Rock opera, very musical-influenced. Interesting listen. Need to be heard as a whole, but had some catchy tunes in there.
Rock opera, very musical-influenced. Interesting listen. Need to be heard as a whole, but had some catchy tunes in there.
George Michael really wants my sex. Disco.
I fuckan love Dire Straits. Perfect day for some good ol' Americana rock n roll.
This some romantic pre-or-during-foreplay shit. I fuck with it. Literally. Bit weird to listen to it when I'm not though - very niche.
Chill rock. Except for The Murder Mystery, that one felt like all the voices in my head came together to sing a very confusing song.
Feeling this. Makes me wanna drop acid and hang out at The Factory. The 60's were something else.
A perfect soundtrack to me recreating Jackass stunts in my own home. Black Flag's music makes it seem sensible and like a good, mature way to spend my time. OG Punk Rock. Like.
90's Hip Hop in its purest form. Man, these dudes had something to say! Bonus for Bring tha Noize being featured on Tony Hawk's Pro Skater.
All the songs sounded like the could've been featured on an early 2000's TV drama series.
Not the type of music I'd listen to with headphones on. I get how it would be groundbreaking for use of samples in dance music, but not really my jam.
One Way or Another + Heart of Glass single-handedly brings this one up to a 4. Solid album.
Was probably groundbreaking for its time. Not so much now. This was a long listen.
As someone who mainly knows Queen Latifah from movies this was cool. She got some bars. Solid listen.
S'aight. I've Seen All Good People pulled this one up to a 3.
Every song tells a story. Fuckin' loved it.
Solid rock album with some real bangers.
A relaxing morning listen. Not bad at all.
"I've been working on a cocktail called Grounds for Divorce". Legendary opening line. Great album overall. Will keep listening to Elbow.
Solid old school rock album. Can't really think of anything that stood out though.
Swingin' soul RnB with real 80s vibes. Not bad.
Very cool psychedelic rock. Reminds me of XTC. Something 4 the Weekend is a banger.
Brings me right back to my childhood. Some of these songs have most definitely been used on Jackass. Great opening in The Age of Pamparius. Prince of the Rodeo is a BANGER. I fuck with this hard.
Kashmir. Nuff said.
Classic. Reminds me of Billy Elliott which uses the songs a lot.
Truly groundbreaking stuff. This is hip hop.
Some pretty good punk music. Really enjoyed listening to this.
Re-release was way better than the first. Tempted to give it a 4 for Teenage Kicks and You've Got My Number but nah. 3 it is.
It's Abbey Road. Is it even possible to give it less than a 5?
Really enjoyed this one.
Alright, so I've had some time to sit with Randy Newman's Sail Away album, and I gotta say, it's not half bad. I mean, sure, his voice is never not gonna make me think about Toy Story, but hey - that's not necessarily a bad thing. The album has got some real gems on it, like "Sail Away", the title track, and "Political Science," which are both super catchy and will have you singing along in no time. And Newman's lyrics are just top-notch. He's like a musical wordsmith, weaving together stories and observations with a wit that's both sharp and subtle. Now, I will say that the album isn't perfect. There are a few tracks that kind of blend together and don't really stand out. But hey, nobody's perfect, right? And the songs that do hit, they hit hard. All in all, I'd give Sail Away a solid 3,5 out of 5 (but as .5 stars aren't available on here I'm gonna round it down to a 3). It's a fun listen that'll make you laugh, make you feel, and maybe even make you ponder the state of the world a bit. And who knows, maybe after a few more listens, I won't even be able to think of Woody anymore. But let's be real, that's probably not gonna happen.
Alright, Sheer Heart Attack. Let me just start by saying that this album is no A Day at the Opera or News of the World, but it's definitely worth a listen if you want to understand where Queen found their sound before they became... well Queen. The album kicks off with the track "Brighton Rock," which is like a musical rollercoaster that takes you on a wild ride through Freddie Mercury's incredible vocal range and Brian May's electrifying guitar solos. And let's not forget about "Killer Queen," which is a classic Queen hit that showcases the band's pop sensibilities and Mercury's flamboyant lyrics. But let's be real, not every track on this album is a banger. "Dear Friends" sounds like a lullaby for insomniacs, for instance. However, there are still some hidden gems like "Bring Back That Leroy Brown", which - let's face it - is catchy as hell, and "Stone Cold Crazy," which foreshadows the heavier sound that Queen would explore on later albums. All in all, Sheer Heart Attack may not be Queen's magnum opus, but it's still a solid album that showcases the band's talent and innovation. So, if you're a fan of Queen or just looking to explore some classic rock, give this one a spin. It may not get you to "Bohemian Rhapsody" levels of ecstasy, but it'll definitely, in one way or another, get you there.
