Fri Jan 27 2023
Dude was a creep but “Blue Suede Shoes” is a bop. No denying that he’s inferior to the African-American artists he built his career off of.
Best songs: Blue Suede Shoes, I’m Counting On You, Trying To Get To You, Blue Moon
Worst songs: I Got A Woman (“She knows a woman’s place” is a no-go lyric), One-Sided Love Affair (he sang this one the way I imagine a cartoon bear would in a Disney movie).
Sat Jan 28 2023
The Joshua Tree
I knew one or two of these songs already. This album was not bad by any means, but I didn’t find it particularly interesting. It’s not something I would choose to listen to again.
Sun Jan 29 2023
Never heard of Portishead before, though I realised while listening that I knew their song “Glory Box” from somewhere - I think it was used in an ad or something.
Definitely a weird album, I’m not usually into stuff this experimental-sounding. Fav tracks: Sour Times, It’s A Fire, Glory Box
Least fav tracks: Numb, Roads, Pedestal
While I liked some tracks, most didn’t do it for me.
Mon Jan 30 2023
Gunfighter Ballads And Trail Songs
This was a really fun album, not at all what I expected.
Fav tracks: …Big Iron, They’re Hanging Me Tonight, Utah Carol
Least fav tracks: The Strawberry Roan, Saddle Tramp
Tue Jan 31 2023
Live At The Star Club, Hamburg
Jerry Lee Lewis
This man was a racist pedophile who married seven times including his 3rd wife, also his thirteen year old cousin. Creep. Also, possibly a murderer. He hated black people while building his entire career off of black musicians’ skill, talent and innovation. He died around 5 months ago and I don’t think the world is particularly worse off as a result!
Didn’t like his voice and don’t think this was much different at it’s core from other music of the same rockabilly honky-tonk style genre (half the songs basically sounded the same, like Elvis but drunk). However I can certainly see how this live performance influenced rock and roll for years and years to come. To summarise: he rocked out.
Won’t be listening again as this isn’t really my genre of choice and… there’s only so far I can go with the “separate the art from the artist” thing.
Best tracks: Money, Great Balls Of Fire, Good Golly Miss Molly, Lewis’ Boogie
Worst tracks: School Confidential, Your Cheating Heart
Wed Feb 01 2023
Undeniably depressing subject matter. The kids crying at the end of “The Kids” was very disturbing. Nonetheless, it’s great art even if it’s not super pleasant art. There’s not really a bad track on there, musically, though for the sake of my personal happiness I’ll be avoiding listening to “The Kids” and “The Bed” ever again, even though I think “The Bed” is an exquisitely written track.
Favourites were “How Do You Think It Feels”, “Oh Jim”, “Caroline Says II”, “Men of Good Fortune”, and, despite my desire to avoid hearing it again in the future, “The Bed”. Least favourites probably “The Kids” and “Caroline Says I”.
Struggled between 4 and 5 stars for the rating on this one … but I think the artistry merits a 5 in the end. Maybe like a 4.75 on a more detailed scale…
Thu Feb 02 2023
Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge
I really enjoyed this album! Most of the songs kind of blended together for me, but there were none I disliked and overall I loved the general sound of the album.
Fav songs: Let It Slide, Check-Out Time
Fri Feb 03 2023
Creedence Clearwater Revival
This is country rock, very American. Kindly short & I thought the singer kind of sounds like Elvis? Maybe it’s just his accent or something. Some of the songs were okay, some were bad, one was great. Final question: what on earth does “chooglin” mean???
Best tracks: Proud Mary (Had no idea this was the original version of this song. I’m mostly familiar with the Glee version, but it’s a classic for a reason), Good Golly Miss Molly
Worst tracks: Graveyard Train (lyrically weak, way too long - over 8 minutes in an album with a 33 minute run time is insane for a track this bad), Bootleg (I spent half the song thinking he was saying “Voulez” before I checked the song title)
Sat Feb 04 2023
Close To The Edge
This album has 3 songs. They are long.
I definitely understand why this is on the list, but it’s not something I’d listen to again. The first 3 minutes of this album felt like the musical version of a panic attack - that horrible energy was then resuscitated at around the 15 minute mark of this EIGHTEEN MINUTE track. Despite this, the first track was the best one on the album, with the following two paling in comparison to the point of boredom.
As a summary: prog rock is apparently not for me.
Sun Feb 05 2023
Ray Of Light
I’m generally quite fond of Madonna, but this album wasn’t for me. Other than the title track, I didn’t enjoy any of the songs.
Mon Feb 06 2023
Hail To the Thief
I really enjoyed a few songs on this album (2+2=5 and Sail To The Moon) but found the overall effect to be a bit too whiny for me. It took several attempts for me to get through the whole album over a few weeks. 56 minutes felt like 56 hours. There were also some tracks on here that I really truly hated (The Gloaming was dreadful). An honestly painful listening experience at some points, and not at all what I anticipated based on my previous experiences of Radiohead (which has always been limited to their hits).
