK Computer is fantastic, but I liked where they came from more than where they were headed.
Live B.B. is the best B.B.
Not sure that this was a must-listen. It was okay. The neo-psychedelic label gets thrown around a lot, and I don’t always hear it. This was a perfect example of that.
Great songs, great voice. Can’t go wrong
Fantastic record! Simon and Garfunkel at their finest.
I was never a UB40 fan. I don’t know that this changed my mind, but it was better than I expected.
About as meandering as I expected.
The iconic Doors album.
I knew of, but missed this band first time around. I enjoyed this a lot.
I can’t believe I’ve never listened to this. Not really my cup of tea, even though I appreciate the talent behind it.
I love the noisiness and experimental nature of this. Normally, that sort of thing drives me nuts, but not here. I’ve been listening to this record for years, just don’t ask me to be able to name a single song.
A decent album by The Fall. Not my favourite of theirs, but enjoyable nonetheless.
I think this album was mandatory in the late 70s. A classic rock opera!
Not my thing in any way.
One of Clayton’s best. I’ve always loved his tone on this record. You can see where it developed into his Cream tone.
Not my thing at all. Good for what it is, but I don’t want to listen to what it is.
I know that they got better than this not long after, but damn, Mountain Song is still killer!
I’m not a big Doors fan by any stretch, but you can’t deny the power of The End.
Baba O’Riley, Won’t Get Fooled Again, and Behind Blue Eyes on the same album, and it’s NOT a Greatest Hits collection?!? A Huge record, and undoubtedly one of, if not, their best!
I remember seeking this one out because it had a song based on Apt Pupil by Stephen King (Skeletons in the Closet). Anthrax came from a different side of thrash than the other Big 4 bands. There was a little more punk to their sound than Metallica or Megadeth, so they sat closer to the Slayer end of the spectrum, but there was more melody that Joey Belladonna brought.
Always a spectacular voice.
Cool record. I had heard about this, and that it was punk, but not punk rock. An apt description for a fusion of styles like this.
This album was my gateway to hip hop. I heard the version of Bring the Noise that PE did with Anthrax and found this album. The great soundscapes and songs led me further into the genre.
This record reminds me of the time I put the 12" single of Tour de France on and played it on the wrong speed. I was a good few minutes in before I noticed the error. Autobahn is influential. You can hear so much of what would come to fruition in the 80s with bands like Depeche Mode. As a cultural artifact, it's a 5, as an album that I'm listening to in 2022, a solid 3.
An enjoyable album. Just one Smile and I Don't Want to Hear it Anymore prove to me that I like Randy Newman just fine when he's writing for other people.
I've always really liked The Passenger. Lust for Life is great too, despite being so overplayed. Until now, I never knew that the rhythm section was the Sales brothers (Soupy's sons) from Tin Machine.
Experimental composition? Oookay. 20 Songs of it? Yeesh. Some of the melodies sound like the harmony, with the principle note removed. That was a thing at the time, and this uses it in spades. I enjoyed Garden of Earthly Delights, but most of the rest was pretty tedious.
One of the all-time great live albums. The set is perfect, and there's a reason this is the prime version of I Want You To Want Me!
Her voice is great. You can’t go wrong with the material here either, but her previous record had this “I’ve never heard something like this before” This doesn’t have that, nor does it continue that.
I like this better than most of the Minor Threat stuff. The whole band writing the songs together seemed to work well.
This surprised me. I was expecting a much more mellow Style Council kind of affair, and this wasn’t that. His songwriting has always been strong, but this is a real leap forward.
This was the last album I bought in vinyl when the world had moved on from the format (I’ve bought others since, but it was the end of an era). Epic is a blast but there’s other stuff on here that’s great. Falling to Pieces and The Real Thing especially.
I enjoyed this. Partly as a precursor to what was going to come from these guys and also because Joan of Arc always stood out to me as a great song on its own.
This was practically the soundtrack of my 20s. A lot I love here, still lots to which I’m indifferent, but the stuff I love gives it a 4.
This is most of the CCR I love. It really does feel like a greatest hits collection.
An enjoyable collection of classic soul sounds. None of the songs particularly stood out for me, but the sounds are there.
First album out and they have American Girl. Also, Breakdown. I give this one a 4 because the album cuts didn’t yet have the power of the deep cuts of later albums. A great start for a great band.
I’m surprised by how much I enjoyed this. Catchy tunes with interesting instrumentation.
Definitive Beach Boys for me. Wouldn't it Be Nice, Sloop John B, and God Only Knows all on one record? It's a fantastic collection of sounds.
Loved this. Not sure how I missed it before, but I'll be making up for lost time.
I first bought this record a little after Number of the Beast came out. At first, I was surprised at how different it sounded compared to what I expected from Iron Maiden. Either way, I still enjoy it. Highlights for me are Remember Tomorrow and Sanctuary. I love Phantom of the Opera, but find they've done it better on live versions. The drums on the record feel haphazard, and never quite nail the groove like they did on the live version that was on the Women in Uniform single.
It didn't really grab me. It sounds like "here's a bunch of songs, do the Van Morrison thing to them" That's no small feat, but I found that none of the songs stuck with me like they did on other releases.
One of my all-time favourite records, top to bottom. Bowie and Ronson did Something great here, and its influence is still felt.