Japan's "Quiet Life" album is about as exciting as watching paint dry. I mean, seriously, if you want to cure your insomnia, just put this album on and you'll be snoring in no time. It's like if elevator music decided to grow a pair and tried to be a real band. Sure, "All Tomorrow's Parties" is alright, but it's basically the only track that manages to stand out from the sea of boredom that is this album. The rest of the songs just kind of blend together into a forgettable mush. Maybe it's just not my thing. Or maybe it's just a product of its time, like parachute pants or Alf. Either way, I'm not exactly chomping at the bit to listen to it again. If you're a die-hard Japan fan, then sure, give it a spin I guess? But if you're looking for something that will knock your socks off, you might want to look elsewhere.
"One Night Stand - Sam Cooke Live at the Harlem Square Club 1963" is one of the best live albums you'll ever hear. Period. This album is so good, it should come with a warning label. No, seriously, it's that hot. From the moment you hit play, you're transported straight to the club, with the sounds of the crowd, the band, and Sam Cooke himself, filling your ears and your soul. It's like being right there in the front row, feeling the heat and energy of the performance. And let me tell you - it's electric. It's got all the makings of a legendary live show: backup singers that could make angels weep, a band that's tighter than my pants after Thanksgiving dinner, and of course, Sam Cooke, who's a force to be reckoned with. This album is a tribute to the power of live music, and a testament to Sam Cooke's incredible talent. It's raw, it's unpolished, and it's absolutely brilliant. It'll have you dancing in your living room, singing along, and feeling like you're part of the coolest party in town. Trust me, this One Night Stand is one you won't regret.
Alright, Fear of a Black Planet by Public Enemy. I've had two Public Enemy albums on this list so far, and while I do enjoy listening to these guys overall with their lyrics full of righteous outrage and energy that makes you want to start a riot and highlight injustice wherever you are - be it on a crowded subway on the way home from the office or dropping off the little ones at daycare - this is my least favorite of the two; and let me tell you why. The album is way too sample-heavy overall, relying on it's chaotic (albeit carefully put together), mix of noise, riffs and even samples of their own music to create the anarchic feeling of an album with a little too much going on and a little less focus on the lyrics. Hell, I feel like I'm on high alert throughout the entire album, and while this might be what was intended, I also feel like I'm about to have a panic attack in front of a bunch of strangers which has never been exactly my idea of a solid time. When the lyrics get to come to the forefront, though, they are great, and an anthem such as the critically acclaimed Fight the Power at the end of the album makes you think that what you just went through wasn't so bad after all - what counts is the final destination, and even if it was a bit of bumpy road (and by bumpy I mean feeling like you're dodging missiles and gunshots during rush hour) getting there, you got what you wanted in the end. Now take a deep breath and keep going about your day. You've been through a lot.
Wow. D.O.A. the Third and Final Report of Throbbing Gristle. Where do I start? I really wish the music was as impressive as the album name itself. I can imagine that the people that think that this is a revolutionary album are the very same people that go to "conceptual art exhibitions" and rave about how "the urinal centerpiece moved them". Let's be real here - this album is nothing but noise. It's not even carefully arranged noise that's been used to produce some sort of music or even a melody, it's just a hodgepodge of random sounds that seem to have been recorded by a mere accident. Somebody brought some sort of recording contraption to work, pressed record and then that was that. I'm sorry, but Throbbing Gristle's third and final report most definitely did not make my gristle throb. In fact, by the end of the album, the only realization I had was that this album, along with my gristle, could both have been pronounced D.O.A. as soon as the album started playing.
Alright peeps we've got Led Zeppelin III up in here. Now, let me tell you, this album starts off like a punch in the face with the classic banger "Immigrant Song." I mean, I almost spilled my martini all over my velvet smoking jacket when that riff hit - it's just killer and it sets the tone for the rest of the record... ... is what I would've hoped. But, as the album progresses, it kinda ebbs out, and it's like the band felt like they gave it all with that first song, went off and did some yoga and then came back with a more classic rock sound that takes you through the rest of the album. Now don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with that. Tracks like "Gallows Pole" and "Since I've Been Loving You" are still great tracks, but they're more like a gentle massage than like the wild ride we went through at the start. Overall, I'd give Led Zeppelin III a solid 3.5 out of 5. It's like a roller coaster that starts off with a loop-de-loop but then settles into a nice, smooth ride throughout the rest of the album. .5's aren't available here so I'm being nice and kicking it up to a 4 just for Immigrant Song. It's just that good.
Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette. Now here's an album that's stood the test of time. Now, when I first heard this album, I was like, "Whoa, what is this? Is this a breakup album? Is this an empowerment album? Is this a therapy session on a disc?" But then I realized, it's all of the above, baby! From the moment "All I Really Want" starts, you know you're in for a wild ride. Alanis has got some serious feelings she wants to share, and she's not holding back. "You Oughta Know" is the ultimate breakup anthem, and let's just say, if I ever broke up with Alanis, I would be scared to listen to this song. Like, seriously scared. But it's not all anger and angst. "Hand in My Pocket" is a feel-good bop that makes me want to dance around in my underwear. But my favorite track on the album has got to be "Ironic", as yours should be too. It's a classic sing-along that reminds us that sometimes life just likes to mess with us. How's that for relatable? Overall, Jagged Little Pill is a great frickin' album. It's raw, it's honest, and it's catchy as hell. If you haven't listened to it in a while, do yourself a favor and give it another spin. And if you're going through a breakup, you oughta know: Alanis has got your back.
