|The Last 100|
I’m approaching 5000 ratings at which point I’m retiring this account. To make sure my next account is as elite as feasible I’m clearing as much of the RYM top 1000 albums within that last 100 as possible. As luck would have it, if you strip the stuff I don’t count as actual popular music records (classical, soundtracks, goddam Computer game music) there’s little over a couple of hundred left - let’s see (list in progress, ratings will appear in time). This list should also take out the last of the Sput top 200 too, or near enough (except classical, soundtracks, etc etc)
Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
Think I’ve already listened to this, whatever
...and still not sure if I listened to this before. Outkast are alright, that mellow brand of hip hop I can take or leave. 'Wheelz of Steel' was a banger, nothing else sounded too life changing.
The Shape of Jazz to Come
Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul
Blues & Roots
|6||Milton Nascimento and Lo Borges|
Clube da Esquina
Journey in Satchidananda
25% Nirvana, 25% Kyuss and 50% Sabbath, I can definitely see the appeal of this. Does it have a song as good as a 'Symptom Of The Universe', 'Negative Creep' or 'Spaceship Landing'. Ah, you see, that's where I'm not quite so sold on Electric Wizard. I'm not sure this is graced by the presence of song writing genius but - it is fun in a slightly amateurish, loose and raw way. It sounds like a good time, it sounds like it doesn't take itself tooooo seriously, so I won't either. Enjoyable.
|11||The Dave Brubeck Quartet|
Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire)
I like The Kinks, a bit more convincingly irreverent and rocking than The Beatles of 1969 - I don’t feel they’re delivering classic song after classic song here though, there are a few more forgettable moments. ‘Shangri-La’ and ‘Churchill’ back to back is an obvious high point.
Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers with Thelonious Monk
It’s pretty chill but it’s no ‘Zombie’.
|15||Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young|
Ok, I think Young has a few better albums than this himself but saying that, this is right up there. The only song that absolutely snagged me first listen was 'Almost Cut My Hair' but most everything else was at least solid. One I'll revisit many times and maybe - maybe - purchase.
Seasons in the Abyss
Certain I’ve listened to this but will check
Ashes Against the Grain
|19||Sly and The Family Stone|
There's A Riot Goin' On
Something Else by The Kinks
Hvis lyset tar oss
Fucking iron madmen
|26||Van der Graaf Generator|
Dreading these dudes just cos the name
Technically excellent no doubt, but the vocals are the stuff of nightmares and it's just the epitome of widdly woo prog, enjoyment level close to zero. '...is a vampiiiire and it feeds on meeeee' - as OTT as Queen without Freddie's charisma. Possibly mightily influential, etc etc - not for me. There was a good section towards the end of the 25 minute long 'Lighthouse'....followed by a horrifically boring pomp section that closes out the song (naturally). But there was a good section.
The Yes Album
Some real excellence here - two instant classics in the form of 'Hallogallo' and particularly 'Negativland'. I'm not ruling out a future .5 bump. What a stunner for 1972!
The Sound of Perseverance
Don’t judge me
Heaven and Hell
Sad Wings of Destiny
In the Nightside Eclipse
I come from ye olde generation where people didn’t listen or have instant access to every genre...which is to say I feel bad coming to this from checking out Santana. This is meant to be extreme, you are supposed to be a card carrying extreme metalhead to listen to this imo, a face paint and all black’er. But no, I’ve been acclimatised to this sort of music a long time now to the point this album doesn’t even feel all that extreme - it’s quite cosy even. I also feel bad that back in ‘94 if you were into black metal and ONLY listened to black metal as you’d do, then this would be one of the major classics you’d have to clutch to your bosom for five years or whatever. I’m listening to this among loads of other stuff and as much as it might be an ‘Ok Computer’ of symphonic black metal I’m just judging it against Santana...and Pink Floyd...and everything else. It feels a bit wrong, but I’m of that generation - I shouldn’t really be listening to this. Not really. It’s good though
Stress: The Extinction Agenda
Altars of Madness
Rhythmically really really great, very raw production also which I think suits the intensity. Strange but even the solos seem there more for rhythmic/tempo diversity rather than being overly melodic/progressive. I'm putting a 3.5 up for now but I'll revisit this to see what sticks. Overall I prefer a little more atmosphere I'm thinking.
Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus
Individual Thought Patterns
Don’t judge me
Not the absolute most boring artist of all time but definitely in the top 1. My dad loves this dude and so Mr Sultana was a big part of my childhood. Now, well, it’s Nandos music. Music to eat spicy chicken by. Etc. Harmless ethno jammy friendly mildly progressive hippy-bliss bollocks. I’ve shaken my knob to get rid of the last drips of urine in restaurant lavatories to ‘Oye Como Va’ more than any other tune on this planet - it’s good for that purpose. Maybe I’ll get that song to play on repeat in my home lavatory? Or perhaps I’ll try to never listen to this willingly again?
