I saw a post in The Virtual Underground tonight and it got me thinking. What are your favourite albums? I compiled a list of mine, though I may have forgotten one or two that deserve at least a mention. So here's the list. Tell me what you think, and what are yours? I always find it very interesting to find out what people's music tastes are... to me it speaks miles about them.
The Moon and Antarctica - Modest Mouse
Best Song: Gravity Rides Everything
This album is easily Modest Mouse's smoothest and most consistent, even if many fans would argue that their roughness is one of their best attributes. Nevertheless the songcraft is fantastic, the vocals are mostly awesome and the lyrics are simply amazing, as always coming from Isaac Brock. Modest Mouse's best, though Good News is great too.
After The Goldrush - Neil Young
Best Song: Only Love Can Break Your Heart
An awesome follow-up to his debut, this is easily Neil Young's best album. The songcraft is amazing as it often is, but this isn't too over- or under-produced (which I find often happens with Young's albums) and his vocals are probably at their most bearable.
Revolver - The Beatles
Best Song: Eleanor Rigby
The Beatles' breakthrough album for sure. This is one of their most consistent works and is perhaps one of their best because it manages to show of the various talents of each member (Ringo has a shining moment with Yellow Submarine, George has three fantastic tracks and Lennon/McCartney go back and forth with memorable tune (Eleanor Rigby) after memorable tune (I'm Only Sleeping) after memorable tune (Good Day Sunshine) after... well you get the picture.
Definitely Maybe - Oasis
Best Song: Live Forever
The fantastic Oasis debut is absolutely amazing and easily one of the best albums since the collapse of classic rock (which for me occured right around Lennon's murder). The riffs are awesome, and I can't get over Liam Gallagher's amazing, snarly vocals. Sure there's plagiarism galore, but if they manage to take so many classics and put a new spin on them with such detail and amazing results, then go ahead; do Wish You Where Here next.
Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd
Best Song: The Great Gig In The Sky
No need to really list the reasons. While it's not my favourite Pink Floyd album (see below), it's amazing with so many exellent climaxes, mellow psychedelic effects and flat-out awesome riffs. But there's no need to explain this album to anyone, since if you haven't heard it then you probably haven't heard any of the albums on this list and have probably skipped right over it. Congratulations if so. ;)
Abbey Road - The Beatles
Best Song: Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End medley
This song nicely balances undying classics like Come Together and Here Comes The Sun with thorougly amazing, beautiful short tracks that tie together amazingly on Side II of the album. If the Golden Slumbers, Carry That Weight, The End medley was one song, it would easily be my favourite ever.
OK Computer - Radiohead
Best Song: Climbing Up The Walls
Amazingly innovative, interesting and hauntingly beautiful, this is Radiohead's best work and simply a masterpiece. The song's never grow tiring and with each listen an interesting new element can be found. Radiohead never sells out with a couple of singles, instead making a fantastic album which wonderfully depicts paranoia, fear and so many human conditions which we try to pretend don't exist.
Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd
Best Song: Wish You Were Here
This is Pink Floyd at their finest. They're weird but not over the top. Their lyrics are out there but personal. Their instrumentation ranges from guitar to a hodgepodge of electronic noises, blips and bleeps. This is where Pink Floyd reached their peak of song writing in my opinion, and where they can make an album with only five songs a long, twisting, interesting journey.
The Beatles [The White Album] - The Beatles
Best Song: Blackbird
Through the faults of The White Album it shines. What do I mean by that? The White Album is a crazy album. In between some of the best songs ever created, such as Blackbird, While My Guitar Gently Weeps or Revolution 1, there are many unsubstantial tracks that, if released as a single or heard on their own, would be disappointments (at least compared to The Beatles' many prior innovative, amazingly successful singles). But when the album is played as a whole, the smorgasbord of different songs and styles comes together to create one of the most chaotic, but easily one of the greatest albums ever made.
John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band - John Lennon
Best Song: God
Quite simply the most raw, honest, beautiful album ever created. I would daresay that this album is as close to perfect as any album ever will be. And the funny thing is, as perfect as I consider it, it's full of small timing errors, a missed bar by an instrument or two or a slightly off chord. But I've never been more entranced by an artist's vocals, musicianship, lyrics, and to that end honesty. This is music right here. It may not be for the faint of heart at first (don't worry this isn't scream-o Yoko music like many think) but it's easily the most complete, cohesive album I've ever heard. By a large margin.
The Bends - Radiohead; All Things Must Pass - George Harrison; Highway 61 Revisited - Bob Dylan; Hotel California - The Eagles; Demon Days - Gorillaz; Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin; Led Zeppelin IV - Led Zeppelin; (What's The Story) Morning Glory - Oasis
And now my eye's are really stinging since I was swimming in a chlorine-filled pool right before writing this so my eye's are stingy as hell. Toodles.
I meant to include Sgt. Pepper somewhere in that top ten but left it out until I could decide where I wanted it. It seems I forgot to put it in. Oh well, just know that it's somewhere in there. So really my list is Top 11.