Best tracks: 2+2=5, Sail To The Moon, I Will, A Wolf At The Door
Worst tracks: Backdrifts, Go To Sleep, The Gloaming (my ears hurt)
2.5 stars, rounded down lol
Tue Feb 07 2023
Let's Get It On
According to the Rolling Stone’s Top 500 Albums list, this is the no. 1 album of all time, which is a lot to live up to. It’s also pretty short, just over half an hour long.
It’s a good album, no doubt. But best of all time is definitely a stretch. Enjoyable but not for me, and I didn’t love the sensual sighs in the background… don’t think it added anything, just made it sound rather trashy.
Favs: If I Should Die Tonight, Let’s Get It On, Come Get To This
Wed Feb 08 2023
Exit Planet Dust
The Chemical Brothers
Went into this completely unaware of the background of this album, I’d never heard of The Chemical Brothers and I had no wi-fi to look them up. By the end, I was still kind of confused. Didn’t hate it.
Fav songs: Three Little Birdies Down Beats, Chemical Beats, Alive Alone
Least fav: the rest
Thu Feb 09 2023
The Smashing Pumpkins
I’m with Rory Gilmore on this one. Not really for me.
Fav songs: Luna (the only one I liked enough to save), Mayonaise, Today, Spaceboy, Disarm, Silverfuck
Fri Feb 10 2023
Rage Against The Machine
Rage Against The Machine
This is not the kind of music I usually enjoy or seek out, but I thought this album was actually very excellent. It’s basically just a socialist zine put to heavy guitar but somehow it really, really works. This album was released quite a while before I was even born, so this review is not influenced by nostalgia at all.
Fav tracks: Killing In The Name Of, Take The Power Back
Least fav track: Freedom
Sat Feb 11 2023
I had listened to this album before, but it was nice to revisit it. I like it a lot.
Favs: Get Over You, I Gotta Getta, Teenage Kicks, Male Model, Girls Don’t Like It, Family Entertainment, I Know A Girl, (She’s A) Runaround
Least fav: Casbah Rock
Sun Feb 12 2023
Devil Without A Cause
I’ll admit I went into this totally biased, but it’s not AS bad as I assumed it would be, as someone who had never heard Kid Rock’s music before. Definitely not 1001 albums of all time material, though……… I feel like people often romanticise the 90s but this album made me glad to have not been born yet.
Best track: I kinda liked the funky auto tune on Only God Knows Why
Worst tracks: Welcome 2 the Party, Fuck Off, Where U At Rock, Bawitdaba, Cowboy, Devil Without A Cause, Roving Gangster, I Got One for Ya’, Somebody’s Gotta Feel This, Black Chick, White Guy/I Am the Bulldog (WHY is this song TWELVE MINUTES LONG????? I thought it was almost OVER).
1 star for…. creativity I guess 👍🏼
Mon Feb 13 2023
The Pretty Things
Yeah this was a no from me. I liked some of the beginning songs in a vague sort of way, but it quickly begun feeling like an interminable slog of rote 60s psychedelia that I, as a non-drug user, will never be able to understand or enjoy. Some of the songs were dreadful, notably Defecting Grey, which made me want to drown myself rather than finish listening to. It was followed by three similarly bad songs which I truly HATED listening to. Concept albums are cool and all… but I need the music to be enjoyable to care about the concept. A 1 might be harsh but it’s how I felt by the end so I think it’s deserved.
Tue Feb 14 2023
This feels like something they’d dance to in Friday Night Lights. I’m not really hugely into country, and the music on these tracks feels pretty average, nothing particularly notable.
Like others have pointed out, it has some pretty good lyrics. Bob Dylan apparently described John Prine’s music as “pure Proustian existentialism” but I’m not going to pretend that I’m well-read enough to know what that means. I like a good lyric but it needs to be set to music I like or it may as well just be poetry to me (and I would prefer it that way, I like poetry!)
It’s classic country, but it would be really hard for any country to get more than 3 stars from me. Each individual song was fine, but none really stood out to me, and listening to all the songs back-to-back I just found myself bored and waiting for it to end. Wasn’t a fan of the vocals either.
Best tracks: Your Flag Decal Won’t Get You Into Heaven (I liked the message of this one), Quiet Man, Donald and Lydia (did John Prine just predict long-distance sexting?(just to be clear this is a joke I understand what the song is about))
Worst tracks: Paradise (I really didn’t like the instrumental on this one), Hello in There, Six O’Clock News
Wed Feb 15 2023
I liked the guitar on Blues Deluxe. The rest of this hasn’t really stood the rest of time in my opinion. Didn’t like the vocals and wouldn’t listen again.
It’s not bad but let’s just say when the next edition of this book comes out and they need to make some more space, this one could probably slide out unnoticed 👍🏼
Thu Feb 16 2023
Strange Cargo III
A series of rather boring electronica songs that vary between songs that make you feel like they’re trying to brainwash you into a cult and songs that sound like the background music when you get a massage at a spa.
