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When you have someone coming over and you have to clean the entire house in 15 minutes, this is the album you put on.
When you have someone coming over and you have to clean the entire house in 15 minutes, this is the album you put on.
Jazz / swing. Interesting but dated. Woman singer is fantastic when she is at the front. Some cheeky lyrics - probably risque for the time. Good trumpet / sax. Ok but not something I would listen to again.
Not something I was into back when it was released, and I'm not really digging it now. The lyrics are good, although the flow really dates it. The grooves are the best part with some interesting samples. I can see why this was an influential album to hip hop.
I listened to this a lot when I was younger. There are some great songs on this, But I don't think it was their best album. Going back to their roots comes across as lazy to me.
I had only heard the radio hits previously, which are the first 3 tracks on the album, so the rest was an adventure. This album is fantastic. With the exception of some synth and guitar parts it's hard to believe it was released in the 70's. It has aged fantastically and was clearly ahead of it's time. A couple of tracks, You're All I've Got Tonight and Bye Bye Love could have easily been released as singles. The last track All Mixed Up is a perfect closer. This is a solid album with no filler. Every song is catchy and hooky.
Boring and pretentious. Anything interesting happening musically is killed by overly repetitive lyrics. Half way through I have an overwhelming desire to punch the singer in the face just so he would shut up. This album is way too long. I might enjoy it after a lobotomy.
What can I say about this that hasn't already been said a million times. It is one of the cornerstones of rock and metal. It's a classic for a reason.
The first 3 tracks have that 70's funk / psychedelic sound, but the rest of the album is 60's style crooning. Runaway Child, Running Wild is the standout track for me.
One of the greatest albums of the 90's. It's what grunge did so well, aggressive and hooky / poppy, yet this has hints of metal, stoner and psychedelia thrown into the mix as well. Chris Cornells soaring vocals take lyrics about despair, alienation and hopelessness to places not thought possible.
I was skeptical going into this album. One hit wonders are usually one hit for a reason. However I was pleasantly surprised. The album is full of catchy songs. High hat riding disco-esque drums, dual guitars, clever lyrics and some interesting tempo changes. I'm left wondering why these guys didn't have more hits.
Ah the Beano album. This is the album you tell people to listen to when they say they don't like blues. The diversity on this album is great, with differing instruments, tempos and feel for each song. Everybody talks about Clapton (with good reason - his playing on this album changed blues and rock), but the rhythm section of Flint and McVie is solid, and ultimately most of the credit deserves to go to Mayall.
The post punk album that shaped the goth sound. It's atmospheric and sinister without being mopey like contemporaries The Cure. The opening track starts out with a familiar sounding guitar riff, but you're soon dragged into the darkness of a claustrophobic, yet melodic journey. There's a brooding menace in these songs that very few bands have been able to replicate.
This just isn't for me. I listened to it, but I certainly wouldn't again. I don't hate it, it's just not my cup of tea.
This is what I'm here for. I've never heard of these guys before and I'm so glad that I've now discovered them. I'm not sure how to describe this album. It's as if the band got a big bowl and started pouring genres into it. New wave, country, indie, psychedelia and so on until the bowl was full. They then swirled everything together. The end result shouldn't work, yet bizarrely it does.
At times sounding ahead of its time, other times like a throw back. More raw and less polished than their later works. This seems to be a moment of time of a band starting to find their own unique style.
The Van Halen album that pushed the pop side of things. Synths came out from the background to the forefront, most notably on Jump, shocking and dividing fans. But it worked and sold a ton.
Early goth music with that dark, brooding quality. The sound tends to be too murky to be atmospheric though.
Good variety of styles / genres while still sounding fairly coherent as a whole. Fun tunes. It is a solid, enjoyable album. Situation Vacant, Love Me Till The Sun Shines and Waterloo Sunset are the standout tracks for me.
The album starts like a softer, American version of the Hilltop Hoods (similar choice of samples and flow) but without the edge. Later tracks have a motown feel. Having a live recorded track in the middle was weird and disruptive. Lyrically it's really good. Lots of diversity so it doesn't get boring
Rod Stewards voice is unmistakable and Jeffs guitar work ground breaking. The album that shaped the hard blues - rock sound to come.
