MY top 10 favourite albums of all time


Jan 15 2009, 18h47

While this may contradict my statistics, I listen to music on CD alot more often than computer so...

1. Bakesale
The most flawlessly flawed lo-fi album ever made.
Simple, catchy, raw melodies framed by Barlow's warm yet hollow voice, lyrics shrouded in pain and confusion.
While emotion is at the forefront throughout Bakesale, the lyrics are never cliché, they are sung with a nervous modesty, making them genuine and believable.

Top Track- Together or Alone
Set up for a let-down
These things happen all the time
And I'm not longing to explore it again
I'm too scared of what you'll find

2. Disintegration
The Cure, a band who coined the term "Gloomrock", certainly live up to their reputation with the 1989 release of Disintegration. The album is flooded with haunting, morbid overtones. Every song possesses an upbeat sadness, a paradox Robert Smith represents expertly with his melancholy howls.

Top Track-Pictures of You
Remembering you, standing quiet in the rain
As I ran to your heart to be near
And we kissed as the sky fell in holding you close
How I always held close in your fear

3. Vs.
An album, which on my first listen, proved to be an instant favourite.
The second record in the Pearl Jam saga, the album opens with the catchy bass riff of "Go", soon followed by Vedder's throaty vocals, full of desperation and passion, setting the tone for the remainder of the album. This album is coarse, powerful and abundant with undeniable hits.

Top Track- Rearviewmirror
I guess it was the beatings, made me wise
But I am not about to give thanks, or apologise

4. The Milk-Eyed Mender
For some, the voice of all things irritating... For me, an artist of beauty and brilliance. Newsom's high pitched hollering teamed with her eccentric lyrics and undeniably talented harp playing make The Milk-Eyed Mender one original, brilliant album. While to the straight thinking, Newsom's warbles are like nails on a chalkboard and her lyrics are meaningless babble, I admittedly found some refuge in her softly sang "Clam, Crab, Cockle, Cowrie" and "Bridges and Balloons". This album made me happy.

Top Track- Peach, Plum, Pear
This was unlike the story
It was written to be
I was riding its back
When it used to ride me.

5. Either/Or
I fell in love with this record within moments of hearing it, and cannot put in to words the gravity of it's affect on me. Smith's whispery voice and outstanding lyrics tell honest tales of heartbreak, drug use and the pressures of fame. The listener can empathise so undeniably with Smith's troubled mind that by the time the album ends they are left cobwebbed with his lyrics, haunted and pensive. This masterpiece is concluded aptly with the beautiful, almost-but-not-quite-hopeful "Say Yes".

Top Track- Between the Bars
Drink up with me now and forget all about
The pressure of days
Do what I say
And I'll make you okay
And drive them away
The images stuck in your head

6. Where You Been
While it pains me somewhat to say that my favourite Dino album isn't of the Lou Barlow era, well, this is it. The lyrics are sweet and sentimental, contrasted strangely with Mascis' gravely voice and long guitar solos- but it works. This album is abundant with wonderfully pretty, psychedelic guitar riffs. "What Else Is New" is probably one of my favourite love songs ever written, and holds nice memories.

Top Track- Start Choppin'
I waited as long as I could
If you need it, sure I would, that's fine
I'm takin' away a lot of stuff
I'm tellin' you it's rough, but not goodbye

7. The Bends
While Radiohead have since moved on from the raw guitar crunching sounds of The Bends in favour of a more composed and electronic approach, this remains my album of choice in the Radiohead catalogue. I found brilliance in the contrast in each track- jumping from soft, quiet melody to loud powerful guitar riffs, as in "My Iron Lung".

Top Track- Street Spirit (Fade Out)
This machine will, will not communicate
These thoughts and the strain I am under

8. Crooked Rain Crooked Rain
Crooked Rain Crooked Rain was released in 1994 and is undeniably another pioneering album of the lo-fi genre. The album can hardly be described as carefully composed, nor is it meant to be, it's excellence lies in the fact that it is a mish-mash of catchy melodies, pop culture references, dark warped lyrics and the strangely soothing, inconsistent voice of Steven Malkmus. Pavement do not concern themselves with writing music for the masses (though this album comes as close as they ever did to mainstream with Cut Your Hair), it's music for the sake of music, and I love it.

Top Track- Newark Wilder
My, my, my, my, my, my, my, my
I love your tinted eyes
So bad

9. 13 Songs
A combination of Fugazi's first two EPs (Fugazi and Margin Walker), 13 Songs brings an assemblage of impressive catchy basslines and Guy Picciotto's and Minor Threat's Ian MacKaye's hardcore vocals, brought together to produce an innovative, funky, interesting sound. One thing I've always loved about this album is that it sounds just as powerful and adrenaline-fueled quiet as it does loud.

