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7 Years Of Sputnik: Albums 200-101

So, last December marked my 7th year on sputnik. I said I would rbe doing a massive r200 favourite album list, but it got delayed (I rwas travelling around europe for 3 rmonths), but here is part one, ras well as my favourite track on each. Please note I rmade no rattempt at objectivity - these are the albums that have defined rmy life, rincluding 'gateway' stuff. There's almost no pre-90s stuff rbecause I simply don't rlisten to that much. Call me plebian, or give rme suggestions, or neither.
1Ling Tosite Sigure
#4


TK in the Yuukei. This is my favourite band in the world, and the lowest ranking album of theirs on this list. Listening to Sigure is like sex for me, like happy summer days, like a warm bed.
2The Killers
Hot Fuss


Mr. Brightside. Only album of theirs I like, and I listened to this endlessly when I was about 15.
3Pendulum
Hold Your Colour


Hold Your Colour. Another album forever linked to certain memories of high school. This track in particular really struck a chord when I was dealing with overwhelming romantic jealousy, as odd as that sounds.
4All That Remains
The Fall of Ideals


This Calling. One of those gateway albums, melodic metalcore was my first toe into the waters of hardcore.
5Sigur Ros
Takk...


Saeglopor. For a long few years as a teen, a good part of what made music good to me were the lyrics. This is one of those albums that helped change my mind
6Deftones
Around the Fur


Lotion. Before Sigure, Deftones were my favourite band in the world. This has never been one of my favourite albums of theirs, but it's still fucking excellent and sexy.
7Radiohead
Amnesiac


Pyramid Song. Yeah, I like this more than Kid A. I'm weird.
8Fear Before
Fear Before


Fear Before Doesn't Listen to People Who Don't Like Them. This album is weird and different, if not as cohesive and groundbreaking as Open Mouth.
9In Flames
Come Clarity


Come Clarity. These guys were THE gateway to heavy music for me, and this album in particular was the first I ever listened to where I slowly came to enjoy harsh vocals. Considering I now use harsh vocals in my own band, I suppose I owe a great deal to this.
10Brand New
Daisy


You Stole. They really did take this sound as far as it can go. I still remember the shock of hearing Vices for the first time.
11Gotye
Like Drawing Blood


Night Drive. Gotye's most widely inventive and emotionally invested album.
12Protest the Hero
Scurrilous


Dunsel. I prefer this to Fortress, which is an unpopular opinion. But instead of being technical and wanky for the sake of ridiculousness, they actually used their talents to craft an insanely catchy and fun set of songs.
13Transistor Transistor
Ruined Lives


Teratogen. This is just badass.
14Dead Can Dance
Within the Realm of a Dying Sun


Summoning the Muse. Grand and beautiful.
15Silversun Pickups
Swoon


No Secrets This Year
16 Kanye West
808s and Heartbreak


Welcome to Heartbreak. Yeah, this if my favourite Kanye album, suck on it.
17The Weeknd
House of Balloons


House of Balloons. I don't normally enjoy rnb much (or even the rest of his output), but I love this album.
18R.E.M.
Green


Orange Crush. I get that early REM is historically important for music, but it's never had much relevance for me in the new millenium. This is their earliest album I really love.
19 Angus and Julia Stone
Down The Way


Yellow Brick Road. This song alone would probably get in my top 20 songs
20Frenzal Rhomb
Meet The Family


You Can't Move Into My House. One of the most legendary bands to come out of the Aussie punk scene, these guys served the same purpose for me and my friends that other 90s skate punk did for american kids.
21Dance Gavin Dance
Happiness


Carl Barker. The first half of this album is the most cohesive and serious they've ever been. The second half is pretty fun too
22Gaza
He Is Never Coming Back


The Bishop. I named a story I wrote at the end of High School (which alone brought my overall mark up to a level useful for university) after this album, even if they refer to different things.
23Anberlin
Vital


Unstable. Their best work
24Death Cab For Cutie
Transatlanticism


We Looked Like Giants. Not my fav album of theirs, but still pretty powerful.
25Counting Crows
August and Everything After


Round Here. An early lyrical influence (lyrics are my main forte, even if these days they bear no resemblance to these)
26Mass of the Fermenting Dregs
Zero Comma, Multi-Colored World


Their EP was better, but this is still a class act and pretty damn original. The Japanese alt/indie rock scene really is something else
27The Cure
Disintegration


Last Dance. One of the few 80's albums I really dig, possibly because it doesn't really sound like one
28Placebo
Sleeping With Ghosts


Sleeping With Ghosts
29Thrice
Major/Minor


Blinded. I may not find much connection to the overt religiousness of these songs, but that doesn't stop it being one of their finest works
30Black Light Burns
Cruel Melody


New Hunger. A single line from this song inspired much of the previously mentioned story, and I listened to this compulsively for a few months.
31pg. 99
Document #8


In Love With An Apparition. no comment needed really
32Propagandhi
Supporting Caste


Dear Coachs Corner. By far their most cohesive and compelling release
33Glassjaw
Worship and Tribute


Radio Cambodia
34Russian Circles
Empros


Mladak. Memorial will probably take this place soon
35Thursday
No Devolucion


Gun in the First Act. It's nice they went out on such a strong note, and although the lyrics suffered from the short writing time, the music certainly didn't.
36Radiohead
Kid A


How to Disappear Completely. "this isn't real, this isn't happening"
37Dangers
Anger


We Have More Lies Than Sense. Oh, righteous anger at its finest
38Botch
We Are the Romans


Swimming the Channel. I won't lie, this has never had the impact on me that it has for so many others, including my bandmates, but its still cool
39Kamelot
The Black Halo


best powermetal
40The Flashbulb
Soundtrack to a Vacant Life


The First Rain and You. Hardly a vacant life by the sounds of it
41 Florence & and the Machine
Ceremonials