I am one happy dude right now. Why, you ask? Well, because I just listened to Common's 2005 album Be, and let me tell you, listening to this album is like getting dapped up by the man Common himself. I mean, seriously, this album is the hip hop equivalent of getting a home cooked meal at your mama's house and a "you got this, man." from your dad who's sitting across from you. Listening to Be is like getting to know Common on a personal level. The album feels like a window into his soul, with lyrics that are introspective, reflective, and often deeply personal. You get a sense of who he is as a person and where he is from. Hell, by the time you finish listening to Be, you feel like you've just had a beer with the guy. And you can't talk about Be without talking about Kanye West whose producing skills helped elevate the album to the next level, and whose old school sound (yeah I like the old Kanye) can be felt throughout the album, which he helped produce. And he even appeared on a couple of songs - which, in my opinion, are some of the best of the album. The Food, is an upbeat song which is all about enjoying the simple pleasures of life with a catchy hook and a sound that feels like a celebration. And then we have They Say which is a bit more introspective. It's a reflection on the pressures of fame and success, and it features Kanye West and John Legend on the chorus. The beat is moody, the lyrics are thoughtful, and the whole thing just hits you right in the feels. Be is one of the truly iconic hip hop albums of the 00's, and it's one of those albums that'll make you actually feel something instead of just going "skrrt" and making you want to eat tide pods. So put on your aviator sunglasses, throw on a leather jacket, and get ready to listen to some GOOD Music. This album is a must-listen.
Alright, folks, buckle up, because we're about to take a journey into the world of Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here. I can confidently say that this album is a masterpiece that deserves a place in any music lover's collection. This album is a true work of art that showcases Pink Floyd's signature sound and musical genius. One of the standout tracks on this album is "Welcome To The Machine." This haunting and mesmerizing song takes the listener on a journey through the darker side of the music industry. From the pulsing synthesizers to the haunting vocals, "Welcome To The Machine" is a powerful commentary on the dehumanizing effects of fame and success with a sound that will make you feel like you're on a wild acid trip. But don't worry - it's a fun ride. But "Welcome To The Machine" is just one piece of the puzzle that makes up Wish You Were Here. The album as a whole is a stunning example of Pink Floyd's ability to create complex and layered compositions that take the listener on an emotional journey. From the soaring guitar solos of the epic "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" to the melancholic beauty of the title track which is a masterpiece that will transport you to another dimension, Wish You Were Here is a true masterpiece that continues to captivate audiences to this day. Just make sure you have some snacks on hand, because this journey is going to take a while. This album is a must-listen for any fan of progressive rock or music in general, so if you're ready to take a break from your boring, mundane existence and explore the depths of your mind with some killer tunes, then the Wish You Were Here is the album for you. Just be warned, you might not come back the same person.
Alrighty. So I must admit that although I do enjoy Joy Division's music generally, I have more love for the punk music scene of the 70's than the 80's melancholic post-punk movement. Frankly I just find it to be a bit dull. Unknown Pleasures is Joy Division's debut album, and I can honestly say that I certainly find it innovative. It clearly showcases the band's unique sound, but ultimately, in my opinion, it falls short of its potential. The album is a dark and brooding exploration of depression, anxiety, and isolation, which is conveyed through Ian Curtis' haunting vocals and the band's driving, post-punk instrumentals. However, some tracks lack the necessary energy and diversity to keep the listener engaged throughout. Overall, while I wouldn't consider Unknown Pleasures to be a masterpiece, it's still worth a listen for fans of the genre or those interested in exploring the roots of alternative music. Or for those who bought the t-shirt and actually want to be able to tell people that they've listened to the album - though it doesn't seem to be a prerequisite nowadays.
Wow! I can confidently say that Cheap Thrills is one of the most thrilling and electrifying albums to come out of the 1960s. Big Brother & The Holding Company, fronted by the powerhouse vocals of Janis Joplin, have delivered a raw and authentic record that captures the essence of the counterculture movement. From the opening track "Combination of the Two," listeners are immediately drawn in by Joplin's emotive and soulful delivery, which is perfectly complemented by the band's gritty and bluesy instrumentation. The album's standout track, "Piece of My Heart," is a tour de force that showcases Joplin's incredible vocal range and emotional depth. Cheap Thrills also features several other gems, including "Summertime," "Ball and Chain," and "I Need a Man to Love," which are all prime examples of the band's ability to create powerful and memorable songs. Overall, Cheap Thrills is a must-listen for anyone interested in the music of the 1960s and the evolution of rock and roll. It is a timeless classic that continues to inspire new generations of musicians and music lovers alike.
