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|The Saddest Albums|
These albums fill me with such emotion... They are my favorites, my
favorite saddest albums. Each and every one of them are great and deserve
a listen. I would rank each 4-5.
One of the first amazing recs I got from sputnik was this album. I had never heard
of Ryan Adams and when I heard Heartbreaker for the first time, I was blown away.
I wasn't aware that his genre of alternative country existed. I tried listening to
other albums by him, but they weren't the same. I first heard this album at a rough
time in my life and I will always relate back those emotions when listening to this
album. The song "In My Time of Need" really gets me. Simple, yet beautiful. Stand-
out vocal harmonies and repetitive, yet perfect guitar.
This album doesn't really need a description. If you have ever lost a loved one, this
masterpiece is the blanket of emotion that covers you in the first few weeks of
grief. It keeps you just warm enough to inspire some light in the wall of darkness.
This is my favorite Beck album for a number of reasons. It is so different, so pure,
and so perfect. I never skip a single song when listening. Each song fits into its
own special place in the tracklist. It branched off from Beck's usual quirky style in
which he mashed up countless genres, and stripped his sound down completely.
What we are left with is an acoustic, lightly-synth layered album that encompasses
a sense of sadness and loss. It also reveals Beck as the outstanding singer that he
is. I can't wait to own this one on vinyl.
For Emma, Forever Ago
It may be hipster, but it's damn good. I love all of Justin Vernon's work, but his
debut will always be the most memorable. "Flume", the opener, is my favorite and
always will be. Unique is an understatement. It's not often a listener is graced with
a falsetto of this caliber.
I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
The best Bright Eyes album and the best of all of Conor Oberst's material is both
musically and lyrically perfect.
Songs About Leaving
Another rec from this site, very good.
The White Birch
After hearing the Barely Real EP, I wanted more. The White Birch was the next step
I took in my listening of Codeine. I was surprised at how much more I like TWB then
Barely Real... I remember listening to this song in English II as the snow fell outside.
It was a desolate day.
|8||Death Cab For Cutie|
DCFC will never release another album quite like Transatlanticism. "Title and
Registration" and "A Lack of Color" will remain my favorites from the band. Gibbard's
vocals will always stick out and set his work aside from the rest of the indie crowd.
Very pleasing stuff.
Another singer/songwriter that supposedly killed himself... Among him, on this list
alone, are Elliott Smith and Mark Linkous (of Sparklehorse)... I sometimes wonder if
the musical world would be the same if they were left alive to produce more music.
Most days, I don't think it would be the same. It's a shame Nick Drake was only
alive to release a few albums. Pink Moon is a masterpiece and many consider it one
of the greatest albums of all time.
The Midnight Organ Fight
I've always thought of this album as the perfect break-up album, "Poke" being a
favorite. If you enjoyed this album, check out FR's newest album, Pedestrian Verse.
Get the bonus edition... The last tracks on the album are the best.
Matthew Good at his best. It's too bad nobody talks much of his music on here
anymore. I come across the occasional thread where somebody mentions him, but
he is good enough to compete with the rest of the albums on here. "Metal
Airplanes" is such an awesome song.
I included this album for nostalgia. Track 1 is one of my all time favorites, not so
much sad. "The Warming Sun", track 11, is enough sadness for the whole album. I
can relate to it so completely that whenever I hear it, my situation doesn't seem so
bad. People always have it worse than you, remember that.
Similar to The American Dollar, Helios always puts out consistent post-rock/ambient
stuff that inspires a lot of emotion. Eingya is my personal favorite. It is best
listened to at night.
Keaton Henson's music was never meant to be heard by anyone but himself. He
wrote these songs for a lost love he hasn't seen in years. Henson's voice is a little
different and it may be an acquired taste for some, but I don't understand how
someone couldn't love the guy and feel sympathetic for him, especially after
listening to the sense of loneliness that his lyrics encompass.
Coming On Strong
"Shining Escalade", track 9, is Hot Chip's best song and is another one that
contains enough sadness for me. I'll toss this album on and although the bulk of this
album is great, I can't wait to hear "Shining Escalade". The vocals are haunting, the
melody is enchanting. In the rain, it's perfect.
|16||Jets To Brazil|
Orange Rhyming Dictionary
"Sea Anemone", track 6, still remains THE most emotional song of all time for me.
Listen to it here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2jU5jcGGzc "I will tell you I
am fine. I got some news, friend, feels like I'm dying"
Minutes To Midnight
Argue all you want, this is Linkin Park's best album. The second half of the album is
amazing. It's mellow, it's lyrically fascinating, and the obscure electronic
instrumentation is outstanding. "Valentines Day", "In Between", "In Pieces", and
"The Little Things Give You Away" are some of the best of Linkin Park.
