A Top 5 all time album ever for me. Consistently in critics "greatest all time" lists. The man won a damn Noble Prize, mainly for the writing on this album. This is Degas In a Cafe, this is Le Dolce vita, this is Rimbaud. Favorite songs: Visions and I Want You
Wonderful slice of 90s college radio. Mournful, reflective, and beautiful. This is everything I love about REM. Favorite song: Nightswimming
Released while the group was going through some rough times, and it shows. First time listening to the complete album is years, I forgot how many animal mentions there are (goofy Paul). Speaking of Paul, his choice to keep songs like Ob-la-di, Why Don't We Do It In The Road and I Will on an already bloated album. Also his order of tracks on side 1 and 2 and equally bizarre (I Will into Julia specifically). His contributions to this album are mostly goofy and do nothing for me, the one exception being Blackbird, a lovely song. This is really some of John's best work; Dear Prudence, Glass Onion, Happiness is a Warm Gun, and Yer Blues. His ability to help everyone else shine is never more clear. George and Eric Clapton on While My Guitar Gently Weeps is another stand out track, and my favorite Harrison Beatle song. Overall a disjointed and overloaded album, that includes some beautiful moments. The highs are high and the lows and low.
I had been hoping for something wildly different and boy did we get it. I listened to the full album twice and still don't know if I enjoyed it. I appreciate the groovy sounds, luscious tones and jam feeling over most the album. The spoken word and growling caught me off guard. Overall it felt completely unique and oddly beautiful.
I'm a PJ Harvey fan, but I had never listened to this album from front to back until now. Love the raw emotional sound of this album. Her voice brings me back to my teen years, when MTV still played music, and hearing Björk, Fiona Apple and Tori Amos - groundbreaking female alt artists. Enjoyed this, and when taking into account her other work, she's a legend. Fav track: Sheela-Na-Gig
First time listening to this album, and wasn't familiar with ELP prior to today. I enjoyed the psycidelic sounds, the guitars and vocals, not a fan of the organ/keys. I played it front-to-back twice and while it was good, it's not great. Surprised to see this album on the list.
In the words of Bill Knust, this isn't my jam.
Wonderful album, listened in full several times over the weekend. Favorite song: America
No, please remove this album from the list.
First time listening to this entire album. I really like Elvis Costello, iconic artist...but 15 songs an almost a full hour, this album is a lot to take at once.
What a joy to listen to! The fuzzy guitar tones and feedback, the smashing drums; I felt like I was back in junior high, doing whip-its and hanging with friends. I listened to this 3 times in full, fav song: Sludgefeast
An absolute classic album. Michael was the soundtrack to my childhood. 10 top 10s on this album, what more can you say.
In the 90s this sounded like the future. I listened to the first 10 tracks, but didn't finish. Definitely Matrix rave vibes on the first half of the album. I was listening while working, which put me in a productive mood. However I wouldn't listen again.
Welcomed change of pace from the previous few albums. Love the lo-fi vibe of this album, the jazz samples and the smooth flows. Really enjoyed from start to finish. One of the best closing tracks of all time.
Nick Cave's voice is undeniable, this album however it's not good.
First time hearing this band, it's another British alternative band 🙄 First track is upbeat, no backing vocals and fuzzy guitar tones, I dig it. Lead singer doing his best Freddy Mercury impression. Of Walking Abortions sounds like Twisted Sister. Imagine being at a live show and yelling "we are walking abortions" nah. Overall I didn't hate this.
Really enjoyed this album as background music while working. The story about someone dying in a fire to save the album is wild, I liked it - but not enough to run into a burning building.
Off the top - not a Sinatra fan. Never liked Crooners, never thought Dean Martin was cool. Mood Indigo was a skip, can't do it. As far as essential, I think it's important to listen to bad music in order to appreciate the good. DNF
Always loved The Velvet Underground, but never listened to Lou Reed's solo albums. Enjoying the horns. Love the transition from How Do You Think It Feels to Oh Jim. Fucking hell this album is gut wrenching. Ending the album with The Kids, The Bed and Sad Song really fucked me up. Overall I appreciate the musical significance of Lou's music, however I wouldn't add any of these songs to my playlists.
