Some first impressions……. All sounds like a weird bridge section Cool sounds,cool dissonances Boring vocal Melodies Would be more interesting instrumental but maybe not rhythmically cool enough to hold my interest Guitar and synth lines cool but stupid Cool phaser sounds and Cool synths, I really like the combination of tones and dig the dissonances but wish the songwriting was better Cool out guitars Out of tune bends out of tune synths and stuff 60’s psychedelic meets punk Songs and moments: Shot by shot has a great build from 3:10- 3:20
!!!! Love this record. My older brother had this on tape and I first heard it when I was maybe 10 years old. Didn’t really understand what the lyrics were about but the heavy riffs and rhythms moved me in a visceral way. To this day, it gets me pumped up in a way that nothing else quite does. It’s so accessible and minimal. Sounds super ahead of it’s time compared to other stuff I’ve heard from 92. Morello had a really innovative voice on the guitar in his tones and lines. Bomb track has like 4 of my favorite riffs. These grooves are so deep. Killing in the name of- they are the absolute best at doing a build and landing in a heavy groove. Take the power back was I think the first bass line and first music I learned to play. Definitely super influential for me.
Very cool record. I dig this album more every time I listen. Bowie’s band had one of my favorite rhythm sections and their playing is so different on this record. The drum sounds are so crazy on Breaking glass (sounds almost like they are doubled with electric drums). Also love the guitars on What in the World. Favorite tunes are Sound and vision, Breaking glass, and What in the world, new career in a new location. This album has a really beautiful balance of electric sounds and acoustic instruments. I love all the textures .Two of my favorite instrumental moments are the harmonica solo on new career and sax on Subterraneans (both played by Bowie). Least favorite song is Be my Wife. This album helps me appreciate Bowie as a composer and multi- instrumentalist. They definitely made something that sounds totally unique.
Good production and cool groove samples but found myself getting bored pretty quickly. New Yorker samples feel exploitative to anybody? I went to internet to look up where some of the instrumental samples are from- Nautilus by Bob James is a great spacey cinematic 70’s fusion jam.
This album made me sleepy. Had some nice bass lines and synths but mostly I had a really hard time finding anything to grab on to. Not a fan of the singer’s voice.
I dig the string arrangements Upright bass was cool in the context of the album. I really like a couple of their ballads. Dream Lover and Take Care are my favorites. Interesting fragile sounding vocal performances. I wonder why they sat on this album for 4 years before releasing. Sounds unfinished/ in refined sometimes - I’d like a shorter tighter album. Too many songs and a handful of them are covers. (I do like a dark spacey version of Nature Boy but it sounds like a demo, Femme fatale has some nice melodic bass, don’t know why they need a kinks cover)
I really wanted to like this album and was enjoying it in the beginning but it lost me by the end. I hate to say it but I just couldn’t get past the drums. I can’t pin-point if it is a feel, tone, production, stylistic thing, or just the player but it just didn’t feel just right for me.
I had listened to the later Beatles much more. I’d definitely been sleeping on this one. For No One is a great underrated tune. I love the that big fat bass sound with the trashy drums on Taxman and so many other Beatles tunes. There are so many great vocal harmonies all over this album. I like the Indian influenced sounds. I wonder why rock sitar never really became a popular sound other groups. I love all the songwriting except for Yellow Submarine. Tomorrow Never Knows really is an amazing track. The melody is so hypnotic over that iconic groove and I love all the drones and crazy tape loops. Deeply satisfying sonically and The lyrics are deep too.
Sounds to me like the country version of the kind of stuff tom petty and Bruce Springsteen we’re doing in the 80’s. Hard to believe his vocals were Grammy worthy. Songs are alright but don’t seem like anything special to me- I am not super familiar with country of the 80’s so I might be missing something here- Maybe it was influential to a lot of modern country with the same kind of sound?
Great album! Powerful and original songwriting. How have I managed to never actually hear a Tori Amos recording before? I’ll have to listen again and check out her later albums. Favorite songs: Precious little things Happy phantom Little earthquakes
Had a blast listening to this. The vocals are so fun and silly. I love all the interplay and harmonies. Favorite part is when she makes the narwhal sounds in rock lobster. Pure joy.
