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My Favorite Albums Off The Top Of My Head

I've been having some serious listomania lately and i figured why not crank out my favorite cds? This sorta thing would take a lifetime to make in the way i want it so i'm just rattling off things that jump to mind.

There is almost nothing else out there that is so difficult to stop listening to. Every song flows into the next effortlessly. You'll dance, you'll cry, and you'll take away from it meaning and encouragement. Whether your dozing off, in the car, or being bumped into by some really sweaty person at a rave and kinda getting wierded out, Play will remind you that music is fun. Fun and filled to the brim with soul.
9Mr Bungle

I fondly recall finding this in a used record shop, taking it home and listening to it on repeat with Tony Hawk 3 for background. I almost dropped the controller after the second or third listen and thought something to the effect of, "Oh shit, I'm going to be addicted to music for the rest of my life." And so it was, but nothing can catch you so off guard as this album. It defies genre, in that it engulfs just about all of them and does not fail to bring a smile or, in some cases, insane strobe light dance parties.
Talkie Walkie

You can space out to it, you can painstakingly examine it, or you can just put it on and forget all things unhappy. Air breathes in you, gives life to fantasy; and stays classy all the while.
In Rainbows

This might still be to soon; but when I really think about it, fuck that. In Rainbows is as solid an effort as efforts come. It came out under a mist of insanely unrealistic expectations, placed on it by my inner fandom, yet explodes all realms of awesome. So tastefully tracked, so simple, yet also complex in an almost universal language. And that, after all, is what makes music the voice of so many souls, and the comfortable constant in everyone's life.
6The Mars Volta
Frances the Mute

I really miss At the Drive In but, let's be honest, what Omar and Cedric have managed to crack out with the Mars Volta, whatever your opinion of the band, is massively entertaining. This is simply my favorite effort of Omar's to date, and it really showcases what lengths you can take a concept album to with the finished product beguiling the listener as both a whole as well as track by track, listen after listen.
Demon Days

Damon Albarn is a genius; this much is probably obvious to most. But what cannot be understated is the brilliance of Demon Days. Everything you could ask for in a pop record pops up on every minute of every song. There is not one moment that I do not savor on this work of art. The ending alone makes it a masterpiece; but, oh yeah, there's the rest too. This is what separates good from great; and Gorillaz are undoubtedly something better than great.
4The Beatles

There might be people who look at the earlier Beatles canon as a precursor to something better or more artistic. I hold that whether you're a fan of every song of the Beatles', or someone who strictly listens to their latter work, this album is the perfect volta from early to later; and probably showcases, better than any other Beatles work, the pioneering spirit the band carried in the song writing and recording process.
Kid A

Sufficient word has been made clear about this album lately. I won't drone about it's influential nature, cultural implications, or something to that effect. I will only say that I love this band; and this will always be my favorite way to spend time with headphones covering my ears, while the world just spins in the background.
2Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin

Aside from being my hands-down favorite debut, "Led Zeppelin" defines everything I've ever loved about blues in the heaviest, rawest way possible. Plan's vocal's are never more soulful, Page's arrangements and production are in top form, and Bonzo lets the world know he's a force to be reckoned with in "Good Times Bad Times" so much so that you can't help but get giddy for the rest of the ride.
1The Beatles
Abbey Road

If I can think of a better Beatles album; i'll be damned if this one just keeps popping into my head. The medly, the diversity of songs written by John, Paul, George, and Ringo never seem to come together better than right here. From the first beat of "Come Together" to the last minute ode to the Queen, if somewhat cynical an ode of course, the group performs to their greatest potential.
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