A mix of punk and pop, without sounding like pop punk. This almost prog in some ways. While obviously punk, there's hints of blues, jazz, boogie and psychedelia that you wouldn't expect. I'd heard "Peaches" before (I guess it was a hit), but "Goodbye Toulouse" and "Hanging Around" are the standout tracks for me. This is a solid album that I suspect would get better with subsequent listens.
It's been a long, long time since I listened to this album. I was 9 years old when it came out and boy it was huge. It really was everywhere. A few years later grunge hit and overly produced albums like this were instantly dead and forgotten. Time plays tricks as I remember this as being much more robotic and sickly sweet than it actually is. More pop than rock, but there is still a rock edge buried in there. Almost like magic those hooks immediately flood back when hearing the songs, even though I believed I had forgotten them, and I find myself singing along.
Arguably the most important album in rock and roll history. This hit with speed and intensity that hadn't been seen before, inspiring countless others. Richard's voice is amazing. Compared to contemporaries like Elvis this man could really belt it out. I think he is the first to have a vocal trademark, his Woooooo. Decades before Michael Jackson's Heehee for example. All that said this suffers from a sameness to all the songs. The song structure and melodies are almost carbon copies of each other.
Moody and atmospheric, while simultaneously being antagonistic and jagged. Part goth, part experimental, part no wave. It's like listening to an album that just isn't quite sure what it wants to be.
I had never heard of Femi Kuti before, but what a way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon. Hypnotic African beats with healthy doses of jazz and funk.
It's Hendrix. Do I really need to say anything else?
Their best album by a long shot. Kurt Cobain's influence is obvious. The rage in Courtney's voice comes from the heart.
I've never really listened to Slipknot before. Because of the masks I mentally labelled them style over substance, like Kiss etc, and ignored them. That said this album is better than I expected. Not perfect but there's a few songs that I saved to my library to listen to again.
This type of music really isn't my cup of tea. That said this has a heart and soul that a lot of the albums on the list lack. The opening track "The Dolphins" was really good and I was hoping it would build from there. Instead it stagnated. "Everybody's Talkin" was a highlight, but only because I didn't realise that the Nilsson version was a cover and I love learning new things. The psychedelia of the closing track was interesting but didn't quite flow.
I know of Bowie from his radio hits and reputation. I'm not sure if my expectations were too high going into this, but I found this album pretty underwhelming. Ok so I slept on it and came back to listen again fresh. It's better, but I wouldn't call it great. The instrumental tracks, while interesting, sound like they belong on a different album.
Grating and brash in true punk fashion, but there's some interesting melodies buried in there. You can hear where later bands like the Strokes and Arctic Monkeys took inspiration.
There's 2 ways of looking at this album. The first way is historically. In 1966 this parodied the music of the day and pushed boundaries. The second way is to take it out of that context. As a stand alone album it's fairly meh. I appreciate this for its impact on music that followed, but I wouldn't listen to it again
To quote two English guys modifying a mini - Get the funk out. You know an album is a classic when multiple tracks from it have been covered by differing artists and become hits.
I wasn't really looking forward to this, but wow. There's a liveliness and spirit here that is lacking in his studio produced songs. I guess Van is one of those rare performers who is better live.
A thoroughly enjoyable album, but (and it's a big but) I can't help wondering if this album actually deserves to be on this list. It sounds like it belongs in a bygone era and really doesn't offer anything new. I expect a lot more from an album this recent on this list.
Released in 1987. The peak of hair metal and power ballads. This album is the antithesis to what was happening in mainstream music back then. Yet at the same time it's musically very masterful. The one thing I don't like about this album is the weird fade outs at the end of songs. That's a minor nit pick though.
I always thought this album was released in the early 80's. I'm a little shocked to find out it was 1975. I had only heard Born to Run previously, but the rest of the album is in the same vein, although there is enough variation to keep it interesting. Bruce is an amazing lyricist, but not a great singer, yet there's a passion in his voice that's undeniable.
