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Iluvatar's Top 10 Albums Evar And Stuff

This is basically my definitive list, complete with reasonings and all that. Awesome.
1King Crimson
In The Court of the Crimson King


The album is brilliant in nearly every aspect, and the flow is absolutely sublime. It also got me into everything I listen to currently essentially (directly or not).
2Styx
The Grand Illusion


This album just holds something magic that I've never been able to really place. I listened to it 200 times (in full) easily as a kid, and I still absolutely adore it.
3The Beatles
Abbey Road


I never really liked The Beatles until I got this album, and it singlehandedly changed my opinion on them. One of the few albums I play in full over and over anymore.
4Rush
Hemispheres


Rush is perhaps pound for pound my favorite band of all time (and the only one I'd give more than one 5 to), and this is their crowning achievement. From the title track to La villa Strangiato, this album is ace.
5The Mars Volta
Frances the Mute


I went into a slight phase of thinking music was dead. Then I listened to The Mars Volta, and my faith was strangely brought back. This album drove the point home that there is at least one breathtaking album out there currently.
6Massive Attack
Mezzanine


When I listen to this album, I get an elated feeling that I don't even get listening to its only competetor in trip hop, Endtroducing.... It was a religious experience the first time I heard it.
7Mindless Self Indulgence
Frankenstein Girls Will...


This is probably the strangest choice I'll put on here, but its also one of my personal favorites. Despite the fact most of the songs here feel loose and disjointed, I still can't help but smile throughout the entirety of the album.
8At the Drive-In
Relationship of Command


I hated this album for about a year. I honestly have no clue why. It's one of the most impressive albums I've ever heard, with each song being absolutely epic without seeming long or tired.
9Circle Takes the Square
As the Roots Undo


A lot of people have told me (well, about 3 outside of this site) that if you love CTTS when you first hear them, you'll undoubtedly grow out of them. Well, after loving this album for over a year with no breaks, I can safely say this one could very well move even higher on this list in the future.
10Glassjaw
Worship and Tribute


There were a huge amount of albums I debated placing here, but I decided upon Worship and Tribute for one obvious reason; Daryl Palumbo. He is possibly my favorite vocalist at the moment, and it doesnt hurt that the rest of the band sure knows how to create come sompelling pieces.
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