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The art of album titles

Aptly titling an album has more to do with poetry than it has to with anything else, because the objective is to encapsulate the range of feelings presented in the album into an evocative phrase. The power of words is limited, that's why I tend to like rather ambiguous but suggestive titles open to interpretation. Some great titles and thoughts on a few of them
1Andrew Bird
I Want to See Pulaski at Night

I don't know what or who Pulaski is, and that's exactly what gives its depth to the title. "I want to see Pulaski at night", is just someone expressing a desire, a fantasy. Pulaski could be anything, really, just something to long for.
2Patrick Watson
Adventures in Your Own Backyard

The whole album is about everyday wonders, and how interesting every life can be, even the simplest and most modest. The title highlights this feeling of discovery and inifinite possibility being within reach
3Tim Bowness
Abandoned Dancehall Dreams
4Tom Waits
Nighthawks At The Diner

The title is inspired by Hopper's "Nighthawks" painting, and immediately it gives the impression of the very painful neon-lighted loneliness that characterized early-Tom Waits music
5Steven Wilson
Hand. Cannot. Erase.

Before I heard the kind of cheesy "Hand cannot erase this love" chorus of the title-track, I absolutely loved the ambiguity of the title, which I always interpreted as representing that things don't disappear even though we'd want them to. Whatever, it strangely encapsulates the feeling of lacking an identity and dealing with one's memories the album's about.
A Moon Shaped Pool

Radiohead have had a career full of cryptic and evocative titles, but I think they topped them all with this one. Now, it's extremely abstract, but they manage to call to mind various feelings and impressions. Immediately, loneliness, to me, which is symbolized by the moon, but also vastitude; the pool. Universal solitude, maybe. Whatever it does mean, it perfectly fits the music's atmosphere
7David Bowie

It's all about quotation marks
8Kayo Dot
Coffins on Io
9Billy Bragg
Talking With the Taxman About Poetry
10King Crimson
Starless and Bible Black
11Nick Drake
Pink Moon
12Queens of the Stone Age
...Like Clockwork
13Van der Graaf Generator
The Least We Can Do Is Wave to...
14David Torn
Cloud About Mercury
15La Dispute
Somewhere at the Bottom of the River...
16Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven
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