Alex Kugaczewski

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My Favorite Things, Pt 1.

Everyone has albums that speak to them on an remotional level, albums they consider "perfect," or rrecords that are just unbelievable from beginning to rend. These are some of mine.
1Bob Dylan
Blood on the Tracks

Without a doubt, this is my favorite album. Dylan's lyrics are on another level, and the sheer emotional weight of each track is astounding. Every song on this album has hit me like a sack of bricks on multiple occasions.
Shadows of the Sun

One of the most haunting, atmospheric records I've ever heard. Sure, Perdition City is brilliant, but Ulver outdid themselves with this one. It's easy to imagine the darkened, orange sky on the cover floating over barren wastes. Beautiful stuff.
Still Life

Devastating riffs? Check. Incredible growls? Check. Great songwriting? Check. Still Life improved on everything that My Arms, Your Hearse did so well, and is the band's crowning achievement. Also, Mikael's death- rap in Serenity Painted Death.
4Led Zeppelin
Physical Graffiti

Many will argue that Zeppelin peaked with II or IV, but neither of those albums encompass everything Zeppelin was quite like this expansive, incredible double album did. It doesn't hurt having In My Time of Dying, either.
In Rainbows

Kid A. Ok Computer. Both albums are classics, but I'd have to give a slight edge to In Rainbows. It was my first exposure to the band, and hit me immediately. It's stayed in constant rotation since my first listen back in 07.
Times of Grace

Raining hellfire, screaming winds, and crumbling buildings never sounded so good. Welcome to the end of the world.

It's so, so easy to get lost in this album lying on in bed with the lights out. Everything sort of congeals together into some weird, beautiful dream. One of the best art rock albums ever recorded.
8The National
High Violet

One of Sputnik's staples for good reason. Berninger is an incredible frontman, able to hit you exactly where it hurts the most. Bloodbuzz Ohio, Afraid of Everyone, and Conversation 16 are devastating.
9John Coltrane
A Love Supreme

Coltrane said he composed this album as a tribute to god. I don't doubt that at all. It's an utterly brilliant, impassioned record that demands multiple listens, and even more listens after that.
10The Tallest Man on Earth
The Wild Hunt

The best modern folk album of the past five years. Matsson's incredible vocals and stunning guitar work are perfectly supported by the strength of his songwriting.
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