Top Track- Waiting Room
I am a patient boy
I wait, I wait, I wait, I wait
My time is water down a drain

10. Up on the Sun
Released 5 years before I was born, but a definite favourite of mine!
Meat Puppets are genius- their harmonies unsurpassable, their catchiness undeniable, their innovation simply unbelievable!
There is a naturalism about the way the Meat Puppets lock together and synchronise with one another on this album, it all just fits beautifully and, therefore, makes for very, very relaxed listening.
This album is the essence of psychedelic rock!

Top Track- Up on the Sun
Up on the sun where it never rains or snows
There’s an ocean with a wind that never blows
And if you see it closer
Then the finer points will show
Not too much more
Too much more


  • pauliepea

    wow...great well written list there..youre a very good writer. I do reviews and stuff on my profile name is paulsubpopman . go check it out sometime..We have almost identical taste in music.As for Sebadoh favorites, I would have to go with Bubble and Scrape being my favorite followed by Harmacy...I have a sebadoh list on Amazon. hope to see you there..

    Jan 16 2009, 1h58
  • withgod

    yeah, together or alone. could I help you grow? I guess we'll never know. and yes, slanted and enchanted is the best! cause "in the mouth a desert "...

    Fev 18 2009, 15h51
  • blaydenj


    Fev 19 2009, 11h03
  • NotAFriend

    I love Slanted And Enchanted but I thought Crooked Rain Crooked Rain was a beaut of a follow up... While Slanted And Enchanted has more energy I think I got more personality and emotion from C R C R, that's why it's there

    Fev 19 2009, 16h03
  • NotAFriend

    Awesome, thanks!

    Jun 8 2009, 15h47
  • NotAFriend

    Your comment is pathetic... This list is quite clearly a matter of opinion. The Bends is MY FAVOURITE Radiohead album, it's the one that means the most to me and the one that I enjoy listening to the most. If we were discussing Radiohead for their brilliant technical achievement, I would choose Kid A or OK Computer... You not agreeing with my taste does not mean "my music taste has not matured"... What the fuck is mature music taste anyway? Every day people's music taste changes, they discover new bands, re discover old ones. Being 19 does not make me any less entitled to give a list of my favourite albums... Sure, this is a list of my favourite albums at age 19 and it'll probably have changed by 20-something but none the less, my opinion remains as valid as yours, you arsehole. You are an arrogant and self possessed. These are MY favourite albums, and I explain WHY they are MY favourite albums. If I was to have entitled this blog "THE BEST ALBUMS OF ALL TIME", then fine, you'd have case to argue, but I'm afraid you can't argue with personal opinion. And because I like some lo-fi bands I should automatically like Nirvana? Psssh. I enjoy them, but they mean very very little to me. Please refrain from commenting my blogs with patronising bullshit, I don't mind a challenge but not when it comes in the form of "I'm older and more mature than you" (in actual fact I'm probably doing more with my life and have a higher IQ than you anyway)... Also, learn to proof-read and paragraph your comments, that was utterly painful to read... "Crooked Rain Brooked Rain".. Yes... It still remains my favourite Pavement album, despite your ridiculous fucking comment.

    Jun 10 2009, 11h16
  • NotAFriend

    Also, maybe if you had actually listened to half of the other artists on this list I'd respect your opinion, you say my music taste hasn't matured yet you mention the most generic bands on here (Pavement, Radiohead, the Cure) as well as NIRVANA.

    Jun 10 2009, 11h26
  • NotAFriend

    " I AM "arrogant and self possessed" if I comment your list, that you VOLUNTARILY put on" -No, you are "arrogant and self possessed" to comment on my list assuming your opinion is more valid than mine. Your comment was no challenge of my opinion, it was "I'm right and you're wrong". "Rediscover" is correct spelling. Oh, unnecessary hyphens (or would you say "un-neccessary"?). As far as I'm aware "you not agreeing with my taste." is correct (or acceptable) grammar also. And yes I was trailing off after "utterly painful to read...". Think me muttering that in annoyance, with a bit of a sigh at the end. The rest of my response is on your page.

    Jun 11 2009, 11h11
  • nellie379

    oh sweet jesus. that argument...i couldn't even read it. what i would loke to say is that i like reading people's lists, and you've given me a couple ideas about some cool new music to check out :] thanks!

    Ago 30 2009, 16h42
  • NotAFriend

    You're very welcome! Glad you enjoyed it. The person arguing later mailed me saying they were having a shit day and apologising, so yeah.

    Ago 30 2009, 16h57
  • port0ss

    very nice choise!!! great albums! really!!

    Out 6 2009, 18h48
  • Standingonair66

    NIce list.

    Out 10 2009, 5h20
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