Cool album- title track is best. Some notes: This is my house- sweet bass line City never sleeps ostinato groove Home is where the heart is / interesting how rhythms weaving through eachother. I hear some influence on 90’s industrial rock
Really one of the best albums and probably Radiohead’s most accessible album. I feel like after this they were like “we’ve made the perfect rock record so what now? Let’s get weird and innovative and reinvent ourselves with every album.” Every guitar solo is really distinct and is really special. I’ve listened to this album a bunch and each time I appreciate more each little nuance in all of Thom Yorke’s vocals. Every part is great, the songs are amazing, and this album has a lot of my favorite Radiohead melodies too.
Terrible album cover and title I wanted to like this one more than I did so I took some notes going through the songs about what worked for me and what didn’t. Child in time- the vocals dudes falsetto with the wide vibratto is so comically metal Organ- love the tone and texture for hard rock however some of his lines solo lines don’t quite work for me ( maybe too straight rhymically or some random sounding choice of scale/ modes) Overall I think I need stronger melodies all around -vocals the solos and in the riffs. I think for this kind of classic hard rock you need to have better riffs. For a music style like this that leans on the instrumental this way I wanted something better to hold on to. They did do a good job capturing a live feel I do like the tempo changes on Child in Time. Flight of the rat- rhythmic break downs are cool. Into the fire- verses sound cool coming out of the riff Living wreck is pretty bad. The cat noises on the organ are kinda cool Hard lovin man- pitch bend on organ are cool. Harmonized solo is cool too Random band fade out to excessive pan shifting guitar solo feels like it’s trying too hard and just made me dizzy. Idk that kind of thing may have seemed trippy and cool in 1970 but just feels awkward now.
Lots of great textures. Very vibey. I liked the whispery vocals but wish she had another different kind of voice (like a scream, or even spoken) that she could use sometimes to contrast. I had a hard time following lyrics sometimes. The music sets such a cool backdrop I wish I had more of a story or hook to grab on to. Favorite songs: Nylon Smile and Magic Door
Really had fun listening to this one. So many different things going on and it all works in one big musical collage. Leaves me feeling with the anything that anything is possible in music. Some thoughts on each tune as I listen through Devils hair cut: great beat Drums sound soooo good Cool random poetic sounding lyrics “Bad” guitar solo When guitar doubles bass and distorted vocals soo cool Hot wax: more noises feedback guitar solo hooks and distorted vocals on chorus “Karaoke weekend at the suicide shack” Love the enchanted wizard of rhythm bit Jack ass- great melodic bass. sonically pleasing textures New pollution- great pop tune. I like all the retro 60’s stuff. Pretty much the same bass line as taxman :) Lord only knows: cool fake out intro Punk/ country. He’s such a great singer but can just throw away a vocal too. Derelict- cool persuasion. And droney stuff. Novacane- sick groove love the sample of the hits on the sus chord before the first verse. So many sounds on this one! This is where I realized the beauty of this album is that anything and everything fits. Not in a cheesy way but beck really beautifully uses stuff from all genres and he treats all these little genre cliches not like a schticky or exploitational way but like a painter that is using all the colors in his palette. Where it’s at- love this one! Another great bad guitar solo I like the samples on this record- I went to Whosampled.com to try and check out where everything g came from. Way cooler than anything on that David Holmes album we listened to. He gave a shoutout to Gary Wilson so I had to check him out -super weird vocals Minus- cool punky grungy. I guess this is the oddball track on an album that’s already weird all over the place Sissyneck- like the country guitars and dial-tone synths Ready made- cool bass line lots of dissonances over it. Close harmonies in the low vocals is a cool sound High five( rock the Catskills) - more super weird stuff all over the place. classical interlude in the middle Ramshackle- Charlie Haden on upright bass:) Bob Dylan vibes on verses. Cool contrast on chorus. Mostly just one chord so when they do the 2 chord it feels special. Cool contrast having a tune this static placed in this spot of the album.
Take 5 is such a great tune. Pick up sticks is super cool. I love the bass ostinato that repeats through out. Kinda of a hypnotic feeling loop after awhile. Brubeck does some really cool rhythmic stuff in his solo.