So I just listened to Emerson, Lake & Palmer's Tarkus album and, to be honest, I'm not quite sure what just happened. I mean, I heard some guitars, some drums, and some...keyboards? I think? And then there was this one song called 'Tarkus' that just went on and on and on... And there were all these different parts to it, but I couldn't really tell where one part ended and the other began. I don't know, maybe I'm just not smart enough to understand it. But hey, if you're into really complicated music that makes you feel simultaneously impressed and completely clueless, then give Tarkus a listen. Just don't ask me to explain it to you.
This is a live album like one I've never heard before. Recorded in 1970, it captures the band at the height of their powers, delivering a blistering set of their greatest hits and other popular songs in front of a raucous crowd. One of the most impressive things with Live at Leeds is the sound quality. It's nothing short of stunning. The guitars roar with a ferocity that can't be captured in a studio, and the drums pound with an intensity that makes your heart race. The recording is so intimate, it's as if you're sitting in the front row, feeling every chord and beat reverberate through your body. The band's banter also helps with the feeling of being there, and actually helps with making the album even better than what it would've been without it. Live at Leeds, unlike other live albums that makes you feel like you're just part of the crowd in a massive arena, makes you feel like you're just listening to a quartet of dudes shredding it up at your local watering hole, and it kinda works. It's no wonder that Live at Leeds is considered one of the greatest live albums of all time. The Who were at the top of their game, and this album captures their live performance in all its glory. If you're a fan of rock and roll, Live at Leeds is an essential addition to your collection.
Ah, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. These guys have a special place in my heart. And now they've done it again with their double album, Abattoir Blues / The Lyre of Orpheus. This Australian punk rocker turned gothic crooner has been churning out dark and brooding albums for decades, and this one is no exception. Abattoir Blues kicks off with the propulsive and ominous "Get Ready for Love," which sets the tone for the album's blend of gospel, blues, and rock. The title track is a blistering rocker that shows off Cave's fiery vocals and his band's tight musicianship. Meanwhile, The Lyre of Orpheus takes a more restrained approach, with ballads like "Breathless" and "Carry Me" showcasing Cave's emotional range. The album also features guest appearances from vocalists like Kylie Minogue and Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, adding a touch of pop sensibility to the proceedings. Overall, Abattoir Blues / The Lyre of Orpheus is a testament to Nick Cave's singular vision and his band's versatility. It's a must-listen for fans of alternative rock and gothic music, and a solid entry point for those new to Cave's oeuvre.
Soul Mining. You know what? I kinda like this. Now, I can't quite put my finger on what it is about this album that I like. It's sort of like a train wreck, you know? You don't want to look, but you can't help it. Or like my Aunt Edna's cleavage. Not my cup of tea (seeing as she's my relative and all), but damn if I can't stop my eyes from going there. But seriously, there's something strangely compelling about Soul Mining. Maybe it's the quirky vocals or the off-kilter instrumentation. Or maybe it's just the fact that it's so damn weird. Whatever it is, I'm hooked. So, if you're in the mood for something a little off the beaten path, give Soul Mining a spin. And who knows, you might just find yourself strangely drawn to it, like a moth to a flame, or a guy to his aunt's cleavage.
Iconic. Iron Maiden's debut album may not be their best album, but just hearing their signature sound is enough for me. Growing up, Iron Maiden was a staple in my household. My dad had several of their albums on vinyl, and when he played them for me growing up I remember admiring the Eddie artwork on the sleeves as I was rocking along to the music. So when I put on their debut album, it's like I'm transported back to those days of air guitar and discovering the world of not only heavy metal, but of music. As mentioned, Iron Maiden's signature sound runs throughout the entire album, but a couple of stand-out tracks include Phantom of the Opera and Iron Maiden. It may not be their greatest album, it's still a must-listen for any Iron Maiden fan. And for me, it's like coming home to an old friend. Up the irons!
I've listened to my fair share of alcohol-fueled, late-night recording sessions that yield both brilliance and nonsense. Harry Nilsson's Nilsson Schmilsson, an album that features Nilsson's signature angelic voice and a healthy dose of debauchery, is no exception. There's no denying the genius behind tracks like "Without You," which showcases Nilsson's remarkable vocal range and ability to convey emotion through his voice alone. However, the album's collaborations with John Lennon during his infamous "Lost Weekend" period, such as "You're Breakin' My Heart," also demonstrate Nilsson's ability to work with other great musicians to create something truly special. The track combines Nilsson's playful lyrics with Lennon's production skills to create a song that's both catchy and slightly off-kilter. But it's "Jump Into the Fire" that steals the show, thanks in part to me knowing it's the background track to the Henry Hill coke scene in Goodfellas. The song's pounding beat and Nilsson's frenzied vocals captured the madness and chaos of that scene perfectly, and it's hard not to feel a surge of adrenaline when listening to it, even without watching the movie. Overall, Nilsson Schmilsson is an album that's as eccentric and idiosyncratic as its creator. Nilsson's voice is the star of the show, but the album's eccentricities and nods to other notable figures in music history give it a charm that's hard to resist.