I love a spa trip but the music is not 1001 albums to listen to before you die material!
Fri Feb 17 2023
This album is nothing like the Bee Gees most of us are familiar with; sadly, there is no disco in sight.
Nevertheless, it is a solid album of soft rock ballads, all of which are quite pleasing to the ear though not my genre of choice.
Best tracks: How Can You Mend A Broken Heart, Israel, Trafalgar, Don’t Want To Live Inside Myself, Remembering
Worst tracks: When Do I, Lion in Winter, The Greatest Man in the World
Sat Feb 18 2023
John Barleycorn Must Die
Odd title, very jazzy which I wasn’t expecting. Very instrumentally focused, which is a shame as the singer has a nice voice. Overall the album was good, fun enough. Not really what I would choose to listen to, though, and it’s not a genre I can offer much in the way of insightful comments.
Sun Feb 19 2023
It’s a decent album, nothing objectionable about it, it’s just not really my style and wayyy too long
Mon Feb 20 2023
You can definitely see the influence this album had on post-punk music, and it’s very good album. One of the examples of an album that you really SHOULD listen to before you die, if you have any interest in music history. Yeah, I liked it.
Fav tracks: See No Evil, Friction, Elevation
Least fav: Prove It
Tue Feb 21 2023
Favs: Fast Car (really is one of the greatest songs ever in my opinion), Baby Can I Hold You, For My Lover, Talkin Bout A Revolution
Least favs: Behind The Wall
Wed Feb 22 2023
Favs: Eleanor Rigby
Least favs: I’m Only Sleeping, Love You To, Most of the rest
I don’t want to be someone who hates on the Beatles just to be unique. I don’t hate the Beatles….. I just find I almost exclusively only enjoy their big hits. The rest of this album just didn’t do it for me.
Thu Feb 23 2023
Supa Dupa Fly
This album is Supa Dupa Long!
Vibe of the album was generally cool, but there were very few stand-out tracks. Sorry Missy :(
Fav: Pass Da Blunt, Best Friends
Least fav: Busta’s intro, Izzy Izzy Ahh
Fri Feb 24 2023
Vibe of this album summed up in one word is “Weird” which I usually quite enjoy… But I hated this. And it’s an hour in length, so basically torture. Only positive comment I really have is that it was certainly a unique concept! Terrible execution.
I didn’t enjoy his flow or voice, though some of the beats were fine. Lyrics were undeniably unique, but the interesting lyrical moments were undermined by some of the excruciatingly repetitive choruses (if you can call them that…) and the juvenile topics/jokes. It did improve as it went on, from the first 5 songs I honestly thought it was the worst album I’d ever heard but by the end I was less horrified.
Best tracks (i.e. vaguely bearable): Blue Flowers, Bear Witness, Dr Octagon, Technical Difficulties
Worst tracks: Intro (gross), 3000, I Got To Tell You (shockingly irritating for an interlude), Earth People, No Awareness (one of the worst songs I’ve ever forced myself to sit through), Girl Let Me Touch You (creepy), 1977
Sat Feb 25 2023
I’ve always loved “Intro” and “Angels” by The xx so I was excited to listen to this album. I liked how simple it sounds and overall I enjoyed it, but I do think that it sounds very 2009-2012, and I’m not sure how well it holds up in 2023 as being a “must listen” album rather than just a fun listen. Nonetheless, it was one of my favourite listens on this project so far.
Favs: Intro, Crystalized, Islands, Heart Skipped A Beat, Shelter, Night Time
Least fav: Basic Space
4 stars I think… maybe 4.5
Sun Feb 26 2023
This was a solid album from The Who.
Fav songs: Baba O’Riley, The Song Is Over, Getting In Tune, Going Mobile, Behind Blue Eyes
Least fav: My Wife
Mon Feb 27 2023
Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea
I’m already a PJ Harvey fan so this may be kind of biased. I love this album and I love PJ Harvey. “This Is Love” and “A Place Called Home” are outstanding. The worst song on this album (Beautiful Feeling) is still good.
Fav tracks: The Whores Hustle And The Hustler Whores, A Place Called Home, This Mess We’re In, You Said Something, This Is Love, We Float, Kamikaze, Big Exit, Good Fortune
Least fav: Horses In My Dreams (because I am scared of horses and certainly do not dream of them), One Line, Beautiful Feeling
Tue Feb 28 2023
This is the first Stevie Wonder album I’ve listened to. The great tracks were really great (Superstition is the most famous track of his for a reason), the bad ones were really bad (Big Brother was notably dreadful). The rest were mostly average, nothing special.
Fav tracks: You and I, Superstitious
Least fav: You’ve Got It Bad Girl, Big Brother
Wed Mar 01 2023
I know Morrissey thinks me and my family are like ruining Britain or whatever because of our race, so I should hate his music on principle but sadly, I cannot. My biggest guilty pleasure is not the 4 hour long Glee playlist I have on my phone but the fact I have The Smiths on there too.
Anyway, this was also good. Why does such an annoying person have to be good at music???