Probably won’t come back to this record but I enjoyed checking it out. Iggy pop reminds of Anthony Keidis sometimes and I can definitely hear the influence on some of RHCP punkier stuff. I liked the distorted sound that saturates everything. This “proto-punk” sound kinda just sounds like 60’s Rolling Stones or early Who to me. I think the appeal in the stones thing was a rock feel that was super sloppy and felt like it could fall apart at any point but never did. It’s actually super hard to get right and I think the stooges totally get that thing better on this album than any stones band could. It definitely has that rock thing (“raw power”??) that I thought the Smiths were really lacking. 2.5
So much great stuff on this album. I had a few songs on this album that I’ve loved for years ( everlasting light, tighten up, only one) but hadn’t heard the rest of it( except for howling for you). I really like the production and the drum sounds, guitar tones and all the distorted fuzzy stuff grooves and organs are cool too. It is one of my favorite sounding records but after a while it seems like too much of a good thing. The songs started to all sound the same. I think the song writing and arranging is good ( love how simple everything sounds), but it kinds of sounds like we are hearing every attempt to work to perfect that sound. II would have liked them to mix it up and deviate from the static bluesy sound on a tune or two. Maybe an uptempo tune or something with more harmonic movement - maybe some horns or another singer, another soloist to spice it up. These Days is a great ballad and I dig his voice I would’ve liked another tune like this earlier in the record. It is a really incredible sounding record. It made me want to listen to a couple other records that have some similar production and aesthetics that I love - Circus by Lenny Kravitz. Locked Down by Dr. John (also produced by Dan Aurbach) 3.6
I had a really hard time listening to this one. I like CSNY but I guess S on his own is just not an interesting enough lead voice. There are some nice harmonies on the folky/ bluegrassy tunes. I got a few tunes in and it all just sounds like generic classic rock to me. Way too many songs. Not a bad album but I’d definitely be fine dying without hearing it.
I love Jeff Tweedy’s voice and songs. I like all the really noisey stuff at the end of misunderstood and sunken treasure. The three endings of Dreamer in My Dreams are fun. 4.5
Pretty cool. I like the drums and rhythm section really seems to push ahead with punk rock energy. I Remember that song “ Alright” is super catchy. Can hear lots of 60’s British rock influence it even got a little jammy towards the end. I didn’t like the chipmunk voices song.
Duck rock Cool album cover. I liked a lot of the music, it was kind of all over the place. Felt like an eclectic radio show ( I liked that it had the team supreme radio show bits tying it together and the weird square dancing lyrics throughout). I wonder how much of a role musically McClaren played (curator? Producer? Singer?). I saw it said on Wikipedia the boyoyo boys were uncredited for “double Dutch”. It sounds similar to the boyoyo boys tune that Paul Simon wrote “gumboots” to. I hope everyone involved got their dues- is he just singing over other peoples songs and adding some keys/ synths- like what is going on on “Merengue” did he just add that vocal and name it Merengue?? I liked punk it up I’d be curious to learn more about this album, how it was made, cultural context etc.
Wow so many of her classic songs are on this record. Deeply satisfying listening experience from beginning to end. It’s the perfect album.
Really enjoyed listening to this one- will definitely come back to this.
I love this record so much. So many cool rhythmic layers and really cool tones and textures. I love all the funky rhythm guitar and percussion. These grooves are so great. I love all the unconventional solos that are super colorful and expressive. The lyrics are great and fit the music perfectly. One of my favorites albums -Also love the Angelique Kidjo version and the Stop Making Sense concert.
I wanted to like this one more than I did. The song “Faith” is a great song and I’ve always loved the bass lines on it. I do enjoy George Michael’s vocals but I think the music behind it doesn’t always rise to the occasion. Not a fan of the production. Drums and horns can sound fake. Kissed a Fool is supposed to be jazzy but feels kind of like it’s sung over a generic backing rhythm a 90’s Casio. So much of it sounds too sterile to be sexy. I feel like the songwriting was not good enough throughout to make this a good album. I feel like there could have been a much better version of this album. Tough one to rate but I am gonna say 2.3
The songs and arrangements are sad and beautiful. Her voice is cool -so much vibrato ( but too much for me after a while). I really liked hearing Rufus Wainwright sing a song in the middle of the album. Tough one to rate - I feel like I would’ve been into it more if I heard it in 2005. It definitely gave me a nostalgic feeling - I listened to a lot of sad music in 2005 haha. Another tough one to rate 2.5.
Ok. I don’t know why this was on the list…
I liked the cinematic sound with the strings and the saw doing theremin type stuff. There’s some pretty cool stuff but I feel like I might like this better with a different singer. 3
Some cool textures and dissonances. Very dark and moody. I like the minimalist approach but it is too static for me and drags after a while. Wish songs were more dynamic or had more development. Sounds unfinished or amateur to me. Wish there were some more memorable melodies to grab on to.
