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My 5's Explained

This list seems to change every once in a while, but here's are my top 12 albums of all time, at this moment. Critique away.
1Between the Buried and Me
Colors


This album is the culmination of BtBaM's deathcore past and their progressive tendencies to create a sprawling epic concept album. I actually listen to Alaska more b/c of "Selkies" but as an album, Colors is the album the band will always be compared to.
2Dc Talk
Jesus Freak


While Christian music has a somewhat-deserved poor reputation, this album really got me into what music can and should be. Ditching their silly rap/rock routine, the band focused on creating anthemic Christian rock and succeeded in spades, and really revolutionized the Christian scene along with it.
3Devil Sold His Soul
Blessed & Cursed


The band that actually got me into post-metal defines how "screaming music" can be epic and beautiful. The lyrics are fantastic and contribute the felling that this album is less a listen and more of an experience.
4Dream Theater
Awake


Yes, this is the band that really got me into prog, and while I listen more to Train of Thought (as do many metalheads), Awake doesn't have cringe- worthy moments like Portnoy trying to scream; plus, every song fits well here, even the awkward 80s rocker "Lie".
5dredg
El Cielo


Is there anything that hasn't already been said about this album? Like Blessed & Cursed, this album is truly an experience, but the kicker here is the sonic range. Marrying the heaviness from Leimotif with their now- signature progressive sound, this album is the band's benchmark, and why so many of us HATED Chuckles and Mr. Squeezy...
6Fair To Midland
Arrows and Anchors


While I hate to 5 something so new, this album is perfect. It takes a radio- rock background (read riffs and catchy choruses) and adds banjos, keyboards, epic melodies, progressive sounds but standard song structures, and quality lyrics that stick in your head. "I could be kicking the bucket, but you should know I never had very good aim." Combining El Cielo with Karnivool yielded great results for FTM.
7Kanye West
The College Dropout


This is the album that not only got me into hip-hop but has stood as my benchmark for a rap album. "Jesus Walks" is an obvious favorite, but every song on the album showcases Kanye's love affair with soul and why Kanye is arguably the best hip-hop producer of our time. It also put midwest hip- hop to the forefront.
8Outkast
Stankonia


The best southern hip-hop album of all time. Everyone knows about "Ms. Jackson" but the album is a psychedelic blast of fun on every listen. Who in their right minds writes a hook of "Bombs of Baghdad" then makes it work?
9Radiohead
OK Computer


I admit I'm not a huge Radiohead fan, but this album got me when I gave in last year. It's a haunting album that has aged very well.
10The Mars Volta
Frances the Mute


I'm a bit of a Volta fanboy, but I like most of their albums after this, but love Frances and De-loused. While the latter still retained much of the post- hardcore sound of the members' previous band, Frances goes headfirst into progressive territory, with a salsa-inspired track half in Spanish, a lost Zepplin track, not to mention the title track that wasn't even released with the disc. This is a fantastic album from start to finish and is why people are still buying the trash that Omar releases on a weekly basis.
11Thrice
Vheissu


While I fell in love with the band on The Artist and The Ambulance, this album hooked me. The transformation was jarring at first, but it resulted in one of my top 3 albums. "For Miles" is probably my favorite song of all time.
12Underoath
Define the Great Line


Much like Thrice, this band made a transformation between albums, with Underoath creating a darker, heavier, more mature work that is, in my opinion, the pinnacle of what is now post-hardcore.
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