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|Best Emotionally Desperate Albums|
Musicians have been infusing their music with emotional desperation for centuries. But in the rrealm of rock music, it wasn't until the Birthday Party came along in the early 80's that nearly rpsychotic levels of emotional turmoil were sonically unleashed into the world. Since then, rthere have been a number of albums that are perfect for those times when you want to die or rget a lobotomy. (Interestingly, none of the titles on this list are emo, even though I like a fair ramount of emo music) Comments are desperately wanted, because I am an emotionally rdesperate person
|1|| ||The Birthday Party|
Mutiny/The Bad Seed
When Nick Cave repeatedly screams the word "Love" in "Fears of Gun" you can
feel that he is simultaneously revolted by that emotion and desperately desirous
of it. "Swampland" features the most feral, soot caked and throat scorchingly
long scream I have ever heard
|2|| ||Dazzling Killmen|
The Face of Collapse
Nick Sakes is the only vocalist who has almost matched Nick Cave in terms of
soul strangling intensity. Here he is backed by a musically dextrous band that
constructs claustrophobic dungeons of sound where your personal demons hunt
you down and dare you to stab them in the face. The last thirty seconds of this
album make you feel like you are being strangled to death (minus the physical
pain, of course)
|3||Modern Life Is War|
When you're 16 you don't know what forever means.
When you are 23 you couldn't be more sorry to say.
That after all this growing up together all the good has gone away.
Sometimes the boys that should be yours best friends become strangers with
Just don't tell me that it's all too far gone...
That they weren't meant to live on...
And don't let go.
Swans Are Dead
On this monumental double live CD, Swans took older songs that were already
heart wrenchingly beautiful and inflated them to operatic lengths. Multiple 15+
min epics make this one of the only albums I own that is desperate and
sorrowful for the entire duration, with no "upbeat" moments or strange
detours. This is the kind of album I need when I want full immersion into the
haunted regions of my past so that I may understand their meanings
|5|| ||...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead|
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Not their best (that would be "The Century of Self"), but their most emotionally
desperate. See, Trail of Dead didn't fall into the trap of making emotionally
desperate albums past the age of thirty, as that usually doesn't seem to work
(there are exceptions, some on this list). I'm looking at you Dave Grohl and
aging metal core bands.
Turn on the Bright Lights
More majestically melancholy and soul stirring than any Joy Division album or
song (and Paul Banks is a much better singer than Ian Curtis)
Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space
Drug fueled highs alternate with hell scraping comedowns, but always always
always there is the resplendent romantic longing. "Cop Shoot Cop" sounds like a
hymnal voodoo dirge for the funeral of an entire rehab clinic
The waves are crashing all through the city. Let them envelop you and whirl
you down into the beatific depths of aquatic catatonia
On My Way to Absence
A lot of this album is fairly laid back, but there is always a profound desperation
boiling beneath the surface. And the songs "I Am the Mountain" and "A Jealous
Heart Is A Heavy Heart" could not be more achingly haunting
|10|| ||Norma Jean|
Not necessarily their best, but their most self-mutilation friendly
|"ut in the rrealm of rock music, it wasn't until the Birthday Party came along in the early 80's that nearly rpsychotic levels of emotional turmoil were sonically unleashed into the world"|
you dumb. really dumb
|norma jean feels pretty out of place|
|titus andronicus! |
|^he's right but this list has some really cool albums|
so many singer/songwriters would fall under this category too.
|panopticon > oceanic|
not by much though
|I believe alcest-ecailles should get a nod|
|la dispute dude|
|In before Pillowwantsyoursoul|
The Angelic Process-Weighing Souls with Sand.
Christ, I used to hail Oceanic as the most amazingly emotional album in existence. But The Angelic Process just take it to a completely different dimension.
|Surprised not to see Jane Doe on here. |
|"More majestically melancholy and soul stirring than any Joy Division album or song (and Paul Banks is a much better singer than Ian Curtis)" this is really stupid thing to say.|
|21st Century Breakdown|
|3 is awesome|
|Lacks Converge, Sunny Day Real Estate, The Saddest Landscape, Elliott Smith, Nick Drake, Brand New, and Anal Cunt. |
|even though i'm not a huge fan of the album (yet), you apparently haven't heard Warning - Watching From a Distance|
|Mewithoutyou- A To B Life|
Bon Iver- For Emma, Forever Ago
The Saddest Landscape- You Will Not Survive
|"The Angelic Process-Weighing Souls with Sand."|
this album is like the greatest thing ever. for real.
|I listened to it again last night, full volume with all the lights off. I swear to god, my soul is literally rended in two by that album. Angylus' vocals are so hauntingly, hopelessly desperate. It's probably my favourite album of all time; I can't decide between it or Oceanic. I wish I could locate a vinyl of it somewhere.|
|la dispute nigger... and no converge makes you a double nigger|