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|5 Albums A Year, My Life In Music|
My music taste over the years of my life, and how it's evolved or devolved over the course of my life. I only picked 5 albums a year, although some years i could've picked 20-30. Year, meaning the year i discovered it, or the year that i look back and remember it the most from, not always the year it was released.
First album i remember with staying value, at the time i thought it was heavy as fuck, however, that's not the case.
The horrible pop radio station that i was glued to at the time played "Yellow" every other song, and at the time i suppose it was reason enough to get the album, although i like it more now than i did back then.
The first album i ever received, even then i only like about 3 songs, so i can only imagine how much i'd like it now.
Easily my most played album of this year, haven't heard it in over a decade, but honestly i probably don't want to.
This was my second favorite ever for awhile behind Human Clay, haven't listened to it in probably a decade.
This album transformed my musical taste, and introduced me to "nu-metal", which would dominate my life for a few years. Album still rules
Hard to believe i was 13 when this came out, Easily still one of my top 25 favorite albums ever.
Break The Cycle
This album changed me from being a nice young kid to a very angry teenager.
Obviously this fucking sucks, but wal-mart in a shitty secluded town only had so many cds to buy when you're 13.
Much like make yourself i was obsessed with this album, and this band for quite sometime.
By a long shot my album of the year, i was more excited for this then my first NASCAR race in New Hampshire. (Yes, i like NASCAR)
13 Ways To Bleed On Stage
This was the perfect addition to my collection to keep my teenage angst in tact.
A life changer for certain. I remember my older sister (who listens to black metal) telling my not to buy it cause it sucked. Fuck her.
Wonder What's Next
When i first heard this was a christian band (i know i listened to Creed), i was hesitant to give this a shot, but it was right up my alley.
The Greyest Of Blue Skies
Continuing on the trend of very "depressing" nu-metal (if this can even be considered it), this was in heavy rotation for quite some time.
My first Deftones record, i was moving from Winchendon, Massachusetts to Fitchburg, Massachusetts and my mother bought me St. Anger and this, my first Deftones record, i loved it and still do.
This being the first year i had frequent access to the internet, i started discovering bands like dredg on tool fan sites, i'm glad i did.
14 Shades Of Grey
Also got this around the time i moved, it helped me get through the whole "moving in the middle of high school" thing.
The Art Of Balance
This record made me feel as if i was entering a whole new realm of music outside mainstream/well-known rock artists. My metalcore phase wore of really quick however.
Through The Eyes
A late discovery, but this may just be the best nu-metal album of all time, i absolutely loved this album.
|26||Funeral For A Friend|
Casually Dressed & Deep In Conversation
I bought this album because i like the album cover, because of that, it ended my metalcore phase and began my "emo" phase. Still a classic.
|27||The Mars Volta|
De-Loused In The Comatorium
My first real friend went to see this band with A Perfect Circle this year, and came back and told me to get this record. At the time it was one of the weirdest fucking things ever, but amazingly different.
Surprisingly enough, i had never heard any Nirvana song before my friend burnt this for me, i very quickly wore it out, as i can't even listen to a nirvana song nowadays.
Having not liked this album on prior listens, it just clicked one day, and still remains of my favorites of all time.
|30||A Perfect Circle|
As obsessed with tool as i was in high school, this just has to be on this list. Much like El Cielo, i didn't like it for awhile, and it just clicked eventually.
Still obsessed with Staind at the time, this album came out about the time i started dating my first girlfriend.
I heard this playing in a Newbury Comics store one day, and i had no idea what i was, so i asked the man working there, and it was this. Album brings back hardcore memories.
This was simply a life changing album, besides EITS, this is the most emotional record ever.
Anyone remember musicmatch? that's how i discovered this, and it opened the doors to post-rock for me. Nostalgic as fuck.
The Fire In our Throats Will Beckon...
My first ever completely instrumental album, and i was obsessed with it. I somehow heard of Pelican before i heard of Isis, much like Panopticon, it opened the doors to post-rock.
Some hot chick recommended this to me in my French class, i bought it and absolutely loved it, burnt it out over the years though.
The first time i heard this i was in awe, it was unbelievably heavy/screamz/atmospheric/everything. Wish they made more albums like this.
This came out shortly before i graduated high school, can't believe it's been that long since they came out with a record.
|41||Explosions In The Sky|
The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place
My favorite album of all time, even though i've listened to it 1,000plus times, it brings back memories of my first REAL love, even being six years ago, i still get butterflies hearing parts of this album.
|42||Armor For Sleep|
What To Do When You Are Dead
When you're an emo kid falling in love for the first time, and you discover this album, shit gets intense. Nostaglic as fuck, much like everything i've listed this year.
On Letting Go
My favorite Circa Survive record, if only for nostaglic reasons. 2007 is by far the best year of my life, and i'm glad this record was a part of it.
Set Sail The Prairie
I was just discovering this around the time i got my first car, i drove about 200 miles away with my girlfriend the first day i had it and listened to this multiple times.
