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Top 10 Albums
10Taking Back Sunday
Tell All Your Friends


This is me holding on to my middle school years, and loving it.
9The Mars Volta
Frances the Mute


My TMV listening experience went something like this: i listened to de-loused, was amazed with this hard rock/prog sound, and promptly held off on listening to frances because it was too long and seemed like too challenging of a listen. finally got over it, listened to frances, and realized how much of an idiot i had been. frances expands on everything hinted at on its predecessor and then some, creating TMV's masterpiece. L'via L'viaquez is the obvious highlight, but the whole album is brilliant and also flows with an ease that shouldn't be found in a full-length album.
8Say Anything
...Is A Real Boy


My go-to sexual frustration album. I held off on listening to this for no good reason except for the fact that Do Better sounded like it came from a band that didn't have much potential. Bemis delivers a stunning performance, both vocally and intstrumentally, creating a chaotic atmosphere that is sexually angsty both lyrically and musically, a feat that cannot be understated. Songs go through as many as 4 tempo changes, making for a hectic listen that constantly keeps the listener on his toes.
7Tigers on Trains
Grandfather


Though one could argue that ItAOtS is folk, that album is one that transcends genres. This does no such thing, but is nearly as good. This is the album that truly got me into folk. There are no weak tracks; every song is at least superb. The lyrics are top notch, often being cynically Christian, and the musicianship matches. Anyone who has the slightest interest in folk owes it to himself to listen to this album.
6The National
Alligator


This was a reulctant 3 the first time i heard it. Oh, how times have changed. The definition of a grower, the understated sound means that every listen brings a new intricacy that was unnoticed before. Matt Berninger's baritone is absolutely beautiful. His lyrics are genius ("i'm a birthday candle in a circle of black girls" how anyone can dislike that is beyond me) You can see that Devendorf is on his way to becoming the best drummer in indie. The first installment in The National's journey to adulthood, the teenage years avoiding growing up, is the best.
5Manchester Orchestra
Mean Everything to Nothing


This album holds and will always hold a special place in my heart as the album that got me through the toughest time in my life. Andy Hull's voice is majestic, possessing a massive range of singing styles, being capable of soft (album highlight I Can Feel a Hot One) to shouting (Shake It Out) and never sounding uneasy. This is the album that made me fully realize how much i love indie. Also, contains the best hidden track ever in Jimmy, He Whispers.
4The Weakerthans
Reconstruction Site


My go-to happy album. Whenever anything good happens to me, I listen to this album. When i'm trying to feel better about myself, i listen to this album. Samson pens the greatest lyrical album ever in this masterpiece, with songs like "One Great City!" and "Reconstruction Site" being particular lyrical masterpieces. The musicianship is superb as well, giving us a nice variety that keeps the listener on his toes. Also, eric's review for this is top 10 reviews on this site. go check it out.
3Brand New
The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me


Cathartic. If i had to describe this album in one word, that would be it. If you're pissed, listening to this releases all your anger and leaves you winded at the end. The album is a definite grower, as it takes a few listens for the massiveness of the album to really hit you. And with every listen comes something new, some new emotion felt during a particular song. Jesse Lacey leads us through this heavy, dense album.
2Neutral Milk Hotel
In the Aeroplane Over the Sea


I avoided this album for the longest time, even though it had that lofty 4.4 rating. I have no idea why. Maybe it was the similar artists, the fact that med said they had a "cult following" (something that wouldn't turn me away from a band now, at all), but i put this off as long as i could. Thank Buddha i finally caved and got it, because i knew it was a classic after the first listen. Everything on the album is perfect. The lyrics, the flow, even the instrumentation is flawless. Jeff Mangum masterminds an album that contains songs with just acoustic guitar to songs with bagpipes. Bagpipes. No matter what your musical preferences are, this is one of those album's that everyone needs to listen to before they die at least once.
1Radiohead
OK Computer


This is the album that got me into music, really really got me into music. It broke down pretty much every mental barrier that I had concerning music, opening countless doors which I am still discovering. I owe my love for music to this album. Anyone who thinks i'm a pretentious jerk about music can thank this album right here.
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