Obviously legendary songwriter. A little twangy for my liking at times but Desolation Row & Ballad Of A Thin Man were 2 songs I'd never heard before that I really enjoyed. Need to take more time out to listen to Bob Dylan, a ton of history being from MN that I am ignorant of!
Had a bunch of notes but they got deleted. I liked the first half of this album but hated the 2nd half. As a vocal talent, I've definitely overlooked Alice Cooper and always thought of him as a TV celebrity, but sitting down and listening to this album definitely changed my mind. Would have been fun to see this band live in their prime, the music just seems so tailored to live shows.
Congo/salsa music. Was not expecting to enjoy this at all but I had it on in the background while I was working and found myself swaying along to the music. Still not really my style or anything I would listen to on a regular basis but it makes you want to move.
Have this album on vinyl already so I'll listen to it on that. Gorillaz are one of my favorite acts and I already know this album is 5/5!
I'd describe as modern, electronic psych. A little tooooo beep boop for my tastes but the vocals are dreamy and fit into what the instrumentation is doing. First half is a lot stronger imo and I saved a couple songs I liked. Mixture of 60s, 80s & modern so super unique. Not something I would buy myself but I can see the appeal.
Clearly an iconic Jazz album. I guess that's what happens when you have some of the best musicians in their field all in one place. Super chill music that will stand the test of time. I gotta get this one on vinyl.
First couple songs sound like the music you'd find in a 90s teenage romcom. Pretty light rock. Slower, jangly guitars with a focus on vocal melody. A little too light rock for me, only saved 1 song to my Spotify
Not on spotify so listening on YouTube. Hopefully it's decent quality compared to the actual record. The best way I can describe her voice is "pure," it's like what you envision a siren/angel to sound like. Super folky music though, which isn't my style. Especially the sudden shift to higher pitches in the middle of verses. Just doesn't really do it for me. I did enjoy the title track "Blue," the intro gave me chills. Definitely recognized "California" from multiple movies and shows. "River" was another song I enjoyed so maybe it was just the first half of the album that I didn't care much for. I can see why this album is so well-renowned, but I wouldn't necessarily put it in my own collection.
Birth of pop-punk? Pretty familiar with this album since I'm a 90s kid. Already had Basket Case and Welcome To Paradise added in Spotify. Another record I enjoy but maybe not quite enough to go out and buy it to add to the collection. I think the album works because of how short all the songs are because they are so similar. If the songs were any longer it would start to get a little tedious, but it's super easy to listen to the album from front to back.
Very appropriate name for this album. I don't really find myself wanting to listen to black/thrash metal very often but listening through, I did find myself headbanging along. Didn't add any songs to my Spotify but I'll make sure to discuss this album with metalhead friends!
Damn. I don't think I've every just sat down with this album and listened but this time I was at my parents in a completely dark room with no windows and gave myself time to just absorb it. For an album made in 1994 it sounds so modern. Could have been created yesterday. Super dark and gritty and I appreciate this album a lot more than I ever did before. Hurt is still the standout to me, but I definitely want to try to find this on vinyl sometime. Another album where the songs individually aren't that appealing as far as adding them to spotify or whatever, but the album as a whole is something to experience.
Like a darker version of Bob Dylan. I'm familiar with Leonard Cohen but taking the time to listen let me appreciate the creativity in his lyrics. Similar to other albums so far, not too many songs I added to my spotify but I understand why people love him. To me, he's essentially a poet who can also sing, which doesn't really make me want to listen to the music on a regular basis, but I did enjoy revisiting the songs.
Pretty unique for a metal album. Some central american/other elements like a didgeridoo? chanting and lighter drums like bongos or something. Didn't end up adding any songs to my Spotify just because metal isn't really my genre of choice but a couple songs had me nodding my head.
You can definitely hear some of the beginnings of hip hop in the record. Or at least some things that influenced the beginning of hip hop. I usually associate Sly with more upbeat tunes like "thank you for letting me be myself" and "everyday people" but this record is a little slower and darker. Spaced Cowboy however is just not good. one of the weirdest most out of place songs i've heard on any album possibly. didn't add any songs to spotify
Album cover looks like it's going to be a psych album but a couple songs in it seems super poppy for the 60s. I really enjoyed this album. The harmonies are catchy and there is some darkness in the lyrics and instrumentation in contrast with the overall poppiness. Added 4-5 songs to Spotify and I'll be on the lookout for this album at vinyl places.
My god, is this where the indie girl voice comes from?! Can't really fault Bjork for that totally since it's probably her legit accent but I HATE that vocal style. Very lush instrumentation and the choir aspect makes the album feel epic, almost like a soundtrack for a movie. But I don't know if I can get over the indie girl accent.
