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10 Favourite Albums Of All Time (for Now)

These are 10 Albums that have shaped the way I listen to music and are never far from repeat rron my iPod.
1 Guns n' Roses
Appetite for Destruction


Admittedly, I don't listen to this album all that much anymore, but it says something when I will drop whatever I am doing (regardless of what I am doing) and rock out to any song off this album. Every lyric, every vocal inflection, every guitar riff, every production quirk, I have listened to this album enough to know what is coming and exactly when. It also never fails to bring back a flood of high-school memories. Good times.
2Alice in Chains
Facelift


While I'll admit it's not as good an album as the follow-up Dirt, Facelift managed to be heavy and angry while occasionally letting AiC's sense of humour shine through in a way that their other albums never did. Definitely their most "fun" listen and my gateway into the world of grunge.
3 King's X
Gretchen Goes to Nebraska


This album sparked an epic spending spree that ended with me buying 5 King's X albums off iTunes. Easily the biggest amount of money I've spent on music in a single day. An incredibly rewarding album that shows that music can be fun, intelligent, cathartic and artful, all at the same time.
4 Spock's Beard
Snow


I originally bought this album for a friend of mine as kind of a twisted joke (he had albinism you see), but ended up listening to it a hell of a lot more than he did. I listened to it almost everyday while commuting across Los Angeles for my job and every listen brought out new details that I had missed before. Every time I travel it's time to cue me up some Snow.
5AC/DC
Highway to Hell


There's not much to choose from between Highway to Hell and Back in Black and my favourite ACDC song (You shook me all night long) is actually on the latter, but Highway to Hell still gets the nod because Bon Scott just seems like a much more fun guy than Brian Johnson and makes his incorrigible hedonism seems far more more fun and far less cynical than Johnson's.
6A Perfect Circle
Mer de Noms


About as darkly beautiful an album as there is. Billy Howedel's ability to create lush and dangerously beautiful sonic landscapes rarely ceases to amaze me. That Maynard James Keenan guy is a pretty decent singer too.
7Opeth
Blackwater Park


No offense to Opeth or their fans, but you really only need one Opeth album, and this is it. It manages to combine the best attributes of all of other Opeth albums into one orgiastic whole. Most than a collection of individual songs, this album almost seems to play like one long epic sonata, with individual passages differing from each other in their intensity and emotion. This template would also sadly come to define Opeth which every one of their subsequent albums almost seeming like an imitation of Blackwater Park.
8Alice in Chains
Jar of Flies


Simple, sparse, haunting and devastatingly beautiful, Jar of Flies came out of left field for Alice in Chains. A (mostly) acoustic EP from possibly the heaviest and most metallic of the grunge big four, Jar of Flies turned grunge from a fashion statement into an artistic statement.
9 Def Leppard
Vault


I was a pretty well-adjusted teenager in high school. All I really wanted to do was party, play sports, play guitar and get girls. The angst didn't really set in until I went to college. However, Vault was the soundtrack to my high school years, setting the tone for all the lovesickness, troublemaking and general tomfoolery. Eventually I outgrew it, just like I outgrew my teenage self, but I'll always have a soft spot for it.
10India.Arie
Acoustic Soul


My first college girlfriend gave me this album as a birthday present. I didn't think much of it because \m/ and whatnot. However, it started to grow on me to the point where I would catch myself randomly and awkwardly singing lyrics from it. Undeniably infectious acoustic neo-soul vibey-ness.
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