Neil Young's "On the Beach" is a masterpiece that defies easy categorization. Released in 1974, it's an album that showcases Young's willingness to experiment and push boundaries while still staying true to his roots. From the haunting opener "Walk On" to the melancholic closer "Ambulance Blues," the album is a journey through Young's unique musical landscape. The standout track "Revolution Blues" is a searing commentary on the political climate of the time, while "Vampire Blues" is a dark and brooding meditation on the excesses of the rock 'n' roll lifestyle. But it's not just the lyrics that make "On the Beach" so special. The music itself is a blend of genres, incorporating elements of folk, country, and even jazz. Young's guitar work is at its best here, with each note ringing out with emotion and power. Overall, "On the Beach" is an album that rewards careful listening and reveals new depths with each play. It's a must-listen for any serious music fan and a testament to Neil Young's enduring talent as a songwriter and musician.
Oh man, The Offspring's debut album, Smash, is an absolute classic! Listening to it brings me right back to my childhood, when I used to blast "Self Esteem" and "Gotta Get Away" on my Walkman like it was nobody's business. I mean, this album is packed with catchy hooks, driving guitar riffs, and lyrics that speak to the teenage rebellion in all of us. It's like a shot of pure adrenaline straight to the heart. And let's not forget about the iconic album cover featuring that poor little skeleton dude getting pummeled by a hammer. It's the perfect visual representation of the album's in-your-face attitude. So yeah, if you're looking for a nostalgia trip back to the glory days of '90s punk rock, then Smash is an absolute must-listen. I give it a solid 3,5 out of 5 and I'm rounding it up to 4 because just because it's the punk rock thing to do.
This was a classic 80's album. Listening to Picture Book is like taking a bubble bath with a glass of wine in hand - it's the ultimate stress reliever. You can just sit back, close your eyes, and let Mick Hucknall's soulful voice transport you to a place of pure zen. Picture Book is packed with some seriously groovy tunes. "Money's Too Tight (To Mention)" is a certified bop, and "Come To My Aid" will have you swaying your hips like Mick Jagger on stage. Overall, I highly recommend Picture Book to anyone in need of a little R&R. So, grab a glass of something chilled, kick back, and let Simply Red work their magic.
Björk's Vespertine had me feeling like I was living in some kind of gypsy fever dream. I mean, I've never had a gypsy-themed fever dream before, but if I ever do, I hope that this is the album they're playing on repeat throughout it. Björk's voice is like a beautiful bird that's been set loose in a music studio, and it's just flying all over the place, doing crazy acrobatics and hitting all these insane notes. I mean, I don't even know if birds can sing like that, but if they can, I want one. The beats on this album are also wild. They're like a bunch of maracas and tambourines got together and formed a drum circle, and they're just going nuts. I don't know what they put in Björk's tea before she recorded this, but I want some of it. Overall, Vespertine is a trip. It's like Björk took me by the hand and led me on a journey through a magical forest filled with mystical creatures and rainbow-colored mushrooms. And then I ate all the mushrooms. And you know what? I'm here for it. It might not be something I would consider listening to on a daily basis, but once in a blue moon, I might be down for another Björk fever dream.
Fifth Dimension by The Byrds. The Wikipedia page said it was The Byrds' most experimental album by far, and I can nothing but agree. This album is so trippy, you'll need a map just to find your way back to reality. This album is a quintessential example of 60's psychedelic rock. It's like the musical equivalent of a lava lamp, except instead of blobs of goo, you get guitar riffs that sound like they're melting. And let's not forget about the lyrics, which are so deep, you'll need a scuba suit just to dive into them. Well, most of the time. The only standout track on the album for me was "John Riley". It's about some dude (presumably John Riley) who goes up to a random woman and asks her if she wants to marry him. Now, I don't know about you, but if some random dude came up to me and asked me to marry him, I'd be like "who the hell are you and why are you wearing a Byrds t-shirt?" But let's not forget about the interview at the end of the album, where only the answers can be heard and not the questions. I don't know about you, but that's some next-level trippiness right there. It's like the musical equivalent of trying to solve a Rubik's cube blindfolded. All in all, Fifth Dimension is a trippy ride through the 60's, and if you're a fan of psychedelic rock, then this album is definitely worth a listen. Just don't be surprised if you end up seeing colors that don't exist and hearing sounds that are coming from another dimension.
