I didn't really feel this album. Perhaps I wasn't in the right mood for the songs to hit, but it just seemed a bit too slow and moody for me in most cases. I certainly didn't hate this though, and I may revisit it someday. Favourite: She's Lost Control
I thought this album was pretty good, though maybe a little repetitive as far as albums go, and maybe saying something that my favourite song was a cover. Favourite: Mrs. Robinson
Stevie Wonder is an artist I've heard about many times, but until now never really listened. However, his reputation as a pop music pioneer is well-deserved, and the things he was doing on this 1976 album with elements such as synthesisers is really impressive. I can totally see the influence that his work must have had on the music of today, and this album was just a treat to listen to. Favourite: Sir Duke
Coincidentally this is the second Stevie Wonder album in a row that has been given to me by the generator. I thought this was an amazing album for sure, but I must say that I certainly preferred Songs in the Key of Life to this one, although Superstition was still an absolute classic. Favourite: Superstition
Being a British kid born in the late 90s to young parents, I certainly knew quite well of Oasis, and recognised most of the songs on this album. However there were a few songs on here that I didn't know so well. There may be some nostalgia speaking for me here, but I loved this album and every song, even the more overplayed (and potentially overrated) tracks like Wonderwall. Additionally, I personally believe that Champagne Supernova is one of the most beautiful rock songs ever made. Favourite: Champagne Supernova
This was a great album, a wonderful blend of rock and electronic, funky and emotional. Some really great tracks here and just a great journey throughout! Favourite: All My Friends
I can't say that this is my favourite Bowie album unfortunately, and to me it all seemed a bit forgettable, which is something I absolutely hate to say about the legend that is Bowie, but yeah, I didn't find myself enjoying this one all that much. The ambient tracks near the end were strange but certainly interesting. Favourite: The Secret Life of Arabia
This is certainly not the kind of thing I'd usually listen to, but I found myself quite enjoying this! I honestly wish I had a better understanding of French, but the lyrical prowess of Brel is very evident even without really understanding the lyrics. If anything it's a motivation for me to learn the language, because Chanson seems quite interesting! Favourite: "Les Toros"
While this isn't the kind of thing I'd usually reach for, I was very amazed and moved by this album, and after a stressful and mentally iffy day, this brought out quite a bit of emotion which honestly surprised me. I'm very glad that I sat down and just listened to this album with no distractions, so I could appreciate just how lyrically amazing this book of musical stories was. Favourite: Teachers
There were a few songs here I quite liked, but some of it just had far too much going on for me to understand or want to listen to. Definitely can see the British post-punk oozing from this whole album though. Favourite: Spoilt Victorian Child
I thought this was a pretty good album calling back to classic Blues music. I quite enjoyed this, though I admit some of the songs seemed a little repetitive. Favourite: Cuttin' Out
I don't follow much hip-hop, but this album slaps. Practically every song was brilliant, but in some ways it's a bit of a shame that many of the socio-political issues brought up in this album are still entirely relevant 20 years later. Completely timeless. Favourite: Say Hi To The Bad Guy
This was absolutely bizarre, but I couldn't help but love it. It was just a lot of fun from beginning to end, and I found myself dancing along to some of the more energetic songs. It's absolutely amazing what ELP were doing with synthesizers over 50 years ago! I think this is a timeless album that I'll surely come back to at some point. I have to say though, that Promenade motif is going to bug me. Where the hell have I heard it before? Favourite: The Old Castle
It was fine... Lyrically I can see that there's a lot of skill there, but unfortunately I found some of the songs to be a bit boring so I often zoned out of listening to the lyrics anyway. Maybe I'm just not American enough to really "get" the hype around Billy Joel. Favourite: Get It Right the First Time
The first couple of songs were quite interesting, but I must say that I lost interest quite quickly, and that sitar really got quite dragging on my Western untrained ears. It was a weird experience that worked quite well on some songs because it matched quite well with the fact I was travelling on a train while listening to it, though I don't think this is the usual kind of trip that people listen to this sort of thing on. Favourite: Jumpin' Jack Flash
A good live album with some great covers. Cobaine was taken too soon from us, and I would have loved to see what Nirvana could have become.