Classic Led Zeppelin, I love Bron-Yr-Aur from this album, such a catchy little guitar song. Big fan of this band and heard the album before
Had to listen on YouTube so no idea as far as which songs I liked most, but definitely enjoyed the funk. Heard a lot of the west coast rap origins within this album too, since P-Funk was highly influential in building that sound.
Bittersweet symphony opening track. what a banger. I know I've listened to this whole album before but I'll sit down and pay attention this time. I added a couple of these songs to my spotify, pretty solid mix of psych, shoegaze and britpop. Didn't know that bittersweet symphony sampled rolling stones!
Not on Spotify so listening on YouTube. I wish Spotify would tell you when you lose songs or if they get removed! I had no idea all my Neil Young songs were gone. I enjoy Neil Young's music and voice. I know he's not for everyone though. "A Man Needs A Maid" would be a really solid song to sample. "Heart Of Gold" is a classic. This is driving in California along the coast music with the wind in your hair. Super easy listening but such a good one front to back.
I've heard VU and Nico before but never actually listened to any other albums. Pale Blue Eyes seems like the standout here but the basslines are killer. Lou Reed knew what was up. Not a super big fan of the music but clearly a very influential band.
I have "A Wizard A True Star" on vinyl but this is much different. So far kind of easy classic rock. I think Todd Rundgren is pretty eccentric so I'm excited to see how much this strays away from the sound on AWATS. "I Saw The Light" is on classic radio stations all the time I immediately recognized that one. Can't get over the "lightness" of this album so far 4 songs in. My god this album is long! I do like it, but idk if I like enough songs to add this huge giant album to my Spotify. Also unique in that a lot of the chatter was just left in between songs so it has a very informal feel while the music is very polished.
Really strong voice. I liked the opening track a lot, saved to Spotify. Reminds me a little bit of Tracy Chapman with the guitar, lower voice and lyrics. This is they type of music you have on in the background while doing chores or something. I enjoyed it.
Only familiar with Nick Cave via "Red Right Hand" from Peaky Blinders. First 2 songs are way more ethereal than expected, but given the album cover maybe I should have expected that. A lot of the songs have an almost ambient quality to them and with Nick Cave's powerful voice I didn't see how a whole album could work like this but it's good. Not so much "listen to these songs in your free time" type music but as a project itself the album is enjoyable.
Some solid jazz. It is live and there some songs where they mess up and just kept it in, which is kind of charming. Definitely background music to put on during chores or something but i didn't save any to my spotify.
Sounds like a mix of punk and Billy Joel style piano riffs. Kind of Rolling Stones-esque too. Saved "Trash" to my spotify and giving it a 2nd listen. Good overall!
Starts off with some discoey funk. Then goes into salsa pretty quickly. The music definitely makes you move but as a non spanish speaker I have no clue what the lyrics are saying. Although idk if that's even really the point of salsa!
I will be the first to admit I don't really like live albums but I like The Who so I'll give it a shot. First song just reminds me of why I don't really prefer listening to live music unless it's live. Muffled vocals and mix overall. Where are the drums bro? How can Keith Moon's drums sound quiet? dumb. Apparently this is the best live rock album ever recorded which just leads me to believe even more that I'll never like live albums.
Ok some hip hop. I have heard this album front to back many times and it's a classic. Giving it another spin. What a banger album. I gotta find this one on vinyl too. Just makes you want to nod your head. 5/5
Some more OG hip hop. I can always recognize the impact these dudes had on the genre but tbh their style isn't my favorite. Crazy that Walk This Way really broke hip hop into the mainstream. I think a lot of people discount the actual difference Run DMC made in hip hop. That being said, imo the album just doesn't age that well due to the structure of the rhymes. I definitely prefer the more lyrical, creative acts in this age like Rakim, Kool G Rap, etc.
Interesting. I read a little bit about the album before listening so I knew that it was created to be a soundtrack to a film that didn't exist. Pretty cool concept and the music had a dramatic flair to it, but i can't see myself listening to it in my free time.
I don't speak french so it's a little tough for me to judge the album. Music kind of seemed like it was meant for a film or something but to be fair since I don't really know what's going on I'll give the album a 3.
A jam from front to back. Forgot how many samples came from this record. "Pastime Paradise" = Gangsta's paradise. Every song had me nodding my head. Stevie is a goat
Got this one on vinyl. "Dancing Queen" is maybe one of the top pop songs of all time. Insane how it hasn't aged at all in 50 years. I enjoy Abba. I think people lump them into the disco subgenre but really they are absolute pop and great at it.