Shake it Out
42 Kendrick Lamar
Good Kid M.A.A.D. City


Swimming Pool
43The Jam
Sound Affects


This is Entertainment. Oh look, its an oldschool album!
44A Wilhelm Scream
Partycrasher


Boat Builders. My AOTY last year, and possibly better than Career Suicide
45 Yes, I'm Leaving
Mission Bulb


Creepy Man. One of the best bands in Sydney right now, and I was lucky enough to play my first ever show with them
46Number Girl
NUM-HEAVYMETALLIC


One of the most original bands out there
47 Crystal Castles
II


Baptism. Like with hip hop, electronic music isn't something I partake much, but Crystal Castles really are brilliant at creating a unique atmosphere
48 Captain, We're Sinking
The Future Is Cancelled


More Tequila, Less Joe. One of the most striking release of last year, and brilliant lyrics
49 Thrice
The Alchemy Index


Open Water. I'm classing the two releases as one
50Bon Iver
For Emma, Forever Ago


re:stacks
51Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas...


Storm
52Genghis Tron
Board Up the House


Board up the house. Unique and pummelling
53Gnarls Barkley
St. Elsewhere


Just a Thought
54The National
Trouble Will Find Me


I Need My Girl. This song is just too perfect
55Dance Gavin Dance
Downtown Battle Mountain


I Told Them I Invented.... the best use of his voice he even made
56Jimmy Eat World
Bleed American


A Praise Chorus. This is not in my top 3 of theirs, but still pretty great
57 Frank Turner
Love, Ire and Song


Jet Lagged.
58Converge
Axe to Fall


Losing Battle. Why is this so low? Because they've done better, repeatedly
59Bloc Party
Silent Alarm


Like Eating Glass. I get why this was a big deal at the time, but I got into them later and this a long time after that
60 Between the Devil and the Deep
Paper Spines


Paper Spines. Australias greatest post-hardcore band, featuring local legend Dave Drayton
61The Wonder Years
The Upsides


Hotels and Brothels. In many ways, this was their first real album after finding themselves, so while it wasn't as polished and brilliant as later work, its still fantastic.
62Neutral Milk Hotel
In the Aeroplane Over the Sea


Oh Comely
63Placebo
Meds


Because I Want You
64Deftones
Koi No Yokan


What Happened To You?
65Defeater
Empty Days and Sleepless Nights


Empty Glass. They really should have ended the story here, where it made sense
66Every Time I Die
New Junk Aesthetic


Wanderlust
67The Bled
Pass the Flask


Ruth Bezzi Better Watch Her Back. one of the best albums in its style
68Innerpartysystem
Innerpartysystem


This Town Your Grave. These boys put on one hell of a show, back when I chose to watch them obvlious to the existence of Poison the Well, ETID and Dillinger who were on at the same time
69letlive.
Fake History


This Mime (A Sex Story) if only they'd maintained the quality of production for blackest beautiful
70TK from Ling Tosite Sigure
flowering


Far more sonically expansive and laid back than his work with Sigure, but still immediately identifiable as him
71Editors
An End Has A Start


Push Your Head Towards Air
72Dirty Three
Ocean Songs


Deep Waters. Peaceful, beautiful, serene
73 Tool
10, 000 Days


Vicarious. It gets bogged down in the second half, but the first half is their best work to date
74Kings of Leon
Only By The Night


Closer. Yeah, they got overplayed but damn its still good
75mewithoutYou
Brother, Sister


a glass can only spill what it contains
76Brand New
Deja Entendu


Me vs Maradona vs Elvis. definitely their weakest of the three
77Gorillaz
Demon Days


Feel Good Inc.
78Darkest Hour
Deliver Us


Demon(s)
79 Million Dead
Song to Ruin


Breaking the Back. God, his lyrics. So good.
80Nine Inch Nails
Ghosts I-IV
81High On Fire
De Vermis Mysteriis


King of Days. dem riffz
82Safe Hands
Montenegro


Somnambulance. They're not exactly doing anything new but fuck do they do it well
83Comadre
Comadre


PARADISE MUST BE NICE!
84R.E.M.
Reveal


I've Been High. badly underrated album
85Poison the Well
Versions


Breathings for the Birds. One of the most important bands for me, this album is only kneecapped by weird production. But still highly invented and tightly written
86We Lost the Sea
The Quietest Place on Earth


A Quiet Place. RIP Chris Torpey
87Scar Symmetry
Holographic Universe


Holographic Universe. gloriously ridiculous
88 Maybeshewill
Sing the Word Hope in a Four-Part Harmony


History Will Be What We Make of It
89Rolo Tomassi
Astraea


Illuminare. They finally nailed everything they were trying to do
90Grimes
Visions


Skin
91Dance Gavin Dance
Downtown Battle Mountain II


Need Money. the production for this is so damn good
92Soilwork
Stabbing the Drama


Nerve. another gateway band and album
93Isis
In the Absence of Truth


Holy Tears
94Frank Turner
England Keep My Bones


Redemption. An inconsistent album, but this is absolutely his best song
95Frenzal Rhomb
Sans Souci


60, Beautiful and Mine
96 Ted Danson With Wolves
WWTDWWD?


Another fantastic Sydney band, noodly punk with sax solos and tongue in cheek lyrics
97 .9mm Parabellum Bullet
Termination


Butterfly Effect
98Team Sleep
Team Sleep


Our Ride to the Rectory
99 Keane
Hopes and Fears


Somewhere Only We Know. 14 year old me loved this and I still enjoy it
100 Alexisonfire
Crises


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