Two Byrds albums in a row? Well ok then. So I just came off listening to "Younger Than Yesterday" by The Byrds. And let me tell you, after listening to their experimental album "Fifth Dimension" the day before, I was somewhat relieved that this one didn't make me feel like I was in the middle of an acid trip. "Younger Than Yesterday" is an album that showcases The Byrds' unique blend of folk, rock, and psychedelia. It's like they took a bunch of musical genres and threw them into a blender, and what came out was an eclectic mix of 60's style rock n roll. The album features some of the band's most popular tracks, including "So You Want to Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star," which is the perfect song to listen to while doing your air guitar routine in the mirror. And "My Back Pages" is a timeless classic that makes me feel like I'm wearing a tie-dye shirt and smoking a doobie. What I like most about this album is how it manages to be experimental without being too out there. It's like they were testing the waters with "Fifth Dimension" and then realized they needed to come back down to earth a bit. And boy, am I glad they did (because I don't think my brain could handle a Sixth Dimension). Overall, "Younger Than Yesterday" is a groovy album that will make you want to dust off your bell-bottoms and dance around like it's the Summer of Love. It's like a musical time machine that transports you back to the '60s, minus the questionable fashion choices. So if you're looking for a good time, put on this album and let The Byrds take you for a ride.
Hell yes. If you haven't experienced "Are You Experienced" yet you're missing out on a whole lot of rock and roll goodness. From the opening riff of "Purple Haze" to the final notes of "Are You Experienced," this album is an absolute trip. Hendrix's guitar work is out of this world, and his lyrics will make you wonder if he was really from this planet. But the best part of this album? It's the perfect soundtrack for any and all mind-altering substances you may or may not choose to partake in. So whether you're a seasoned pro or a curious newbie, "Are You Experienced" will take you on a wild ride that you won't soon forget. In short, if you want to rock out, get weird, and have a damn good time, then Jimi Hendrix's "Are You Experienced" is the quintessential album you need in your life.
So I gave Play by Moby a spin and I was actually blown away by how many songs I recognized but had no idea were by Moby. It's like finding out that your dentist used to be a rockstar - surprising, awesome and a little unnerving all at the same time. One of the tracks that really caught my attention was "Bodyrock". I remember hearing it on one of the earlier FIFA games when I was a kid, didn't pay too much attention to it then, but hearing it now brought me right back. I now I know what I didn't know then - turns out it was Moby all along. I guess I should've been paying more attention to the game credits instead of trying to score that sweet, sweet virtual goal. All jokes aside, Play might not be an album that I would come back and listen to a lot, but there are songs on there that I've heard throughout my life and that have been a part of my life without me even knowing whose songs they were, and you gotta give Moby credit for that.
John Coltrane's A Love Supreme is like the Energizer bunny of jazz albums - this dude just keeps on going and going! I mean, seriously, the way Coltrane's saxophone just spirals and spirals, you can practically feel the energy coming off the record. It's like he found the musical equivalent of the Fountain of Youth and just never looked back. And what's even more impressive is that this album was recorded in a single session. Can you believe it? One moment, Coltrane's just noodling around on his horn, and the next he's blowing minds with one of the most iconic jazz albums of all time. So if you're looking for a musical pick-me-up that'll keep you going all day (or night), look no further than A Love Supreme. John Coltrane's got the magic touch, and he's not afraid to use it!
The Genius of Ray Charles. This album is like a shot of musical adrenaline straight to the heart. It's got everything: soul, blues, jazz, and enough energy to power a small city. From the opening notes of "Let the Good Times Roll" to the soulful rendition of "Georgia on My Mind," Ray Charles' talent is undeniable. He's like the lovechild of a piano and a saxophone, and he's got the voice of an angel with a side hustle as a devilish bluesman. Listening to this album is like taking a time machine back to the golden age of music, when people knew how to really belt it out and make you feel something. If you don't find yourself tapping your toes and swaying to the beat of "Hallelujah I Love Her So," then you must be legally dead. In conclusion, The Genius of Ray Charles is not just an album, it's a musical experience that will transport you to another world. Ray's voice is like a warm blanket on a cold night, and his piano playing is like a warm hug from your favorite aunt. From the upbeat "What'd I Say" to the heartbreaking "Drown in My Own Tears," this album has something for everyone. So, whether you're a longtime fan or a newcomer to Ray's music, do yourself a favor and give this album a listen. Your ears (and your soul) will thank you.
First time listening to Janelle Monáe, and I must say this is a great introduction. Now I don't know what an archandroid is, seeing as the only thing I know about androids come from movies like I, Robot, Blade Runner and Ex Machina, but if the real thing is anything like the album I hope the androids take over the world. From the funky beats to the soulful vocals, Janelle has got me dancing and singing along like a fool. And let's talk about those lyrics for a sec. I mean, "Tightrope" has got me feeling like I could walk a tightrope over Niagara Falls and not even break a sweat. And "Cold War"? I didn't know it was possible to feel both empowered and vulnerable at the same time, but Janelle somehow manages to pull it off. Overall, if you're looking for an album that will make you feel like a powerful, futuristic cyborg, look no further than The ArchAndroid. It's like listening to the soundtrack of a sci-fi movie, but with better dance moves. Five stars, two thumbs up, and a robot fist bump!