Best songs: Alsatian Cousin, Little Man, What Now, Everyday Is Like Sunday, Angel Angel We Go Down Together
Worst song: Dial-a-Cliché
Thu Mar 02 2023
Highway to Hell
There is a definite accuracy to the complaint that all AC/DC songs sound the same. But this was still a great listen, and super fun. If an album is just a great song rehashed 10 times, it’s still made up of 10 great songs….
Best tracks: Highway to Hell, Walk All Over You, Touch Too Much
Worst track: Love Hungry Man
Fri Mar 03 2023
Songs The Lord Taught Us
Great album cover. This album’s vibe in one word? Camp.
I enjoyed it but it is certainly weird, I can imagine that it would be a favourite of the vamps in What We Do In The Shadows. Many of the songs sounded very similar.
Fav tracks: I Was A Teenage Werewolf, The Mad Daddy, Fever (great cover)
Least fav tracks: Rock on the Moon
3.5 rounded up.
Sat Mar 04 2023
Dig Your Own Hole
The Chemical Brothers
This is the second Chemical Brothers album I’ve had to listen to. I want to die.
Best tracks: Setting Sun, Where Do I Begin
Worst tracks: Everything else even the best tracks I would not willingly listen to again I feel like someone has taken a drill to my skull, drowned me until I was unconscious and then transported me to some kind of sick dystopia where my brain would be extracted and put inside of a robot I never want to listen to these guys again please tell me there are no more than 2 of their albums on this list or I might completely lose it. 1.5 rounded up
Sun Mar 05 2023
A mix of cringe and boring. Just not an enjoyable record at all. Would not listen again.
Best track: Lady
Worst track: Alright, Jonz in my Bonz, Higher, Brown Sugar, Cruising
Mon Mar 06 2023
Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire)
Fun and enjoyable, I really liked it.
Fav tracks: Victoria, Australia, Yes Sir No Sir, Nothing to Say
Least fav tracks: Brainwashed, She’s Bought A Hat Like Princess Marina
Tue Mar 07 2023
Let's Stay Together
Sigh. It was fine. Not my genre of choice, was quite bored by it.
Best tracks: Let’s Stay Together, So You’re Leaving
Worst track: I’ve never found a girl, How can you mend a broken heart , Judy
Wed Mar 08 2023
Live And Dangerous
Seemed like pretty regular rock, nothing particularly special or unique about it. And an automatic deduction for being a live album.
Thu Mar 09 2023
PJ Harvey is one of my favourite artists, this isn’t my favourite album of hers but it’s still pretty much flawless.
Fav tracks: Sheela-na-gig, Plants and Rags, Water, O Stella, Dress
Least fav tracks: None, they’re all good.
Fri Mar 10 2023
Another jazz album, another sad day for me. I don’t hate ALL jazz, but it’s safe to say experimental jazz is not for me, especially not almost 2 hours worth of it. In the words of Eleanor Shellstrop: “Ugh, I hate jazz. Every jazz song is like 40 minutes long. It’s like, we get it. You can blow on a trumpet.”
Sat Mar 11 2023
Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul
I’m not typically someone really into soul, but this was a nice listen. The covers were strongest, though Respect was an excellent song written by Redding himself.
Best tracks: Respect (Aretha did it better but this original version is still good), My Girl (one of my favourite songs ever), Rock Me Baby (honestly sounds like an early prototype of what would later become a Led Zeppelin song, I loved the guitar on it)
Worst track: Wonderful World, Satisfaction (his cover fell flat for me, the Rolling Stones original is much better)
Sun Mar 12 2023
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Disclaimer: I’m on Kim’s side, I’m on Taylor’s side, and I’m on Pete’s side. Kanye’s foray into anti semitism that he has now renounced because of 21 Jump Street ??? is not ok and disgusts me deeply. However I’ve decided to rate this album based purely off the music. I’ve never listened to more than a few of Kanye’s hits before.
The beginning of this album was so good I honestly thought I might have to give him a 5 against my will. Fortunately, then “All of the lights” came on, a very weak song despite my love for Rihanna. Monster would have been a very average song without that incredible Nicki verse, and I’m not giving Kanye credit for her talent! Runaway is apparently widely acclaimed but I thought it was nothing special, way too long and the last two minutes of nothing but distortion gave me a headache. Blame Game contained a lyric I found disturbing in light of the reality of domestic violence against women and the number of times victims are accused of lying “Lie and say I hit you… running my name through the mud”. It was made worse by the weird talking at the end of the song. Gross. I loved Dark Fantasy and Lost In The World.
Best tracks: Dark Fantasy, Power, Monster, Devil In A New Dress, So Appalled, Hell Of A Life, Lost In The World
Worst tracks: All Of The Lights, Runaway, Blame Game
A final shout out to this lyric: “No more drugs for me, pussy and religion is all I need” which pretty much seems to define Kanye to this day.
Mon Mar 13 2023
The Pleasure Principle
It’s good, but it feels like background music, not a huge amount of diversity in the tracks. Interesting to see how it clearly influenced the following decade of music though!