Took me awhile to give this a shot, but i did, and it's obviously amazing. The last three songs mean a lot to me.
|47||Explosions In The Sky|
All Of A Sudden, I Miss Everyone
It's Natural To Be Afraid, sitting alone with your girlfriend baked off your ass may just be the best thing i've ever experienced.
|48||Fair To Midland|
Fables From A Mayfly
I first heard this returning from seeing my family in Plattsburgh, NY. I had heard of the band before this record, but the production was very, very poor. This was a perfect discovery.
Define The Great Line
I had this album for some time, but it never sunk it the way it did before this year, the best metalcore album of all time.
For awhile i hated Elliott Smith, and ex-friend overplayed Needle In The Hay, and i hated that song to began with, then i broke up with my girlfriend of three years, and this just made sense.
Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About
An old friend burned me this awhile back, but i never listened to it, as he was into Snapcase, Converge, Circle Takes The Square, and i was into fucking Staind, Lamb Of God and Tool. But just like Elliott Smith, this came to me at the right time.
Another album my ex-friend liked, that i hated, but i got over the grudge and found out this was fantastic.
The atmosphere of this album is unbelievable, especially when you're stoned, this and Vheissu dominated my zune prior to the break up.
A To B: Life
Still caught up on the break up, this was absolutely perfect timing to listen to this, although i had it from my "skreamz" friend for 5 years prior.
The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me
Absolutely perfect for the same situation, i had heard this record hundreds of times prior, but it didn't surpass Deja Entendu for me till this year.
The Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion
Although at the time their weakest album, it marked a transition point in my life, reconnecting with old friends, and ditching the ones who needed to be gone.
|59||Minus The Bear|
Menos El Oso
I saw this band with a random girl i had been acquaintances with for years, i'm still friends with her, but seriously regret turning her away romantically even three years later.
|60||The Appleseed Cast|
My favorite album from this band, reminds me heavily of the drastic changes in my life around this time.
The Shape Of Punk To Come
The year i discovered sputnik, My old friend also burned this for me, but i never tried it till this year, obviously a classic.
Went to their final show in Boston, the show was amazing, just puzzling why half the crowd left after the Melvins.
I felt connected to this album upon first listen, and that happens oh so rarely with me. Maybe best record of this decade so far.
|65||Minus The Bear|
Planet Of Ice
I realized that this is their best record, my friend who i saw them with thinks this album sucks, however, now she listens to Lil Wayne, so i'm pretty sure i'm correct.
A good friend of mine died while i was obsessed with this album, i've never really lost anyone close to me besides him, so obviously this is gonna stick.
...In Shallow Seas We Sail
Reminds of moving out of my parents house and into my first apartment, i could do anything i wanted, why i chose to blast this album at this time, i don't know, but i love it now.
|69||Pianos Become The Teeth|
When i first heard Filial i was in disbelief, it was love at first listen, so different from what i normally listen to, this opened many doors in my current musical taste.
Life From Dead Limbs
Without this website, chances are i would've never found this, the vocals may be bland as fuck, but the work of the band itself is near perfect.
|71||Explosions In The Sky|
Take Care, Take Care, Take Care
Much like Emery, this leaked the week after i moved out, and on my first vacation not living with my parents, so this and Black Ops pretty much took over that week.
This was my second most anticipated of the year, and it turned out to be the best album of the year.
This album is amazing, I have listened to this on long car rides to many different events this year, and my girlfriend doesn't bitch about it. Win, win.
I have an emotional connection to every Circa album (except Blue Sky Noise), and i know pretty soon there will be one with this album too.
|76||Every Time I Die|
I never liked this band until i heard Underwater Bimbos From Outer Space, which made me laugh, but it turns out, this album kicks ass.
Discovery Of The Year, hands down. Listened to this a lot, as my old best friend and i stopped talking because his girlfriend (who i set him up with) is a stupid fucking bitch.
The Always Open Mouth
Gave this a chance a bit more this year, after only really like Art Damage, and i was very surprised how much i liked it in comparision to six or seven years ago.
