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Cleansed my 5's

Felt like a good time for Spring cleaning. Some harsh cuts were made, but it was time to get my bloated pool of "classics" down to the ones that actually still retain that meaning to me. Below are the ones that remain.
1Animal Collective
Fall Be Kind

My first exposure to the band remains my favorite. Nothing compares to listening to this in November under a canopy of changing leaves.
2Ben Howard
Noonday Dream

Hazy summer album, amazing atmosphere and remarkable consistency.
3Bon Iver
22, A Million

Still the best Bon Iver, fight me.
4Brand New

One of three latter-career classics.
5Brand New
Science Fiction

The second one.
6Brand New
The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me


The lone remaining 2019 entry. Hansard and La Dispute are amazing, but I was a tad overzealous 5'ing them. They got the bump down to a 4.7 just to distinguish that this is my AOTY to date.
8David Bowie

Still the only Bowie album I've ever truly connected with. An unbelievable swan song.
9Fleet Foxes
Helplessness Blues

Generational folk album with jaw dropping melodies
10Fleet Foxes

Take the above and add classical influences and even more fervent ambition
Nearer My God

Of all the albums on this list this is the one whose "classic" status is the most precarious. Some days it's a 4.5/4.7, other days it's a 5. I find myself drawn to the melodies and guitar work here just about weekly, so I'm giving it the benefit of the doubt based upon its staying power.
12Frightened Rabbit
The Midnight Organ Fight

The best thing Scott Hutchison ever did. Floating in the Forth continues to haunt.
13Gang of Youths
Go Farther in Lightness

Modern day Springsteen meets the National. Every song is a jam.
14Godspeed You! Black Emperor
F♯ A♯ ∞

The best post-rock album of all-time is simply iconic. I don't return to this as often as I'd like, but there's no doubting its status.
15Green Day
American Idiot

This was my gateway into modern music. I know it's not objectively or instrumentally perfect, but it captured the interest of an entire generation at the time. This is our version of our parent's Vietnam protest songs.
16Jimmy Eat World

The perfect album for night driving. Few albums have connected with me on an emotional level like this.
17Jimmy Eat World
Integrity Blues

Basically Futures v.2016, and it might even be better.
18Kendrick Lamar
good kid, m.A.A.d city

I'm not really into rap or hip-hop, but this is a creative and thematic masterpiece.

Might be the best pop album I've heard in my life.
20Manchester Orchestra
Simple Math

Sweeping, epic songs with strings and huge choruses/guitars abound. One of my favorite albums of 2011.
21Manchester Orchestra
A Black Mile to the Surface

Retained the aesthetic qualities of Simple Math but somehow found a way to be even more emotionally poignant. This is possibly a top 5 album of the decade for me.
Brother, Sister

The first mwY album I heard, combines the best sides of the band's post-hardcore and indie-rock influences.

Their best collection of individual songs. Not as cohesive as B,S but its peaks are even more impressive.
OK Computer

Incredible piece start to end, a defining rock album.
Kid A

Jaw-dropping atmosphere and amazing experimental qualities.
26Sufjan Stevens
Carrie and Lowell

Maybe the best acoustic folk album in my lifetime. Get out the tissues for this one.
The Seer

Nothing quite like this. Combines drone music, post-rock, and ambience into a frightening and immersive 2 hour experience.
28The Antlers
Burst Apart

I feel like this is often forgotten, but I prefer it to Hospice. It's like the pinnacle of sparkling, celestial indie-rock.
29The Antlers
In the Attic of the Universe

Before Silberman stole the show with his vocals, the entire band put out what might be their best collaborative work.
30The Dear Hunter
The Color Spectrum (Complete Collection)

Incredible 36 song collection. Every track is good.
31The Dear Hunter
Act IV: Rebirth in Reprise

The only "Act" that I've ever fully fallen in love with. The melodies on here are out of this world catchy.
32The Moody Blues
Days of Future Passed

A forgotten progressive rock classic. I'll take this over King Crimson any day.
33The National
High Violet

Best album by one of the best bands of our time.
34The National
Sleep Well Beast

Only slightly behind HV, this really grew on me. There's an adult weariness/drabness to this record that I for some reason relate to.
35The Republic of Wolves
His Old Branches

Superb EP for all you BN-core aficionados.
36The Republic of Wolves
The Cartographer

Another EP -- even catchier than the above but sacrifices some of the heaviness. Still amazing, and the songwriting is genius.
37The Republic of Wolves

Their "perfect storm" album. It all comes together here - the intensity, the melodies, the lyrics. Straight fire.
38The Tallest Man on Earth
The Wild Hunt

He's done a lot of great things with his career, but this is untouchable.
39Tigers on Trains

Simon and Garfunkel meets acoustic Brand New. Need I say more?
40Titus Andronicus
The Monitor

Rough around the edges punk rock with a flair for the epic.
Ocean Avenue

Will always have a soft spot for the album that got me through every high school relationship.
Southern Air

Best and most consistent album by one of my all time favorite pop punk bands.

A fitting farewell. Fields and Fences is what keeps this a 5.
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