Fav tracks: They were pretty much all the same
Worst tracks: They were all decent
Tue Mar 14 2023
Back To Black
Amy Winehouse was the first celebrity death I was aware of. This album is absolutely iconic, and very very good.
Fav tracks: Rehab, Me & Mr Jones, Back to Black,
Least fav tracks: Addicted, Some Unholy War
Wed Mar 15 2023
The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn
Before I started this challenge I had no idea just how much I dislike psychedelic music. But it turns out it’s my least favourite genre! Dreadful stuff. Horrible vocals and screeching instrumentation. Happy when it ended. No thank you.
And good God, what are these lyrics:
“I’ve got a clan of gingerbread men
Here a man, there a man, lots of gingerbread men
Take a couple if you wish
They’re on the dish”
…. followed by a never ending minute of discordant sounds for no reason????? Get me out of here.
Thu Mar 16 2023
For Your Pleasure
I found this to be a really fun album, and I love the album cover. It’s got some quirky tunes but I feel like the strange elements of it really elevate it. It doesn’t feel early 70s to me, it feels a lot more modern.
Fav tracks: Do The Strand, Strictly Confidential, In Every Dream Home A Heartache
Least fav: For Your Pleasure, Grey Lagoons
3.5 stars rounded up to 4
Fri Mar 17 2023
There are quite a few songs by The Cure that I really enjoy. Unfortunately, this album didn’t add to that catalogue.
Mostly just boring, to be honest.
Best tracks: In Your House, Seventeen Seconds
Worst tracks: Who’s to say? I involuntarily zoned out for most of it, both times I listened.
Sat Mar 18 2023
Music in Exile
Is desert blues the best music genre I never knew existed?????
Banger after banger. Great songs, not a bad track in there. Really groovy, I’ve saved the whole thing to my Spotify. No-skip album.
Fav tracks: Soubour, Wayei, Irganda, Al Hassidi Terei, basically all of them ngl
Least fav: Mali (but it’s still good)
Sun Mar 19 2023
Slippery When Wet
A bunch of hits on here, but, well, it’s pretty average isn’t it? Sanitised rock with nothing interesting to say and only vaguely enjoyable to listen to.
Mon Mar 20 2023
I have listened to and enjoyed Springsteen before, but this just didn’t scratch that itch for me. It wasn’t bad but I wouldn’t listen to it again.
Fav tracks: Atlantic City
Least fav tracks: Nebraska, Open All Night
Tue Mar 21 2023
Generally a fun album, I don’t really have anything bad to say but it didn’t amaze me or anything.
3.5 stars rounded up
Wed Mar 22 2023
Water From An Ancient Well
It’s good jazz but, well, it’s still jazz. Not for me.
2.5 rounded up
Thu Mar 23 2023
Goodbye And Hello
Listened to this twice. On my first listen, I wasn’t particularly impressed, but the second go I found I really enjoyed and appreciated it.
Jeff Buckley is certainly a superior talent to his father, and his music much more to my taste, but this is still very very good.
Fav tracks: I Never Asked To Be Your Mountain, Once I Was, Phantasmagoria in Two, Knight-Errant, Goodbye and Hello, Morning Glory
Least fav tracks: Carnival Song, No Man Can Find The War
Fri Mar 24 2023
Not my favourite Led Zeppelin album (I’m particularly partial to Led Zeppelin III), but all Led Zeppelin tends to be good Led Zeppelin, even their debut.
Fav tracks: Babe I’m Gonna Leave You, You Shook Me, I Can’t Quit You Baby
Least fav tracks: Good Times Bad Times, How Many More Times
Sat Mar 25 2023
The Downward Spiral
Nine Inch Nails
“She spreads herself wide open
To let the insects in
She leaves a trail of honey
To show me where she’s been
She has the blood of a reptile
Just underneath her skin
Seeds from a thousand others
Drip down from within
Oh my beautiful liar
Oh my precious whore
My disease my infection
I am so impure”
“Got me a big old dick and I, I like to have fun
Held against your forehead, well, I’ll make you suck it
Maybe I’ll put a hole in your head, you know, just for the fuck of it
Well I can reduce you if I want,
I can devour
I’m hard as fucking steel, I’ve got the power
I’m every inch a man and I’ll show you somehow
Me and my fucking gun,
nothing can stop me now
Shoot, shoot, shoot, shoot,
shoot, I’m gonna come all over you”
This came out before I was born and I’d never heard any of Nine Inch Nails’ stuff before though I had heard of the band. So no nostalgic influence here.
Honestly I quite like the sound of the songs on this (I like loud wall of sound music most of the time) but the lyrics were either ridiculous or disgusting 90% of the time. Like “poetry” written by a angsty teenage incel who thinks objectifying women and hating the world is super edgy and makes them superior to everyone else. It even ruins their hit song “Closer”. Was unsurprised to discover this album and this artist are linked to some truly horrible individuals.