I love me some Run-D.M.C.! Their self-titled album is a classic, and it's got more rhymes than a Shel Silverstein book. Seriously though, these guys are the real deal. They've got beats that will make your head spin, and lyrics that will make you want to jump out of your seat and start breakdancing. And if you're not careful, you might just break something. But don't take my word for it, give this album a listen and you'll see what I mean. It's like a party in your ears, and everyone's invited. Except for Dave. Dave's not invited. He knows what he did.
I've got to say, I was pleasantly surprised by The Roots' album, Phrenology. I mean, I've mainly known these guys as Jimmy Fallon's house band, but let me tell you, they can really rock their own sound. This album goes hard, and it's clear that The Roots are true masters of their craft. From the funky grooves of "The Seed 2.0" to the introspective lyrics of "Water," Phrenology showcases the band's versatility and skill. I especially loved the track "Break You Off," which features some seriously smooth vocals from Musiq Soulchild. It's the perfect song for when you want to impress your crush with your taste in music (or just set the mood for a romantic evening). So, if you're like me and you've been sleeping on The Roots, do yourself a favor and give Phrenology a listen. You won't regret it, and who knows, maybe you'll even start seeing them as more than just Jimmy Fallon's backing band.
Holy cow, that was one wild ride. It's like Primal Scream threw a bunch of different genres into a blender, hit puree, and then just went with whatever came out. The album starts off with "Movin' on Up," and I gotta say, I was movin' on up out of my seat trying to figure out what the heck was going on. "Loaded" is like a rollercoaster of sound, complete with a funky bassline and a choir that sounds like it's on a mission from God. But it's "Higher Than the Sun" that really takes the cake. I mean, what kind of drugs were they on when they made that song? It's like they took a bunch of helium, inhaled it, and then decided to sing about being higher than the sun. I don't know what they were smoking, but I want some. Overall, Screamadelica is a trip, and not the kind you take with your grandma to the Grand Canyon. If you're feeling adventurous, give it a listen. And if you're not feeling adventurous, well, stick with elevator music.
Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul is one album that'll have you feeling more soulful than a demon trying to possess Aretha Franklin's body. This album is chock full of classics that'll have you tapping your foot and snapping your fingers faster than my healing factor kicks in. From "Respect" to "I've Been Loving You Too Long," this album is an absolute gem that'll have you feeling like you can take on the world. So if you're looking to add some serious soul to your playlist, then Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul is the album for you. And if you don't like it, well then I guess we'll just have to agree to disagree. But seriously, who doesn't like this album? It's pure gold, baby!
This album is so 80s, I half expected to see Marty McFly skateboarding down the street while listening to it. From the synth-heavy pop beats to the heartfelt lyrics, "Steve McQueen" is a true gem of the decade that brought us shoulder pads and big hair. And let's not forget the album cover, which features the band in the 80s, trying to look like they're in the 50s – could it be any more 80s? But don't let the nostalgia fool you – this album holds up today. The catchy hooks and infectious melodies are just as irresistible now as they were back then. So if you're looking for a dose of 80s goodness, "Steve McQueen" is the album for you. It's so 80s, you might even start to miss the mullet you had in high school. But hey, at least you'll have some killer tunes to go with it.
Alright, so David Bowie basically invents a character named Ziggy Stardust, dresses up like an alien rock star, and releases an album about his adventures with his band, the Spiders from Mars. And it's so damn good that even aliens would groove to it. I mean, if there's a cooler way to make music, I haven't heard of it yet. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars is a five-star masterpiece that's out of this world, literally. Bowie may have left us, but Ziggy lives on forever.
Laibach's Opus Dei is like nothing I've ever heard before. And that's not necessarily a good thing. I mean, I'm all for exploring new musical territory, but this album is like a trip to a bizarre, dystopian world where the only sound is industrial techno mixed with Gregorian chants. And don't even get me started on the two covers of "Live is Life" in German. I mean, I get it, they're trying to make a statement or something, but come on. One was more than enough. It's like they're trying to brainwash us into liking it or something. All in all, Opus Dei is definitely not my cup of tea. But hey, if you're into weird, experimental music that makes you question your sanity, give it a listen. Just don't say I didn't warn you.
Alright, Darklands. Now, I know what you're thinking: "Surely an album with a name like 'Darklands' must be awesome!" Well, let me tell you, this one is a doozy - if you listen to the original album and not the extended version, which unfortunately is the only one available on Spotify. Because while the first 10 tracks on the original album might lull you into a false sense of security with their catchy riffs and moody vocals, things quickly take a turn for the worse if you keep on listening. The extended album drags on and on like a never-ending audition for a vampire movie. It's like they took all the energy and excitement that went into the original album and replaced it with a handful of sleeping pills. So, my advice to you is this: If you're looking for some great music listen to the first 10 tracks, but if you need to rock out for a longer time, stay far away from the extended version. Unless, of course, you're having trouble sleeping and need a lullaby to help you drift off. In that case, put it on repeat and let The Jesus and Mary Chain sing you to dreamland.
