This is probably my favorite Bowie. I know this is sacrilege but I find Bowie’s schtick wears thin, but this one has some serious bangers, especially the title track, Jeane Genie and Drive-In Saturday.
I’ll take Lorde over a similar artist like Billie Eilish any day. Her voice is unique and works best for me on her least poppy tracks. I’d heard most of these songs but never the album in full. Solid album.
A bit repetitive. There’s only so much of the Depeche Mode “sound” I can take in one sitting, but this album has some classics like Enjoy the Silence and Personal Jesus.
A generation defining classic.
Apple at her most sober and, at times, even sunny. No less assertive and clever but you sense a sigh of relief and resignation in every tune. A classic marker in the evolution of an artist whose every album deserves to be an event.
I’ve heard a lot of Priest songs but this is the first time I’ve listened to an album all the way through. I can’t help but think of summers in the 80s watching my uncles lift weight on rickety, makeshift benches. Good album.
I've heard this album several times. It always makes me feel like I'm 12, in the backseat of my parents' car, trying to fade into sleep during a road trip by watching the moon through the moon roof. I'm sure that never actually happened, but that's the part of my brain Morrison's unique drug of a voice triggers.
I love the sitar and the traditional Indian sounds, but I think this works best when it's straying away from trying to bring in obvious western elements. Despite the cover of Light My Fire being in moments a standout, the whole thing has a tendency to feel like a lounge act. Not bad, by any means. I would've just preferred something a little more traditional and less jam-band-y.
Quite possible THE album of the 21st century so far. Melds decades of sounds, arrangements, anger, personal stories, and oppression into one monumental (and somehow cohesive) whole. It's a bit over-long, and the highs are incredibly high but not every track is outstanding. Still a fantastic achievement.
Pretty solid, if mostly straightforward folk/country record. Always a pleasure to hear a new version of Dink’s Song.
Hero is a legitimately good song on an album that otherwise often sounds like algorithm-generated backing music to iPhone photo albums. The last three songs keep this an interesting listen but they are in serious contrast to what comes before.
This is my favorite Dylan era. Still raw and youthful. Playful and even funny. Yet, with this record, he's also overtly political, and you can hear the frustration building. It's not the best Dylan album, and it's not wall-to-wall classics by any means. But still, this is a classic.
A near masterpiece bookended by two classics. Also contains some all timer hits, but has a few subpar tracks as well.
Maybe this is just my bias for this type of music but it’s hard to find a flaw on this album. The connective tissue tracks are thematically relevant and the high points like Wake Up are extremely high. In the conversation for album of the century so far.
Any album that contains one of the defining songs in the history of America is worth quite a lot. Beyond the title song, this is a relatively milquetoast early-70s folk album. It's pleasant and modest, with a few minor highs. Overall, it's a good burst of nostalgia, but not sure this album would be rated very highly without its masterpiece.
It's interesting when you can tell something is groundbreaking, original, and a breath of fresh air in an artistic drama, yet the creator doesn't have an exciting bone in his body. That's how I feel about this record. There's nothing wrong about it per see, but it's really lacking in the way of sophistication. Also, the sexual innuendos are more than a little bit corny. In a sense, this record reminds me of Will Smith's music, though Smith has a commitment to the corniness that LL lacks. Not a bad record by any means, just not exceptional beyond its originality for the moment.
A cut above dinner music, but how far above is not entirely clear to me. Most tracks bleed into each other, so hard to think of a standout.
This album was the soundtrack to one of the most pivotal years of my life. As I remembered it, the first five songs are bangers, and the rest are kind of filler. Listening again, the entire thing is wall-to-wall brilliant. A somehow underrated (lost in the popularity of the one mega-hit) masterpiece.
No album better captures the post recession, pre-fascism sober feeling of 2010s youth than this one. There’s a simmering anxiety under each song but for this very moment you feel fine. From a pure listenability perspective, this is a very solid album throughout. Especially impressive that it overcomes the Intro, which I easily could’ve been caught in the web of seeming like a gimmicky car commercial.
Almost every song could’ve been and/or was a single. Everyone has their favorite Bruce album and this one isn’t mine (The River for me) but this is as close to objectively being Bruce’s best record as it come. A classic.
I'm a sucker for these kinds of dreamy, hippie, late-60s albums. This one has some solid tunes, and one obvious classic. It did all start to bleed together and become redundant. I like The Zombies a lot, but I think they play best in greatest hits.
Long, sometimes laborious, jam band-ey live album. Nothing particularly wrong with it, just not something I tend to gravitate towards. Also, doesn't have any of my favorite Allman Brothers songs.
I like it, even if it's far from the best Doors album. The opener is an all-timer. The vibe has been so reduced to corny that I can't help but think of it as such. Ultimately, there's always something kind of nice about Morrison's voice and the unique instrumentals even if the lyrics are nonsense and the melodies a bit redundant.
I have a feeling The Beastie Boys had even more fun making this record than some of their previous (better) ones, but it's not nearly as fun to listen to this record as the others. Obviously, Sabotage is a standout. Not bad at all and, in fact, I'd still call this a pretty powerful record overall, but it's the third best of the three in the 1001 list.
Trying not to be bias about the albums I loved as a teen. This has some solid but very overplayed songs. Tough to beat the catchiness of the first five. It’s lackluster in the back half.