It just doesn’t really hold up lyrically in this day and age. There’s nothing subversive or edgy about misogyny or male sexual violence, guys.
Best tracks: Hurt (excellent), Closer (despite the lyrics), Reptile (despite the lyrics), A Warm Place (fortunately no lyrics)
Worst tracks: I Do Not Want This, Big Man With A Gun
2.5 rounded down, could have been a 4 with different lyrics!
Sun Mar 26 2023
Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
Neil Young & Crazy Horse
This isn’t on Spotify and there’s also no full video of the album on Youtube so I had to listen to it on a playlist. The ads were sooooo annoying. Anyway, it was fine, I see it’s musical value but it’s not something I’d listen to again
Mon Mar 27 2023
The Seldom Seen Kid
I had no idea what to expect from this and found myself really pleasantly surprised! I really liked this, and I enjoyed all of the songs.
Fav tracks: Starlings, The Bones of You, The Loneliness of a Tower Crane Driver
Least fav track: One Day Like This
Tue Mar 28 2023
When George Michael died I basically went into mourning and listened to “Jesus to a Child” a million times for the next year. I love him.
This isn’t my favourite work of his, but it’s still very very good pop. The last half of the album is much weaker than the first, but it’s all good.
Best tracks: Faith, Father Figure, I Want Your Sex, One More Try
Wed Mar 29 2023
My Bloody Valentine
I liked it, but I wish you could actually hear the vocals on half of these songs.
Fav track: Nothing Much To Lose
Worst track: All I Need
Thu Mar 30 2023
The Style Council
It was fine, I only really liked one song (You’re The Best Thing)
Fri Mar 31 2023
Celebrity Skin is an A+ song & I think Courtney Love is really cool. This album was very solid, very 90s, and I really enjoyed it.
Best tracks: Awful, Malibu, Reasons To Be Beautiful, Use Once & Destroy, Playing Your Song, Petals
Worst track: Hit So Hard
3.5 rounded up.
Sat Apr 01 2023
This took me a few listens to appreciate, but I’ve come to really like it.
Fav songs: Lovesong, Homesick, Pictures of You
Sun Apr 02 2023
I listened to the 1990 release “Superfuzz Bigmuff Plus Early Singles”. I liked this a lot.
Fav tracks: Touch Me I’m Sick, Mudride, Hate The Police
Least fav track: You Got It (Keep It Outta My Face)
Mon Apr 03 2023
Echo And The Bunnymen
3.5 rounded up. It’s good post-punk in general, but I felt like the overall quality and consistency wasn’t as solid as I’d hoped.
Tue Apr 04 2023
Winter In America
I am not into jazz. And I am definitely not into spoken word. The first few tracks were enjoyable, but the last few were extremely difficult to get through, I found myself counting the seconds waiting for it to end. I respect the concept and intention behind this, but I would not willingly listen to it again.
Also, it’s not on Spotify, so that was annoying.
Wed Apr 05 2023
Searching For The Young Soul Rebels
Dexys Midnight Runners
Very enjoyable album, glad to have listened to it. Super 80s.
Best tracks: Geno, Tell Me When My Light Turns Green
Worst track: I’m Just Looking
Thu Apr 06 2023
This was a good folk album, though it’s not really to my taste.
Fav: California Stars
Least fav: Christ for President
Fri Apr 07 2023
Abattoir Blues / The Lyre of Orpheus
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
I liked this much more than the other Nick Cave album I reviewed. This was great!
Fav tracks: O Children, Get Ready for Love, Cannibal’s Hymn
Sat Apr 08 2023
Iggy Pop is a creep
Sun Apr 09 2023
The Atomic Mr Basie
Count Basie & His Orchestra
Love a bit of swing !
Mon Apr 10 2023
This was great, I’d never listened to the Pretenders before & I’m glad I now have.
Tue Apr 11 2023
My Generation is a good song. The rest of this was meh. I understand why, per the Wikipedia, the band themselves weren’t a huge fan of this album. I certainly doubt that it’s their best work.
Wed Apr 12 2023
‘Jump’ is a decent song… but the Glee version is superior. Other than that, this album was trash, 33 minutes that felt like an eternity in hellfire.
Thu Apr 13 2023
This Nation’s Saving Grace
Fav songs: Spoilt Victorian Child, Cruiser’s Creek
Fri Apr 14 2023
The Age Of The Understatement
The Last Shadow Puppets
This is a fun album, I loved the dramatic flares added to the songs.
Fav songs: The Age of the Understatement, Separate and Ever Deadly
Least fav song: Time Has Come Again
Sat Apr 15 2023
At San Quentin
This is a live album which makes it automatically bad as it shouldn’t be on this list!!!
As interesting as the concept of performing at a prison is, I am not a Johnny Cash fan. I did not enjoy this. The songs were just not my style and I wasn’t entertained by his endless talking. He also played one song twice! This is not an album to listen to before you die, it’s an album to listen to in hell.