Is this the greatest live album ever recorded?Maybe. Is James Brown undeniable? Without a doubt. The crisp drums, the funky bass, the horns - everything perfect. Even the crowd screaming and yelling in the background is perfect. I own this on Vinyl and it's not played enough. James Brown is the most sampled artist of all time, and If you want to see something crazy, go see the list on Wikipedia.
Raw, explosive, grimy and lovely. The gateway to punk rock, this album was amazing.
Loved it. Kanye killed it with the production. Always loved Common's delivery and conscious lyrics.
Classic album, and I enjoyed this immensely! This album really helped me understand that I need more Iggy in my rotation. Favorite track: A Passenger
Not a wizard, not a star...not good
2 tracks in a shut it off, not good.
Admittedly not an Alice Cooper fan, let's see how this goes. Really liked the first track, off to a good start. Unfinished Sweet has a dentist drill as background. Clearly fucking with us. Favorite track: Generation Landslide.
Some of Bowie's best work. Loved it from start to finish, listened to it 3 times all the way through. The title track is a stand out, brilliant piece of music. What more can I say, classic.
One of my personal favorites, I know every word to every song on this album. My dad played John Prine records all through my childhood. Prine was an American treasure, one of the greatest song writers ever. This album is perfect. Favorite track: Paradise
Revolutionary, aggressive and unapologetic. This is the hip-hop equivalent to Malcolm X and Marcus Garvey. 16 tracks was a little too long for a single listen, but I did enjoy it. ✊
Wonderful album, really enjoyed this. Tons of complex layers of sounds; from guitars and drums to harmonized vocals and synths. Shades of King Crimson and Pink Floyd. Really enjoyed this album, didn't notice it was only 3 tracks until I went back for a second listen.
First time hearing Pulp, and I was pleasantly surprised. The first half of the album had a couple of skips, but the second half slowed down and brought things home.
This album was a lot of fun to listen to. Zero skips, great energy, makes me want to toast a drink and sing along.
What a disappointment.
Really enjoyed this album, listened to it 3 times and added a few songs to a playlist.
First heard Gillian playing on the Inside Llweyn Davis soundtrack, instantly drawn to her voice and style. This was a really nice listen, I didn't skip a single track and even went back to listen to a few a second time. Fav track: I Want to Sing Rock and Roll.
I fucking loved the Purple tape when I was 13. Loved it so much, my Dad took away my CD and told me to play something else. And it still hits hard, lyrics are dense and complex. Rae and Ghost are in their prime here, hitting every track with haymakers. Love Nas's guest appearance. This brought back a lot of memories.
Wanted to not like this album, but I didn't hate it. Good background sounds while I worked.
What can I say, an absolute classic. This was first CD I ever bought. Listened to this front to back to many times to count. One of my all time favorite bands. Perfection.
Enjoyed D.A.N.C.E - didn't really care for the rest of the album.
Incredible album from an incredible band. The lyrics, production and instrumentals are wonderful. Admittedly I'm already a huge fan, but I feel like anyone can listen and enjoy this album. It's really disappointing what they released after this album, nothing hit me quite as hard as the first three albums. Hard to believe this was released 12 years ago.
Nice, classic 90s British pop sound. Fav track: Live Forever
Wonderful listen, not a single song skipped. Great features from Clapton, Billy Preston and more. Really enjoyed listening to the whole thing front to back.