Things We Lost In The Fire
Moby admitted that he created this album in hotel rooms after midnight. On tours,
he would sit in his suite alone in the big city after everyone else went to bed, and,
suffering from insomnia, he would stay up and play his acoustic guitar, loop his
computer tracks, and contribute some of his own vocals... in the end, Moby
created Destroyed, who's album art features an airport hallway that Moby
photographed himself. The opening track, "The Broken Places" inspires an emotion
that is unlike any I feel from other songs. Desolation? Isolation? You tell me. -
|20||Nine Inch Nails|
Although not what Mr. Reznor is best known for, this album sticks out in NIN's
discography for me as being one of my favorites. Mellowed out and calmed down,
this "unplugged" EP takes some of Trent's best work and turns it into something
new, something awesome, and something worth hearing.
|21||Red House Painters|
Red House Painters I
Albeit a difficult listen, Rollercoaster (or Red House Painters I) is perfect for this list.
Quite a sad album indeed. If you like Idaho, Sun Kil Moon, Codeine, Mark Kozelek, or
American Music Club, you will enjoy this album. "This album can be cripplingly
depressing. However, much like depression, there are alleviating moments of beauty
to be found after and within the darkness, and it?s worth delving within RHP I?s
considerable mass to find such moments."
The master of depressing folk music, Elliott Smith did it again and again. I always
make sure to keep my copy of this album and his s/t in my car so that when I'm
having a rough day, I can pop it in and share in some sorrow. If you want a sad
album, look no further. Elliott Smith is here to provide.
His lyrics are genius. His music is simple, yet haunting, the perfect accompaniment
for such a voice. I wish Elliott was still with us. The world needs another artist like
him to play some real music. His songs drip with emotion. His talent as a
singer/songwriter will always be held highly among folk music enthusiasts.
It's A Wonderful Life
Sparklehorse is the kind of band that you either love or you hate. Linkous' vocals
are somewhat of a marvel. They are different and to me good-different. The lo-fi
electronic backdrop accompanies easy-going guitar. I have never heard any band
that I would compare to Sparklehorse because of the mere fact it would be hard to
imitate their sound, even if you tried. "Sea of Teeth" remains another one of the
saddest song that I know. I can't get enough.
|25||Third Eye Blind|
Third Eye Blind
No filler. This album is chock-full of perfect tracks, each abiding by strict genre-
standards but being interesting enough that the listener will want to go back and
hear it all again. This is the best of 3EB, their greatest hits album wasn't needed.
|26||This Will Destroy You|
This Will Destroy You
I had to toss a post-rock album on this list, because it fits, but also because of my
love for the genre. "Villa Del Refugio", "The Mighty Rio Grande", and "They Move On
Tracks Of Never-Ending Light" are all masterpieces. It is worth to sit through the
lengthyness of the songs, because the build-ups lead to astounding climaxes that
lead to magnificent resolutions.
|I thought 25 was upbeat, or am I remembering it wrong?|
Check out Soap and Skin though, she'd fit in well with this list.
|if you don't have keaton henson's new album then get it. |
crywank is pretty sad but he's a bit polarizing. his style is......unique to say the least.
|oh my god are all your lists about depression or feelin sad i mean jesus christ maybe stop listening to so much damn bright eyes and get your pecker flicked|
matt good rules
|dude half of these don't depress me maybe I'm mad. RHP props, tho. Try Brighter Death Now's Necrose Evangelicum with Coil's Musick to play in the dark ii, oh, and bring some whiskey -- in fact -- bring a lot of whiskey, vodka, dmt, and prozak|
|@Riviere: You're right, it is pretty upbeat, but the lyrical subject matter has to do with struggling relationships, and other melancholy topics.|
@ILJ: I have his new album, it's great.
@YankeeDudel: I guess it's just what I like man.
@Scoot: Thanks, my friend. Great album, ikr?
@GiaNXGX: I don't know what to tell you haha. These albums all are good for me when I am feeling down. I just kind of took a lot of the music I have been wanting to talk about in a list and compiled it tonight.
|how is "The Boatman's Call" not on here?|
|@julien: Great album, definitely an honorable mention. I haven't listened to it in a while so I didn't include it. Don't worry, I'm a Nick Cave fan.|
|nick cave and his bad seeds ^^|
|This is pretty much a part II to my last featured list...|
|Your list are the best man, keep them coming. :)|
|17 I agree.|
@Madcreator: Yes! That's awesome. So many people wouldn't.