1.5 … rounded down
Sun Apr 16 2023
The Only Ones
The Only Ones
The first two tracks of this album are wonderful songs. The rest…. are just fine. Generally a decent album, but it starts so strong that the rest of the album feels quite underwhelming.
Fav tracks: The Whole Of The Law, Another Girl, Another Planet, Language Problem
Least fav tracks: City of Fun, As My Wife Says
Mon Apr 17 2023
This was a weird album. I loved it. Really fun, interesting music the whole way through.
Tue Apr 18 2023
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
I didn’t hate it but I didn’t enjoy it either
Wed Apr 19 2023
O.G. Original Gangster
It’s fine, a good rap album! There are a lot of rap albums I would put above this one, though.
Thu Apr 20 2023
16 Lovers Lane
A nice surprise, never heard of these guys before but it was great
Fri Apr 21 2023
It’s fine. Not Bowie’s best and shouldn’t be on this list!
Sat Apr 22 2023
The Rolling Stones
I liked this album, and they’re obviously influential, but I think it’s far from their best work…. Controversially, I am starting to feel like this list should really restrict itself to one or two albums from each artist. And if more, they have to be notably different from each other and distinct in the influence they have had. This does not meet that criteria.
Sun Apr 23 2023
I usually like 80s soul pop and new wave. This was bad. No.
Mon Apr 24 2023
Court And Spark
Tue Apr 25 2023
Billion Dollar Babies
Not sure what I expected Alice Cooper to sound like, but it wasn’t this! I was pleasantly surprised. Weird lyrics and kinda cheesy but I think that’s fun. 3.5 stars rounded up!
Best track: I Love the Dead (what a way to end the album! And it’s definitely the first and most likely last time I’ve enjoyed a song about necrophilia……)
Wed Apr 26 2023
Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots
The Flaming Lips
Really enjoyed this album.
Best tracks: Fight Test, In The Morning of the Magicians
No bad tracks. 4.5 rounded up.
Thu Apr 27 2023
The Boo Radleys
I really liked this album and was shocked when I looked it up after listening and saw it was a product of the NINETIES. It makes sense to me more now as a product of 60s/70s nostalgia mixed with more recent musical influences. Cool concept, I enjoyed it.
Fav song: Wish I Was Skinny
Sat Apr 29 2023
Sun Apr 30 2023
Not really my style but it wasn’t bad
Mon May 01 2023
fuck yeah !!!!
i love the cocteau twins. don’t understand a word they say but god bless them ❤️
best of the best: lorelai, beatrix, ivo
Tue May 02 2023
Back At The Chicken Shack
Wed May 03 2023
Adele has a beautiful voice, but this album’s songs were just average pop ballads. She could sing a grocery list and it would sound good.
Thu May 04 2023
Jagged Little Pill
Undeniably innovative, and generally very enjoyable.
In the words of that one Tiktok video:
“I’m smart but I’m stupid
I’m gay but I’m straight
I crop dust at Wholefoods, baby!
What it all comes down to
Everything’s gonna be fine fine fine”
Fav tracks: You Oughta Know, Ironic, Hand In My Pocket, You Oughta Know (Jimmy the Saint Blend/Your House)
Fri May 05 2023
The Lexicon Of Love
Pretty average 80s pop, fun stuff and some of the songs were pretty good tunes
Sat May 06 2023
John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers
Best track: All Your Love
Sun May 07 2023
Chemtrails Over The Country Club
Lana Del Rey
I’m a big Lana Del Rey fan. This isn’t her best work, but it’s still very good. The first few songs of this album are incredible, but I felt it lost steam as it went on.
Best tracks: White Dress, Chemtrails Over The Country Club, Tulsa Jesus Freak, Let Me Love You Like A Woman
Worst track: For Free
Mon May 08 2023
good kid, m.A.A.d city
Great storytelling, very good album…… it’s like a 4.5 so I’ve rounded it up
Fav tracks: Money Trees, Swimming Pools (Drank), Sing About Me, I’m Dying of Thirst
Least fav: Sherane a.k.a. Master Splinter’s Daughter
Tue May 09 2023
Feast of Wire
It’s a decent album but I don’t really get why it’s on this list.
Thu May 11 2023
There's No Place Like America Today
Sorry, this was just annoying to listen to. Gave me a headache as well. I don’t really get why anyone has given it a good score. I liked the first 30 seconds. Not for me
Fri May 12 2023
Pieces Of The Sky
I had never heard of Emmylou Harris before, and I was very pleasantly surprised. What a voice! I could listen to her sing a shopping list.
In researching her I have seen that she is known for mostly covering other songs, rather than writing her own (though she did that as well). Well, in my view, Aretha Franklin and Elvis Presley did the same and the music industry still considers them legends. I’m not usually fond of most country music, but I was very impressed by this record, and I think that says a lot as to Emmylou’s talent.
Fav track: Boulder to Birmingham
Least fav track: Queen of the Silver Dollar
Sat May 13 2023
Really loved this album. I’d heard of Massive Attack before but honestly couldn’t have told you anything about them, couldn’t have even guessed their genre. I’m perhaps a decade too young for them, but I thought this was really fun. Great tunes. Sooo torn between a 4 and 5 for this one, I think it’s a solid 4.4/4.5….
