And to make it harder:
- ONE album per band.
Try it yourself too... it's surprisingly hard.
In no order really, apart from the order that I think of them in...
1. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
This came to mind first because, as an album, I think it's got to be up there in my favourite of all time. It's one of those albums that you can just listen to from start to finish and either do nothing else and love every tiny second of it or just put on in hte background to whatever it is that you are doing, and pick up the odd tune here and there that you sing along to/hum. Definately a masterpiece of an album, and one that I favour over most albums out there.
Extraordinary record, this one. Bettered by few, and comparable to few before it too (but all somehow with litle links here and there to elements of al lsorts of musical styles and genres). This album, for me, pushed music in a direction that had not been ventured towards in quite the same manner before. By developing their own style in quite this way for this record, the band notched the bar further up for not only follow up albums by the band in question, but artists that consider themselves to be pushing boundaries whilst sticking with a fairly accessible sound.
3. OK Computer
Although I wouldn'tpersonally consider this my favourite Radiohad album, I think I'd say that it would be the most essential record of theirs if one were to hear just one of Radiohead's six studio albums. The album has a continuous theme in not only song-meanings, but also in the sound itself. The album manages to create a certain trademark Radiohead tone that stays within the record from start to finish. The quality of each song that features on the album can be praised for many different aspects, whilst at the same time building on the certain tone that is set out throughout the album. I personally really enjoy listening to this album, and there are plenty of moments of sheer brilliance that keep me listening again and again.
For me, Muse have made four fantastic LPs that could each easily go into this list in their own right; but if one must be picked from the four, this album has to be the choice in my case. The continuity throughout is far more fluid than any other album Muse have written, and although Black Holes and Revelations, Origin Of Symmetry or Showbiz could be argued as having the greater number of standout songs, Absolution tips the scales ever so slightly by having such a range of different songs linked to a diverse influences list, whilst still keeping hold of a strong backbone that really is apparent when listening to the album from start to finish. I suppose I love it so much as an album becuase it fits so wonderfully together even with a massively varied mood of song.
This album is a love album. Avey Tare, lead singer and frontman of the group, testifies to this whenever asked. It's one of those life-affirming albums that you just love, especially when in the right mood. I strongly advise you to listen to Animal Collective if you haven't already, as they are what can only be described as 'delightfully eclectic'. Songs on this album become very familiar with a few listens, and unlike many other love songs and love albums before it, Feels has a very noticeable individuality about it. A charming listen, and one that should get you smiling from the first listen.
Boards of Canada are a couple of Kings when it comes to electronica in my eyes (or should I say ears...). Each one of their albums has a distinctive (yet fairly different each time) Boards Of Canada sound. This album boasts 23 tracks of weird and wonderful sonic beauty. Excessive? No. Each track sounds like a necessity, despite the deception that may be caused by a large amount of short tracks. The album flows like some sort of awkward liquid that has never been seen on earth. It flows in a beautiful area of Scotland where hills and mountains dominate the horizon. The awkward and eerie placed in the middle of beauty. Lines such as '1969 in the sunshine' are blissfully spoken (through a vocoder, no doubt) just minutes after the oddly haunting countdown heard on 'Gyroscope', that sounds like it's being chanted by a child submerged underwater. Top marks for this album, a definate piece of genius.
7. Melody A.M.
This album has set a benchmark for chillout-ish electronica music for me. Although the other album (The Understanding) by this Scandinavian duo is arguably more summery and works fantastically well, especially at that time of year, Melody A.M. cannot be beaten by it. It has a certain character that The Understanding lacks; a certain charm that only comes with an artists first venture. The sort of charm that you wish was there in the second effort, but it doesn't always stick around for every artist. Whether it's summer or winter, Melody A.M. can be counted on as an absolute winner.
8. Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven
This is a hell of a record. Stunning as GY!BE seem to be with a lot of what they do, there is a distinct feel to this album htat s not found on other LPs with their name on it. Indeed the other albums may hav their own distinctive sound, my point is that I love the feel of this particular album of theirs slightly more than the others, mainly because of its real ability to cater for a whole host of different feelings; where other records may lack in one key area for me.
I'm a big fan of Lemon Jelly. They make nice music, that I can listen to at so many different times. As long as there's an inch of happy inside you at some point, this album will entertain! I chose this over their other two albums for its variation in sound and songwriting. This has a number of totally different songs that stand out from each other, and can either be listneed to an album or single songs can be taken at random times... because they're all just that good!
This album, in my opinion, showcases Sigur Ros's sound on a far broader scale than the Icelanders previous releases. Where other albums have a more closed sound in terms of mood (at times... especially when compared to Takk.. - remember, all opinion), Takk... really deals with so many different sounds. Moving between tracks effortlessly, the album has some really whistle-able moments, alonside some albsolute post-rock-to-the-backbone-splendeur. This record will make you smile; it shimmers and comforts you.
Part two with the next ten to follow shortly.
Let me know what you think of my choices so far though, would be very nice =]
ACTUALLY NOW... I DON'T LIKE THIS LIST AND ALREADY NEEDS UPDATING.