The greatest Rock band of all time. Arguably the greatest four musicians to ever record music together. Whole Lotta Love - Song made the band enough money to buy a Boeing 720 (or rent it) What is and What Should Never Be - the whisper quiet verse, into the huge heavy chorus is perfect. The funky bass line is legendary, JPJ is a legend. The Lemon Song - John Bonham's snare and kick working overtime. The bridge is a damn jam session. Squeeze that lemon. Thank you - The delicate vocals, the organ, Page's acoustic picking...the lyrics! Heartbreaker - Absolute banger, Page's Les Paul never sounded better. Living Loving Maid - must be played with Heartbreaker, another funky banger. Radio loves this duo. Ramble On - JPJ's baseline is so nasty, is he the greatest Bassist of all time? Yes. Plant singing about Lord of the Rings! Top 5 Zep track. Moby Dick - The greatest drum solo of all time. Do yourself a favor and go watch Bonham live on YouTube. Being it on Home - The harmonica, the rambling intro..and then BOOM! Shot out of a goddamn cannon! Top 5 all time album.
Did not expect this! Really enjoyed this album. Very chill, not offensive to the ears. Would listen again.
"Judas!!" "I don't believe you...you're a liar...play it fucking loud" One of the most pivotal moments in music history, Dylan goes electric. If you know me, the score is no surprise. Absolutely perfect.
I enjoyed this, envisioned myself surrounded by palm trees and cold drinks while waves crashed around me. It put my in a good mood.
I like Beach House, I don't love Beach House. Hard to believe this album was released in 2010, sounds like 2022. They didn't invent Dream Pop, but they really make it sound good.
Fuck yeah, Dimebag 4 life.
Not just an essential grunge album, but an essential album. The guitars, the production, but above all the vocals. Chris Cornell was such a talent. Brought back a lot of fond memories. Favorite track: The Day I Tried to Live.
Really didn't want to like this. In my memory, UB40 is Red Red Wine, and The Way You Do the Things You Do. This album was not that. I really enjoyed these songs, front to back a very enjoyable album, I'll definitely add some of these tracks to my playlists.
Not bad, but not a fan.
Never listened to this album front to back, only tracks. Always enjoyed The Pretenders and Chrissie Hynde is a force. Loved hearing her voice on this album, no skips on this album for me.
Loved it front to back. The Clash are iconic. Joe Strummer is a legend.
I've recently been listening to a lot of downtempo electronic and funky music. Khruangbin is on repeat for me. So getting to hear Air for the first time was a welcome surprise. I enjoyed this, would listen again.
It's hard to put into words how perfect this album is, and just how talented Dylan is. Written in the summer of '64, recorded in two days that same year, also the same summer he took acid with The Beatles. One side electric, one side aucstic. Dylan going into more surreal lyrics. *Chef's kiss*
I can appreciate the artistry and talent in this band. Don't love it, don't hate it. Neil Peart is a legend.
I enjoyed this much more than I'd expected to. Some parts sounded like Indian music, some like psychedelic pop interesting mix.
I'd never heard of this band, but the cover art had me excited for a psychedelic and folksy 60 minutes. I was not disappointed, but surprised to hear a Celtic folk rock group. Never heard something exactly like this before. Sometimes sounding like Led Zeppelin, Jefferson Airplane and Yes all had a supergroup - I really enjoyed it. It wasn't until I read the notes that I discovered the lead singer, Sandy Denny was featured on Led Zeppelin's song The Battle of Evermore and was the only non-member of the band to get her own symbol on Zep's album IV (maybe it should be called 5 symbols). Overall this hits a chord for me, and I'm happy to have discovered it.
I enjoyed this, like I do most of Cat Stevens music. It's nothing earth shattering, but the songwriting is great and the composition works well.
Didn't discover this album until last year, and I was immediately stunned by how great it is. It's a psychedelic rock album, but it's also Jazz and experimental and electronic. I've listened to this album front to back a dozen times and still find things I love.
Dolly is an icon and this album was very enjoyable.
Jangly guitars, driving bass and drums, whispery vocals - Jesus and Mary Chain are the 80s alt sound. Always enjoyed their sound and look. Really enjoyed this album and kept listening to other tracks from them all day.
