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05.31.10 My Favorite Albums Of All Time

My Favorite Albums Of All Time

These are the albums that have most connected, inspired, an intrigued me more than any other album i've heard.
1Brand New
The Devil and God are Raging Inside Me


Simply the most compelling, emotional, and strangely inspirational thing i have ever heard. when i first started getting into brand new i thought that deja entendu was their most accomplished work. however, after several spins of this album, i realized how wrong i was. brand new is the master of reinventing themselves on each album, and on this lp they have reached a higher level than anything or anyone before them. this album is dark and dense, starting from the first track. you don't listen to this album on a sunny day beside the pool. you listen to it as your falling asleep in the dark, or when you're driving on a gloomy rainy day. this album takes over you. jesse lacey's lyrics about his doubts on religion, his fear of death, and his ode to lost loved ones are compelling and demand you to listen again so you can understand what his words really mean. every song's lyrics have multiple layers, and tend to confuse at first. but after several listens, the pieces of the story begin to fall into place. limousine, at over 7 minutes long, is the climax of this album, and sounds like four different songs blended together, each one building up until the resounding end. i could go on and on about this lp, but just buy it and listen to it yourself.
2Bloc Party
Silent Alarm


The best debut album of the decade and probably of all time. every song is riddled with catchy hooks, strong emotional lyrics, and sprawls of ideas. each song is completely unique and compelling on its own. it's a shame that they have yet to reach this level again.
3The White Stripes
Elephant


The best album from my favorite guitarist. every song is pure blues rock-n-roll. Jack white's guitar shreds out sloppy, distorted solos that evoke strong emotion. and this album only recorded in two weeks proves that White is just pure talent and hard work.
4Death Cab for Cutie
Transatlanticism


The band that made me love indie music. the flow of this album is incredible, making all the tracks seem like one long extended sons, rather than 11 individual. each song has thoughtful lyrics, as ben gibbard sings about his dissapointment about lost love and old age. the hooks are quirky, and sound better and better with each repeated listen. the title track is the free bird for the new, nerdy generation of musician.
5U2
The Joshua Tree


It's hard to decide which u2 is your favorite, because all of their good albums sound so similar. i decided on this one because its when they first came together and discovered their own personal sound that would soon shake the entire world. u2 accomplished to record an album that oozed american rock during a period where synthesizers and big drums ruled the radiowaves.
6Radiohead
In Rainbows


Album that made me discover radiohead. their most accesible work. good, easy-on-the-ears listening. each song is unique and intriguing in its own way.
7Neutral Milk Hotel
In the Aeroplane Over the Sea


i can appreciate the beauty behind mangums voice and energy of the music in this album. i love it, but i dont love it as much as everyone else claims they do. maybe i am not mature enough to understand this album yet. im hopeful that one day it will open up to me so i can understand why everyone says it is so life changing to hear. but either way, great album.
8Manchester Orchestra
Mean Everything to Nothing


if jesse lacey likes a band, so do i. and this was the band that may grow to reach brand new's level for me. great vocals, great lyrics, great guitars, great sound all together. like brand new, they are constantly growing and maturing, cant wait to hear their next record.
9The Beatles
Abbey Road


It was the summer of 2009 when i learned about the beatles. i learned how important they are to modern music, how they changed their sound on every album, and why everyone is influenced by them one way or another. abbey road, in my opinion, is their most solid and consistent album, with every song deserving several spins.
10Modest Mouse
Good News for People Who Love Bad News


another band i learned from jesse lacey. isaac brock's rants and shouted vocals are awesome to sing along with. his anger and dissapointment is easy to connect with, especially on "the View"
11Arcade Fire
Funeral


great band, great performers, great anthems that inspire. solid
12Coldplay
A Rush of Blood to the Head


i listen to coldplay, im not gay, i like boobs.
13 Arctic Monkeys
Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not


spastic, catchy, makes me wanna dance or get in a fight. loud. fun.
14 The Strokes
Is This It?


cant believe strokes are an american band, they're too good. very old school and instant classic band.
15Muse
Black Holes and Revelations


dramatic, over the top, brilliant
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