I am pretty familiar with the sex pistols and their story. already have god save the queen & anarchy in the uk in my spotify. definitely heard this album before but I'll give it another spin. Still as punk as ever.
Never really knew anything outside of "Red Red Wine" from this band but the whole album is pretty chill. I think I've always wrote off reggae as stoner music but I should give it another chance because I really liked the entire album.
A true classic. For 1957 this sounds pretty modern still. Maybe because it influenced so many records after it. You can hear a ton of people after modeling Little Richard. James Brown, Otis Redding, etc. It would have been really interesting to be young during this time when nothing else sounded like this, without knowing how rock and roll would branch off in so many directions.
Already know Tom Sawyer and YYZ but not familiar with the other songs here. Love Rush though! Didn't even realize that those 2 songs weren't on my Spotify already. Added witch hunt and limelight, limelight especially struck my fancy with the synth chords and chorus.
Really chill 90sish smooth pop. I'm not a huge fan of this genre of music. It's like half acoustic with drum machines. Just can't get into this one.
First song got me boppin. I was expecting another samba/salsa type album but this is funkier so far. I actually added 3 songs to my spotify even though I don't speak spanish above a 3rd grade level. Super groovy and catchy melodies. Taj Mahal and Ponta De Lanco were insta-adds.
I actually just listened to this album earlier this past week from a "top post punk albums" list. Spellbound is the most obvious song on this album that I added, but listening again now. I prefer the more new-wave sound vs post punk. "Into The Light" has some killer guitar licks that I must have just glossed over last time I listened. Still like the more new wave style of this era.
VU is another one of those bands I can acknowledge was pioneering and led to other genres and styles of music, but I have trouble getting into them. "The Gift" for example just seems so pretentious.
A little punkish, but also pretty melodic with songs like Hospital. Roadrunner & Pablo Picasso are pretty cool songs too. I've never heard of this band before this so it's always interesting to be exposed to a brand new sound. I may have to look up what else the guitarist for this band has done because I like the tone and emotion behind the guitar specifically.. Pretty weird sounding record but I enjoyed it a lot. Like a more evolved Velvet Underground without the pretentiousness
Bluesyyyyyy. JM has such a unique voice. Always seems somewhat monotone but still somehow comes through as emotional. Idk if I've just come to appreciate blues more because I never really vibed with the doors too much but I added a few songs off this album to my spotify.
Muddy Waters is one of those names you hear a ton when talking about blues but I can't immediately think of his songs specifically. Should be a good first listen! Definitely pure blues through and through. I like blues but I do feel that it can be a bit "samey" at times where all songs just don't have that thing that makes me distinguish one from another. Clearly talented but not something I would add to my personal collection.
Reminds me of a 70s Jack Johnson vibe. I really have a distaste for this type of music, I find it so boring and uninspired. Just really not for me so I gotta rate this one low.
Instrumental from front to back. Watermelon man is clearly the most famous here but the instrumentals were different enough to keep me invested.
I remember working at Moorhead Country Club when this album came out and it was everywhere. I liked Wanksta and In Da Club. I was more of a Kanye fan so I never gave this full album a listen. Sometimes I forget how huge 50 Cent was though, this album is a lot better than I remember. I dismissed it is pop rap back in the day but a few of the songs have that New York sound that has just kind of gone away. I liked it a lot more than I was expecting to, even though I'm very familiar with hip hop!
Curtis Mayfield was an absolute gem. Front to back this album is just banger after banger. Makes me want to watch the movie too! I am putting this on my "vinyl albums to look out for" list for sure.
Classic! Raekwon is one of my favorite emcees. Time for another listen.
I can acknowledge Chris Cornell has an insane talent vocally, but I just can't really vibe with Soundgarden. Idk why, but I gotta just leave this album as a 3.
Dance electronic music a la Daft Punk. I only knew BJ from "Where's Your Head At?" but this album was really enjoyable from front to back. Added a couple songs to spotify
You can kind of tell what kind of music this is going to be just based off of the cover art. Pretty soft poppish music that you'd hear in coffee shops. Just interesting enough to be likable but nothing unique enough to stand out or remember. 3/5 for me
Def one of the more underrated 70s band imo. I usually don't like the more "artsy" type of rock but something about Supertramp & the way they mix melody, piano riffs & guitar breakdowns somehow connects with me. I have a couple records of theirs on vinyl but need to keep a look out for this record because "School" & "Rudy" were adds to my Spotify.