I’ve always had a hard time getting past the Phil Lesh’s vocals on Box of Rain and the harmonies are not tight. I can be more forgiving of their vocals and harmonies live but I think they could’ve gotten some better takes. I like their later 70’s albums and their live stuff better - never been a fan of their blues songs or their folky stuff. I do like David Grisman’s mandolin playing. Phil Lesh’s bass playing is so weird on friend of a devil. I like Brokedown palace .
So weird I don’t have much to say. Totally neutral musical experience not sure what I am missing here
Oh man the harmony in these songs is so great. Love the all the vocals and the arranging. I never really heard most of these songs but now I feel like I’ve been really missing out on The Beach Boys. They are kind of perfect recordings (except the tambourine is super loud) I love the echoey hi hat sound in I’m so young.
Quintessential 90’s rock. He really sounds like a whiny John Lennon sometimes. The 3 big hits are definitely the best songs on the record. Very much guitar driven but the leads are nothing special. So many anthemic choruses they kind of deserve singable memorable solos to go with them.
This album is so good. I love the live feeling energy on it. Jimi’s songwriting and lyrics are so good (Wind Cries Mary and May this Love are two of my favorites). I love his voice and his vocal delivery is so cool.Really love Mitch Mitchell’s drumming on this album, so fluid like the wind or the rain - perfectly locked in with Jimi’s playing and all the cymbals saturate the space and glue everything together. The jam and kid in me was freaking out over Third Stone from the Sun ( it gets so out with the rhythmic displacement with the bass and drums). Jimi’s voice on the guitar is so unique often imitated but never replicated). The title track is so cool - the heavy pulsating of the reverse drums - the psychedelic lyrics. The intro to Foxey Lady is so cool how it swells into the that heavy groove. Really great blues on Red House. Love the drums on manic depression. I could talk about this album all day.
Nina Simone This album is so good. It has so much range and each song is great in different ways. Her vocals on the ballads is my favorite she takes us on such a journey. I hadn’t heard most of this album- I’ll definitely have to go back for some deeper listening.
Pretty crazy personnel on this record- Marcus Miller, chuck rainey, Steve gadd, Anthony Jackson, brecker brothers, Larry Carlton. The instrumental and the production are amazing. Donald Fagens voice and songwriting are pretty hit or miss with me. I know a lot of musicians that obsess over all the Steely Dan stuff. I really love a handful of songs off of Aja but rarely can listen to the whole album through. Props for having a totally original style - it’s so slick but also soooo awkward sometimes. 3.5
Spanish dancer is so cool when the beat drops. The intro reminds me of Vida Blue’s first album. When You See a Chance is maybe my favorite. The synths are so expressive and pair really nice with the gospelly piano and organ. On Nighttrain I realized he is great as a guitarist too. I knew him as keyboard player and singer but he is super talented as a multi instrumentalist. Synth bass sounds just like a fretless jazz bass. Actually love all the synth bass on this album. Least favorite song is definitely Second Hand Woman. The lyrics are just so terrible. I dig about 80% of this record.
Wow this album is so original and unpredictable . It’s so weird and cool and It sounds way ahead of its time. She is a very expressive singer with a unique voice. The songwriting and arranging are great and there is some of the most beautiful fretless bass playing on this record.
Went through a big Elvis Costello phase about 10 years ago. I never actually heard this album whole way through though- more rock than some of his other stuff. Love the energy on this record especially on tunes like Lipstick Vogue. Radio Radio is great. The attractions were a great band -Bruce Thomas is actually one of my favorite rock bass players his lines always add so much to the tunes.
The only enjoyable part is the noisy guitar sections. Would be better if it was just a short album of free improvisations w/ feedback. I can’t really stand the songs or band at all. After listening to the Kate Bush album, this especially seems so half-assed and lazy.
Definitely tragic. So much death and murder. I really like the vocal harmonies on everything. Tough one to rate, enjoyed listening but probably won’t go back to it. 2-2.5?
Amazing voice. Love the rhythm section - the grooves are so heavy. Great songs I love his performance of The Bee Gees tune.
Really cool sounding record. I love the sounds and production and arranging. I don’t really like the singer’s voice but it kind of grew on me a little. I like the instrumental song sleeping on the roof. I enjoyed listening to this album while dozing off in the cab.
Solid album. Elvis really was a great singer. “It Feels So Right” is probably my favorite. Fever is so cool with just the bass and minimal drums. 4.5
Pretty bored listening throughout. Bittersweet symphony is the best tune on the album. Pretty wild that they had to cede the all thesong writing credits and royalties because of The Rolling Stones sample. It makes the whole tune though- not much there without it. At its best, it makes me want to listen to other bands that did similar things better Ike Coldplay. Worst song is Lucky Man. Tough to rate 1.5? 2?