My second live album in less than a week. I'm not a huge Who fan at the best of times. Moons drumming is amazing but I find the rest pretty meh. That said the recording quality is amazing and they sound like a heavier band than on their studio albums.
This may be contentious, but in my opinion, this is the best Hendrix album and to top it off, it was their debut. Years ahead of everyone else, this fundamentally changed rock music forever.
I wasn't looking forward to this having heard some Jay Z stuff before. I can't stand lyrics that have nothing more to offer than "I'm the greatest, look how good I am". Unfortunately that's exactly what I got on the first track, and the second. The fourth track mixed it up with a song about girls, and how he has sex with all of them, you know because he's the greatest. I pretty much tuned out the lyrics after that, well until Eminem randomly turned up. Ironically he rapped about how he would talk about anything. Honestly the only things I find even mildly interesting in this album are some of the samples chosen.
That odd mix between psychedelia, metal and blues that was the beginning of the heavy metal genre. Not my favourite Sabbath album, but it's still really good.
I didn't really know what to expect with this one. I had sort of heard killing moon previously in passing. Being greeted with an orchestra from the start was a surprise. This album is melodic, yet broody. Post punk meets goth. I really enjoyed it.
On first listen this was a bit hit and miss. At times chaotic, at times overly repetitive. With the exception of Once in a Lifetime, I wasn't overly impressed tbh. So I slept on it and came back with a fresh mind. I really like the elements in the songs individually, but they don't really gel properly a lot of the time. I get what they were trying to do and can see how this would have influenced a lot of future artists. After a few listens through, I would call this ok, but not great.
My second album from this group. The groove was interesting for the first couple of songs but soon became boring. Not really my thing.
I should love this. All the elements are there. Instead I find it a little insipid and boring. Nothing really grabs me. It sounds like the sort of thing played in a movie scene of a rad 80's party where you don't want to take focus away from what the characters are doing.
My first time hearing The Roots, and I enjoyed it. The start of the album comes out swinging and never really lets up. It has plenty to say, both lyrically and musically. Plenty of variety between tracks so it never gets boring.
Like some sort of sick joke I got this on Christmas day. For most people that would be a good thing. Unfortunately due to personal reasons that I won't go into, Christmas is a horrendous time of year for me. I couldn't listen to this and can't find a way to skip it.
I was curious as to how I have never heard of this band before after reading the review. It's an interesting listen that I enjoyed, but it lacks that edge that other famous albums from this time have. I guess this is one of those albums that will be forgotten to time, which is sad.
When it's good, it's great. When it's not it sounds like elevator music. This is one of those albums that I can't help feeling the band would have be better live. The type of band that would kick into impromptu improvisation during the set. They are obviously all talented with a wide array of musical styles under their belts.
I know this album was huge when I was a kid, but I never really listened to it because it wasn't what my friend group was into. So it was a bit of a surprise when I played it and knew the first 3 tracks. It's amazing what you absorb from the radio without realizing it. I find it funny that he left a boy band and made something different with this, only for future boy bands to copy the style.
This just doesn't work for me. I appreciate the musicianship of each player individually, but as a whole it's disjointed and doesn't flow. It sounds like each musician is playing a different song. A mash up gone wrong so to speak.
I had to go to youtube to listen to this as Joni pulled her music off spotify, but it was worth the effort. I really like the poetry / stream of consciousness of her storytelling, but you don't even need to understand english to feel the emotion in her voice. This is beautifully complimented by the stripped down and raw music. This album takes you on a journey that you'll want to revisit.
This could be a great album but it's bloated with filler and crap. Cut it down to half the length and it would be so much better for it.
I know of Willie, but have never listened to any of his music before as I'm not a fan of country. So this album was certainly a surprise. A laid back chill crooning to the classics. It's not quite top tier, but it's a solid 4/5.
Going off the name and cover I was expecting a country album. This proves the old adage you can't judge a book by its cover.
