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Top 10 Favorite Albums (currently)

Albums that I currently either listen to or respect the most.
1Between the Buried and Me
Colors


This has been the reigning king of my top ten albums list for two and a half years now. My appreciation has only grown for it over time. It's unwieldy in its massiveness and ambition and it can even be ridiculously flowery at times, but I can't help but just love this album.
2Converge
Jane Doe


Yep, I'm one of those guys, too.
3Thrice
Vheissu


The realization that this album is a 5 sort of snuck up on me. I've had it for years and always found it to be pretty mediocre. Things started to click when I discovered how absolutely mind-blowing Stand And Feel Your Worth is, and then everything fell into place from there.
4Rage Against the Machine
The Battle of Los Angeles


I find their debut hard to get into because of the thin production (though it is a classic in its own right) and I think Evil Empire is downright lazy, but this is a perfect album. Testify, Guerilla Radio and Calm Like A Bomb are just the first three tracks and they are all absolutely phenomenal, and the album just carries on in the same fashion for the rest of its length.
5Underoath
Define the Great Line


A mammoth production. I can't help but adore Underoath for following up TOCS with this. One can't deny that the thing is massively heavy; heavy enough to scare away a good chunk of the wannabe emo fans they gained with TOCS. Where they lost fans in that area, they gained a huge amount of respect from the adult musical community with this album and catapulted themselves into the spotlight as a legitimately formidable heavy act.
6The Dear Hunter
Act II: the Meaning of...


Saw these guys live with Thrice and fell in love. Bought the album and was disappointed, but slowly and surely grew to love it. So dense and ambitious yet marvelously successful. I'll also take it over Act III any day.
7Thrice
The Artist In The Ambulance


Basically the same story as Battle of LA. Just a solid album with a plethora of classic songs (Under A Killing Moon, Silhouette, Stare At The Sun, Paper Tigers, Melting Point of Wax, Abolition of Man, Don't Tell And We Won't Ask). Always an enjoyable listen.
8Between the Buried and Me
The Silent Circus


Best one-two punch opening to a record I've heard (Lost Perfection A+B). Best breakdown I've heard is found in part B (death is in the air). The Man Land rivals Jane Doe as the best closing track to an album ever.
9My Chemical Romance
Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge


Had this at a 4.5 for a while purely because of I'm Not Okay (I loathe that song) but I just can't help giving this a 5 because everything else is so great (especially the last quarter with Thank You For the Venom, Hang Em High, Not a Fashion Statement, Cemetery Drive and I Never Told You What I Do For a Living).
10From A Second Story Window
Delenda


I've never heard a record reach the peak of dynamic perfection that this album does from time to time. It's too chaotic to pick out any individual songs, and a couple songs are even somewhat mediocre, but this album hits a note of pure, visceral motion and mood that I haven't quite been able to find in any other.
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