I respect the talent and their presence in the 80s, but have never been a Eurythmics fan.
I mean, who doesn't love Human Behaviour and Big Time Sensuality? There's no one quite like Bjork. Sonically this album is amazing, her voice and presence is amazing and it's always a great listen on a high-quality sound system.
Hair/glam metal dominated this period in the 80s and inevitably got caught up into listening to those bands. Then a friend introduced me to Minor Threat and other similar bands like Black Flag and I was hooked. I fucking love this album. Outstanding debut.
Look, he's a great songwriter and I know he was a perfectionist. But dammit I cannot get into an entire album of Cohen performing his stuff. I felt like I had taken an entire bottle of barbiturates and I started slipping into the void. Nope.
A solid high-fidelity album that paved the way for groups like Morcheeba and Thievery Corporation. A generous mix of genres made for a unique innovative sound for 1991. And guess what? The song "Teardrop" isn't on this album which is wonderful because if I have to listen to Teardrop one more time in my life I may end it.
I was really excited when this album came up. I listened to it a lot when it debuted and have a lot of great memories of it being on when hanging out with friends. The first 3 LCD albums are all superb but if I had to choose a fav, this is it.
I'm a big Arcade Fire fan in general. Overall a brilliant album—moving from theatrical to anthemic, and even poppy in spots. Rebellion remains one of my favorite Arcade Fire tracks. While not my fav in their catalog, it still gets a 5.
I recognized the first track but otherwise had never heard of The Avalanches or this album before now. I had to give it a re-listen after listening to a podcast about how it came to be (thanks Ryan). Definitely appreciated the artistry and intense amount of work that went into making it on the second go. Certainly an album I'll go back to.
Not quite my tempo.
Can was unquestionably an innovative band and musically this album is sound. Could have been my mood but just had a hard time getting into it.
I find it interesting when a group/album had a massive influence on what followed but the effort itself doesn't hold up or sounds dated because of what evolved as a result of its influence. That's not the case with The Man Machine—it remains super listenable and enjoyable. It was fun to revisit. I don't know a lot about the members of Kraftwerk, but I never got the sense from the music they were pretentious—just nerds who made cool electronic tracks. And if they were assholes I don't really want to know about it.
Some jazz albums are outstanding out of the gate, but most need a few spins before I can really assess how I feel. Given I'm behind on my listening, rating this and moving on. Decent album, enjoyed it overall.
Wilco is in my top 5 favorite bands of all time. Being There isn't their best (by a wide margin), but a solid listen. I have to be in the right mood to listen to it in its entirety, but several tracks are frequently in my mixes.
I have a hard time deciding which Smiths album is my favorite but it's usually the one I'm listening to at the time. Also, my daughter would be angry if I didn't give this a 5. I was a sophomore in high school when this came out—it's been part of the soundtrack of my life.
In playing catch-up on listening to albums, I kept avoiding this one because it's a double album (2.5 hours!) and I have a negative association with Pink Floyd. I wish I didn't because (most of) this album is truly amazing. I set that aside while listening and enjoyed it.
Can't say I needed to hear this before I die, but decent album.
I like Bowie as much as the average person but never really found myself putting on Bowie albums in their entirety—more sprinkling songs in mixes. There are some standout tracks on this album (Sound and Vision, for example). Despite a couple of snoozers, overall I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the album.
This album was huge when it came out, I was in middle school and it got a ton of airplay. I was pretty indifferent to it and over the years most of the hits just became background noise. Listening to it in its entirety I have to give them props—while they turned the gritty Texas sound they were known for into something highly-produced, I did enjoy some of the tracks that weren't played to death such as Got Me Under Pressure, TV Dinners, and Bad Girl. Giving it a 3 but I'm really a 3.5 on it.
First track was kind of fun but then I found it somewhat unlistenable. Just not my thing.
I never need to hear "Black Dog" or "Rock and Roll" ever again (Stairway to Heaven never gets old for me). Despite that, it's undeniable Led Zepplin was at the top of their game with IV. I think I recall reading they were the biggest band in the world when it was released. My parents owned this record and it was the first Led Zeppelin album I ever listened to. I went on to discover efforts I liked better, but IV remains a incredible album.