Back when I was a young metal head, I had this girl I was seeing around to my place. So there's this chick with purple hair and piercings going through my cd collection looking for something to listen to. She found this album and freaked out, calling me fake, poser etc. That may be the only time in history Cat Stevens' music ever broke up a relationship. A truly classic album. 5 stars.
When you have someone coming over and you have to clean the entire house in 15 minutes, this is the album you put on.
I forgot I was listening to this and ended up staring stupidly at my phone thinking I was on hold. I shouldn't be drinking when I do these reviews. The next day when I was sober I discovered a cool, chill album. It's more the sort of thing you would put on as background noise than actively listen to though.
God I hate this. Reggae has always been a genre I can't stand. I will be generous and bump it up to a two for the message.
I'm generally not a country music fan, but have listened to some Cash before. What really elevates this album is the audience and the atmosphere that they lend.
Some of it sounds timeless, some of it sounds dated, but all of it sounds amazing. From the opening juggernaut that is More Than A Feeling, right to the end of the album I loved this. After a hard day back at work after a 2 week holiday, this was just what I needed this afternoon.
My second album by Joni. I loved the first one, but somehow this one is even better. A little bit more pop, a little jazzy, a little more upbeat. An easy 5 stars.
Well I've never heard of Joanna Newsom before, and the album artwork didn't really give me any clue what to expect. Even so I was surprised. The first listen through I was swinging between sorta liking it and being annoyed by her voice. After a few listens this has really grown on me. It's not perfect. but I like it a lot.
The sound of this album is definitely a product of its time. That certainly doesn't mean it's a bad album though. I was enjoying it at the start but after a while the songs all started to blend together. It lacks a bit of variety to push it higher in my estimation.
I had forgotten how good this album is. It's something we used to listen to while getting mellow. It holds up even when not under the influence.
This was a hard one to find. I resorted to a youtube playlist that a fan had created in the end. At the start I was excited to what appeared to be a post hardcore band in the same vein as At The Drive In. Its not though. There's flashes of brilliance in here, but the album meanders around a bit, seemingly trying to find a direction. I wouldn't call it exceptional, but there's enough to get me to go check out what else they have done. On subsequent listens it gets better and I find myself liking it quite a lot.
Funky and melodic songs with Stevie's narrative genius. This album is just astounding. Lyrically it's a beautifully gloomy look into the world in 1973, with songs addressing politics, drugs, urban life, divorce and more. Sonically its wonderfully diverse, something even more astounding when you realize that Stevie played most of the instruments himself. This album is a masterpiece.
A fantastic album let down by the closing song. Seriously, what idiot thought Mothers Lament was worthy of being on this album?
I'm ashamed to say I've never really paid much attention to Deep Purple before, only knowing Smoke on the Water. I had heard they were considered forefathers of heavy metal, but hadn't given that much credence. After listening to this I will admit that I was wrong. They really belt it out. You can hear proto metal, hard rock and prog rock all mixed up together. A fantastic album.
A mid tier record from a mediocre band. If it wasn't for a few outstanding riffs, this would be completely forgettable. I really don't understand the hype this band has.
This is music that has heart and a soul. It's music that touches your soul. Just beautiful songwriting.
Beautiful vocal harmonies and musical arrangements, but lacks any bite. I can see why people like Bon Dylan outshone these guys early on, which is a shame because the lyrics are great. It just needs that little extra oomph.
This was a grind to get through. A whole album of Loretta complaining about her abusive relationship. Instead of feeding your persecution complex, just leave him ffs. I think hearing one of these songs in isolation, or in a playlist would be fine, but hearing them all together like this is grating.
I'm probably going to get flamed for this, but this album is meh. It's bubblegum pop. Adding a sitar to one song doesn't magically make it psychedelia. I don't care that it's "The Beatles". You can scream "but the influence" all you want. This was released the same year as My Generation by The Who, Eve of Destruction by Barry McGuire, Great Balls of Fire by Jerry Lee Lewis and many, many more bands that were pushing the envelope way beyond what the fab four were doing here.
It took a few listens for this to really click with me. It's poppy and groovy, yet simultaneously menacing and individualistic. Approachable yet detached. It's art rock in the best way, and looking at it in the context of when it was released, way ahead of its time.