Tapestry by Carole King is like a warm hug from your grandma after she's spiked her coffee with a little somethin' somethin'. It's pure comfort in musical form. I mean, you can't listen to "You've Got a Friend" without feeling like you just got a group hug from the entire cast of Friends. And "Natural Woman"? I haven't felt that beautiful since I looked in the mirror this morning and realized I forgot to take off my sleep mask. So if you're feeling down and out, or just need a pick-me-up, throw on Tapestry and let Carole King and her keyboard whisk you away to a world of good vibes and groovy tunes. And maybe pour a little somethin' somethin' into your coffee too. Grandma would approve.
Listening to Talking Heads 77 is like opening a can of Pringles – once you pop, you just can't stop. And don't even get me started on "Psycho Killer." That song will burrow into your brain like a parasitic worm and live there rent-free for the rest of your life. But hey, at least it's a catchy worm. But let's be real, Talking Heads 77 is more than just a one-hit wonder. With its eclectic mix of punk, funk, and rock, this album will have you bopping your head and shaking your booty like a Muppet on speed. So if you're ready to embrace your inner weirdo and dance like nobody's watching, then Talking Heads 77 is the album for you. Just be prepared for "Psycho Killer" to be your new brain roommate.
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds' Murder Ballads is not your average lullaby album. In fact, these songs are more likely to give your child nightmares than sweet dreams. With tracks like "Stagger Lee" and "Where the Wild Roses Grow," Murder Ballads is like a twisted fairytale come to life. Nick Cave's haunting vocals will lull you into a false sense of security, only to be shattered by lyrics that are equal parts beautiful and disturbing. So if you're looking for a way to terrify your child into staying in their bed all night, then Murder Ballads is the perfect album for you. Just don't blame me when they start having nightmares about "The Curse of Millhaven." Sweet dreams, and don't let the bad seeds bite.
Belle & Sebastian's If You're Feeling Sinister is like a breath of fresh air after listening to Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds' Murder Ballads. Where Murder Ballads is dark, brooding, and unsettling, If You're Feeling Sinister is light, whimsical, and uplifting. While both albums kind of dabble in the same area (songs that sound like they could be lullabies), they couldn't be more different in tone and style. If Murder Ballads is a creepy carnival ride, then If You're Feeling Sinister is a lazy afternoon spent lounging in a meadow. But despite the stark contrast, both albums showcase the power of storytelling through music. Nick Cave and Stuart Murdoch are both brilliant songwriters who know how to weave intricate narratives with just a few choice words. So if you're in the mood for something a little lighter and more uplifting, then If You're Feeling Sinister is the perfect antidote to the dark and twisted world of Murder Ballads. Just be prepared for Stuart Murdoch's infectious melodies to get stuck in your head for days.
Pretenders by Pretenders is like a perfectly mixed cocktail – it's smooth, sophisticated, and just the right amount of kick. Chrissie Hynde's voice is like honey poured over a hot buttered biscuit, and the band's blend of rock, punk, and new wave is like a gourmet feast for your ears. It's the kind of album that makes you want to put on your leather jacket, hop on your motorcycle, and ride into the sunset like a badass. And with classic tracks like "Brass in Pocket" and "Stop Your Sobbing," Pretenders is like a time capsule from the golden age of rock. It's a reminder of a time when music was raw, authentic, and unapologetically cool. So if you're looking for an album to make you feel like a rebel without a cause, then Pretenders by Pretenders is the perfect choice. Just be prepared for Chrissie Hynde's seductive vocals to make you weak in the knees.
Herbie Hancock's Head Hunters is like a sonic journey through a futuristic jungle. It's a fusion of jazz, funk, and electronic music that takes you on a wild ride through uncharted musical territories. Hancock's keyboard wizardry is on full display here, and the band's tight grooves and funky beats will have you dancing like nobody's watching. It's like a party in your ears, and everyone's invited. Tracks like "Chameleon" and "Watermelon Man" are like a shot of adrenaline straight to the heart, and the album as a whole is a testament to the power of musical experimentation. It's the kind of album that makes you feel like anything is possible. So if you're a fan of jazz, funk, or just good music in general, then Herbie Hancock's Head Hunters is a must-listen.
Digital Underground's Sex Packets is a wildly hilarious album that will have you laughing, dancing, and feeling a bit naughty. The album's storyline about a government-created drug that provides a unique sexual experience is sheer brilliance. But it's the tracks like "Sex Packets" and "Freaks of the Industry" that really showcase the band's funky beats and irreverent humor. "Sex Packets" is like a funky, psychedelic trip through a futuristic sex club, while "Freaks of the Industry" is a raunchy yet hilarious tale of sexual conquest that's impossible not to dance to. The album never takes itself too seriously, which is what makes it so much fun. It's like a funky party that never stops, and you're invited. So if you're looking for an album that will make you laugh, dance, and maybe even blush a little, then Digital Underground's Sex Packets is the perfect choice. It's a classic that's still as fresh and fun as the day it was released.