The Sultan of Swoon did not disappoint.
Before streaming, my office had a music server where anyone could go on and build playlists and we'd rotate DJing in our office. Fun Lovin' Criminals would come up frequently so this album has a big nostalgia factor for me.
I wasn't previously familiar with Gotan Project although I had heard Santa Maria (Del Buen Ayre). It reminds me a lot of St Germain (Ludovic Navarre) who is also a French musician. Great album to put on in the background while working, cooking, hanging out...
What can I say that hasn't been said about this album? One of my favs from this era, probably my favorite A Tribe Called Quest release, and I love pretty much everything The Native Tongues collective did during this period. It made me want to listen to more from the time and I'm still angry none of De La Soul's early work is on Spotify.
I got turned on to this album when it came out. It's a nice lazy Sunday morning vibe with a lot of jazz overtones. I was happy it came up because she has a new album out and it reminded me I wanted to check it out.
The quintessential rock opera. Outside of the hits, you really have to be in the mood for Tommy. But Moon's drumming is amazing on this album (not to mention Townshend's compositions) and I was happy it came up because otherwise it's not an album I'm going to think to play from start to finish.
Could have just been my mood, but this effort sounds really dated to me and not MJ's best work. Even the hits were not his best. I can't see myself reaching for this album ever again. He was an amazing musician so feels wrong to go below a 3 but I'm genuinely inclined to go 2 on it.
I can't say I've ever really enjoyed this album. Because I was such a fan of The Bends and OK Computer, it bummed me out when they "evolved" their sound and direction as a band. I came to accept and enjoy it by the time they released In Rainbows, but honestly never got back into Amnesiac. While they are undoubtedly all ridiculously talented musicians, I still find this album pretty uninspiring.
Pretty astounding how many hits were on a single album. "Run Through The Jungle" and their cover of grapevine never gets old, whereas if I never hear "Who'll Stop The Rain" ever again that's completely fine. Based on how many times I've heard most of these songs I'd put the album at a 3, but looking past that and taking it at face value, it's a great album and deserves a 4 IMO.
I've tried to like PJ Harvey, I get why others like PJ Harvey. I do not like PJ Harvey.
It's a solid effort from Prince. I appreciate this album is pretty consistently solid all the way through. There are no mind-blowing tracks, but if I'm measuring this album on it's own and not against other Prince releases, it's def a 4.
I listened to this album a bit back when it came out and I know it's considered influential. Being a huge 80s punk fan I know I should love Bad Brains but it sounds dated and poorly produced (def not a in a cool lo-fi way). I'm sure in 1986 it was great.
I never really listened to this album when it came out but was familiar with a couple tracks. I got turned on to it by a friend years later and it got heavy in the rotation for a while. Great album, great band, really accessible.
It doesn't get much better than Purple Rain. This album has floated in and out of my top 20 of all time since its release. This was a nice excuse to crank it up.
Only second to Exile On Main Street IMO, Let It Bleed is a fantastic album. Take out Gimme Shelter which is still mind-blowing, the entire album remains timeless.
Nothing will top Songs In the Key Of Life, but Innervisions is a wonderful album.
Not their best effort, but I love New Order. I'm a 3.5 on it...
I was vaguely familiar with Roni Size and this album before listening. I went through a phase where I listed to a lot in this genre but it's all a blur. Regardless, I liked it—would have to be in the right frame of mind to toss it on.
Really mediocre album. Can't see how this is something I needed to hear before I died.
You either loved him or hated him. I personally think this album is amazing and associate a lot of great memories with it.
Talking Heads are in my top 5 fav bands of all time. There are only a couple of releases that aren't a 5 and this isn't one of them.
I love Roxy. Not their best, but Country Life is easily a 4...
I love the Jam, but like a lot of bands from this era and genre, the albums had 2-3 amazing tracks, then full of mediocre stuff. This album is no different. "That's Entertainment" and "Start!" are the two standouts.