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Emotional Connections

This list includes albums that I could connect to the most. They inspire or fit well with certain emotions that I had at the time. What's your most emotional album? For me, I connect best with sad music. Other times, I connect well with hopeful sounding music. Lastly, there are those albums that sound the best to me when I am upset. Here are 26 that I feel a strong connection with:
1Jets To Brazil
Orange Rhyming Dictionary

When I switched schools, I rarely kept in touch with old friends because I quickly made new ones at my new school. However, the one friend that I still talked to, Sam, would always talk about music with me whenever he was bored which I always enjoyed. One day, it had been a while since we had talked and I was ready for a super long list of music from him that he thought I should check out but instead he just sent me one album, and it was this one. I had never heard of the Australian band Jets To Brazil, but their blend of solid alternative rock songs and beautiful acoustic tracks really interested me. I fell in love with a song on the album called "Sea Anemone". Also, the last song on the album, "Sweet Avenue". They are both very special songs that make me think of the days spent at my old school with Sam and all of my other friends.
Title of Record

The weekend after my dad told my mom he wanted a divorce, I was a pretty upset kid. Obviously. I didn't know what to think. Anyways, I had made a promise that I would go up to Iowa with my dad to watch an ISU game. I thought that maybe some football would take my mind off of things at home, so I piled into the car on Friday night and we made the three and a half hour drive up there. On the way, my dad barely spoke to me. He had brought a stack of Filter CD's. By the time we returned on Sunday, back to KC, we had exhausted Filter's discography. I never figured out why my dad was so set on Filter at that time in his life, but during the trip one album stuck out to me the most, Title of Record. "It's Gonna Kill Me", "Take A Picture", "I'm Not The Only One", and "Captain Bligh" are songs that I still really enjoy listening to, to this day, but they always drum up memories of that trip.
Electro-Shock Blues

E, the frontman of Eels had a rough life. As soon as he began to be a recognized guy in the industry he had to deal with a whole lot. His mom died during the recording process of his first album and soon after he lost his sister. These events led up to the release of Electro-Shock Blues. An album painted with emotion. I wouldn't be doing it much justice if I tried to summarize it. If you haven't heard it already, I would give it a listen.
4Calvin Harris
I Created Disco

You folks may know Calvin Harris as the electronic producer who does similar work to David Guetta. He lays down a sick electronic track and collabs. with massive stars like Rihanna to pump out electronic pop music that the hit music station immediately grabs and overplays until we all just want to fucking scream. But that's not how I view him. Or, at least that's not all he used to be. I Created Disco is Calvin's debut album and it is a whole lot of fun. It's funny. It's damn good party music too. On this album, on almost every song, he drops some heavy bass over some memorable synth lines and silly vocals. I listen to this CD when I am in a good mood and I never fail to include a couple songs from it on my party playlists. Recs: "Neon Rocks", "Merrymaking At My Place", and "Colours"
Wonder What's Next

Purely an album that I love to listen to when I am angry, Chevelle's "Wonder What's Next" sparked there mainstream success and my love for them. From the opening brutal guitar riff of "Family System" to the end, I love the album all the way through. This album is probably my favorite harder rock album of all time. I listen to it when I lift weights. I listened to it when I had to run the mile in high school each year as a test in physical education. I listened to it when I mowed the lawn because I had to have music that was ridiculously loud so that I could hear it over the drone of the riding mower engine. This album is full of all those memories/emotions from the days that I happened to listen to it. Each song seems to pull up a different year, a different location, and a different season for me.

The first CD I ever bought was the Gorillaz s/t CD and so I always followed the band closely with each release. Unlike most fans, D-Sides ended up being my favorite. Songs like "68 State", "Hong Kong" and "Kids With Guns (Hot Chip Remix)" are some of my favorite songs by the band. The whole album has dark and ominous overtones... (for me atleast) ... I don't know why I feel that way about it, perhaps it is just the menacing album cover. Haha.

"Cochise", "Show Me How To Live", and "Gasoline" are the best songs on this album hands down. This album makes me want to do one thing and one thing only: DRIVE FAST. Those three songs are some of the best driving songs around, along with The Black Keys and some heavy NIN maybe? Ah, maybe I will make a driving list sometime. I always include those songs when I burn a CD for a long drive. There's not too much more to say about this album... Other than the fact that I LOVE Chris Cornell's voice. So unique. So great.