Oh man I love this album. I've been listening to it for decades. Every listen makes me wonder what Jimi would have done had he survived. What other boundaries would he have pushed? How would it have impacted future music?
I went into this only knowing the radio hits. Most of this album is just pure pop goodness. There's a couple of tracks that, to me, miss the mark a little. It's a good album, but not quite 5 star worthy.
I had never listened to Chicago before. I was expecting some slow soft rock, but this was something else. It's a jazzy, funky jam session. For a debut album it's quite extraordinary. However some of the songs overstay their welcome and could have been cut down a little.
For an album of covers I liked this more than I thought i would. That's mainly due to her amazing voice. Ultimately though there's only 2 songs that I added to my liked collection to actually listen to again.
This is amazingly mediocre. It shouldn't be given the prowess of everyone involved, but it is. I couldn't figure out why for a while, but I believe it's because it's too safe. There's nothing here that stands out or is memorable.
When this popped up my first thought was why this album, rather than Dark Side of the Moon or the Wall. Then I listened to it. A psychedelic trip far removed from what the band would become. I can understand why it's here now. The question now is, is it good? From a historical perspective it's a ground breaking record that pushed boundaries. From a modern perspective it lacks focus and the lyrics are infantile. This is one of those albums I will need to listen to a few times and sleep on before I can decide on a star rating.
This is dated but still a lot of fun. More refined and less bombastic than the bands that would follow in their footsteps. Interestingly the lyrics have more in common with punk than with metal. Best listened to loud.
This is one of those perfect storm albums. It was the right album at just the right time. There really isn't any other period in history that a concept album this abrasive and ugly could have been released and worked. In 1991 - 1995 people actively wanted music that pushed boundaries musically and had something to say lyrically.
Not my favourite Zep album but it's still fantastic
Oh cool, today I'm greeted with an album I've never heard of. But wait, it was released when I was a teenager, so why haven't I heard of it? The album cover looks kind of African. Maybe it's something like Femi Kuti which I liked. So lets press play and see what this is. The first track is interesting and is a great start to build off. My curiosity is peaked to see where this goes. Unfortunately the second track falls flat on its face. For me the whole album is hit and miss. There's lots of good ideas here that just don't come together well. At least now I know why I've never heard of it before.
The only Flaming Lips song I knew going into this was "She Don't Use Jelly", so this was a bit of a surprise. The opening track threw me as it reminded me of another song. It took me until half way through the song to figure out it was Cat Stevens. A quick google search confirmed my suspicions. I love the idea of a concept album involving robots, but this doesn't quite work as one, seeming to lose its way in the second half. All the tracks are pleasant enough, yet nothing really stands out to me. I can't help comparing this to other albums with similar concepts, like Act II - The Father of Death by the Protomen, and feeling a bit underwhelmed.
Without You is a classic, but for me the surprise of this album is the opener Gotta Get Up. Beatlesque but it gives me Mr Blue Sky vibes and I like it a lot. The rest of the album has an amazing variety to it, yet still feels fairly cohesive. The only song that rubbed me the wrong way was Coconut. I find it stupidly annoying and it stops this being a 5 star album for me.
You have to R.E.S.PE.C.T. that voice. This is an amazing album. The biggest shock to me in this album was the song Save Me, as it is the same guitar riff as Gloria by Van Morrison. I'm not sure who ripped of who, though it does raise some questions. Is the idea of spelling a word out (Respect / Gloria) also a borrowed idea? Idk and I don't have time to do the research right now.
My second Flaming Lips album in a few days. I like when bands get experimental, but jeez this falls short for me. When it works it's really good, but a lot of the time it sounds like at least one of the instruments is fighting the others just for the sake of being different. The lyrics are atrocious. I certainly won't be listening to this again.
Grab your staff and cape, we're taking some hobbits on an adventure to Kmart.
File this one away in the historical cabinet of curiosities.
The biggest thing about the Gorillaz was the mystery of who they were. When it finally came out everyone was mildly shocked, then moved on. There's a few good tracks on here but I find a lot of them to be insipid and boring tbh.