I don't think I was really in the right frame of mind for this one unfortunately. There were a few really good and funky tracks but it felt like a few songs just dragged on a bit. Might revisit eventually though. Favourite: Housequake
It was fine. First songs were a bit forgettable in my opinion, but I think it got better into the second half of the album, though the last song just sounded silly and confusing. I thought Jacob Marley's Chain was really beautiful, and I kinda wish the album had some more folk-esque songs like it. Favourite: Jacob Marley's Chain
Very wonderful and sophisticated. Turns out to be a great album to cook dinner to also. The weird time signatures and the occasional general disregard for norms and rules of music was fun to listen to, if a bit confusing for my musically untrained self. Additionally, Take Five is one of those absolute classics that just always sounds so fresh and cool. Favourite: Take Five
The Predator came up only about a week before this one, and I have to say I prefer The Predator, personally. This seemed a bit less varied and generally less interesting to me, and I just don't think it really aged well, in terms of both the beats and the subject matter. I suppose it was a product of its time though. I think Yo-Yo may have been the star of the show to be honest, because what a debut she made on It's A Man's World. Favourite: It's A Man's World
I quite liked this. Very good country-punk-synthpop stuff, and I really liked the darker and angrier songs. Favourite: Working Class Hero
So groovy and makes me just want to boogie. Wasn't so interested in the slower songs I suppose, but there's definitely a reason why they call him the King of Rock and Roll! Favourite: Blue Suede Shoes
Just some all round great punk-rock. A British classic! Favourite: Down In The Tube Station At Midnight
I quite enjoyed this one. Pretty raw and unpolished in a lot of places but I think that really adds to the appeal. I love the psychedelic and chaotic nature of quite a few of these songs, and I think I'll come back to this album. Favourite: Grey/Afro
This was great! Only heard one of these song before but I loved every song on this album. A really great mix of British and American rock. Favourite: The Wait
A really great album with lyrics that made me both laugh and nearly cry. Some really powerful and moving storytelling, as well as some real emotion. Favourite: Masters of War
Kinda strange country-folky rock album. Sadly I couldn't particularly get into this one very much, though some of the songs had interesting lyrics. Favourite: Abernant 1984/5
The cover made me hope I was going into some 80s metal album, but instead it was some insane post-punk with just a lot of incoherent rambling and yelling. Sadly didn't enjoy this much, though some of the riffs are cool. Favourite: Dead Joe
Really nice, peaceful and relaxing. Made for good cooking music! I don't know if I could see myself listening to this normally in many other scenarios, but it was certainly a nice one. I also thought Astrud's duet with her son Marcello in "You Didn't Have To Be So Nice" was really cute. Favourite: "It's A Lovely Day Today"
Not too bad, though a few too many slow and sappy songs for me to enjoy the whole thing. Bad and Smooth Criminal are both groovy classics though. Favourite: Bad
This was a wonderful album with plenty of wonderful soulful tunes. I wouldn't usually go seeking out soul music like this, but I found myself enjoying it a lot! Favourite: Chain of Fools
Some decent Rock and Country on this album, but nothing that sounded particularly interesting to me. I might revisit this some time, but I wouldn't count on it. Favourite: Too Bad
Some of the songs were okay but it did drag on a bit, in my opinion. Couldn't really keep my interest. Favourite: An Ocean In Between The Waves
This was something a bit more up my alley! I quite liked this mix of alternative and garage rock with some noise mixed in, though some of the noisier tracks were a bit difficult to listen to at parts. Favourite: Kiss Like Lizards
Nice jazzy blues-y album. Definitely not driving music in my humble opinion, I think I would have enjoyed it more if I was cooking, or chilling on the sofa with a nice glass of something strong. Will probably come back to it when I need a good lounge ambience.
