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.