My dad was never a big Beck fan but I convinced him to pick Guero up, a couple days after it came out, on his way home from work. I had gone in to the AFB that day with him to play some golf with my buddies, but they had all gotten rides back with someone else. So when we were driving back listening to Guero, we got to spend a little bit of time listening to music together, which rarely happens. Guero is a weird album, but isn't all of Beck's material weird? YES. I would suggest the songs "E-pro", "Girl", "Hell Yes", and "Rental Car". Those were our favorites. I let my dad hang on to the CD after I ripped it to my laptop, but I wonder if he ever pulls it out and remembers the day when we first listened to it together.
9Ben Folds Five
The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner

I have always LOVED Ben Folds' piano playing and his hilarious personality. I would probably say that I enjoy listening to his solo career better than when he was with the Five, but that doesn't mean his Five material is garbage - far from it. The Unauthorized Bio... is an album I picked up at Hastings for $3.99 because of its age and lack of popularity. It was tossed in a sale bin carelessly but I was quite excited when I found it for such a low price. I drove home in the dark letting the notes of "Magic" wash over me. I always think back to that night drive when I play this album and the girl I was with at the time floats into my head. Music is so nostalgic.
10Bright Eyes
I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning

When my dad got re-married I acquired a few step-siblings, one-being a step- brother. I wasn't sure about the whole situation at first because things were a little awkward. However, when we began to talk about music, things got a lot more chill between us. I remember asking him his favorite album and he told me two. This one.. and the one right below it on this list. Everytime I listen to this album, which I learned to love, and hear Conor Oberst's angelic vocals and incomparable songwriting I will think of my stepbrother and silently thank him for introducing me to such lovely collection of music.
11Counting Crows
August And Everything After

If you haven't read the entry above, I would recommend doing so before reading THIS entry. Although I had heard a couple songs off of Counting Crows' debut album, I had never given it a full listen until my step-brother, Matt, suggested it. It opened my eyes to the true talent of the band and it also replaced Hard Candy as my favorite Counting Crows album. It IS filled with songs that lean to the sadder side, and is good for a rainy day. I don't listen to a whole lot of mainstream alternative rock anymore, but on the occasion I do, it's usually this album.
12Death Cab For Cutie

"Title and Registration". That song is the main reason I chose to include Transatlanticism, even though there are a large number of other great songs from this album. Ben Gibbard's vocals beautifully fall over a simple guitar riff and a bumping drum loop. When that chorus comes in, you know it is something special. Another downer album that makes me think about my life and the future. Am I keeping myself from being as happy as I can be?
13Elliott Smith
Elliott Smith

The s/t album of Elliott Smith is arguably his darkest album. Songs like "Christian Brothers" and "St. Ides Heaven" will remain favorites as long as I live. Elliott writes lyrics like no one else can and really knows how to draw the emotions out of me. There is a place in my heart and a story in my head for ever song.

Grandaddy, another band, that you may not have heard of is a lo-fi, space-rock, alternative band centered around frontman Jason Lytle. His voice is higher-pitched than most and beautifully unique. His vocals are ultimately my favorite part. The first song I heard by Grandaddy is "Now It's On", the opener of this album. My favorite song on the album is, "The Warming Sun", a mellower track. (Lyrics: But in real life... You're in another world; You're with another guy) Guys, I am sure most of us have been in that situation before. Beautiful song right there, beautiful album as a whole.
In Rainbows

Even though Radiohead is one of the bands that belongs on a "most-influential", "most-unique", etc. list, I decided to include it in this list because there is a story that goes along with it. About a week before my dad moved out, he came home from his job at the AFB and he came up to my room. He said he stopped by the BX because they were having a huge music sale. (At the time, the music that I listened to was mainstream rock like Foo Fighters.) So he continued on to say that I may not like this album, but Radiohead was a HUGE band that all of the music critics love. I know it's sad that I was young enough to where the first I had heard of Radiohead was with such a late album in their discography. He gave me the CD and left. I put it in and sat on my bed. I listened to it all the way through two times in a row. It was unlike any CD I had ever heard before, he was right. It was years later before I even indulged in Kid A, or OK Computer because I was content with In Rainbows. I listened the FUCK out of that CD. It probably is the tightest emotional bond that I have on the entire list. Anyways, being more specific, let's talk about the song "Nude." It is my favorite Radiohead song to this day. It sent me into a spiraling depression and helped me to climb back out. I don't know where I would be without that song. If you have speakers with good bass, "Nude" sounds blissfully awesome. I hope I get the chance to thank Colin Greenwood in person one day for his bass riff in that song because it makes me feel like none other. "Now that you've found it, it's gone... Now that you feel it, you don't... So don't get any big ideas... They're not gonna happen..."
16This Will Destroy You
This Will Destroy You

I almost always include my favorite post rock album in my lists, but it is for good reason. If you haven't heard it yet, you have GOT to check it out. Songs like "Villa Del Refugio", "The Mighty Rio Grande", and "We Move On Tracks of Never Ending Light" are so full of emotion. Hopefulness, sadness, amazement, awe... they inspire so many feelings that well up inside.
17Elliott Smith