I don't really understand why American Pie was the first track on this album. Really felt like that was the highest point of the album and the rest of it was just quite boring. The only other song I quite liked was The Grave near the end of the album, I thought that was a pretty moving song, how it starts slow, swells up, then ends pretty much how it started. But other than that one, nothing else really interested me besides American Pie, which is the only song I knew and still remains the best in my opinion. Favourite: American Pie
This was just a weird one, and not necessarily in a good way. There's definite musical skill and talent here, but I didn't find myself enjoying it that much. For something that should have been so interesting I just got a bit bored by it all. Firth Of Fifth slaps hard in like the final 1/3 of the song though. Favourite: Firth Of Fifth
I thought this was a really good one. Though I have to say my favourite song was probably the first one, and the others on the album weren't quite as good to me, but overall this was still a great album with some 80s pop. Favourite: If You All Get to Heaven
This was a really good one with some absolute hard rock bangers! Enjoyed pretty much every song on the album, there were some amazing solos, and the cover of Should I Stay Or Should I Go on the expanded edition is really good too. Favourite: Cult Of Personality
Good selection of rock tunes. I did lose interest on some of the slower tracks though. Favourite: Bad Company
This was a nice rocky album, though only a couple of the songs reached out to me. I have to say that some of the raspy vocals were quite grating on my ears, but maybe it's just the recording technology of the 60s. Favourite: Roadblock
While the only song I knew from this was Step On, and it still probably remains my favourite, this was a decent album, though a few songs were a bit forgettable. Favourite: Step On
Wasn't particularly my style, but a few good songs in here. Proved to be another good album for background music while cooking! Favourite: Is That Enough
Completely unhinged at times but a pretty good one! Will probably be coming back to this. Favourite: Titanium Expose
Quite funky and just really fun, also pretty ethereal at times too, and it made for an interesting commute into and around the city while I was listening to it. Unfortunately some of those MIDI-esque synths really threw me off, though they probably sounded way better in '92.
Though it's not something I'd usually seek out, I found myself enjoying this one. It's just so fun and groovy.
While rap isn't really my favourite genre in most cases, this wasn't too bad. I found myself paying more attention to the backing track more than JAY-Z himself though, but there were some good tracks here. Favourite: Izzo (H.O.V.A)
This was a good album. I found a couple of the songs a bit strange but it certainly had a few good ones. Favourite: Solsbury Hill
This was a decent album with subject matter just as important now as it was at the album's release, but at the same time I don't know if 13 songs of nothing but raw social commentary is the way to go about it. Good beat throughout though.
Didn't really like this, but generally I'm not that into country music. This especially feels like a parody of country for some reason, and I wonder if it's just because it's that ridiculously, offensively country. Sadly got old after the first few songs. Favourite: I've Got a Tiger By the Tail
It might be sacrilegious to say this, but I think I personally preferred this to Unknown Pleasures. Darker and heavier, but in some ways I found it more listenable than its predecessor. It's sad to hear the backstory surrounding this album though, and the theory that this album is a suicide note of sorts really checks out. Favourite: Twenty Four Hours
Really liked this. Raw and full of emotion while being amazingly catchy. An interesting thing I read on PJ Harvey's Wikipedia page was about how Dry was Kurt Cobain's 16th favourite album of all time, I can totally hear some parallels between this and Nirvana. Definitely will revisit this album.
Yeah, I'm definitely biased for this one. I'm a British guy who loves a lot of electronic music and was introduced to Drum and Bass at a young age. I can only imagine the effect it had at release, winning the 1997 Mercury Prize and likely being one of the seminal albums that brought DnB to a mainstream audience. It's impossible for me not to love this album. I just wish more DnB songs utilised a double bass. Favourite: Brown Paper Bag
A great album with some absolute bangers. Never really given Led Zeppelin much of a proper listen before but I think I will have to now. Favourite: Whole Lotta Love
It was pretty nice and enjoyable. Some nice covers in there too. Always interesting to find out the name of a song I've heard so much but not known the name of until now. Favourite: Green Onions
Pink Floyd is yet another massive band that I never really listened to outside of the most popular songs. However, I really enjoyed listening to this and pretty much every song was amazing. I can see why this is such an iconic album.