@gosk8n: Thanks, man.
|1 and 2 are pretty much spot on. There is more good Adams though, man. Have you given Whiskeytown a go?|
|List needs more My Dying Bride.|
|A list about the saddest albums and not a single skramz record is on here? What is this?|
|What would you recommend me blastoff?|
@YUJOS: - Never listened to 'em.
|@XingKing: Not my taste. I enjoy music where I can actually hear words within lyrics.|
|Wow. Pretty great list. |
|How about some emo then?|
|Thanks, Spec. I usually don't get much love from respectable sputnik folks, so it means a lot. Haha.|
@XingKing: I will not click that link.
|Click the link. Seriously. It's beautiful|
|Whiskeytown - Stranger's Almanac is super classy (Adams' band before going solo)|
You say you've tried more of his stuff, but if you haven't checked any of Gold, Love is Hell and Cold Roses in particular, you should. They're all 4.5s for me.
|4, 9 and 14 are all a bit somber. Really great, too.|
Might check some of these out if I can find the time.
|Black Sheep Boy by Okkervil River is a great sad album. So is The Lack Long After by Pianos Become the Teeth.|
|@ SupercolliderMusic, check this : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8DyUacEiPw|
|@XingKing: I consider American football to be indie/math-rock. Great band.|
|A-B Life by mewithoutYou|
|Sunny Day Real Estate - Diary is like my go-to sad album|
|@demigod93: I love that album too, but it didn't quite fit into this list. A lot of this music on here is quieter and Diary goes pretty hard sometimes.|
|Currently downloading every single one of these albums - I better not be disappointed!|
Was surprised by the Linkin Park comment. Hybrid Theory will always be my favorite.
|warning - watching from a distance|
|^ That one.|
|Electro Shock Blues. All the sad topics covered suicide, depression, cancer,loss of sanity, death but its uplifting as hell in places.|
|Suffocate For Fuck Sake- that album with the really long title|
|i listen to warning when i want to feel like a piece of shit|
|oh yeah and |
Gris - Il Etait une Foret...
|Oh my gosh I'm listening to that album right now!!|
|I have Electro Shock Blues and, despite the obvious messages of sadness, Everett's music never really puts me in the same place. I think it was because I heard Daisies of the Galaxy before I heard ESB. Eels is a great band though. Yeah, I have listened to Warning before, but it's just like the devil's fucking voice in my head. Lol. I will download some of these recs and let you guys know what's up.|
|Check out Summer of 78 by Yann Tiersen from "Goodbye Lenin!". Whole album is pretty okay, but that song almost made me cry when I heard it for the first time.|
|"it may be hipster" wtf |
|"Argue all you want, this is Linkin Park's best album."|
|i'm wide awake it's morning is not the best bright eyes album i will fucking fight you|
|@PrewDelisek: I was poking fun at Pitchfork, blah blah blah. It was a joke.|
@illmitch: Let's go, bitch. Haha.
|saddest album ever:|
Morita Doji - A Boy
|Linkin Park hahahahaha|
|"Valentine's Day" has a fuckton of emotion and you know it. lol|
|Sea Change is probably my favorite album on the list as of right now. So good.|
|Some great stuff here |
|Yeah, Minutes to Midnight is nothing compared to Hybrid Theory.|
|I disagree... Hybrid Theory was never an album I really enjoyed...|
|17.... god i hated valentines day. however i agree that The Little Things Give You Away actually has a lot going for it. it was very impressive to see them write a song that wasn't 3 minutes long|
|I remember when I was younger, whenever my dad would play Linkin Park, I was always fascinated by the "electronic" (nu) side of the metal they incorporated... "The Little Things Give You Away" is a prime example. Those little noises, they make the song. For a while, that was my favorite song on the album...|
|But, to be honest, I need to give the whole thing a good listen again.|
|Supercollider, I'm guessing you're quite a bit younger than most of the Linkin Park fans in this thread.|
|Props for mighty rio grande. But overall i don't feel this will destroy you belongs on this. |
@SevHead: Not for me, man.
@KimmsightMatters: You're probably right, but I started out with hybrid theory. My dad blasted that CD constantly and I really liked it.. I think the reason I like MTM so much is because of the electronic influence... I liked the drumloops and that kind of thing... It's always made shit so much interesting to me.
@RadicalEd: Yeah, great song. Still, "Villa Del Refugio" gives me the feeling more than anything else... That song is really simple but there's lots of emotion.
|how the fuck old are you that your dad listens to linkin park|
|My dad's 50. He just listens to good music. |
I'm 16. Yeah, my dad's not the average guy that was born in the 60s that just listens to the 70s and 80s.
|Check out saddest song by no use for a name|
|Lifelover could be here for depressive stuff I guess|
Sunny Day Real Estate
Sad Lovers And Giants
|I beg to differ about 17. There is nothing lyrically fascinating on Minutes to Midnight imo. It also needs Thirteenth Step by A Perfect Circle. It's a different kind of sad. |
|idk but Burzum's dark ambient stuff always puts me down. In a good way, of course.|
|YOU WILL NOT SURVIVE|
Brutally sad album.
|Pink Floyd - "The Wall" and "The Final Cut"|
|Alice in Chains - Jar of Flies|
|list rules cuz 2|
|2 fucking rules by itself, man.|
|dude jam altars of madness already seriously|
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