Good background music, played through it while working. Some interesting experiments with sound.
Changes is one of my all time favorite tracks, it's very nostalgic for me, probably the first Bowie song I recognized and being Bowie. Also love Queen Bitch and Life on Mars. The Dylan and Andy Warhol were a nice surprise also. Overall a wonderful album, easy 5.
Surprised by this one, really enjoyed it. Sounded like early Stones to me, which I dig. Will be adding to my rotation.
I enjoyed this, and I do like Dinosaur Jr. - but do we need two albums from them? I think one was enough.
This tape was on constant play as a kid. Age 9 rocking to The Other Side, Janie's Got a Gun and What It Takes. No idea the subject matter, just loved it. I remember the album art had a pierced cow's utter. Sadly, this album does not hold up, still nostalgic, but lost the magic.
Still haven't forgiven her for Kurt's death.
This sounds like music with no heavy influence, so original. Sounds like a New York dive bar, I loved it. Definitely adding this to my rotation.
Before listening to this album, I was only familiar with Chicago's radio singles. Really enjoyed this album. Lots of rich sounds big horns, loved it!
The production, the instrumentals, vocals - all perfect. No misses, a perfect album.
Not his best work.
First half was badass, psychedelic, funky and experimental jams. The last few songs were just sounds, alarm clocks and bells dinging. Overall I did enjoy listening and will be adding some George Clinton to my playlists.
Loved this. Enjoyed the experimental sounds and spoken word. The lowkey vibe on most the album really drew me in. The vocals are smooth and sweet. Enjoyed from front to back.
This album felt great, like a cold Guinness near a warm fire. Very unique sound, sometimes so many instruments that it sounded like two songs were playing at once. Overall very enjoyable, this is the definition of Albums to Hear Before You Die.
For me, the very definition of overrated. Is it a classic? Yes. Is it essential listening? Yes. But did I enjoy listening? No. Lots of Mid Tempo tracks, and Brian's voice isn't great.
Landmark album. It's country, but it's not. It's Soul/Big Band, but it's not. He took White music and made it Black, it's like reverse Elvis. Love it.
This is an incredible album from one the greatest group of musicians to ever record music. I used to refer to Radiohead as "our generation's Stones or Beatles" but now I'm looking for the next generation's Radiohead. This is so good, it makes me want to give up on recently released music completely. Listen to Exit Music or No Surprises and you'll agree.
I wasn't ready for the diversity of sounds on this album. Of course I've heard the radio hits, but the deeper cuts were more Jazz than Rap. A few times I had to check to make sure I was still listening to the right album. Really enjoyed it.
Painful is the word I would use, not his divorce, but the tracks on this album. This album is so boring and long, it goes on forever. He's singing about paying child support on one of them...I just couldn't care less.
Feels like Dylan and The Band just dumped all they're recordings in a box and shipped it out. Of course The Weight and Chest Fever are great tracks, but outside that, it's not great.
This was just fine, background noise.
First song sucks, not a great start - skip. Second song "Jupiter and Teardrop" is completely different and I like it. Fuzzy is next and it's really nice as well. Lots of nothing in the middle. America is Snoring, and so am I... Sounds like he's trying his best impression of Bono, and failing. Poor vocals, instrumentals and production. The worst part for me is the lyrics, no depth or emotion.
I skipped over this band as a kid, nothing they played ever caught my attention. I loved Sonic Youth, Pixies, and Dinosaur Jr. but something about Pavement didn't blow my hair back. This album didn't change that fact.
Great album, cutting lyrics against snappy pop tunes. Really enjoyed this from front to back.
This needs to be removed from the list.
A shitshow, but an authentic shitshow. Without question essential listening.
A classic sound on a classic album. An homage to The Wall of Sound or Motown, but it's authentic. The Dap-Kings sound amazing in support. The heart breaking lyrics, the pain in Amy's voice is real. Stellar.