The minimalist backing tracks really let the amazing voice shine. An album you feel in your soul. I didn't know Jeff Buckley's Lilac Wine was a cover, but hearing this album it's easy to see the inspiration he took from here.
I can't see myself listening to any of these songs in isolation or in a playlist. Yet together as an album they work amazingly well. It creates an atmosphere and mood that is incredible. A wonderful example where the whole is much greater than the sum of its parts.
A brute force mash up of industrial, rock and electronic with a dark cabaret feel. The singer sounds like an angry Tom Waits at times. The songs walk a tightrope between accessibility and utter chaos. Not knowing what the lyrics are may actually work in its favor, as the voice becomes just another instrument. Initially intrigued, I find myself liking this a lot.
Green Day were huge in the 90's, but by 2000 were considered washed up. Then they released this concept album and it was massive. It's been a long time since I listened to this so I was a little worried that my memories might be tinted by rose colored glasses. I had no reason to worry. It's still brilliant, not only holding up really well, but still being relevant today.
Most of the criticisms about this album that I recall from back then were in the vein of it being too simplistic. The thing is that's what made it brilliant and stand out. A 2 piece band playing back to basics rock with catchy hooks and an interesting sound.
Not just a product of its time, also a product of its place and culture. I started listening to this without knowing anything about it and it was quickly apparent that this was 90's UK rave. I must admit that it was a little earlier than I expected at 1990, so I guess it's on the list for being trailblazing or something. Ultimately this just isn't my thing. I found it annoying a lot of the time and it seemed overly long.
This was a bit of an odd one. It took me a few listens to get into it. Moody, murky and atmospheric, yet experimental. It's classed as post punk but sounds more pop shoegaze a lot of the time. My biggest gripe with this is the singer as I find his vocal style a bit grating.
Technically this is amazing, from both a musicianship and recording standpoint. But it lacks any edge. There was nothing here that extracted any emotional response from me at all. As such it sounds like top quality lounge music. Just not my cup of tea I guess.
What a monster of an album. Tracy's lyrics rip your heart out and leave it beating on the floor. The basic, stripped down music really works to help get the message across. It's easy to see why this is one of the best selling albums of all time.
Only knowing Elton by reputation and overplayed hits, I had preconceived notions and was anticipating something fun and more bombastic than this. Well this album soon changed my mind. Ballads with a prog rock edge and a darkness that I wasn't expecting. Just nine songs showed me facets of Elton that I didn't know existed, but I'm glad that I do now. There's a couple of songs that don't quite hit the mark but this is a solid album.
We are in the middle of a heatwave here atm, and I've been working in the sun all day after getting just 2 hours sleep. Despite my sleep deprived sun fried brain (or possibly because of it), it's easy to hear that this album is a masterpiece.
I know a few Neil Young songs, none of which are on this album. I started listening to this but turned it off part way through. I wasn't feeling it, but I knew that was a reaction of my mental state at the time. I went and did other things for a few hours and then came back to it. I'm glad I did that because this is a good album. Not quite 5 stars but certainly a high 4.
This was my first Metallica record. By record I mean literal record, as in big black disc that goes on a turntable. This album blew my young mind. The production quality was terrible but the songs were amazing. I hadn't heard anything like it. I listened to it so many times I know every song note for note. I went down the rabbit hole of all the previous albums. Most of my friends thought it was weird, until the black album came out. Then suddenly I was one of the coolest kids around lol. Listening to it now I'm glad to hear that the production quality has improved dramatically from what it was. Although not the best or my favourite album from Metallica, this will always be a five star album for me.
I can smell cheap beer, cigarettes and depression listening to this.
The worst thing about Pink Floyd is the insufferable fans. The music is amazing though.
I procrastinated for quite a while before listening to this. I don't really know much about Bjork and was expecting weirdness just for the sake of being weird. This is better than I was expecting. There's emotion and atmosphere in amongst the weirdness. It was an interesting listen, although not an album I would listen to again.
An important album for electronic music. This has a number of great tracks, but the second half of the album drags.