Moment of Truth
Hot Buttered Soul
Storm of the Light's Bane
|45||The Mothers of Invention|
Don't Break the Oath
On the Corner
In the Land of Grey and Pink
Like food you can get stuffed on too much of the same thing, his shtick wears a little thin with me after 25 minutes (yes, inc Madvillainy, another 3.5). This is great in short doses but taken as a whole that’s a lot of comedy skit and a lot of mellow backing tracks.
Somewhere in Time
Get Up with It
Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk
Screaming for Vengeance
Abandoned listening to this before hopefully because I wasn’t in the mood. Otherwise it sucks.
This Nation's Saving Grace
This will probably annoy Butch no end but this is my favourite Fall so far, sneaking ahead of 'Language' (that'd be a 4.2 rating though, not far behind). A basic pick perhaps, but this is their most immediate sounding album of those I've tried so far.
Power, Corruption and Lies
I liked this a lot more than I expected to, for as wet as it is at times, it has this underlying Kraftwerk sort of metronome heartbeat of cool, quite hypnotic. Massively influenced AND massively influential - one of those. Parts remind me of the Mark Renner comp I got into this year, some other parts you can trace all the way up to the latest Hot Chip song etc. The songs that open each 'side' are the best two.
I left the correct Beatles albums resting on the shelf I’m thinking. This is ok, a sunshine-y Beatles. Love/hate relationship with the title track...actually it’s hate most of the time. Damn.
Jukebox favourites but as jukebox hits go ‘The Boys are Back...’ only scores a 7 or 8 out of 10 for me - and its the best tune here. The guitar playing has that usual style you associate with TL but it lacks power in places and the whole album comes across a bit polite. That’s not good for an album that’s supposed to be rebellious and raucous. Decent enough.
A Blaze in the Northern Sky
|67||Van der Graaf Generator|
H to He, Who Am the Only One
These better be godly
Neoclassical - will leave this in for now
Thar's some magic in this here album, possibly has 4.5 to 5 potential - only time will tell...
I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You
A Hard Day's Night
Not thinking this will be a Beatles fave of mine, a few good tunes we’re all familiar with, rest sounds like the band were starting to progress into something slightly less pop and towards rock.
Let My Children Hear Music
Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous
Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde
Ram fucking man
One of the big surprises this rating significantly higher than the two Beatles albums on the list. I can take or leave some of the more obvious Beach Boys harmony tracks but when this gets strange in the fashion of Dr. John ('Monkberry') or a proto Animal Collective ('Uncle Albert') it's really appealing.
De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas
|77||Bob Marley and The Wailers|
Catch A Fire
I know some of his stuff is protest music, or political, or spiritual...but sorry Bob, this is 'superior background listening' for me and always will be. Nice stuff, best 600 of all time? No chance.
Harmony in Ultraviolet
Think I might prefer this to Rave, gives good ambient fuzz. One of the greatest 600 albums of all time? Nah.
|80||Edge of Sanity|
Liege & Lief
Some great musicianship but not a vocal delivery that transmits anything beyond the technical. I get more emotion from something like this year’s Stick in the Wheel. I wanted to enjoy this more, will revisit and check some of their other albums - sure they’ll have one I’ll connect with better.
Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea
A little more mainstream/conventional but she still has her quirks for sure. I liked this, not sure quite how much, seemed to get stronger as it progressed so not sure if that's genuinely how the quality is spread here or it's just a case I warmed up to the album as it went on. Saying this, I still doubt this one will end up my favourite PJ.
Let's Get It On
Listened to most of this before, what ever
Similar to 'Electric Warrior' this sounds cool but it just blends and lacks consistent song writing genius - if we agree Ziggy is a 5/5 (and we do) then unless something VERY iffy is going on with your rating scale how can you justify awarding over a 3.5 for this? There's an awful lot of rewriting the same songs from EW imo, which is why it lands a little below that album's [3.5] Doof rating. Nowhere near a top 600 album. Not even close.
Visions of The Country
Yes, American primitivism is my sort of thing and I can certainly enjoy this mellow album of mostly acoustic guitar with the occasional Tim Buckley-eque vocal reverie. Looks hard to track down a physical CD copy or a download so that may harm its chances of going anywhere higher that a 4 - we'll see what I can do.
'Round About Midnight
Close to a World Below
Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin-Nerd
Can never find a stream of this damn buggaloo - ok, not sure why I couldn’t!
Actually enjoyed this, I don’t know much about them except they’re the archetypal southern rock band and had beef with Neil Young. Scrapes a 4 because I’ve actually never got sick of ‘Free Bird’
Music for the Masses
Music for molasses
My Arms, Your Hearse
At the Heart of Winter
|97||Belle and Sebastian|
Defenders of the Faith
Sure I’ve listened to this shit
Takes me down to no. 601, that’ll do