Again with the Elliott Smith. There is not a whole lot to be said about the guy. He committed suicide as well in the early '03. Another great musical mind that had so much left to contribute. He wrote music like "Needle In The Hay" from his s/t album that is purely about shootin' dat heroin, which ultimately came to be a large part of his life. I feel bad for the guy. When I am sad, Elliott Smith is usually what I will listen to first. Either/Or is my favorite album of his. A reason that I like Either/Or best is because the production is a lot higher quality than his first s/t album. "2:45 a.m." is an excellent song to listen to at 2:45 a.m. by the way.
18LCD Soundsystem
This Is Happening

"Dance Yrself Clean". The first track on This Is Happening is the main reason why I decided to include it. That song is just fucking orgasmic. Whenever I hear it I want to dance, I want to ski (because of JP Auclair's Street Segment ski video that this song was included in). When I got my first car, a 2001 Toyota Solara, my buddy and I realized how kick-ass of a speaker system it had (suprisingly) and so we loaded up a CD with some hard hitting bass lines. This song was track 1 because somewhere around 3 mins. 20 secs. This song goes nuts. One of my favorites songs of all time. Definitely a fun one.
19Massive Attack

When I got into longboarding, I used to load up my iPod with new music I downloaded that I hadn't had a chance to listen to yet, so that when I got into town, I could board around and listen to some new tunes. I had heard previous releases of Massive Attack and thought they were pretty incredible, but none struck a chord like Heligoland did. Especially the songs: "Pray For Rain", "Psyche", and "Paradise Circus". I remember the clouds were thick that day, and no matter how much fun I was having on my new board, the songs were bringing me down. And sometimes when that happens, I fall in love with them.
The Sophtware Slump

Another Grandaddy album. Yeah. I like 'em. Jason Lytle is a musical genius in my mind. I would definitely recommend his two solo albums as well. This "sophomore" album of Grandaddy means just as much to me as their third album above. I will always keep my Grandaddy music on my iPod. It's too bad their music is so hard to describe, but there really is no way to summarize accurately how it makes me feel.
21Bon Iver
Bon Iver, Bon Iver

My ex-girlfriend, Morgan, was a huge Bon Iver fan. Our relationship's song (however cheesy that may be) was "Skinny Love." We chose that song because we both loved it and even though it is sad, and about a teetering relationship, we embraced it as our own. I never would've guessed that song's meaning would come in play to the future of our relationship. When we broke up, I couldn't bear to listen to For Emma, Forever Ago (Bon Iver's first album) for a long time afterword, so I moved onto his second album. Filled with memories of my first love, my ears rang with Justin Vernon's voice as it all become much too familiar. Still, a lovely album, it was a picture book of memories, in song form.
22Third Eye Blind
Third Eye Blind

Third Eye Blind's s/t album is a perfect album in my eyes. There are no bad songs. And to be honest, that is an extremely hard for me to say, because I am usually very critical. Almost always, I can pick out a couple songs that I wouldn't care to listen to again. That is not the case with this album. It is chock-full of hits as well as songs that the average listener may not have heard on the radio before. The tone of this album is a melancholy one, when the guys at 3EB aren't rocking out. I like to listen to it when I am feeling down. Songs like "How's It Going To Be" and "The Background" exemplify my emotions at that time.
Parking Lot Music

This album is the ultimate electronic album. When I went to Florida with my dad and sister, I was wayyy into Ratatat at the time. This was my first large vacation with my dad since my parents' divorce and I felt a lot of things for him - anger, sadness, and confusion. After exhausting Ratatat's discography on the beach, I came upon the solo work of Evan Mast, one of the two Ratatat guys. He released this album under the name "E*Vax" and when I first heard it, I was so much more intrigued than I had been with ANY of Ratatat's music. Parking Lot Music is an album that sounds best with headphones. It's buzzes, clicks, chirps, and echoes are an ambiance like no other.
24Nine Inch Nails

The mellowest of all Nine Inch Nails releases, this "acoustic" EP collects songs from the past few albums and converts them into new, raw, beautiful, and emotional music. It is a completely different listen than the original versions and Trent Reznor's undying talent for the piano is evident. It is one of my favorite NIN releases to date, because it is so different from the rest.
It's A Wonderful Life

One of the saddest albums of all time in my opinion, containing THE saddest song of all time (once again in my opinion) "Sea Of Teeth." It brings tears to my eyes each time I hear it. Sparklehorse's frontman, Mark Linkous, committed suicide almost a decade ago and this album never fails to remind me of the limitless contributions he could've made to the musical world. A great listen.
26Soul Coughing
Lust in Phaze: The Best of Soul Coughing

I remember I first heard Soul Coughing's song "Sleepless" at the Zumiez in Independance Mall. It was a weird-sounding genre that was verrrry chill. I whipped out my smart phone and Shazam'd the hell out of it. So when I got home that night, I downloaded Soul Coughing's greatest hits and I was very very impressed. It was unlike anything I had had before, but I really enjoyed it. It's relaxing, yet still heavy sounding. Great percussionssssss.
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