|This took me about three hours to make, holy fuck, obviously 2012 means i have no life anymore|
|stopped reading at creed|
|cool list, your 11/12 choices are miraculous haha|
|man i have 4 from when i was a kid too lol|
what the crowd did at that isis concert is unforgivable
|It's amazing how much your musical taste can change according to the gateway band to get you prepared for more stuff. I went from loving Live, Disturbed (hate them now), and System of a Down to a lot of death metal, thrash, etc. |
|Awesome list, 9 is in my top 10 of all time|
|great list, discription of 66 is sad man|
|Great idea for a list! mine would be very similar up to 2002 then I shifted towards thrash and heavier metal, with a break in 2006 listening to mostly world music and other genres then back again.|
|I loved 26 at that age too, got me into post-hardcore. Not emo bro|
|Thanks guys. Its crazy how much everything changes over time, not just music, but if you compare 2000 to 2012, youd think i was corrupted by someone or did serious drugs, its just a gradual change i guess|
|@jacksparrow, i put it in quotes cause at the time i thought it was emo haha|
|Saying "ex-friend" makes you sound like a little bitch.|
|Maybe i am a little bitch. You dont know me or that stupid cunt so i guess it doesnt really matter|
|great list, sucks about 66 and 76 though|
|you went from having shit, boring, generic taste in mainstream music to shit, boring, generic taste in indie music|
|@hep kat. To each his own, you listen to a lot of shitty, bland, annoying punk & reminded me to 1 all of nofx's discog.|
|Oh alright I gotcha. I went through the worst break up ever at 16 and listened to that album nonstop, still brings back those feelings when I play it.|
|Yeah dude, even though it was years ago it still feels the same, its strange but somewhat awesome at the same time.|
|Explosions In The Sky is the shit|
|Barenaked Ladies are great. |
|Hep Kat's got a point, though, a lot of these are rather typical of Sputnik users.|
|can you hook me up with your sister, thanks|
|@oathbreaker, sure.. The dude shes dating now she met in the psych ward, you cant be much worse|
|"it ended my metalcore phase and began my "emo" phase" |
haha, there's a difference
seriously though, it's cool to see your evolution, I should probs do this in a year or two. Great list
|Holy shit, my musical history is actually pretty close to yours!|
|@riffoclock, thanks, yours too. |
@dolving999 its good to see im not alone
|Good list. Bout time you fell in love with 78, one of the greatest records of all time|
|It is a very good record, im glad i gave it a shot. And im not offended at all, you can listen to obscure bull shit to feel like an elitist and i can listen to my "shit taste" and we can agree to disagree|
|And thanks a lot for the feature, whoever that may be, it really means a lot|
|Great list and great taste! Crazy how you discovered dredg during their leitmotif days! That's cool.|
|While i was listening to staind, yeah its strange, but without that id probably still be listening to garbage mainstream rock|
|Nice list. It's kind of looks like you've come full circle in your music journey, which happens to the best of us.|
|Cool format, might make one of this as well, the only difference is that I'm 15 yo and my tastes are |
very very....Different :]
|Thanks guys, it might be a little more difficult since youre younger, i felt as if i included what i listen to before i was 12 it wouldve been ridiculous|
|Tell your sister to hit me up|
|One of the more interesting lists, this is.|
three hours is too long to spend making a sputnik list though, no?
|Yes it really is, but i wasnt doing shit sunday anyways|
|but how did this take three hours? it's a sweet list but my last one was huge and it took under an hour.|
|A lot of thinking back, a lot of interruptions, smoking a bowl or two in between, and trying to pick just five albums, mainly for the more recent years. |
|WHEN THE IRON SHARPENS THE IRON|
|Is your sister hot?|
|if i said anything but no, i think i would have to kill myself.|
|Underwater Bimbos From Outer Space - Every Time I Die.|
|but for some reason i think it's "where" not "when"|
|Damn you went from having horrible taste to having stereotype sputnik taste (decent taste)|
|nvm, it's when. and thanks trebor, however i developed most of my taste without this site, i've discovered quite a bit here though.|
|Love the list.|
|Very cool list, great idea|
|Great list, 10 turned me into a pissed off 14 year old douchebag too, and I came to 51 pretty much the same way as you as well. Good stuff man|
|Interesting list based around a cool albeit common concept. Also, props for having the guts to say you like NASCAR. It's not everyone that publically affiliated himself/herself with such a fanbase.|
|Might to one of these a few years from now.|
|Yeah im not really ashamed of it, mainly cause im not anywhere close to the stereotypical fan, i bet 75% of critics of it havent been to a race, at least in new hampshire theyre mostly college kids getting hammered|
|Cool list dude, the idea is awesome|
|your description of 50 is on point|
|Don't worry I think a majority of us got into some Nu Metal or Metalcore bands before getting into more interessant things... I think it's a necessary step to discover what you really like in the Metal world|
|2010 is the best year, methinks. Pretty cool list that I'd make if I wasnt so lazy.|
|Cool list, I've always wanted to do something like this - just never got around to it. Not even sure if I'd be able to fit 5 albums per year, lol.|
|my musical development was very different haha. Growing up I listened to indie pop and jazz (both of which I still love no matter what) and then nu-metal (during my early teen year, i'm 16 now), most of which now sounds like shit to me today. Now I listen to literally all genres, but I go through obsessive phases for certain periods of time.(for the past month ALL i've been listening to is noise and bebop)|
|@xenophanes, well for starters, i moved 11 times in my life, 10 of which were in different states, all before i was 15.|
But i shouldnt have to explain why i didnt have a good friend till fifteen, when there's people who's only friend is this site filled with ignorant elitist douchebags like you
|My friends don't even know that music like that exists. It's not really a problem, I just don't talk about music with them.|
|Very interesting list, kudos|
|My friends dont know any good music either, i try recommending things but they just dont get it i guess. |
|Flaw - heck yea|
|It's pretty cool to map out the evolution of music taste like that. I wouldn't listen to a few CDs here but you saying Major/Minor was the best album of 2011 means we're best friends forever.|
|Just found this through Thrice, great read. I've actually gone through an almost identical process (though still have some time to go in listening to the Sputnik classics).|