Wow this is a rare case of me knowing absolutely 0 about an artist before going into an album. Exciting! Pretty standard early 90s music feel in the first few songs. lighter, janglyish yet dreamy guitars with the soft singing style. Okay weirdly venturing into psych or folk-psych territory. Mixing some electronic elements in here too. Maybe I misjudged off the first few songs because it's been a really diverse palate of styles. Still not totally my style but this seems like one of those under the radar albums that should get more attention
I like Elvis Costello but this album is almost too polished in a way compared to what I expect. Definitely more of a fan of his earlier 80s stuff.
Hmm I listened to another one of their albums because of this album generator and wasn't really feeling it but this seems less "soft-pop" compared to Idlewild. Some sampling and stuff going on which is more interesting to me. Kind of reminds me of 90s minimal triphop/electronic sound. I would not have even guessed that this is the same group that made Idlewild. I much prefer this style.
Never heard of these guys before either, but I like garage rock. This is super early so I'm surprised I haven't heard them listed as inspiration for other bands. Will have to look more into their discography.
Legendary band & album. Saw the Stones in 2019 with the full lineup before Charlie Watt passed & Gimme Shelter was one of the best live songs I've ever seen. Hard to not know what to expect from this album but always fun to listen to.
Insane opening track. I think Ace of Spades the song gets overlooked since it's so short but it really is great. Energy from the first note and doesn't slow down. After how many years there still isn't much that sounds like it. Fast paced metal from front to back, almost punkish in pace though.
Dj Premier is my favorite producer of all time. All of his beats are classic & you can hear the hunger in Guru's rhymes. This is definitely old school with the squealy beats & melodies & admittedly I much prefer their late 1990s beats, but it's fun to go back and see where they started.
90s alternative rock to the t. I didn't save any songs off this album because it's not my fave genre, but very catchy and melodic. Transports me back to my mom driving me and my little bro to the pool when we were kids because it just has that exact aesthetic of radio songs in that era.
Never heard of this band or any of their songs before but I was pleasantly surprised. I was expecting more of a strictly 90s style vibe, but the album had some pretty diverse sounds. I saved My Curse and Now You Know to my Spotify.
Crazy to be writing this but I don't think I've ever listened to a Jimi Hendrix record front to back. You hear his songs all the time but looking forward to sitting down with more time to listen. Purple Haze is clearly recognizable immediately and if the rest of the album can match it, I'll be pleasantly surprised. Hey Joe was one I saved, then learned it's already a super popular song to cover.
This album has been popping up on a ton of lists I've been researching and I see why. I'm a huge fan of 80s music and especially new wave type stuff. This is a little more moody than most of that but it's something unique. The Smiths and The Cure are 2 bands I've come to really enjoy. Saved half the songs to my Spotify.
I love 808s and dance music but idk about this one. I usually like House-style music but something about the songs here were a little harsh for my taste. Not bad music by any means just not for me.
Have Guilt & Working Class Hero saved on my Spotify already. I go through periods where I like Marianne's voice and others where it's just grating to me. Overall I like the album but can never make a decision how much I actually like it upon revisits, so probably a 3 for me.
Adele's soulful voice was something out of nowhere back in the late 2000s. I feel like I've taken it for granted since she was everywhere in pop & pop culture for the last 10 years. Still doesn't take away how catchy & vocally impressive this album is.
Nu-metal. What a genre. I wasn't hardcore enough to listen to Korn back in the day. Maybe I overlooked their music, we'll see. lol @ the Fred Durst feature. Still not really the type of music I want to listen to.
Got this one on vinyl already. It's strange because all I remember hearing of this band growing up was making fun of garfunkel but I think their sound together has always been much more interesting that Simon alone. Songwriting is phenomenal but without the harmonies sometimes PS can fall flat. Love this album and can always come back to it and enjoy it on repeat listens.
Colorado sticks on on this one so far. I am a bit hot and cold when it comes to this "Americana" style country/folk from the 60s/70s. Sometimes I like the twanginess and other times it's just not what I want to hear. This one is a bit more soulful so I like it, but probably not something that will stay in rotation a ton for me.
I like electronic music, but unfortunately some old electronic albums just don't age well compared to what has come since. I'm sure this was a groundbreaking sound in 1990 but I'm just not a huge fan of that TR909 sound or whatever it is that's so prevalent in 90s electronic. Also why do choruses from electronic songs in the 90s sound like they are written by moms and dads who listen to rap and try to imitate it? Not going to knock the album too hard, just not for me.
Poison Arrow brings back memories of Vice City. I'm an 80s music fan so we'll see what else ABC has to offer. Pretty catchy overall, I added Look of Love to my Spotify. A little "theatrical" for my tastes but the instrumentation is almost veering into pop territory, where I thought the band was going to be more of a new wave style.