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Former Favorite Albums

I have some albums rated really high because of how much I USED to listen to them. And while I still love them, I hardly ever spin them nowadays.
1Asheru And Blue Black
Soon Come...

This album was a revelation for me when I first got it, a part of my first wave of rap exploration. Now
I hardly listen to any song on it, but I remember the nights I spent lost in the music, and I still
recommend it to any fan of jazzy hip-hop.
2Bad Religion
The Gray Race

This was, for a time, my most played Bad Religion album. I still hold it in high regard (especially compared to
what many others think of it), but I hardly ever listen to it anymore.
3Billy Talent
Billy Talent

This was a surprise hit for me way back when. I was shocked at how many times I
put it on repeat, but it was super catchy. Still catchy even today, but not on
repeat (or even firstpeat) so much.

One of the earliest albums I ever dug deep into, it helped me get into heavier
music. I still spin it sometimes.
Tomorrow Come Today

Boysetsfire has all-together better albums, but for how many times I listened to
this one, it'll always be my favorite of the bunch. Listening to it now is a reminder
of how much music really meant to me when I was younger.
Movement In Still Life

"Never Gonna Come Back Down" was the first BT song I ever heard. This album
was the first BT album I ever got. And BT is the first (and other than Daft Punk,
the only) EDM artist I ever heavily invested time exploring. Said exploration has
yielded albums far above this one, but it still holds nostalgic value.
7Days Away
Mapping An Invisible World

My love for Days Away is a remnant of my days of surfing Pure Volume and looking
for super underground gems. For one week in December some years ago, this
album was totally free. I got it. I loved it. I was actually obsessed over it for a
while. I don't spin the entire album like I used to, but I still love the songs on here,
and I still hold out hope that one day the band will reform and put out more music.
8Demon Hunter
Summer of Darkness

My first "metal" album, and the one I credit (along with As I Lay Dying's 'Frail Words
Collapse') for getting me to appreciate heavy music. If I put it on now, it's purely
for nostalgia, but I remember singing at the top of my lungs to "I Play Dead" and
writing the lyrics to "Not Ready To Die" in the margins of my school notes.
El Cielo

I still like this album, but I find it really hard to listen to nowadays. 'Catch Without
Arms' gets many more plays.
The Eminem Show

In terms of my musical history, Eminem was pre-foundation (that is, I was into him
before Tony Hawk's Pro Skater laid the foundation for my music tastes). When this
came out, I was all over it...and very into it. It's been probably years since I last
listened to it in full, but I put on "Hailey's Song" a couple of weeks ago and was
surprised at how palpable the emotion was in the song. I bet I could spin this now
and appreciate it as good music instead of just a gem of my past.
11Fair To Midland
Fables From A Mayfly

I still play this album from time to time. It's just that it has to compete with
'Arrows and Anchors', and usually that wins out.
The Everglow

Oh, 'The Everglow'! Talk about super-catchy! I dunno why I haven't played this in
so long, but I still consider it one of the best alternative albums ever created.
13Manchester Orchestra
Mean Everything To Nothing

This got replaced by 'Simple Math' for play time, but oddly enough, I still think this
is the band's best album.
14Mos Def
Black On Both Sides

I love Mos Def, and this is his best solo album. Some of the songs on here are
among my most-played rap songs of all time, but I've been too busy exploring the
rest of the genre to give this much attention nowadays.
Origin Of Symmetry

Muse became one of my favorite bands because of this album, which I first heard
well after 'Black Holes and Revelations' was released. I haven't listened to it in
ages, but I think if I did, it would be so far above what they're putting out now
that I'd appreciate it all over again.
16 Mutemath

Wait...what's this album doing here? I still love it and play it.

'Once' could go here, too. Both were regularly rotated, but the sad fact is that I
don't listen to much metal at all nowadays, not even Power Metal.
18Pharoahe Monch

This used to be a top-10 hip-hop album for me. Not so much anymore...not
because I don't think it's good anymore, but because my tastes in hip-hop have
shifted slightly away from the sounds of this album.
19Rise Against
Siren Song of the Counter Culture

Rise Against was, for a time, one of my favorite bands ever, and it was because of
this album. Again, I still love it, I just haven't played it in years.
20Starflyer 59
Dial M

Starflyer has always been a favorite band of mine, for as long as I can remember,
and I played this album more than most any other when it was released. Problem
is, Starflyer has something like 12 studio albums and a handful of EP's, so as my
exploration deepened, this album got left in the dust. Nowadays, I'm most likely to
spin 'Talking Voice vs. Singing Voice', but I still do consider this one of the best
albums by the band.
21System of a Down

This was my unequivocal Favorite Album Ever when it was released. It was the
album of the summer I graduated high school, the album for which I went to my
first concert, the album my friends and I put on when we went on a trip because
we knew no one would have a problem with it. This day and age, I don't know if I
could listen to the whole thing all the way through and take it seriously.
22Taking Back Sunday
Where You Want To Be

Everyone's album by these guys is 'Tell All Your Friends'; mine was 'Where You
Want To Be'. I used to be able to sing the entire album by heart, and even though
I don't listen to it very often, "Set Phasers To Stun" is still probably my favorite
song by the band.
23Third Eye Blind
Third Eye Blind

On trips, this was my go-to album--it's longer than average (over an hour), EVERY
song is catchy and singalong-able, and I knew all the words by heart. Perhaps I
played it out, because when I try and think about putting it on, usually I choose a
different album.
They're Only Chasing Safety

My favorite Underoath album is 'Define The Great Line', but this one is a solid #2.
The highlight of the whole "screaming pop-punk" phase that bands got into, it's the
album that most reminds me of freshman year of college. I don't listen to it much
anymore, but I do still appreciate it.
The Blue Album

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