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|Albums That Changed The Way I Listen|
Also known as my 5s. But each of these albums are 5s because they
somehow changed the way I listen to music.
Sung Tongs is Animal Collective's most human and affecting album, the album
in which you really got a sense of who they were. (Which is kind of odd when
you think about it, since it was recorded completely by Panda Bear and Avey
|2||Belle and Sebastian|
If You're Feeling Sinister
Belle and Sebastian's best work transcends "twee" and shoots straight for the
sublime. "Nobody was saying anything of interest / she fell asleep" is one of the
most heartbreaking statements of apathy ever put on record.
Arguably the album that showed me that pop music could feel genuine,
Vespertine is the sound of winter, infused with warmth. When her voice cracks
ever so slightly as she repeats "I love him", over and over, you feel something
inexplicably powerful, and when she sings "let's unite tonight" in the stunningly
lush closer, you feel encompassed by her love for humanity.
Me and this album go way back. I can still remember the first time I heard "Life
on Mars", how weirdly moving it was. Or the first time I listened to "Andy
Warhol" with headphones, trying to make something out of the inscrutability of
the opening. Now, whenever confronted with a conundrum, I say to myself,
"Warhol. As in holes."
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
This sticks out like a sore thumb, since it's such a recent album. But My
Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is the sound of resurrection (hello, that's a
PHOENIX on the album cover), every ugly and narcissistic aspect of it. It's the
sound of West baring his soul. And then tweeting about it.
Every little sound on this record, every indecipherable lyric, is more important
than any of the extramusical bullshit people have piled onto Kid A. Not that that
bullshit is completely irrelevant, but come on, Radiohead have always been
frightened of technology while embracing it, warning of the impending
apocalypse while writing gorgeous soundtracks to it. And so instead of hearing
all of that, I just listen to the music, because that's what really sets Kid A apart.
"That there, that's not me." No, but it's beautiful.
|7|| ||Sigur Ros|
With their second album, Sigur Ros created something both visceral and slow-
burning. Every extended vowel sound and bowed guitar burrowed deep into our
heads and captivated us. I still lie in the dark playing "Svefn-g-Englar" as loud
as I can, getting completely lost in the sound of it. Absolutely sublime.
Different Trains/Electric Counterpoint
I first heard "Different Trains" in 2005, at a live performance with the Kronos
Quartet. It was accompanied by a film, which felt extraneous but didn't detract
from the intensely emotional qualities of the music. At first, I was struck by the
novelty of using spoken phrases as melodic roots, but slowly, as the piece
unfolded, I became more enamored with the way this music breathed, the way
it felt so naked and uninhibited while retaining a distinct, rigid edge.
Since I Left You
The kind of record that sounds like everything in the world, and nothing else.
The White Album was my first Beatles album, and although it was at first an off-
putting listen (no one's going to deny that it's a bit of a slog at times), I now
feel lucky that it was my introduction to the band. Had I started with, say,
Abbey Road, I might have approached The White Album with more trepidation.
Instead, I dove right into the thorny, immersing myself in "Revolution 9" and
"Wild Honey Pie" and loving every moment of it. A diverse musical collage if I
ever heard one.
Everybody makes a big deal about how Karin's voice is altered in Silent Shout,
but nobody ever really mentions the lyrics, the way they evoke the
claustrophobia of everyday existence, the way they capture vaguely feminist
sentiments without beating you over the head with them. Silent Shout is a
harrowing listen, yes, but it's also an enlightening one.
The Glow Pt.2
This strange patchwork quilt of an album is absolutely beguiling. You try to
comprehend it, to figure it out, but it doesn't really matter, because it's
gorgeous in its inscrutability. This is music that you live in, that you don't just
hear with your ears but that you feel in every fiber of your body. I'm left with
my heads pressed between speakers, crying, laughing, swept away by
something beautiful and haunting and moving and absolutely fucking amazing.
|ugh, has ANYBODY ever been able to get the artwork for 7 to work? :C|
Anyways, I have no idea why I decided to do this today..just realized that the albums I picked for 5s were albums that had a huge impact on the way I listen to music.
|all quality albums altho i dont like kanye west. don't know what it is. =/|
|Love all of these, except 2 which I haven't listened to yet. 6,7,11 are definite 5s for me|
|I lol'd @ 5. |
Moar metal please.
|ugh, how predictable|
i was going to say inb4 moar metal but i realized that it would be pretty fucking redundant
|wheres the metal|
|jk list needs more pitchfork faggotry|
|yeah fuck this|
|yeah fuck errthang|
|hey pitchfork get some things right|
|have you guys talking about how much pitchfork sucks and how this is all "pitchfork bullshit" even listened to these albums :C|
|I have listen to a few of them. Were ok to good.|
|oh look tired p4k gripes.|
list is extremely solid conrad.
2, 4, 7, 9 & 10 all were life changers for me as well. Nice : )
|kanye west changed your life|
|Nice list except 5 imo.|
I found 5 to be a waste of my time but I'm done beating that drum.
|5 didn't really change my life|
like i said, it sticks out like a sore thumb
i'm pretty sure that it did mark a turning point in my listening though as i didn't really take rap terribly seriously until that record came and fucked with all of my expectations for it
|the lyrics on 'if youre feeling sinister' are consistently some of my favourites ever|
|Fantastic list, dude. And I agree with you on a lot of them, especially Kid A. Also, The Avalanches. |
|Bomb list man. 3 is my favorite here|
|So similar too my 5's|
|interesting list and descriptions. i agree with kanye west for sure.|
|all of these i would love to write 5 reviews at some point|
aside from #5, since i already have :3
|I love this list... even though something in the punk / ensuing subgenres would be nice additions in the future|
|this is a really good list|
fucking p4k haters again eeurhg
|kanye west is hip hop for white people thats why you liked it|
|I've never listened to Vespertine or If You're Feeling Sinister. Should I change this?|
|I was sold on them until that damn 'maybe...'|
|Pretty nice list. Check out The Antlers-Hospice, I could see you liking it quite a bit.|
|nice call on the avalanches. i dont care for kanye west. |
|5 is so overrated. |
|I love 4, 6 and 10 and although I don't have 3 I've got a live version from that tour which is just amazingly good.|
|why do so many white people like 5|
|lol at dimmu fags giving this list shit.|
|Nice list, I'll have to check out 2 and 8.|
|I might have to look at the Beatles more but I really think their a tad overrated. |
Seriously, they're the only band that deserve the insane amount of praise they receive. They're responsible for writing the world's greatest pop songs and blending commercial viability/melodicism and experimentalism more successfully than any other band. I'll admit, a lot of people like to give them credit for creating genres they didn't (psychedelic music existed before "Sgt. Peppers"), but as it stands, no band as commercially successful as The Beatles have exhibited the same amount of creativity (hell, there aren't many bands as creative as The Beatles were).
And above all else, I could count on one hand just how many Beatles songs AREN'T infectiously catchy. Consistent doesn't even begin to describe how great of songwriters they were.
|^ no. |
|^well, you make a good point.|