This didn't land for me. I liked the band much better a few years later when they did Shake Some Action. I don't hear any of that tuneful effervescence on this record.
Not a fan of Nico, but damn. The influence of this record is huge, and still sounds so ahead of its time were it not for the out of tune vocals of the singer.
So much more to this than No Woman No Cry (though that does dominate and deservedly so). Knew only one song, but really enjoyed this.
Such a beautifully intimate record, and by that, I mean so real. It’s so real. I missed out on her for the most part, but this is telling me that I DID miss out.
Legend for a reason. Great songs with great voices bringing them.
I don’t get them. I don’t get any of these “how many people can we fit on a stage? More? Give ‘em a drum” bands. If the songs were there I’d be down, but I’ve heard them for years, and listened now and found that literally none of it sticks in my mind. Gun to my head, I couldn’t name an Arcade Fire song to save my life. And I JUST listened to this album!
One of the great Albini collaborations. PJ seldom disappoints and this sounds more like her than anything else.
It’s an interesting novelty, but it leaves me cold. The rough edges all get sanded off. It used to be that Metallica’s appeal lied in those edges.
My favourite Smiths album. Marr and Morrissey at their peak as songwriters and performers.
I love The Message, but somehow never found my way to the rest of this album. I liked it a lot.
I loved all of their previous albums, but this is the one where they lost me. Give me songs, not soundscapes.
I find Eno's experimentation interesting in small doses. a full album is a bit much.
This has a lot of my favourite Hendrix stuff. Listening to it today, I think I enjoyed it more than Axis Bold as Love.
This album is brought to you by cocaine. This was where Sabbath moved from the proto-metal sludge into trying to be the Pink Floyd of metal. Still, some great songs on here.
Nice enough background music. In a list of 1001 albums I must listen to before I die, though? Let's let "background music" be a disqualifier, shall we?
I love these guys. They always sounded like a reasonable facsimile of stuff I loved to hear. More of that here, but in the absence of stuff I love, I'll take it.
I tend to be more a fan of the Kinks on either side of this, in terms of eras. I'm a huge fan of the Shel Talmy era, and then the 80s Give the People What They Want and State of Confusion era. Listening to this, you can hear the wide range, and see why they were so influential.
It's a joke right? Come on. I HAVE to listen to THIS before I die? Tedious. I kept waiting for a punchline that never arrived.
You can see where Jeff Buckley picked up some stuff from his dad, but I definitely prefer Buckley the younger. Nothing memorable for me on this.
Not my bag. Too mellow for my liking. When he tries to be edgy it falls flat.
This album certainly lives up to its title. Never a fan of the Cookie Monster vocals of a lot of modern metal. I found the next album had more melody, and I liked that more. Generally, I prefer Corey in Stone Sour to most of the Slipknot stuff.
Definitely one of the more interesting New Romantic bands. This album had a lot more shades than others of the era.
You can see the roots of Every Picture Tells a Story here. These first three records are my favourite era of Solo Rod.
Great playing. Lacks the danger of Miles or Coltrane, but they’re not setting out to do that.
A solid start to punk, but the formula was definitely improved by the time it got to the Ramones and Sex Pistols. Dick Manitoba gets on my nerves quickly, as does the excessive reverb.
Some interesting bits here and there. Lo Borges has some interesting soul elements. Nascimento plays more traditional Brazilian music. Not really my thing.
What I've always enjoyed about Q-Tip is that he focused on the songwriting in a way that most hip-hop producers and performers don't. There's lots of that on this record.
As with many double albums, there's a great single album here once you get rid of the filler.
Not for me. I don't get how this makes the list.
This is such a great record. I remember when it came out that it completely vindicated my view of Dave as the backbone of Nirvana and, IMO the true talent. This record is a great cross-section of Grohl's varied influences. There are many power pop references and angular punk chord progressions.
It's a great rock record. Jones, Matlock and Cook are a great band. Johnny Rotten annoys the hell out of me, but I'm able to get past that because the band sounds so solid.
I completely missed this at the time. Music was so much more regional at the time. I enjoyed the overall sound here, synthpop with actual guitars being played as well. Stay was my favourite track.
The overall sound gets a bit grating at times, but that’s just the 90s for you. Great songs that prepare you for more great songwriting to come from these guys!
Funky and soulful. The standout tracks still get you moving. Sly was ahead of his time. There are still people chasing this sound.
Simple to the core, and that's why it still rocks today. There are some gems here, but the real trick is three guys playing together.
This is my favourite Dylan album. All the songs I like, with great sound (on the acoustic stuff at least. The electric stuff sounds a bit shrill).
Bowie and Iggy together is a great thing, as with Bowie and Lou. It's remarkably raw for being Bowie involved during the mid-to-late-seventies.
My parents had this record. While I skipped over a lot of it, Knowing Me, Knowing You is probably my favourite of their songs. It gets three on the basis of that alone.
There is no tone fuzzier than this. I was introduced to Sonic Youth in the Prepared Instrument, more avant-garde days. While it's great that they got into making songs like those on here, which were excellent, it just felt a bit like they were doing what everyone else did.
I was surprised by how much I liked this at the start. The description did not make me think I would. Halfway through it began to grate on me a bit. I like what they’ve done to a degree, especially the opening cut, but I don’t see this as something I’ll revisit.