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06.24.12 Tunnel Of Love...06.03.12 Best Of The Best, Albums Full Of Feels

Best Of The Best, Albums Full Of Feels (current 5's)

Albums which effect my mood in such a way, that they have all earned well deserved 5 star ratings. Most seem to have a distinct "American" atmosphere, and even though I'm British, I've always found myself drawn to this vibe.
1Agalloch
Pale Folklore


I remember listening to this album right after watching the shining, and the mood being so perfect. Makes me think of campfires, and just generally being outdoors. Personal highlight would definitely have to be the Acoustic guitar break in As Embers Dress the Sky. Beautiful
2Agalloch
The Mantle


Agalloch's "hugest" album, really does feel like going on a joruney through mountain ranges, or something in similar in that vein.
3Bon Iver
Bon Iver, Bon Iver


For Emma, Forever Ago seemed like an album that would be impossible to follow up, a one off, yet somehow he managed to make his second album not just as good, but better. Absolutely wonderful, so peaceful. Blends many different sounds and textures together very cleverly. Clean sounding, like freshly fallen snow
4 Death Cab For Cutie


Sure, it may seem kind of cheesy in points, but I can't help but be incredibly moved on each listen. The build up in Transatlanticism is one of my favourite moments of any album ever
5Eddie Vedder
Into The Wild [Music For The Motion Picture]


My most played album on Itunes, incredible soundtrack to an incredible film. Every song is so irresistable. A short album, but one which feels "huge" in scope.
6Elliott Smith
XO


Really blew me away the first time I heard it. One of the albums which motivated me to delve further into singer-songwriter/indie territory
7Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas...


Wow, 90mins of the best post-rock put to tape. Huge climaxes, incredible use of samples and a generally very forbading atmosphere. The sample of the preacher and the subsequent build up after it = goosebumps every time
8Lucinda Williams
Car Wheels on a Gravel Road


Album cover sums up the mood of this album very nicely. Always makes me feel very reflective, Lucinda Williams really does have a very powerful voice.
9Modest Mouse
The Lonesome Crowded West


Bleak, expansive, two of the first words which come to mind when I think of this album. The album title gives a good indication as to what the atmosphere of this album is like. Lyrically stunning. Isaac Brock's guitar style and lyrics both in combination conjure up images of very lonely yet beautiful landscapes.
10Neil Young
After the Gold Rush


My favourite artist of the 70's, and what a way to begin the decade! Tell Me Why has got to be one of my favourite album openers of all time...
11Neil Young
Rust Never Sleeps


...and what a way to end the decade. Stunning, perfect mix of his singer- songwriter material and coutry tinged hard rock. Thrasher has to have some of my favourite lyrics.
12Nine Inch Nails
The Downward Spiral


Excellent portrayal of a man's descent into madness, and eventual suicide. A very moving album.
13Nirvana
MTV Unplugged in New York (DVD)


Perfect, best live DVD I've yet to see. Kurt Cobain makes a very good singer-songwriter. The Meat Puppets covers are awesome too!
14Pearl Jam
Ten


My favourite grunge album, so many memories connected with it. Release, my favourite song from the album, really shows how powerful and brilliant Eddie Vedder's voice is.
15R.E.M.
Automatic For the People


The peak of REM's career, a restrained somber album, with a very unique, expansive sound.
16Simon and Garfunkel
Bridge Over Troubled Water


Simon & Garfunkel's final album, and what a way to end their period of writing music together. Excellent songwriting and beautiful vocal harmonisations.
17Sufjan Stevens
Michigan


Sufjan Steven's sings about his home state to create an incredibly personal and moving album. Contains some of my favourite songs of all time with "Romulus", "Sleeping Bear, Sault Saint Marie" and "Oh God, Where Are You Now?" I have to say, it genuinely made my day when the average rating of this album went up from a 3.9 to a 4 after I 5'd it.
18Sufjan Stevens
Illinois


Possibly my favourite album of all time. "Casimir Pulaski Day" and "The Predatory Wasp of the Palisades" are 2 of the most heartbreaking songs I've yet to hear
19The Beach Boys
Pet Sounds


My favourite 60's album, Brian Wilson demonstrates just how incredibly tallented of a songwriter he is here.
20The Cure
Disintegration


So dark and hypnotic, perfect night time music. Robert Smith's voice is incredibly intimate, and he delivers his very personal lyrics perfectly
21The Smashing Pumpkins
Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness


Very diverse album, which contains a great balance of The Smashing Pumpkins' unique style of alternative rock and more dream-pop inspired moments. "Here is no Why", "Galapogos", "Muzzle", "Thru the Eyes of Ruby" and "By Starlight" all rank among my favourite songs of the 90's
22Tool
Aenima


Tool's most cohesive and best album, flows brilliantly and has an excellent dark, and ultimately very distinct feel.
23Sun Kil Moon
Ghosts of the Great Highway


Mark Kozelek's magnum opus, I think someone on RYM summed up this album perfectly by saying that it's like music to go with some incredibly long ending credits of a moving film. Conjures up a very "midwestern" atmosphere
24Townes Van Zandt
Townes Van Zandt


Townes Van Zandt was very much the troubled genius, and with this album he recorded some very bleak and expressive Country/Americana music
25Weezer
Pinkerton


Baisically my go-to album for every time I do something cringeworhty in trying to win over a girl I like
26Wolves in the Throne Room
Diadem of 12 Stars


I remember walking back to my house through the woods at night, in the rain. It was at that moment the album suddenly clicked.
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