The Who- Best tune is My Generation I love the raw energy. Totally unique to have a bass solo and a drum solo on a hit song- pretty badass. Kids are alright is good too. Weird that it sounds like he does a voice in the James Brown tune (an impression?) and another one on I’m a Man -and the stuttering on my generation. Feel like he’s a doesn’t really a have a unique voice as a singer (idk maybe I haven’t listened to enough Who but I don’t know if I’d be able to recognize his voice). Super harsh sounding album. I usually like a little distortion and some trashy drums but this is maybe a bit too much. Maybe a bold choice maybe just bad recording but it kinda sounds like an iPhone recording from behind a drum set at a rehearsal. It’s a vibe iKeith Moon’s drums is the most interesting thing going on. I like that busy style with all the fills but after a while I wanted to hear a bit more attention to groove/ feel or some hipper ideas. Pete Townsend is not that special as a lead player- sounds like pretty generic blues stuff. I guess this has some proto punk style but does that just mean they play loud and kind of sloppy? This album definitely feels rushed. Three covers and the Ox is pretty much just wipeout with feedback and detuned guitar. Doing this list I am realizing a lot of these English rock bands of the 60’s or classic rock bands in general are overrated. It sounds like another example of “it must have been an exciting sound / aesthetic at the time” but doesn’t hold up as that interesting to me compared to better rock music to come after it or stuff of the same era recorded with better session musicians. I think I’d prefer to listen to Elvis or The Beach Boys or Beatles. 2.5
Favorite tune "J'Ai Fait Tout". There’s some good storytelling in Red Dirt Girl. I enjoyed listening to this throughout. Not really what I expected at all. More folk than country. Cool textures and percussion throughout. Lots of mood and vibe but I maybe would want some more dynamics. Interesting vocal performance. It is so nice when the vocals on these albums are actually from a real singer.
Faust actually really liked the instrumental. All the synths and repetition in krautrock had a cool minimalism rock thing. Jennifer is such a weird tune- the wobbly bass. The weird rhythm In that piano. The awkward vocal actually kind of work on this one. Really can’t stand the vocals on the other tunes. It’s a bit of pain- omg that dissonance! Cool noisey guitar solo. 2.5? 3?
Lauryn Hill is so good. Lots of great stuff on this record but I hate the skits.
Great grooves and hooks. Totally a unique sound with the group vocals and strings. Bernard Edwards basslines are super iconic. I like the long instrumental sections of just groove in Goodtimes. The tap dancing section in My Feet Feel like Dancing is cool. Can’t Stand to Love You is so great, probably my favorite song-I wish it were longer!
Pretty challenging listen for me.I liked some of the interesting/ strange sounding harmonic stuff with the guitar and vocals. I feel like the songwriting is better than the performance and recording. They recorded guitar first and maybe that’s why it sounds like the rhythm section is kinda shaky. It sounds like there’s a better version of this album that can be made. 1.5
Probably the first album on hear that I thought I was not gonna like from the beginning but actually started liking more and more further in. Kind of weird that it’s a whole album of songs that sound like it would be the one gloomy experimental song on an album. Not a fan of the whispery vocals. Very moody stuff but I’d say it captured the kind of emotions that I had as a teenager. Last tune is the best one I think. The guitar player went on to play on two Tortoise albums that I was pretty into in college. 2.5
Enjoyed listening to this album throughout and had never heard any of these songs. Favorite songs: Ivy Damn season Closure Evermore Least favorite: no body, no crime I like the all the textures in the production. I dig the hybrid folky meets electronic vibe but sometimes wish it went further in one direction or another. Love the Bon Iver collab at the end.
Pretty solid album. Breakdown is probably my favorite- such a cool song. American Girl really is a great song and recording too I love how it sounds so full with the multiple guitars and the bgvs. I also liked the first song and Luna . 4? 5?
Great album. Stan Getz playing is so smooth I love his rhythmic feel. Charlie Byrds bluesier guitar playing is the perfect contrast too. Cool arrangements. First and last songs are my favorite. Love the double bass on Bahia
Alright band I guess and not a bad album, but I feel like this list has made me a little numb to this kind of rock. Didn’t really feel anything listening to it….. Idk 2?
Really hard to listen to I had to give up on it. Don’t get why this is on the list…