Fav tracks: Safe From Harm, Daydreaming
Least fav track: Hymn Of The Big Wheel
Sun May 14 2023
Fear and Whiskey
I really enjoyed this, it’s weird and I haven’t heard much like it, which makes me like it more! Adding punk influence to any other music genre makes an album sound like heaven to me.
Fav songs: Psycho Cupid, Darkness and Doubt, Last Dance
Least fav songs: I liked them all
Mon May 15 2023
Solid album, I liked it a lot but I didn’t like it as much as I like the Wu-Tang Clan’s work as a collective.
The only song I wasn’t into was Jellyfish.
Tue May 16 2023
The Genius Of Ray Charles
Very nice, smooooooth album.
Wed May 17 2023
Surprisingly didn’t hate it! Quite enjoyed it, though I’m a complete newbie to the genre so can’t really judge it against its peers
Thu May 18 2023
Fear Of Music
I’m a big fan of the Talking Heads but this is not my favourite work of theirs.
The album version of Life During Wartime really falls flat when compared to the live version, in my opinion. It’s still a good album though, I like it but expect more from them.
Fri May 19 2023
It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back
I really liked this, it was a cool & unique album.
Best track: Terminator X to the Edge of Panic
Sun May 21 2023
Mr. Tambourine Man
This was an interesting album, I really liked the tracks Mr Tambourine Man and I Knew I’d Want You. But otherwise I felt it was quite same-y
Mon May 22 2023
Absolutely incredible, transporting album. I adore her voice, and the songs were excellently chosen. The queen of folk to this day.
Favs: Silver Dagger, House of the Rising Sun, Henry Martin, El Preso Numero Nueve, Girl of Constant Sorrow
Tue May 23 2023
I enjoyed this album, but when it finished, Spotify immediately started playing Wu-Tang Clan, which made this feel very average in comparison.
Wed May 24 2023
Tina has a great voice, but these songs weren’t my favourite. They just had nothing to say, no meaning, no interesting instrumentations or melodies either … so like what’s even the point of making an album like this, let alone putting it on a list of 1001 albums to listen to before you die…….. I could have gone a million lifetimes without feeling this was an album missing from my life.
Fav tracks: Let’s Stay Together, 1984
Worst track: Private Dancer
Thu May 25 2023
This is the third The Cure album this generator has given me. I did not enjoy this one….
The Cure is one of those bands where I enjoy their hits but their wider discography is very hit or miss for me. This album didn’t have a single hit. 100% a miss.
Fri May 26 2023
John Lee Hooker
I enjoyed the first two tracks on this album a lot. I also enjoyed "Sally Mae". The rest of the album was just okay, the rest of the tracks weren’t bad but were nothing special.
Sat May 27 2023
(Pronounced 'Leh-'Nérd 'Skin-'Nérd)
Five stars for Free Bird
2 stars for the rest
Sun May 28 2023
This was a good dance album, not a genre I usually listen to by choice, but I really enjoyed this one on first listen. It had less of an impact the second time I listened, though. Definitely made me want to head straight to the club (a place I haven't been in 4 years...).
Best track: Red Alert
Worst track: Being With U, Don’t Give Up, Jazzalude
Mon May 29 2023
A Walk Across The Rooftops
The Blue Nile
It’s just kind of crap, isn’t it.
Only decent track was Heatwave but it was way too long.
Tue May 30 2023
Band On The Run
Paul McCartney and Wings
This was a nice little album. I really liked the track “No Words”.
Wed May 31 2023
Selling England By The Pound
Not really my genre of choice, but I appreciate what they did here. As far as prog goes this is better than most I’ve been forced to listen to before.
Thu Jun 01 2023
Is This It
I love The Strokes. And what a debut!
The only question I have to ask myself with this album is whether to give it 4 stars or 5 stars. It’s a great album - but is my favourite of theirs? No. Is it still worthy of a 5? …. Yes I think so.
Fav tracks (they’re all good): Someday, Soma, Is This It, Hard To Explain
Least fav: Barely Legal (great song, creepy concept)
Fri Jun 02 2023
It’s not TERRIBLE but it’s also not GOOD. The vast majority of songs sound exactly the same. This is a forgettable album, definitely not something one must listen to before they die.
Worst songs: Country Song, Mad Cyril
Sat Jun 03 2023
This is a good album full of good songs, all of which are outshone by Cosmic Dancer, which is excellent. But the rest is still good.
Best songs: Cosmic Dancer
Worst song: Rip It Off
Sun Jun 04 2023
The Beach Boys
The first two tracks of the album were really fun and gave me high hopes for the rest, but although I enjoyed the rest it wasn’t as great as I had hoped.
Best tracks: Don’t Go Near The Water, Long Promised Road, Student Demonstration Time, Feel Flows
Worst track: Take A Load Off Your Feet