Janis is a top 5 female artist for me. As a kid Pearl and Cheap Trills were played often on my parents record player. On that old Sansui skipping tracks wasn't really a thing, but with Pearl you wouldn't want to; absolute perfection front to back. I know most of the tracks are covers, but it's like Jimi covering Dylan, sublime. Me and Bobby McGee may be the greatest song of all time. If you haven't seen the documentary Little Girl Blue, check it out tonight.
This week we had Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin and Grace Slick! If the selections are random, the gods shined on us this week. This album was quintessential psychedelic rock. Essential listening, and very enjoyable.
I skipped the opening track, don't need to hear Pie ever again. Kept my expectations low, and I was pleasantly surprised by this album. A few poor tracks, but overall I didn't hate it.
bad is right
Grungy, loud, distorarted post-punk at it's finest. My 14yr old heart would have been happy hearing this in 93 - but today I'm not feeling it. This album did not hold up, especially Kim Gordan's vocals.
Four Songs in and I gave up, this isn't for me.
After I separate Artist from the Art; this is Phil Spector at the height of his genius. This is the only Christmas music I like, keep Mariah and Elvis, give me Darlene Love and The Ronettes. Classic.
This album is often on the "most influential albums of all time" or "greatest pop albums of all time" - and I can see why, it has the foundation of something much bigger. Kraftwerk were on to something. Just one listen is enough for me.
This album and Pearl were in regular rotation on my parent's turntable. Always loved Janis.
The National won't be on the radio on your drive home, or listed in Rolling Stone's Top 500. The most press I've seen them recieve is being mentioned in a piece about Taylor Swift's last couple albums, of which they are featured/produced. Commercial success may never find them, but a connection to their listeners has - and it's no exception with High Violet. For me, this is a nearly perfect album. Excellent production and instrumentals, and Matt's voice you either love or hate, I love. If you get a chance to catch a live show, I highly recommend it - the energy infectious. Fav Song - England
Beautiful album, I want to marry Norah Jones.
Avant garde, post-punk, pre-grunge - hard to believe this came out in 1988. Great production and sounds throughout. And even though I've heard the song six thousand times, Where is my Mind is still on of the greatest of all time.
I hate it.
The sounded like they were on the edge of a sound that was going to be something special but never got there. This isn't great, didn't finish.
Southern Rock at it's finest. Half of this album is all time classic tracks. Wild to think we almost didn't get Simple Man recorded at all. Anyway here's 5/5
This was a lot of fun!
Who is this album for? Me. And while it has flaws, overall I really enjoyed it. Nice and mellow, good guitars, unique voice.
I didn't hate this, but didn't finish.
Was hoping for the earlier sounds from his career, but I wasn't disappointed. It's good to vibe to while working.
Absolute classic. Top 3 Hip Hop albums all time. Had this CD stolen from me twice during high school, it's that good.
Very interesting sounds. I liked the production, and the vocals in french sounded great. Overall it good background jams.
The first time I saw and heard The Sex Pistols I was 11, watching a "History of Rock-n-Roll" VHS my parents had. After the Allman Brothers, Rolling Stones and Disco the screen exploded with sound and fury as Johnny Rotten, Sid and the rest were spitting into the crowd and kicking over amps. They could barely play their instruments, they looked like shit and sounded worse...and I fucking loved it. Started a musical journey for me, and many others, down a road of music with raw power and attitude. Landmark album.
Didn't care for it. Her voice was nice.
Love Neil Young, but I don't love his grunge phase. DNF
Enjoy this era of Neil's career. Although this album isn't Harvest, it still has some of the same feels. Good shit
Prior to today, Not Dark Yet was the only track I'd heard off this album and I've been missing out. Enjoyed this front to back, southern blues, dark lyrics, his raspy voice great blend.
If I had lower expectations, the bar would have been under the floor. Maybe that's the key to happiness in life? I really enjoyed this album, the whole thing is a damn vibe. I had it playing in the back while I worked and it fit perfectly. Great Recommendation.