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My Top 15 Albums

Spent a long time pondering this before I finally realized I would never be able to let go of these particular records.
15Manic Street Preachers
The Holy Bible


The thread for this album from last year was probably the most fun I ever had on
sputnik. Greatest album of all time lyrically, and the music ain't half bad either
(surprisingly enough, there are 3 or 4 RIPPING guitar solos on here). James Dean
Bradfield is one of the finest vocalists I've ever come across. Best track: 4st 7lb. 5
YoYo points.
14Unwound
Leaves Turn Inside You


Absolutely massive, showcasing a band reaching their peak and falling down the
mountain at the exact same time. Bleakness, bleakness everywhere. Absolutely
brilliant guitar and bass work and just overall unbelievably cohesive. Best track:
Demons Sing Love Songs. 5/5 YoYo points.
13Rush
Permanent Waves


This was the beginning of my musical revolution, taking me away from '90s
alternative radio (which still ruled) to much broader horizons. The technicality on
here made my jaw drop upon first listen and it occasionally still does. Best track:
Jacob's Ladder. 5/5 YoYo points.
12Black Sabbath
Master Of Reality


My introduction to metal. Still the greatest metal album ever produced, and in a
super metal fashion because its heaviness stems from 2 severed fingertips. Best
track: Into The Void. 5/5 YoYo points.
11Nick Drake
Pink Moon


The power of these songs is incredibly unexpected to a new listener. Drake's
hypnotic baritone and stunning picking techniques, chord structures, and other
acoustic wizardry propel this album to a realm where it now exists among the greats.
Best track: Place To Be. 5/5 YoYo points.
10Slint
Spiderland


One of those albums that's absolutely impossible to talk about because it literally
leaves you speechless. Not of this earth. Best track: Don, Aman. 5/5 YoYo points.
9Boards Of Canada
Geogaddi


Entrancing, captivating, horrifying, Scottish. All words to describe the greatest
electronic album known to Scotland. Best track: Corsair. 5/5 YoYo points.
8Pink Floyd
Wish You Were Here


One of the densest and most mesmerizing records ever released. Floyd knew how to
get you to shut up and listen, and this can be viewed as the last time the band ever
really "worked together" before Waters grabbed the reins so hard the horse died of
asphyxiation. Best track: Shine On You Crazy Diamond. 5/5 YoYo points.
7Devin Townsend
Ocean Machine: Biomech


Remember when I said Master Of Reality is the greatest metal album ever? It is. This
is something else entirely. Not of this ocean. Best track: Seventh Wave. 6/5 YoYo
points.
6Modest Mouse
The Moon & Antarctica


When it comes to lyrics, this is the only record to come close to The Holy Bible. The
songs on here range from crazy hillbilly riot soundtracks ("A Different City") to
contemplative acoustic laments ("Wild Pack Of Family Dogs") Best Track: Paper Thin
Walls. 7/5 YoYo points.
5Soundgarden
Superunknown


The first full-length album I ever listened to. Still holds weight after all these years.
Best track: 4th Of July. 1776/5 YoYo points.
4Elliott Smith
Figure 8


Billy Corgan's music may have been therapeutic for me, but Elliott Smith's lyrics
have defined a whole new stage in my life. This album is unlike anything else in his
discography, with Smith creating the greatest pop music ever as well as churning out
several acoustic gems. This album as well as every other record in the top 3 dragged
me through the most difficult time in my life to date, and I don't know where I would
be without them. Best track: Can't Make A Sound. Figure 8/5 YoYo points.
3Dinosaur Jr.
You're Living All Over Me


"Go to somebody's house. Sit there for a while. Come home. Watch All My Children.
Go to sleep."-J Mascis. Best track: The Lung. Murph/5 YoYo points.
2The National
Alligator


Another one of my top 3 lyrical albums of all time. This record has such an incredible
voice to it, it's like its own separate entity. I've never heard something with such
personality. Best track: The Geese Of Beverly Road. 2 Sets Of Headphones/5 YoYo
points.
1Smashing Pumpkins
Siamese Dream


Duh. Best Track: All Of Them. ?/5 YoYo points.
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