Really great punk album that sounds extremely British, so it's a bit of a surprise to know they're an American band. Super energetic and never a dull moment. I love this album honestly.
Ridiculous levels of funk, potentially the funkiest album in existence. Don't know if I'll really come back to it any time soon since it's not entirely my thing, but it was still an all-round fun album. I was also surprised about P-Funk, due to its eventual interpolation in Ice Cube's "Say Hi To The Bad Guy", which is another song I previously discovered from the 1001. Favourite: Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker)
A wonderfully punky glam-rock album that slaps hard! Really enjoyed this and will be coming back to it. Favourite: Trash
Heard a few songs from this, but there's a few I've not heard before, and I'd say I'm a bit more familiar with (What's The Story) Morning Glory?. It's a great album though. I can't help but feel that Liam's voice grates on me just a little bit, the more Oasis I hear, but it's still just an excellent British album. Absolutely love the riffs especially. Favourite: Supersonic
Some strange folk-ish music with a slight electronic beat. Despite being kind of "unique" it just seemed awfully generic really... Nothing about this really stood out to me, and I can't say I enjoyed this album very much. Favourite: Sail Away
This was really good! I don't think I would have been able to tell that these were covers of country songs if it wasn't right there in the title, and while they may sound a bit dated for 1960s standards, I have a massive soft spot for a good big band. Favourite: Don't Tell Me Your Troubles
I thought it was okay. Don't know if I'd go rushing back to this one as the ska-esque horn sections got a bit old over time, but there were some good songs in there for sure. Favourite: Thankfully Not Living in Yorkshire It Doesn't Apply
Pretty good album with a lot of variety! I didn't get into and follow every song but I thought it was still pretty good and unique. Favourite: Barney (...and Me)
I thought it was good, not particularly memorable though, in my opinion. Favourite: Fall
Soulful, funky and fun! Enjoyed this a lot, and might have to watch the movie if it has this soundtrack behind it.
Unhinged, weird, but I kinda loved it in all honesty. I think I prefer this one to another The Fall album the generator gave me a month or so ago, This Nation's Saving Grace. Favourite: Mother-Sister! "-Uh, what's this song about?" "-Uh, nothin'."
I thought it was okay, there's no question about the emotion and storytelling in Chapman's lyrics. However, I just couldn't really pay attention. Maybe I was in the wrong mood to truly appreciate it, but I just found it very boring, and that's coming from someone who usually loves folk music. There were a couple of songs that caught my attention, and Fast Car is a classic, but I also come from the generation that probably knows the Jonas Blue cover better, so maybe that's half the reason this didn't properly click with me. Favourite: Mountains O' Things
Funky and soulful and undoubtedly deserving of a spot on this list. However it was a little slow and not particularly something I could vibe with. Favourite: It Ain't No Fun to Me
I gotta say I was surprised by this one! I like the usual ones from The Hives like Hate To Say I Told You So and Tick Tick Boom, but I'd not really listened to them outside of the popular songs. Didn't realise how punk they got, and I am so much for it! Definitely saving a few of these tracks to other playlists. Favourite: Untutored Youth
Another one of those albums that can only be a 5/5. Honestly though I'd not heard this album in its entirety, just the usual suspects like Paranoid and Iron Man. Amazing from beginning to end though, and a rightful metal classic. Favourite: Paranoid
Just wonderfully dreamy and ethereal, almost feels like something you'd hear in a dream. It's kinda background music-y but I think that's somewhat the point. It seems like it could have been released yesterday as some noisy vaporwave kind of thing, so all the more impressive that this is a 31 year old album. Favourite: soon
Quite good, aggressively 80s. I didn't feel this when listening for the first time so I gave it another listen just before rating it and getting my next album. Second time around, sitting down on a gloomy Sunday and listening with proper headphones instead of a bad car stereo, I really appreciated this a lot more. Well written and instrumented for sure. Still not massively my thing but I appreciate it. Favourite: Faron Young
Just a really good early pop-punk album. There's not much else to say, it's just 35 minutes of fun. Favourite: Teenage Kicks